The five things you need to know about politics today.
1. SOLD, TO THE HIGHEST LIDDERS David Lidington is one of the great survivors of the past 20 years of the Tory party. A key
Sticking to a net migration target that means nothing is simply not the way forward. We need a government who will make promises it can keep and ensure that we remain a key player in the world to help us create the jobs of the future. David Cameron has shown again today why his government will not and cannot do that.
The Prime Minister Can Make Announcements, But It Doesn't Change Four Years of Inaction and Failure on Immigration
Britain has benefited over many centuries from the amazing contributions of immigrants welcomed to our shores to build our biggest companies, sustain our NHS and win us Nobel prizes. And immigration will be even more important in future in a globalised economy. But it is because immigration is so important that it needs to be controlled and the impact of immigration needs to be fair for all.
The government is unable to admit that there are different kinds of immigration: immigration that works for Britain and immigration that doesn't. For example, in his first speech, the new Immigration Minister James Brokenshire didn't seem to differentiate between a highly-skilled engineer coming to work in the UK, or postgraduate students carrying out research and low skilled migration.
David Cameron is under pressure to stop hiding an official report which would undermine government rhetoric about immigrants
Growing concerns that migrants see the UK as "closed for business" could be confirmed by official migration figures set to
Theresa May is all over the place on EU migration. On Sunday she said one thing, Monday something else entirely. Nick Clegg has weighed into a phoney war about it too. But the result is there is now total confusion and a massive gap between government rhetoric and reality which just undermine's public trust.
Nowhere Is the Government's Rhetoric More Out of Place With Reality Than Its Failure on Immigration Policy
Instead of these practical and sensible policies the Government have pedalled grossly offensive and ineffective Ad Vans, recalling the language of the 1970s National Front. The Tories set out to play divide and rule, but they have been left with a net migration target nobody trusts, falling levels of confidence and increased public concern.