There is a genuine news story about the right of former Gurkha servicemen to remain in Britain, the politics of immigration controls, and the policies (and hypocrisy) of Labour, Tories and the Liberal Democrats, although sundry news ‘outlets’ have missed it. The story is only interesting to the press insofar as it relates to Gordon Brown and his ‘humiliation’. The Gurkhas are a cypher, a convenient hook — on another day, Brown would be ‘humiliated’ if the government had admitted the Gurkhas without demur.[See also Martin M]
As Labour and the Tories compete to be perceived as ‘harder’ on immigration, there is a surfeit of humiliation to go around.
And further to this, here's a taste of the left bloggery around Strangers into Citizens:
- Voltaire's Curate: a critical view from a No Borders perspective (see also discussion thread)
- Liam: a sympathetic view from a Socialist Resistance member
- David Broder: a sympathetically critical view from The Commune (response from SiC here)
- Jim Jay: a sympathetic view from our Green socialist comrade (gets extra points for going off to the Tamil demo)