Is Johnston Press setting out its stall to support UKIP at the next election? The reason I ask is that The Star’s Letters Page has been dominated recently by letters which would not be out of place in a UKIP or even a BNP election leaflet.
First there was that from Daniel Gage. I presume this is the one-time Dronfield councillor who the Tories wanted to put forward as their candidate to stand against Nick Clegg at the 2010 General Election. It’s hard to believe that someone espousing the views in Gage’s letter could have been elected to a parish council, let alone be considered as a potential MP.
He claims that “unlike politicians”, he talks and listens to people: clearly though, he is a politician (albeit a failed one) and his letter is intended to rally the like-minded to his cause. He says that, as he walks round Sheffield, he “more often than not” hears people talking in a foreign language. I can assure him that I have a similar difficulty in understanding what people, like him, from Dronfield are saying.
His assertion “that is for you to decide but eventually decide you must for this issue will only get worse” sounds chillingly like Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
Just as sinister is his claim that “culture” is more important than democracy”. I don’t think that, by “culture”, he means opera and ballet but, rather, ethnicity. In other words, we might need a dictator to step in to sort out immigration.
Like Gage, LS (Letters , December 26) is clearly obsessed with immigration. He obviously believes that he has been thinking deep thoughts and can only properly convey them by using a footballing metaphor.
Apparently, he is as talented a chef as Ryan Giggs is a footballer but his remuneration is nowhere near that of Giggs.
Not only that, but Giggs benefits from the best medical care when he gets injured whereas he, LS, has to wait for treatment. That must be a great surprise to everyone.
He introduces a “19- year-old striker from Afghanistan” and wonders whether this person would be aware of his duty to put the ball in the back of the net. I would have thought the answer to that is that if he wasn’t a) he shouldn’t be playing as a striker and b) his manager would soon make it pretty clear.
He asks whether Great Britain should only offer contracts to those “that (sic) can play the game to a very high standard”. At last we know what he has been getting at all along – only allow the highly-skilled and qualified to come into the country.
The problem with this is that the economy relies on a supply of immigrant labour prepared to work long hours for not much pay.
If The Star continues to publish letters from the likes of Gage and LS I hope most of its readers will see their attempt to occupy some lofty moral or intellectual position as a grubby little mask for their bigotry.