Liberal Democrats stand on immigration is a disaster for Britain

NO PARTY in British political history has been more badly misnamed than the Liberal Democrats. For these smug, hectoring charlatans believe in neither liberty nor democracy.

NO PARTY in British political history has been more badly misnamed than the Liberal Democrats. For these smug, hectoring charlatans believe in neither liberty nor democracy. They are slaves to Brussels and fashionable ideology, eager to see our national identity crushed by European integ ration and mass immigration. Posing as the champions of progress they are in reality agents of Britain's destruction. Their utter contempt for the opinions of the mainstream public was on full display over the weekend as their leading figures voiced opposition to any curbs on migrants from the European Union. Playing his usual self appointed role as Brussels's ambassador to London, Nick Clegg wrote in a newspaper article that he would not tolerate any restrictions on the EU influx, such as the proposed Tory cap on the number of arrivals. "This is where we draw the line," he declared with phoney moral authority. But for sheer arrogance and folly Clegg's witterings paled beside those of Business Secretary Vince Cable. In a BBC interview he presented the deepening concern about immigration as nothing more than a "panic" based on prejudice. Disgracefully he accused the public of suffering from a mental disorder on the issue, labelling most of us as "schizophrenic" for daring to challenge EU dogma. Moreover, in his eagerness to smear Conservative Cabinet colleagues, Cable drew an analogy between the current EU controversy and the "rivers of blood" speech in 1968 by Tory Enoch Powell, who was accused of fuelling racial divisions with his inflammatory language about immigration. CABLE'S intervention just shows the depths to which the Liberal Democrats have sunk in their twin obsession with Europe and multicultural diversity. Through his reference to Enoch Powell, Cable is cynically trying to create a climate of fear where opponents of uncontrolled immigration are silenced through accusations of racism. But his parallel with 1968 is absurd. In trying to limit immi gration the current Tories have used nothing like the rhetoric of Powell. Nor does the position today resemble that of the late 1960s when there was only a trickle of migrants into this country compared with the recent, unsustainable flood that has been running at more than 500,000 new arrivals every year for almost a decade.

It is politics of the basest kind to pretend that anxiety about immigration is just xeno phobia. How on earth is it bigoted to express regret at the demise of your own country, which is exactly what the com bination of the EU and open borders is producing? The real extremists are the Liberal Democrats, hurling their vile accusations at anyone who dares challenge their agenda. Their stance could not be less progressive. Both Euro pean integration and mass immigration are undemocratic since the British electorate never voted for either. In dis missing the public's views the Liberal Democrats again show their disdain for the very con cept of the people's will.

Cable's intervention just shows the depths to which the Liberal Democrats have sunk in their twin obsession with Europe and multicultural diversity.

Clegg said yesterday that any curbs on EU migrants would be "illegal" but that only illus trates how we are effectively governed by an unaccountable Brussels cabal that has turned Britain into a province of its bureaucratic empire. Yet far from objecting to this illiberal loss of independence the Liberal Democrats support it. Contrary to what Clegg and Cable pretend mass immigra tion is the enemy of economic and social progress. The import of foreigners drives down wages, hits living standards and pushes up domestic unem ployment. It is ridiculous that at a time when we have almost five million people of working age living on benefits so many jobs are taken by migrants. The influx also puts a huge strain on housing, the NHS and the welfare system. Clegg talks grandly of the contribution made by "Dutch accountants or Finnish engi neers" but that is disingenuous for he deliberately ignores the arrival of a vast army of unskilled migrants and free loaders from the impoverished nations of Eastern Europe. ALREADY it is esti mated that a third of all sellers of the Big Issue magazine are Romanian, while more than 200,000 Roma people are said to have settled in Britain, many of them caus ing social tensions. Indeed it was Clegg himself who as a Sheffield MP recently described the behaviour of many Roma in his city as "sometimes intimi dating, sometimes offensive". Yet now with supreme hypo crisy he wants Britain to expe rience even more of this. Thanks partly to his obduracy there are to be no restrictions at all on the rights of 29million Bulgarians and Romanians to settle here from January. It is a recipe for social catastrophe in much of urban Britain. Our cohesion is already under enough threat as the bonds of solidarity disappear and shared values are lost. Many urban areas are turning into foreign lands, with white British people in a minority in conurbations such as Leicester, London and Slough. Only yesterday it was revealed that more than 31 per cent of all children born in Brit ain now have at least one for eign parent and in parts of the capital the figure rises to more than 80 per cent. None of this has done any thing to promote trust or har mony, which is what the Liberal Democrats claim is their goal. Just the opposite is true. In the name of supposed tolerance self regarding politicians such as Clegg have allowed intoler ance to flourish in our midst, reflected in the incidents of female genital mutilation, forced marriages and predatory Asian grooming gangs. The tragedy is that Clegg and his gang of doctrinaires have any influence over national policy. In their anti British worship of the EU they belong in a cult, not the Government. 'The party isn't liberal and scorns democracy'