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Home Secretary Blunkett was unapologetic for his 'swamping' rhetoric in April 2002 when referring to the demands placed by asylum-seekers on some schools. This type of language set the tone, providing others a mandate to resurrect deeper prejudices.
The 'half-house-trained polecat' of British politics (Norman Tebbit, as described by Michael Foot) has thus been able to link asylum with Muslims, albeit in an ironic vein when criticising the Conservative's lack of political clout:
"It is their tactics and presentation which are plaguing the Tories and
turning off the electors. Despite the ramblings and spoutings of the overexcitable
and scarcely rational children in Central Office, the nation is not possessed
by an overwhelming urge to fill the shadow Cabinet with 25-year-old black lesbians
and homosexual, asylum-seeking Muslims. Alan Duncans totally unsurprising
announcement that he is gay has on them the impact of a powder puff
flung at an elephant. Britain is a very tolerant country. The great mass of
us have no desire to emulate Mr Duncans activities under his duvet; we
do not think it our business exactly what he does do there; we do not wish to
join in; we just wish profoundly that he would not bore us with his sexual problems.
We would prefer him to get on with finding answers to our problems of healthcare,
crime, pensions, excessive taxation, uncontrolled mass immigration, traffic
congestion, lousy schools, environmental pollution and more. "
The insouciance and lack of sensitivity by leading politicians is changing the political culture - alarmist and derogatory references to asylum seekers are become a thinly veiled substitute for prejudices against Muslims.