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The fantasy of Theresa May’s immigration target

Irrational nationalism demands that we rebuild our sense of shared truth

We know that building walls of targets will not make anyone safe, but the need to feel part of a group is greater than the truth. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

We will build a wall made up of policies and immigration controls, of numbers in the “tens of thousands.” Once erected, it will fortify a landscape of faintly dappled Britishness, in which children will play, and nurses will once again wear caps that make them look like angels.

Theresa May probably really does believe that it is possible to build…

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