Anna Soubry, the defence minister who is tipped for promotion, said that immigrants come to Britain "overwhelmingly to work, they do not come here to scrounge".
She said that there are far fewer immigrants claiming benefits than people who are born in this country, adding that they play a "hugely important" role. She said that in her constituency in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, she tries to argue the case for immigrants when met with concerned voters.
She told BBC One's Andrew Marr show: "When you make the case with people who come and see me in my constituency surgery who say I'm really worried about immigration. You say really, why? This is Broxtowe. We don't have a problem with with immigrants."You can just imagine the tone of voice the patronising cow uses, too, can't you?
"When you explain that to them they get it. Not all of it. Some people have prejudices, some people are frankly racist, but there are many who just don't know the argument."Really? How surprising. I'd have thought there were a lot of people who are indeed familiar with the argument, and sick & tired of reading about people like Hasan Fidan.
Fidan, who is unemployed, said he had been living in Britain since 2006.But not a scrounger, eh, Anna? More of a hunter-gatherer, I suppose you'd claim?
I think Nigel speaks for us all...