This whirlpool of nonsense and hypocrisy from the Conservatives over the past 15 years would be laughable if it was not infuriating.
First published in May 2021.
In 2006, the Tories voted against ID cards, which were intended (in part) to help to track and control immigration, because it was “anti-democratic and costly”.
In 2008, the Tories said that Labour had let migration get out of control.
In 2009, the Tories announced they had abolished the ID card scheme.
In 2011, the Tories also abolished the system storing ID data.
In 2012, the Tories complained of insufficient data to track people within our borders.
In 2014, the Tories warned that we couldn’t ID people inside our own borders.
In 2016, the Tories led us to Brexit, so we could control our borders.
In 2019, Brexit happened, and we could prevent things from entering the UK.
In 2020, Covid happened, and we left our borders open.
In 2021, an Electoral Commission report found 6 cases of voter fraud. So, the Tories introduced ID cards costing millions, and reducing access to democracy.
I conclude by noting that the Tories are often described as “the natural party of government”.
No, they really are.
▫ Russell Jones, Designer, data analyst, blogger.
- Russell Jones is the author of The Decade in Tory
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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 14 May 2021 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]
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