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Corbyn thinks the “importation” of EU migrants has destroyed workers’ rights—he is totally, utterly wrong

His comments on Sunday betray an ignorance of basic economics—and a fundamental similarity with Nigel Farage

By Oliver Kamm  

Jeremy Corbyn and Seamus Milne arrive at Broadcasting House in London ahead of his appearance on the Marr Show on Sunday. Photo: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

Labour has long been host to an unpleasant strain of nativism. It was Harold Wilson’s government that passed the unabashedly discriminatory Commonwealth Immigration Act in 1968, which introduced a requirement to demonstrate a “close connection” with the UK. The party boasted in its 1970 election manifesto of a “rate of immigration under firm control and much lower than in past years.” On the BBC’s Andrew Marr…

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