Hoist and petard come to mind

There are those who insist that Labour opened the non-EU immigration flood gates in order to gain a complaint electorate:

Labour have seen a collapse in their crucial ethnic minority vote since 2010 in a blow for Ed Miliband with three quarters of Indian voters abandoning the party.

Influential pollsters say that Labour are mistaken in their belief they are “sitting pretty” with the ethnic minority vote and Indian, Pakistani and African voters are turning away from the party in huge numbers.

The number of Indian voters identifying with the Labour party has fallen from 77 per cent in 1997 to just 18 per cent in 2014 – a fall of over three quarters, according to the figures from the British Election Study.

Pakistani support has fallen from 77 to 57 per cent, a fall of 27 per cent. Meanwhile Carribean support has dropped 14 per cent from 78 to 67 per cent.

Support from the African community has dropped by 20 per cent, from 79 to 63 per cent, the research shows.

Bit of a pisser if they’ve gone and changed the country but not even achieved their aim.

13 thoughts on “Hoist and petard come to mind”

  1. bloke (not) in spain

    I’m gonna predict another reversal.
    Developing countries are indeed developing. In due course they’ll be looking for skilled & educated labour. And even the relatively unskilled, in the UK market, will have useful skills to offer.
    UK immigrants have already immigrated once. Even their children will be more mobile. And, of course, they’ll speak the languages of the countries of need. So the UK will see a gradual but increasing reversal of immigration, starting with those “valuable” immigrants we’ve all been told are so beneficial, as they seek growing & better opportunities.
    Gonna do wonders for house prices as they start to sell up..

  2. So the UK will see a gradual but increasing reversal of immigration, starting with those “valuable” immigrants we’ve all been told are so beneficial, as they seek growing & better opportunities.

    And when they do, Richie will want to tax them…

  3. Telegraph staff still can’t add up– 77 to 57 % is a drop of 20 not 27 %. 78 to 67% is 11 not 14% and 79 to 63% is 16% not 20%

  4. Mr E,
    77 to 57 is a drop of 20 percentage *points*.
    20/77 is 26% (so the DT still can’t count. 11/78 is 14%, 16/79 is 20%)

  5. @B(n)is

    That started to happen when India implemented reforms in the early 1990s and their economy started to grow. It stopped or slowed when they lost their bottle and and cancelled the free market reforms eg not allowing foreign supermarkets to own >50% of the business.

    Happy Christmas one and all.

  6. Many years ago, when New Labours tide was riding high…

    I had a dinner party with my fiance at her place in Hampstead. Somehow we had invited a True Believer in The Third Way.

    She cheerfully informed me, that as a Tory (which I’m not, bit like Tim) that immigration would put *me* out of power forever.

    She was the only other white person in the room – in fact she and I were the only non first generation immigrants. You could have heard a pin drop.

    Grinning nastily I changed the topic. We started with capital punishment, wandered through prison reform, welfare…..

    We deadlocked on what to do with the Taliban – I and a couple of them held that nuking Afghanistan to the bedrock was rude.

  7. Every state with a muslim minority reaches the point where a political party arises, affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood. At that point, muslim voters will support no other party. In the UK, Respect is probably morphing into the MB party.

  8. So Much for Subtlety

    bloke (not) in spain – “Developing countries are indeed developing.”

    Some developing countries are, indeed, developing. Not many of them.

    “In due course they’ll be looking for skilled & educated labour.”

    You and I will be long dead before most of the Third World sh!tholes that are sending us their surplus rapists have a labour shortage. China may be the only exception. Societies that are dysfunctional are, indeed, dysfunctional. Even though development is easy and they know how to do it, they won’t. They will choose otherwise.

    “Even their children will be more mobile. And, of course, they’ll speak the languages of the countries of need.”

    In the second and third generation?

    I will predict a more likely scenario. The only people who will be leaving the UK will be the remnants of the White middle class population who will be fleeing the civil war and race rioting that is slow turning the UK into Lebanon.

  9. Surely this is just the early Indian immigrants that were reasonably well educated? I think they’ve fixed that now.

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