The Telegraph's Sam Leith says Something Must Be Done:
"The obvious thing to do is to reassert control over our own borders. Every doctor, teacher, accountant and engineer should be forced to register with a government agency. They should be given vouchers for food, and their passports held by the state. Those considered a flight risk could be detained in camps - or 'domicile centres' - in and around the Channel ports. If their appeals to be allowed to leave are turned down, they should be forcibly repatriated to Esher, Tunbridge Wells, Dorking and Hammersmith and, if necessary, tagged."
"It is no longer enough to shrug our shoulders in a bien-pensant way, and prate about 'yooman rights' while our middle-class white migrants are allowed to swamp the peoples of other nations, destroying their unique characters and their traditional ways of life. That, at least, is the view we can expect the self-styled "hard-headed pragmatists" of the Right to take...This newspaper believes in free trade, and is in favour of the unhindered movement of labour across borders to areas of economic need...[But] many British expatriate communities refuse to integrate with their host nations. They congregate in ugly ghettos in the French countryside and along the Spanish coast, eating their own food - egg and chips; imported Marmite - and speaking their own language. They offend the tolerant and peaceable people of their host nations with their imported and alien customs of 'binge drinking', promiscuity and visible displays of pink flesh."
Hear, hear Brigadier! Let's face the facts!:
"Though many of them claim to have been 'forced' out of their own country by a 'totalitarian' government and a punitive tax regime, let us be clear: these people are selfish economic migrants. The worst of them write seditious letters to newspapers back home in an attempt to destabilise the Government."
What a scamp. Leith's mischief was not appreciated by a majority of commenters. Quoth one, tenderly:
"A typical hypocritical bourgeois attitude and sanctimoniously sickening criticism towards all English working person wherever they reside. Go outside your office and look, listen and learn. Don't be so neo-liberally fascistic as all your greasy journalist and media pals."
The columnist's sin in such eyes was to put his finger on the great contradiction in much Right thinking: the one arising from, on the one hand, lauding unimpeded market forces while, on the other, angrily resenting some of the cultural changes that inevitably occur as a result. Oh yes, and the hypocrisy. He's got a handle on that too.
It's rather fashionable to say that the Left is caught in a paradox over the effects of globalisation, for favouring immigration yet, at the same time, fretting over the strain on public services and the erosion of social solidarity. Insofar as that is true - itself debatable - I've a feeling that the Right's double bind is at least as disabling and, boy, does it hate anyone pointing it out.