The Scotsman reports that Britain is one of the most xenophobic countries in the world, according to a poll:
Ipsos, a Paris-based polling firm, found 60 per cent believing that immigrants were a bad influence on Britain – the highest proportion of all countries surveyed.
Internal polling from Labour and the Tories shows that voters have more faith in Mr Howard to take a firm grip of migration. But the UKIP is shown to make high progress in opinion polls.
For a second there, I thought they were talking about Australia.
Anti-Scottish sentiment has entered the campaign in London, where an Essex-based party named the “English Democrats” has sent leaflets through letter-boxes highlighting Scottish Executive policies.
“By paying £10 billion extra to Scotland under the Barnett Formula, Scots now have a better education, transport and care with free prescriptions, residential care for the elderly and now top-up fees,” it reads.
“All at the expense of the long-suffering English taxpayer! This is the real North/South divide.” The party is campaigning against devolution for the English regions and also calls for withdrawal from the EU.
Cross-party MPs say immigration is not playing anywhere near as strongly in Scotland, where ministers are worried at the reverse problem: failing to attract enough migrants to stop depopulation.
Ah, the English. We love our former colonial masters, they’re just so wacky!