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Immigration anxiety is in decline, partly because our borders are now more secure. We don't need a cap

By Liam Byrne   October 2008

For many years, perhaps since the Corn Law debates, then the age of empire, and, later, the world wars, Britain has stood broadly on the side of “open.” I don’t think we can take this predisposition for granted any more. In fact, there is a risk that voters will soon start to make different choices—voting for a bit more protectionism, a bit less foreign aid, a bit less Europe and feeling a bit less comfortable about strangers.

This is the challenge for progressives today: to make the case that “carefully open” is good. To give people a fair chance to…

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