Today, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon claimed that some British towns are feeling “swamped” by migrant workers and their residents felt “under siege”, in comments being compared to Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech.
With Prime Minister David Cameron facing off stiff opposition from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker when it comes to curbing movement within the EU, Mr Fallon said the Germans shouldn’t write off the plans before seeing them.
He told Sky News' Murnaghan: “The Germans haven’t seen our proposal yet, and we haven’t seen our proposal yet. That is still being worked on at the moment to see what we can do to prevent whole towns and communities being swamped by huge numbers of migrant workers.
“In some areas, particularly on the east coast, yes, towns do feel under siege from large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits. It is quite right that we look at that.”
What's next Michael Fallon, a Kristallnacht? Why not start describe immigrants as 'rats' or 'vermin'? That's the subtext after all.; Stephen (@sjrw) October 26, 2014
Tories always use 'swamped' re immigrants when backs against wall. Rmmbr Thatcher used it in 1978 Ilford N by-election when @jowellt was PPC; Ash McGregor (@ashmcgregor) October 26, 2014
Tories say our communities are becoming "swamped" with immigrants. Much rather a community made of immigrants, than Tories. #JustSaying.; Dr Éoin Clarke (@LabourEoin) October 26, 2014
Michael Fallon having an Enoch moment there.; Ian Meikle (@imeikle) October 26, 2014
I mean. In the UK, we use more land for golf courses than for housing. Odd how Fallon's never said we're "besieged" by putters, isn't it?; Michael Sylvain (@onebuttonmonkey) October 26, 2014
Defence Minister Michael Fallon talking about British towns being "swamped" & "under siege" from immigrants. Evidence pls? Idiot. #Murnaghan; Jim AK (@jamesak47) October 26, 2014
Fallon spouting Tory/UKIP lie that there are large numbers of immigrants in UK claiming benefits. 93% are WORKING #Murnaghan; Bernard McEldowney (@BernardMcEldown) October 26, 2014
And there were opinions on both both sides of the argument:
@guardian They are! Immigrants are not the reason for peoples ills but the fact remains, communities are changing beyond recognition.; david charles bowen (@davidcharlesbow) October 26, 2014
Michael Fallon Says Parts Of Britain Are 'Swamped' With Immigrants, In Huge Rhetoric Escalation http://t.co/OSj3XKRrZq < Correct.; Gary Hayman (@haymansafc) October 26, 2014
2late to worry abt it! This country has changed forever! immigration is NOT good for the low paid, low skilled ppl! http://t.co/278xSEaiY7; Darren (@dustydaz) October 26, 2014
The BBC are spending ages discussing whether the word "swamped" with regards to immigration is right to use or not. Get over yourselves.; Leah Everett (@_VOTEUKIP2015) October 26, 2014
His views have largely been met with consternation, however, though some were more sympathetic.
A Councillor in Cambridge, Richard Johnson, tweeted: “I feel queasy that ministers use this language”, while others have been a bit more forthcoming in their denouncements including one with: “Ignorant, bigoted Tory c***”.Reuse content