Source: Guardian (UK)
A new survey points the way to a balanced and rational approach to immigration that could win widespread consent.
About immigration, it used to be charged that there was a “conspiracy of silence”. The liberal political elite, wanting to dupe the public or scared of arousing the passions of voters, had connived to muzzle an honest and proper national conversation. If that was true once, and I think it was a bit, you cannot say it is true now. Politicians won’t shut up about it. There are days when the conversation seems to be about almost nothing but immigration.
Ed Miliband has just devoted an entire party political broadcast to immigration, a first for Labour, this following two big speeches from him on the subject. In his broadcast, which was co-ordinated with a further speech by the shadow home secretary, Labour offered the latest in its series of apologies for opening the door too wide when it was in office. Over in the Tory part of the forest, Theresa May made her own “keynote speech” just before Christmas and is making frequent noises about “crackdowns” of one kind or another. Iain Duncan Smith is meanwhile working himself and Tory backbenchers into a lather about a supposed “crisis” in “benefit tourism”. Ah, that’s what David Cameron meant when he swore he would not let the Tories respond to their drubbing in Eastleigh by “lurching to the right”.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Spain is gearing up for profound reforms to its eviction laws driven by deafening public pressure in which immigrants – particularly from Ecuador – stand out as quiet protagonists, both as victims and as advocates.
Evictions have become a social trauma amid a grueling crisis and record unemployment of 26 percent. The visible plight – from suicides to homelessness – has come to symbolize the country’s pain, uniting public opinion from across the political and social spectrum in demands for new legislation.
Many people are furious that the governing Popular Party was quick to bail out its ailing banks with more than 41 billion euro in European-lent funds, but has yet to offer indebted homeowners relief or even a real reprieve from evictions.