Shadow Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner did not hold back in a Sky interview on 20 April. Gardiner called out host Adam Boulton for giving Conservative Iain Duncan Smith a gentle ride:
On Sky, Gardiner didn’t hold back:
The MP for Brent North questioned whether Labour receives the same treatment:
If that had been a Labour minister sitting there who had failed on their key pledge on immigration…
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Cutting through a defensive host, Gardiner continued:
She didn’t get it below 100,000. And in fact, it’s now up to almost 300,000. This was a key manifesto commitment and you just sort of sit back and say ‘oh well you didn’t manage it’. And now they are saying to you ‘look it doesn’t matter, we’ll just control it in some way’. And you say ‘oh well that’s fine’. This is outrageous. you’re supposed to be holding him to account. You’re going to do that to me.
I’m not going to accept that I’m not going to treat all parties with equal fairness.
Labour and immigration
Then, the presenter put the question onto Gardiner:
Is Labour going to have this target of getting immigration below 100,000?
Gardiner, who is also Shadow Minister for International Climate Change, replied:
Shall I tell you why not? In fact, what we’ve done is put our economic policy before our immigration policy
Research by two leading migration economists at University College showed European migrants made a net contribution of £20bn to UK public finances from 2000-11. If people give in to the xenophobic narrative, it only legitimises anti-immigrant scapegoating. This hands votes to the Conservatives and UKIP.
On any issue, progressive parties need to directly challenge corporate media bias. Hats off to Gardiner for taking Sky to pieces.
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