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The mainstream media, not least the BBC, has lapped up Gordon Brown's gaffe over the voter he called bigoted yesterday. But its portrayal of the incident has much more insidiously 'normalised' anti-immigrant prejudice - and that is not being talked about. It should be.
As the election campaign rumbles on, one voice is invariably missing whenever asylum and immigration comes up: the voice of asylum seekers. Anselme Noumbiwa is destined to be deported to Cameroon tomorrow morning. He will be forcibly removed, handcuffed and taken, restrained by the sheer force of at least two immigration officials, on a charter flight to return to mortal danger and torture. You can do something about this.
In what amounts to a less than subtle clue to the way in which politicians and the media have been constructing the public 'debate' on migration, Labour's new manifesto has a large section entitled: "Crime and Immigration".
As if the two somehow belong together by default.