Kreuzberger wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:32 pm
These immigration proposals appear to be absolutely ruinous for individual businesses and the country as a whole.
Has anyone offered a reasoned and reasonable idea as to why this is being suggested? Generation Gammon are going to be the first (after the filthy immigrants) to be impacted so why would anyone even give this thought the time of day?
The Tories are not the party they once were who, even when you disagreed and loathed what they were doing, you accepted that they were genuinely doing what they thought was best for the country. They are now a nationalist party who've seen Brexit not just for the mandate it was (simply to leave the EU) but to reshape the country in their own image.
They are attempting to appeal to Stephen Yaxley-Lennon supporters and sympathisers, people with genuine ideological dislike and distrust of anything foreign, not just the working class who feel this way but the middle-class, curtain twitching, dinner party set who have thus whispered their views behind a veneer of respectability.
There were valid reasons to vote Leave. The EU is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Some Remainers are dicks who seem to believe anyone with the slightest divergence of opinion from them is thick and cruel. However, a Tory majority were always going to do this, as soon as they had power in their grasp, they were always going to mock Remainers or anybody not wedded to a no-deal Brexit. They were always going to ignore the majority of Leave voters who have served their use and try to appeal to this hard right core.
There are two words that mean they like this. "Australian" and "points".
When they think of Australia, they think of Neighbours, g'day mate, muscle-bound men and hot bikini clad blondes having a Barbie on the beach, the land of kangaroos and didgeridoos, crack open a Fosters, homogenous. Britain can be its own version of that, in their minds, and crucially, this is the kind of person that will be coming over here and they're A-OK with that. Idealised Australia, idealised Australians. ***
"Points" means they can say "we're not racist! We just want those who contribute here". A veneer of respectability gets put to it.
I do not believe the majority of Tory voters or Leave voters are racist and thick and reject that as a ridiculous Remain/leftist argument that is going to continue to cost anyone with slightly leftist views to Rees-Mogg as we continue. It would also be remiss to not state that the Tories have completely forgotten their responsibilities ("fuck business") and are now just there to revel in the adoring cheers of the hard right while they cling to power and make their friends richer.
*** That is not an attack on Australia itself, just the media image of it ***