Oh, the irony… For years I was accused of being racist – just for warning about immigration. Now I’m being made a Lord

It is remarkable that I, a campaigner against mass immigration, should this week have been granted a life peerage. A decade ago that would have been unthinkable, but the fact that it is now happening is a measure of how much attitudes have changed.

It has certainly taken a while. When I co-founded MigrationWatch with Professor David Coleman in 2001, nobody wanted to touch the subject. There was a widespread fear of being accused of racism that the Left were only too willing to exploit, and still are.

You might call it the ‘Rotherham syndrome’: if the matter touches on race, don’t touch it.