The UK has a problem: too many people who need housing assistance, and not enough state or council houses to provide for them all. Now Industry Minister Margaret Hodge has a solution: state racism:
We prioritise the needs of an individual migrant family over the entitlement others feel they have. So a recently arrived family with four or five children living in a damp and overcrowded, privately rented flat with the children suffering from asthma will usually get priority over a family with less housing need who have lived in the area for three generations and are stuck at home with the grandparents.
We should look at policies where the legitimate sense of entitlement felt by the indigenous family overrides the legitimate need demonstrated by the new migrants.
But it will all be done "fairly", of course, in a way that neatly disguises the fact that they will essentially be discounting need based on the colour of the applicant's skin:
We should also look at drawing up different rules based on, for instance, length of residence, citizenship or national insurance contributions which carry more weight in a transparent points system used to decide who is entitled to access social housing.
This sort of "Britain for the British" policy is something I would expect from the BNP, not a Labour Party which is supposedly committed to equality. But it sems that a decade of pandering to the most hateful elements of British society on immigration and asylum issues has both normalised racism, and left precious little difference between the two.