Shadow Minister: Immigration Debate is Racist & Bad for Election

Ed Miliband is lurching to the right:

“One of the things we didn’t get right was immigration, and that’s why I’ve got a new approach. Millions of people in this country are concerned about immigration and if people are concerned about it, then the Labour Party I lead is going to be talking about it.”

Just yesterday Shadow Public Health Minister Diane Abbott blustered under the headline “There must be no right turn on immigration”:

“Sadly, immigration has served as a proxy for race in the British political narrative for so long, that it is still not possible to totally deracialise it.

There is no path to victory for the Labour Party in 2015 through the thickets of anti-immigrant politics and I am confident that Ed Miliband knows this.”

On message as ever.

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