Pretending that the labour market is as simple as "supply and demand" panders to emotional far-right narrativesby Alison McGovern / October 3, 2017 / Leave a comment
When does feeling matter in politics? It depends whose side it’s on.
My colleague Stephen Kinnock MP recently wrote a twitter thread on immigration and the labour market which concluded with this remark: “For too long c-left has brushed this debate under carpet & accused anyone making the case for reform of being anti-immigrant, or worse. This opened door to UKIP, the FN, the AfD, and Wilders etc. We need less anger & emotion.”
Given that this thread was his latest sortie in an online debate he and I engaged in over freedom of movement, I think I am within reason to believe that the ‘emotion’ point was directed at me.
What to make of this? As a rationalist, and a believer in evidence-based policy, at first glance I wanted to agree with this call. But I am fed up of those of us making the case for free movement, especially the women, being accused of excess “emotion.”