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Immigrants, Bigots, Politicians [Apr. 30th, 2010|01:09 am]
Douglas Spencer
I've been thinking about this for a day and half. I said a couple of things on Twitter. And then someone posted something here on LJ, and I commented, and it was long enough for a post of its own, so here it is.

Disclaimer: I have middle-class white British [mostly-]heterosexual educated privilege.

You know what my position is? I want a good doctor, and a good dentist, and a good plumber and electrician and grocer and handyman and library assistant and call-centre-person, and I don't much care whether they're from Formby or Formosa. And I expect to be good at my job if I hope to keep it and I expect to be replaced by someone better if I'm not.

For years I've had a GP from India, and he's brilliant. And a dentist from Buckinghamshire, and she's brilliant too. And I'm delighted to have each of them.

And there was a time five years ago when I really wished immigration was easier in Washington DC, USA... and I recognise how hypocritical I'd be if I wanted it to be harder here.

I just kind of wish that if Gordon was prepared to say "she's a bigot" in the car, he'd have been prepared to say "you're a bigot" to her face, and engage with her and find out what she thinks is wrong, and help her to find out what he thinks is wrong. I think that's one of his failings on this occasion.
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[User Picture]From: starbrow
2010-04-30 07:14 am (UTC)
I can understand why he didn't, to be honest. Of course he couldn't have called her a bigot to her face - the tempest in the media would have been far worse, as well as the outrage among the populace who already don't like him too much. The fact that he did say what he did in what he thought was in private may be the only thing that saves this from being an actual disaster for the campaign - people, bar the media, are too cognisant of times they've said things about people in private that they would never want aired.

I'm glad, however, that he recognises bigotry when he sees it. That's pretty much what I've taken away from this.
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