Gordon Brown is the worst sort of Hypocrite

#Bigotgate needs no introduction. That Brown labelled a voter a bigot behind her back seems to confirm all the public’s worst impressions of the man. He is two faced, which is bad enough, but worse he is scared to stand up for himself when confronted. But that is not all. Even worse for him Brown labelled a woman a bigot because she asked a relatively innocuous question about immigration; well, innocuous by the standards of most discussions on the subject.

On the above hypocrisies Brown is guilty as charged. But frankly speaking Paul has things right, Gordon Brown is a hypocrite, but only as far as any other politician ever has been. There’s no chance Cameron or Clegg haven’t vented at their back room staff after a difficult confrontation; what matters to this news cycle is that Brown was caught.

But there’s no reason to focus on that aspect of this when there’s something all the more revealing that has come to the fore. Focussing on Brown’s initial hypocrisy misses what is actually important.

Brown has worked for 13 years seeing immigration controls tighten. For everyone bar Europeans this country is far harder to enter now than it has been since the 1940s. We have had 5 immigration Acts from this administration, each one more restrictive than the last, asylum claims have sunk massively and are currently running at around 30,000 a year (of which roughly half are rejected either initially or after failing an appeal).

We have detention centres for children like Yarls Wood. Oh sorry, detaining children not tough enough? How about we beat some women too? Worried about Asylum Seekers swamping in? Okay we’ll ban them from working. Fucking scrounging Asylum Seekers, why don’t they get a job? Huh?! Hey look over there! The immigrants are eating swans again. Kick them out!

These are the policies that Brown has announced, backed and funded. This is what people like Gillian Duffy have demanded from 13 years of a Laboir Government.

What is bad is not that Gordon Brown called this woman a bigot. What is fucking disgraceful is that Gordon Brown has been following policies which he himself thought were bigoted. Brown is a bastard because for 13 fucking years he has been promoting policies designed to appeal to those he describes as “bigots” and he knew what he was doing was wrong the entire time.

Scotsman is grumpy” John Q Publican explains pithily. Of course to an extent he is correct but cynicism can blind you to the bigger issues. The only person who has come close to understanding what Brown did wrong is Thomas Byrne. Brown must deep down agrees with Alex Massie that opening Britain’s borders to Europe was “one of the best, even noble, things this government has done,” it fits our free trading history.

Rather than face up to this he has endorsed policies and soundbites which he admits were “bigoted”. He is damned out of his own mouth.

UPDATE: I’m angry. But I have a feeling Justin is even more angry – Recommended Reading.

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19 thoughts on “Gordon Brown is the worst sort of Hypocrite

  1. Good thoughts. I couldn’t see Brown surviving after the election before this happened, now it’s just like he’s made it easier for himself to resign afterwards.

    1. Thanks,

      I don’t see him surviving. Obviously too late now to push him, but I’ve little doubt he’ll jump.

      I’m just not sure that there are many in Labour’s upper echelons who aren’t guilty of the same crimes to step into his shoes.

      There’s a lot of good local party people out there, but their influence on a national level has sunk precipitously, which is why we see the situation we have today.

  2. For everyone bar Europeans this country is far harder to enter now than it has been since the 1940s.

    This is completely untrue.

    The Tier 1 system allows anyone with a bachelor’s degree and recent earnings equivalent to the UK average wage in local terms to enter whether or not they have a job to go to.

    Literally tens of millions in the third world could easily qualify. It’s only the lack of knowledge of the system that has prevented them from presenting themselves in droves for admission.

    They probably could never imagine that any country could be so daft as to introduce such a scheme, which is completely unique. No other country in the whole world has so wide an open door.

  3. Dan Dare:
    No other country in the whole world has so wide an open door

    How do you know?
    Are you sure?
    Have you looked at policies and figures from countries with similar levels of wealth and population as the UK?

    It’s comments like the above and also “they all want to come here” that drive me mental.

    1. Yes I have reviewed them all.

      Nowhere in the EU has anything like such a scheme which allows migrants to enter without a job offer. The US does not either. Australia and Canada do have a similar system, but the migrant must be skilled and experienced in one of a list of shortage occupations.

      The UK imposes no such restriction on potential migrants under the Tier 1 system. As long you have a bachelor’s degree and a certain level of prior earnings you’re in, no matter what field you’ve qualified in.

      1. The current immigration system was based on the Australian one so that makes sense. Feature not bug.

        There are some further caveats requited to gain entry which I think you’ve brushed over lightly. First of all they have to prove they can sustain themselves and any dependents and there’s a language requirement.

        The lack of needing a job already probably has a great deal to do with the financial sector in this country, attracting bankers from abroad with the minimum of hassle. Not something I’m completely enamoured with of course, but hey ho.

        This sounds like part of an immigration policy I can support frankly. Skilled people, with the get-up-and-go to get up and go, who bring money to support themselves and can speak the language. What’s not to like? I’d prefer a more open refugee policy attached but its a good start.

        The fact that it is open to millions doesn’t worry me because it hasn’t attracted millions since it started. How many people enter annually on this Visa? I assume you have the number.

        [As an aside, I believe I’ve seen you discussing refugees looking for the most generous country rather than just trying to get out of where they are and into somewhere Western and nice. But you’ve said this about university educated economic migrants:

        “It’s only the lack of knowledge of the system that has prevented them from presenting themselves in droves for admission.”

        Which is it? Are refugees fleeing persecution adept at manipulating the system or are we only saved an influx because no one knows the system we operate?]

        1. The current immigration system was based on the Australian one so that makes sense. Feature not bug.

          As already noted above, the Australian systm requires that prospective migrants have skills and experience related to occupations on a shortage list. The Tier 1 channel is completely open to anyone who can accrue the necessary points, regardless of their qualifications and experience.

          There are some further caveats requited to gain entry which I think you’ve brushed over lightly. First of all they have to prove they can sustain themselves and any dependents and there’s a language requirement.

          The language requirement is never tested and the maintenance fund requirement is only £2800 in a bank account for three months.

          The lack of needing a job already probably has a great deal to do with the financial sector in this country, attracting bankers from abroad with the minimum of hassle. Not something I’m completely enamoured with of course, but hey ho.

          Most employees of foreign banks will enter through the Tier 2 scheme as employer-sponsored temporary migrants, not Tier 1.

          This sounds like part of an immigration policy I can support frankly. Skilled people, with the get-up-and-go to get up and go, who bring money to support themselves and can speak the language. What’s not to like? I’d prefer a more open refugee policy attached but its a good start.

          People skilled in what though? Tier 1 does not distinguish between a nuclear physicist and a graduate in Ayurvedic medicine.

          The fact that it is open to millions doesn’t worry me because it hasn’t attracted millions since it started. How many people enter annually on this Visa? I assume you have the number.

          In 2009 about 17,000 job-seeking migrants entered through Tier 1, and a further 66,000 switched to Tier 1 from some other category. And of course every one of the 100-odd thousand non-EEA students who graduate from British universities can also apply for Tier 1. Great news for recent British graduates, eh? All that extra competition in an already tight job market. Thanks NuLabor.

          [As an aside, I believe I’ve seen you discussing refugees looking for the most generous country rather than just trying to get out of where they are and into somewhere Western and nice. But you’ve said this about university educated economic migrants:

          “It’s only the lack of knowledge of the system that has prevented them from presenting themselves in droves for admission.”

          Which is it? Are refugees fleeing persecution adept at manipulating the system or are we only saved an influx because no one knows the system we operate?

          That comment was made in the context of Tier 1. It’s early days yet, the system was only introduced in late 2008.

          Incidentally, did you know that one of the the entrepreneurs behind the recently uncovered massive student visa scam were herself entrants under the HSMP, the predecessor to Tier 1? Typical of the get-up-and-go types you’re so keen on?

          http://www.thehindu.com/2009/06/05/stories/2009060553781300.htm

          As one of the prosecution witnesses testified to being told by the ringleader “No need to worry. The Home Office doesn’t check documents. They just rubber-stamp everything.”

          As it continues to do today. It’s simply a paper-shuffling exercise and easy to spoof.

  4. But no one has answered that burning question from the new Voice of the Nation (TM): Where ARE all thse Eastern Europeans coming from?

    P.s. I’m reminded of the re-make of the Dan Dare comic books by Grant Morrison twenty years ago. It was set in a magic future where Britania still ruled the waves – and space now – and bathrooms were racially segregated.

    1. “This is late night radio drunken phone-in stuff.”

      I’m furious with the man and yes I’d had a few drinks.

      “Only ever wanted power for its own sake” is too strong but its clear he’s sold out his principles completely on immigration. This topic which is close to my heart, and vitally important to vast swathes of the electorate is something he’s clearly sold his principles down the river for.

      1. I’ve updated the post to reflect the fact it is clear Brown isn’t in it just for power.

        But my point stands. Brown’s government has acted in ways he thinks are bigoted to appeal to people he thinks are bigots

  5. My blog post was more of a reaction to the media frenzy than to the original event, I will admit; my main thought on the politics of the actual incident are that Brown should have said what he said to her face, but couldn’t because he has been lying to the public for 13 years to win right-wing votes. Hoist on his own petard.

  6. With an aging population to pay for we need immigration otherwise our economy won’t work going forward which is always forgotten by people banging on about these evil people coming over here. I’d love to hear another argument for how we can possibly pay for all of us to live to old age.
    So therefore if the following is true:

    ‘The Tier 1 system allows anyone with a bachelor’s degree and recent earnings equivalent to the UK average wage in local terms to enter…’

    Surely that’s a good thing, since it has been shown in studies that those with degrees end up paying more in tax because they tend to get higher paid jobs.

    Then there’s the fact that Brits emigrate abroad themselves in droves every year, often with no grasp of the local language and little wish to learn it. This idea that we are a people being invaded by foreign hordes who are taking away our resources needs to die a quick death, already today another person has tried claiming that there are too many immigrants and with media fanning that lie will just get spread around without a balanced view being put forward. And yet again all GB said was ‘we understand your concerns’, that is not the right response…

    Just how many seats will the BNP and UKIP win this year, I guess 5-10…………

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  8. are we all ‘bigots’ who have experienced an increase in (a) ASB? and; (b) the refusal/failure of local police to (b2) investigate or (b3) record these type of incidents? and; (c) witnessed a (c2)rise in our areas of people from (c3)Poland, (c4)Hungary, (c5)Portugal ? and; (c6)this has been confirmed via BBC’s Panorama who identified the pressures upon the NHS & Schools in Slough as a result of these influx? and; (d)we read of the deaths of Children like ‘Baby P,’ Kyrah Ishaq, Doncaster etc. and others and yet this
    Labour government continues to peddle ‘Spin’ that they are ‘protecting children’ and yet the
    evidence is of persistant and consecutive failures re Child Protection? (e)we know of many people around us who have lost their (e2)jobs and (e3) their homes reposessed and (e4)as a result marriages/families fall apart and; (f)witnessed and seen a rise in overseas Students? and; (f2) know of many who have overstayed? and; (f3)know of police/Home Office not willing to get involved or deport? and; (g)our dustbins not emptied for two weeks and yet; (g2)Council Tax rises? and; (g3)failures of community support by councils? and; (g4)Council
    Heads being paid more than £100,000 with ‘golden hand shakes’ and; (h) the excess’s in Bankers pay after they had been ‘bailed out’ by the UK public and; (h2) Gordon Brown & Darling refusing to control these banks (even though the UK was the main shareholder) and
    letting them refuse money/loans to existing business? and thus; (h3) they went under? and; NEED I GO ON?

    If Gordon Brown wants to blame anyone he should blame himself, not Mrs. Gillian Duffy
    because he (Gordon Brown) appointed these Ministers who have failed him. He should have
    made his Ministers accountable, given them direction but failed to do so!

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