Labour said its immigration policy was about needing to fill jobs. Making the economy of the UK better for everyone. That was a bit of a fib.
But as it turns out, the policy was motivated by something far more radical and fundamental than any of this. The full text of the draft policy paper composed in 2000 by a Home Office research unit – the gist of which had already been made public by a former Labour adviser – was released last week under Freedom of Information rules. Properly understood, it is political dynamite. What it states quite unequivocally was that mass immigration was being encouraged at least as much for "social objectives" as for economic ones. Migration was intended specifically to alter the demographic and cultural pattern of the country: to produce by force majeure the changes in attitude that the Labour government saw itself as representing.Does any of this sound familiar?
What the Left was trying to do in the UK was fundamentally change the nature of the country without bothering to ask the citizens of the country how they felt about those changes. Even covering up those changes since they pretty much knew the answer.
Included in this programme for the newly constituted British psyche was a whole package of subliminal assumptions, which were adapted from the Old Left stable: international solidarity rather than national sovereignty, collective values rather than personal conscience, and "social equality" rather than individual achievement. It was a peculiarity of New Labour's vanity that it actually tried to persuade the country that, under the miraculous Blair dispensation, it could have both sides of these dualities at the same time. But the full consequences of the new country that it envisaged, and the role that immigration was to play in the creation of it, broke the most basic rule of the democratic process: the electorate was never told it was voting for thatThey don't feel the need to tell the truth about their plans. They are working for the "greater good." The ends justify the means. Lies are a small price to pay. Democracy would only get in the way.
The whole thing is worth your time. It says interesting things about the Left in the UK, and I think, a lot of the Left in the US. They view government as religion. For most of history, religion was the mechanism for improving (or transcending) human nature. The Left wants government to dictate human nature. They of course see it as an improvement. Anyway, go take a look.
* If you are conservative you are either evil or stupid. All the talking heads on MSNBC agree. As does the Left side of the blogosphere.