Created: Thursday, 24 July 2008 21:28
Issues of immigration, asylum and migrant labour have deliberately been kept at the centre of political debate by reactionary elements in the media, the main political parties and the state and by the fascist British National Party. This continual barrage has led to a widespread perception in our society – including in some sections of the working class – that Britain is being 'swamped’ by other ethnic groups and nationalities, that immigrants and migrant workers are ‘bogus’ asylum seekers who receive privileged access to our public and welfare services, and that the so-called ‘white British’ are victims of a foreign invasion.
Such one-sided and xenophobic attitudes help conceal the role playing by the capitalist state and by capital itself in creating the economic and social problems afflicting working people and their families everywhere. The acceptance of reactionary, anti-immigrant sentiments by sections of the working class in Britain is one of the biggest obstacles to the development of basic working class and political consciousness. As the Marxist party of the labour movement, therefore, the Communist Party has a particular responsibility to develop and present an analysis of these issues – one which serves the interests of the working class rather than those of monopoly capital, the right and the fascists.