David Blackburn

Tightening immigration should constitute part of compassionate Conservatism

Tightening immigration should constitute part of compassionate Conservatism
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The mainstream parties’ collective silence on immigration has, undoubtedly, contributed to the BNP’s growing popularity. Nicholas Soames and Frank Field have penned such an argument in today’s Telegraph.

David Cameron’s modernisation of the Conservative Party came at the expense of even mentioning immigration. Yesterday’s mind-boggling population projection should curtail the era of uncontrolled immigration: Britain cannot sustain such human and social pressure in the age of austerity.

The Tory leadership might view this reality with trepidation. They should not. Limiting immigration would alleviate poverty; it equates exactly with the Tories’ broad one nation philosophy. Labour has ceded its traditional support to the BNP, which indicates that the government’s appalling record on poverty and social mobility encouraged the adoption of Griffin’s hard-left, reactionary economic policy. Limitless immigration has intensified competition for housing, welfare and, crucially, opportunity, but the pernicious 96 percent tax rate on those coming off benefits proves that endemic social problems are systemic. Labour’s failure opened the door for Griffin; incorporating restricted immigration into the fabric of radical compassionate Conservatism is the means to close it.