I’ve been impressed, despite myself, with the effectiveness of the big parties’ efforts to blame the difficulties caused by their absolute failures in building and maintaining decent public infrastructure over the last few decades on immigration. Trains are crowded? Don’t blame our inability to expand the public transport network – blame those filthy immigrants! Unable to afford a house? Don’t blame the fact that we’ve flooded the market with investors by halving CGT and inflated the price with counterproductive grants – blame the diabolical Chinese! In absolute poverty because we won’t provide welfare even at a subsistence level? Look over there! A boat person getting food! It’s her fault!
Such an easy catch-all. So much less effort than actually building the necessary services and utilities on which we all rely and that will only get worse while the politicians can get away with deflecting the issue.
But I don’t think they’ve exhausted all the possibilities yet. What else can they blame on immigrants? The drought, perhaps? Childhood obesity? Our low birth rate? Your suggestions in the comments.