The great Frank 'the unthinkable' Field on immigration. Frank is one of those happy few on the left who will accept that fear of crime, the underclass, and benefit dependency are not artefacts produced by a Daily Mail editorial conference, but descriptions of what is. He also appreciates that it is the poor who are the chief victims.
"Mr Field, a former welfare minister, questioned whether this level of immigration was sustainable without "dramatic" changes to the character of the country and hitting poorer areas, which have to absorb migrants.
"This is the most massive transformation of our population. Do we just merely accept this as another form of globalisation? That it doesn't matter where you are, or that you belong to a country and have roots? That we are all just following the jobs?" Mr Field told the BBC News Website.
People who questioned mass immigration were often accused of "playing the race card" but, Mr Field argued, this was "just another way of closing down debate".
The Birkenhead MP added: "There will be economic gains [from immigration] but I am just raising whether any country can sustain the rate of immigration we are now suffering."
Frank, btw, your website is the slowest in human history.
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