Is it not a delicious irony that it is a Conservative home secretary on whose watch immigration checks were scaled back apparently without ministerial sanction so that she does not now know how many people were let in improperly? We live in an historic age of migration, like that which brought the ancestors of the English here. Why shouldn’t people look for a better life? Why shouldn’t people flee from persecution? Why shouldn’t this country continue to to be enriched by the skills and presence of newcomers? Instead of the Conservatives and Labour continually trying to outbid each other in hysterical nastiness to immigrants to appease the right wing, why doesn’t the minister in charge just ensure the system is just and is administered as fairly, humanely and efficiently as possible, so that we can be the humane open people that we really are?

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