A few days ago, in connection with the fifth anniversary of the February 15 demonstration against the Iraq war, I offered the hypothesis that those who write for the Guardian, including those who write its editorials, would be unlikely to endorse a 'they-march-you-obey' model of democratic politics. Today's leader on public disquiet about immigration confirms that hypothesis. It says:
So, yes, British politicians have a right to talk about immigration. But they also have a responsibility to talk about immigration in a balanced manner. That means educating public opinion as well as kowtowing to it.One can only assume that it is not a view entertained at the world's best-designed newspaper that kowtowing to public opinion must only occur when public opinion accords with Guardianista opinion.