That was Bill Shorten’s reply when asked: which politicians do you admire the most? If that was his answer, what do you think his answer would be to the question, what do you think about open borders?
Even though this would probably be the same answer given by Malcolm, with Bill he is backed by a party who agree with their leader, while with Malcolm, most of the rest think he is he biggest fool of a leader they have ever had to deal with.
We remain a parliamentary system and so the leader remains no more than first among equals. You have seen it with the “Safe Schools” Project and with other things as well. The leader’s views are not the last word. Putting Labor last remains the only answer if we want to ensure that the fact that our land is girt by sea will still count for something. Let me take you to this which is in no sense an argument against legal migration and from anywhere in the world:
When politicians want to import tens of millions of new immigrants it can look like Washington is trying to remake the electorate. This isn’t pure fantasy. In 1996, Bill Clinton’s White House instructed the Immigration and Naturalization Service “to streamline the naturalization process and greatly increase naturalizations during 1996.” Sure enough, Hispanics more than doubled as a portion of the electorate for Clinton’s 1996 reelection, according to exit polls.
The more dependent on public services voters are, the more the electorate will vote for the party of handouts. As in: Shocking claims Tony Blair led a mass migration conspiracy to ensure Labour’s rule.
The controversial Prime Minister cynically dismantled UK border controls so that two million migrants could settle in the country – and vote for him in future elections.
He then gagged Labour officials and his most senior ministers, telling them not to discuss immigration in public under any circumstances for fear of a backlash.
And how well that worked out. From The Daily Mail: How Blair silenced debate over migrant influx and refused to acknowledge public’s doubts about open borders. It begins:
Jack Straw, Tony Blair’s first Home Secretary, was worried. ‘Isn’t immigration the sort of issue which can blow up in our face?’ he asked the Prime Minister.
‘Immigration won’t be an issue,’ replied Blair. ‘Immigration is good for Britain.’
All through his three terms of office, the PM never changed his mind. By the time he stepped down, over two million more migrants than the government expected had settled in Britain — but he dismissed any concerns by claiming they were good for the economy.
Anyone against free-flowing immigration was assumed to be a racist Tory, a view underpinned by the BBC’s reluctance to debate the issue and endorsed by Labour’s promotion of multiculturalism.
Read both articles and then think about the politics of the UK, Europe and California in the context of the political views of our alternative Prime Minister.