The Daily Mail is running a series of extracts from Tom Bower's biography of Tony Blair. Today's extract details the Blair government's conspiracy to promote immigration in private while denying it in public. The J factor is prominently in evidence. Many of the people involved in the conspiracy were Jews. As I have mentioned before, Jonathan Portes was the author of the secret policy paper outlining the open-doors approach to immigration; and key ministers involved in implementing it were Jews, notably Jack Straw and Barbara Roche.
Jack Straw said this about his parentage in his autobiography Last Man Standing:
The woman who was to become his wife, my maternal grandmother, was called, eccentrically, ‘Olive Bill’. Her parents were east European Jewish émigrés who had come to the UK in the late 1880s. Little is known about their provenance. The family’s surname ‘Bill’ was almost certainly an anglicized version of their German or Yiddish name. My nana’s father was a silversmith.
On Roche's background:
Born in 1954 and educated at Jews Free School in Camden, Barbara Roche’s attitude to equality and diversity coupled with her natural aptitude for public speaking and debate allowed her to flourish in both of her areas of passion: politics and the law.Source
This part of the article describes the Roche effect on immigration policy.
Could this chicanery get any worse? It did — with the appointment of Barbara Roche as Junior Immigration Minister.
Blair refused to create a Cabinet committee dedicated to immigration or to appoint a specialist adviser until midway in his premiership. Blair’s only instruction to her was to deport bogus asylum seekers.
But Roche wasn’t playing. In her first conversation with a senior immigration official, she was candid: ‘I think asylum seekers should be allowed to stay. Removal takes too long, and it’s emotional.’ Even the word ‘bogus,’ she maintained, created a negative feeling.
‘It was clear Roche wanted more immigrants to come to Britain,’ recalled Stephen Boys-Smith, the new head of the immigration directorate. ‘She didn’t see her job as controlling entry, but by looking at the wider picture “in a holistic way” she wanted us to see the benefit of a multicultural society.’
Jack Straw never openly contradicted Roche — it simply wasn’t worth the risk of alienating the Labour Party. So she set to work on a speech, in which she outlined the advantages of reducing controls to immigration and portrayed asylum seekers as skilled labour.
She didn’t discuss what she was going to say with Straw. ‘He wasn’t interested. And nor was Blair,’ she said. ‘[Blair] didn’t understand the process and wasn’t interested in the detail . . . He was shallow. He had no grasp of immigration policy. There was no policy.’
In her speech, Roche argued for more work permits for migrants, skating over the fact that the number of permits had already risen to 40,000 — compared with 25,000 when Labour entered office. That way, she claimed, economic migrants would no longer have to pose as asylum seekers. Roche described them as the ‘entrepreneurs, the scientists, the high-technology specialists who make the global economy tick’.
She refused to be tied down on how many more would arrive as a direct result of her policy. Setting target figures, she said, would be a ‘foolish’ mistake. Once Roche had finished her draft, she showed it to Straw, but he made no comment.
Finally, the speech was sent to No 10 for approval. At this point, Charlie Falconer, minister at the Cabinet Office, spotted that Roche was using economic migrants as a smokescreen for increasing immigration. The speech, he said, should not be delivered.
His warning was ignored — so the pro-immigration lobby assumed Blair endorsed Roche’s views. The speech was duly delivered to a select gathering of the converted. ‘Well done, Barbara,’ Blair told Roche soon afterwards. Despite its controversial content, her speech passed relatively unnoticed. But migrants quickly grasped its importance and passed the news on to their friends and family across the world.Source