This is Andy Burnham speaking on immigration at the Mirror hustings today:
“It’s disgusting to have a Prime Minister who refers to a swarm of migrants and it confirms there’s no dog whistle that these Bullingdon boys won’t blow.”
The irony of Burnham criticising dog whistles while calling Cameron a ‘Bullingdon boy’ isn’t even the most amusing thing about this line.
Back in 2010, the last time he failed to become Labour leader, Burnham spoke to the Telegraph about how his party was “in denial” on immigration:
“We were in denial. We were behind the issue all the time, and myths were allowed to develop. There’s still an ambivalence among some in Labour about discussing immigration. I’ve been accused of dog-whistle politics for doing so.”
Andy really hates it when politicians get accused of dog whistle politics on immigration. Except when he’s the one doing the accusing…