The ragged-trousered philanthropists

By September 4, 2014February 18th, 2021No Comments

‘On the subject of immigration, let me make it absolutely clear; I’m not against immigration.’

Douglas Carswell
UKIP Candidate for Clacton

The latest recruit to UKIP’s Barmy Army ought to get on well with the leader of his new party. As he said in the European ‘parliament’ last year, Farage also wants more immigration. Especially from the Middle East. That should go down like a bomb with the electorate.

If the Tories select Roger (‘Some of my best friends are Sherpas’) Lord in a so-called open primary, the abortive brain-child of Carswell, the result could well be to let Labour in through the middle. Oh, the irony of it all.

The electors of Clacton look set to be faced with at least four pro-immigration parties, ie, Lib-Lab-Con plus UKIP.

The end of George Orwell’s Animal Farm comes to mind: where the half-starved and exhausted animals look through the window at the pigs and the men feasting on the fruit of their labour and find it difficult to see any difference between them.

Our people are indeed, in Robert Tressell’s words, ‘ragged-trousered philanthropists’.