Priti Patel blames Jeremy Corbyn for the failure of government policy to control immigration.
Blaming Jeremy Corbyn for everything descended to new depths of absurdity on Question Time (BBC Television 10:45. 29th September) last night when panellist Priti Patel, who was born in London to a Ugandan Indian migrant family, stated that immigration to this country is out of control with vast numbers of migrants arriving almost daily, placing an intolerable burden on housing, jobs, social services and the infrastructure of our society. The cause of this problem is, according to Patel, the absolute failure of Jeremy Corbyn to control the numbers of migrants, arriving in this country from Europe and additionally as refugees from outside, and the failure of his policies on immigration. The problem will, according to Patel, deteriorate as Corbyn's policy of allowing uncontrolled numbers of migrants unfolds over time, allowing more and more people to arrive in this country as her parents did in the 1960's, fleeing from persecution in Idi Amin's Uganda. Priti Patel you may remember, made a great point of criticising uncontrolled immigration and the disastrous effect that this was having on the economy of the United Kingdom, during the recent Referendum campaign where she was a prominent member of the "Brexit" camp.
|Question Time Chair, David Dimbleby|
The great deficiency in Patel's case against Jeremy Corbyn as she presented last night, was the simple but momentous fact, a fact that David Dimbleby and the rest of the panel, (either by accident or design) failed to mention, is that Jeremy Corbyn has been leader of the Labour Party for just over 12 months and consequently, as leader of the opposition, has and is, not responsible for this or any other area of conservative government policy.
Priti Patel on the other hand, was elected as Member of Parliament for Witham in 2010 and thus has been sitting on government benches throughout her parliamentary career. She would therefore share responsibility for the failure of her conservative government to control immigration to this country, a failure going back over at least the last 7 years.
Blaming the Labour party generally and Jeremy Corbyn in particular, has become the usual practice over recent years with media and television leaning over backwards in their attempts to discredit the party and the leader. However, the nonsense disappears into complete farce when the factual content of the "criticism" is so glaringly preposterous.