“One spectacular mistake in which I participated was in lifting the transitional restrictions on the Eastern European states like Poland and Hungary which joined the EU in mid-2004. Other existing EU members, notably France and Germany, decided to stick to the general rule which prevented migrants from these new states from working until 2011. But we thought that it would be good for Britain if these folk could come and work here from 2004.
Thorough research by the Home Office suggested that the impact of this benevolence would in any event be ‘relatively small, at between 5,000 and 13,000 immigrants per year up to 2010’. Events proved these forecasts worthless. Net migration reached close to a quarter of a million at its peak in 2010…
I have never under-estimated the social dislocation that can occur when large numbers of people from abroad settle in a particular area, as has happened in East Lancashire… We messed up.”
He's lying. It was no 'mistake.' Leo McKinstry tells us why in the 14 November 2013 edition of The Daily Express:
"Labour was founded to promote the interests of the British working-class but in recent years through its ideological attachment to mass immigration the party has grievously betrayed the people who were once regarded as the backbone of our country.
Most of the British public has been increasingly appalled at this process of national self destruction... Sensing the deep unpopularity of its immigration policy the party now wants to give the illusion that it has retreated from its dogmatic stance... Apologies for the past are uttered with increasing frequency.
This week former home secretary Jack Straw confessed that the last Labour government made a 'spectacular mistake' by relaxing border controls on eastern European migrants. His admission follows the grim statement from another Labour former home secretary David Blunkett who warned that the antisocial behaviour of Roma migrants in Sheffield is fuelling 'understandable tensions' that could 'lead to disorder.'
Yet this orchestrated pantomime of contrition could hardly be less convincing. For a start all this hand-wringing from party elders has been focused entirely on the European Union, yet the majority of immigration to Britain under Labour was from outside the EU. Most of the vast influx, running at an annual rate of more than 550,000 new arrivals during Labour's last years in office, came from Asia, Africa and the Americas...
In power Labour portrayed all objections to open borders as racist, outdated xenophobia, as exemplified by Gordon Brown's denunciation of Rochdale voter Gillian Duffy as 'a bigoted woman' for daring to voice her concern about the transformation of her neighbourhood...
Blunkett might now wail about the impact of the Roma in his Sheffield constituency but he was one of the chief architects of the immigration free-for-all famously declaring a decade ago that he saw 'no obvious limit.'
Labour politicians now try to pretend that their approach was, in Straw's words, 'a mistake' but in truth the obliteration of our borders was a deliberate policy to transform our society. Britain's demographic revolution was carefully plotted in Whitehall.
As Peter Mandelson recently put it: 'We were sending out search parties for people.' And one of Straw's very first acts as home secretary in 1997 was to remove restrictions on migrants bringing their families into Britain. There followed a host of other measures such as dishing out work permits, British passports and student visas like confetti and allowing the asylum system to slide into chaos. At the same time the 1998 Human Rights Act, another of Straw's dubious achievements, made it harder to deport illegal immigrants while Labour's remorseless expansion of the benefits system acted as a magnet for foreign freeloaders.
One of the great myths of immigration peddled by Leftwing ideologues is that all arrivals come here to work. In fact as a recent independent study demonstrated migrants from outside the EU cost our society far more than they contribute because so many are dependent on welfare.
Labour's abolition of controls was accompanied by remorseless pro-immigration propaganda where the work ethic of the British people was constantly derided and our national identity trashed.
In 2001 the Labour foreign secretary Robin Cook sneered at the very concept of Britishness declaring that our nation was just 'a gathering of countless different races and communities, the vast majority of which were not even indigenous to these islands.' In reality Britain was, until the arrival of Tony Blair, one of the most homogeneous nations in the Western world.
Labour pursued this policy for two reasons: one cynical the other ideological. The party knew that it would vastly expand its base of support through an increasing foreign influx since 80 per cent of migrants vote Labour. Just as importantly New Labour under Tony Blair was filled with loathing for traditional British nationhood.
As Blair's former aide Andrew Neather revealed, 'Mass immigration was the way that the government was going to make the UK truly multicultural' and 'rub the Right's nose in diversity.'Jack Straw is Jewish.
The British people, especially Labour's traditional supporters in the working class, are paying a terrible price for this social experiment as our public services slide into permanent crisis and neighbourhoods become ever more fractured."
Straw and Blair concealed plan to allow in more migrants
The English are potentially very aggressive, very violent
Your crowd, Jack! Yours and his
St George and the Multicult
In the video below, Jack Straw can be seen condemning the behaviour of Muslim paedophiles.
He did so in 2011, the year after he left office. He NEVER spoke out about such behaviour during the thirteen years New Labour was in office, though much of that time he was in a DIRECT position, as Home Secretary and Justice Secretary, to do something about it the criminality he condemns here.
In fact, when others, most notably, the BNP and the National Front, were bringing these matters to the attention of the public, Straw et al. were creating laws to try and prevent them from doing so. Wherever the concerned Nationalist tried to warn the British people of the danger, they were, according to the PC lawmakers, inciting racial hatred.
Anyway, here he is, fourteen years too late, 'inciting racial hatred.'