UK: Reader’s letter: Talking about immigration is not racist

When I saw that the UKIP leader Nigel Farage had been egged by a man in Nottingham I smiled. I smiled because as the politicians on the left and right compete for a “new” stance on immigration, they fail to see that many voters have lost faith in them. The underhanded rhetoric is now beginning as we see the likes of Cameron, Clegg and Milliband dithering along. They just don’t get it.

In 2006 when Jack Straw said that Muslim women should abandon wearing the burqa he quickly backed down – and yet when he asked women to remove their veils in his constituency office he was attacked but no one called him a racist. The same can be said in 2013 when David Blunkett warned an influx of Roma migrants could lead to riots in Britain – no one called him a racist. Yet when UKIP talk about it, it’s classed (by some) as racism.