Immigration and the vilification of UKIP's Victoria Ayling
This really is quite astonishing. A former Tory (she only defected in March) and prominent UKIP councillor has been recorded on video in a "rant" against immigrants. According to the spread in the Mail on Sunday 'exclusive', she "just want(s) to send the lot back".
And we are told that Mrs Ayling is a trusted "key Farage ally", so the newspaper tarnishes the UKIP leader as well as the whole party with these vile, racist comments. Following hard upon "Bongo-Bongo" Bloom, they really do give the impression that UKIP has undeniable BNP-leaning tendencies, notwithstanding that Mrs Ayling was a Tory up until nine months ago.
Conservative Stephen Phillips MP said he was "disgusted" by the comments, which he says have "no place in front line politics". Fellow Tory Nadhim Zahawi MP called on her to "retract her deeply damaging comments’, and Labour’s Diane Abbot said she was "shocked".
Mrs Ayling is plainly referring to illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers. Play the video. The words are clearly articulated in the opening take:
The hysteria surrounding Mrs Ayling's comments is precisely that which inhibits any rational discussion of immigration: merely to raise the topic risks allegations of racism or bigotry. And, as we know (because David Cameron told us), UKIP is a party of "closet racists (mostly)".
All parties are pledged to end mass, uncontrolled immigration; indeed, Jack Straw recently apologised that Labour got it so badly wrong for a decade (though there was no apology to those who dared to voice concerns at the time and were duly demonised by the enlightened ones). It is not UKIP policy to repatriate legal immigrants or genuine asylum seekers, for that would lead to injustice and suffering. But, for God's sake, Mrs Ayling clearly says: "We must basically repatriate those that shouldn’t be here."
If we cannot call for the expulsion of illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers without the Mail (the Mail!) stoking the fires of political disinformation and personal demonisation, we have come to a very sorry pass indeed.
And let us not forget that this video was recorded in 2008 – when Mrs Ayling was a fully paid-up member of the Conservative Party; when any talk of 'Britishness' or waving of the Union Flag was made just that little bit harder by their BNP appropriation. Two years later, Gordon Brown would have his little spat with a 'bigoted' pensioner by the name of Gillian Duffy, who simply expressed concern at the scale of immigration and the consequences for her local community.
So, two things:
1) This video was recorded to further Victoria Ayling's career with the Conservatives.
2) It was shot by her ex-husband, Rob Ayling, who says: "Victoria said during the divorce she would never be entering national politics again. Now, with her being a rising star of UKIP, I think it is a public interest story in terms of the electorate knowing what kind of a woman she is."
Actually, Mr Ayling, we have a much better idea of the kind of petty, embittered, vengeful man you are.
For what it's worth, His Grace agrees with Victoria Ayling: "We must control immigration. We cannot sustain the numbers coming in; the strains on our infrastructure are enormous. Control should be done fairly and the points system like they have in Australia and all those coming here should be encouraged to speak English so they can integrate."
Multiculturalism is dead. Politicians who once espoused this once-immutable orthodoxy now deride it as "a wrong-headed doctrine that has had disastrous results". Church of England bishops blame it for failing the very immigrants it was supposed to assist, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said it is causing us to "sleepwalk towards segregation". Even senior employees of the BBC declare that it is responsible for causing the indigenous white population to feel "alienated, threatened and voiceless".
One expects the Guardian to froth at the mouth in fits of fulmination at this. But the Mail?