Saturday, July 15, 2006
Amnesty for Migrant Workers - will the means as well as the end!
Today’s Independent comes out – in its Leader column – in favour of an amnesty for “illegal” migrants, pointing out that this is the policy of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU). It is also, of course, the policy of UNISON (see http://www.unison.org.uk/conference2006/news_view.asp?did=2710).
However, the Independent also covered some serious misrepresentation from New Labour “spin doctors” about the Labour leadership campaign of John McDonnell MP, which is dealt with very well on John’s blog (http://www.john4leader.org.uk/ ).
It’s no good “liberal” papers – or national trade unions for that matter - supporting sensible and progressive policies such as an amnesty for “illegal” migrants, if they won’t also back a progressive, socialist candidate for leader of the Labour Party! It is no good willing the end of progressive politics if you won't will the means to get to that end.