by Stephen Tall on April 18, 2010
You may ask what could have inspired me to write such a headline. Well, it’s none other than George himself.
It’s been another great week for our campaign.”
Hmmm, and “Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?”
But then it’s not been a good day for George, having already launched friendly fire against Boris Johnson by attacking the Tory London mayor’s own policy of an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
‘How can [the Lib Dems] control immigration by giving an amnesty for illegal immigrants?’ asks George, as the Tories search desperately for ways to blunt the Lib Dems’ advance.
The Lib Dems propose a route to earned citizenship where people would have to have lived in this country for 10 years, have a clean record, speak English and want to live here long-term. In contrast, Boris Johnson would offer an amnesty to people who had been here for just five years, as he has written himself:
Should we have a mass programme of expulsions, because that hasn’t worked: it’s legally incredibly difficult, (and) it’s expensive for the state, or should we see if we can develop a sensible system of earned amnesty, so after a substantial period of time – and I would say more than five years – you can, in principle demonstrate your commitment to this society and to this economy. And you can earn your right to stay here.”
Can I just say: I agree with Boris.
Its no wonder the Tories do their best to keep George Osborne out of the limelight as much of the time as possible.