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A great article by Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, in today’s Times (and not just because he very kindly quotes Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them). As he rightly says:

Immigration is an issue on which all three main British parties are on the defensive and hence illiberal.

This is an emerging tragedy for a country whose strength over the centuries has been so clearly based on trade, global business and openness to the free movement of people…

A liberal society like Britain ought to be proud of its long record of benefiting from immigration. If I were a political party, my manifesto would make immigration easier, not harder. Yes, I would want it to be orderly rather than utterly chaotic, but illegality comes from having overly rigid rules, not lax ones.

Highly recommended.

Posted 19 Apr 2010 in Blog, Britain, Immigration, Politics, United States

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