Home Secretary Alan Johnson last night refused point blank to cap the number of immigrants coming to Britain.Well, no. I suppose if I were him, with a huge pension, allowing me to live anywhere I chose, I wouldn't either.
And he said he does not 'lie awake at night' worrying about the population hitting 70million.
Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has pledged that the Government will not allow the population to grow to that level. But last night he was apparently undermined by his boss.Who won’t stand for any jumped up little underling stealing his limelight, thank you very much. Particularly by appealing to the voting public.
'I do not lie awake at night worrying about a population of 70million,' he told the cross-party group of MPs.Just how ‘multi cultural’ is Hull West and Hessle, anyway?
'I'm happy to live in a multi-cultural society. I'm happy to live in a society where we not only welcome those coming to live and work in this country, but also where we can go and live and work in other countries.'
The Home Secretary did acknowledge the recession has made it more difficult for ministers to convince British workers who have lost their jobs that immigration is beneficial.Who are you going to believe – the Home Sec or your lyin’….
But his argument goes against evidence that the vast majority of jobs created in the private sector have gone to immigrants - meaning local workers have failed to feel the benefits.
Last night MigrationWatch director Sir Andrew Green said: 'No wonder the political class is in such disrepute.It isn’t.
'Here is a new Home Secretary immediately riding roughshod over public opinion that is hugely opposed to the mass immigration which this Government is encouraging.
'For a start, how is a government that is broke going to pay for all the houses, schools and hospitals that an extra seven million immigrants will need in the next 20 years?'
Because it won’t be the government when this juggernaut comes rolling down the hill. It’ll be someone else’s problem.
And Alan Johnson will be livin’ large in (no doubt) a very un-multicultural part of town...
Former Labour Minister Frank Field, who runs a cross-party group called Balanced Migration, which campaigns to limit the number of immigrants to manageable levels, was dismissive of the Home Secretary's claims not to lie awake at night. He said: 'It must be a misquote because it should be.'Oh, Frankie, Frankie...
That’s the politician’s equivalent of ‘No, he won’t beat me today, he does really love me…’ is it?