Such political correctness plays into the hands of the neo-Nazi British National Party (BNP). They routinely claim that people are being ignored by the major parties and that their views are being discounted:
The simple, unfortunate fact is that the British National Party is gaining in popularity, and 53 percent of those quizzed worry the racist party is capitalizing on this issue.
Currently unclear is whether or not UKIP, a party similar to U.S. conservatives, will get a boost from this gaffe:
UKIP’s manifesto states their immigration policy as a five-year freeze on immigrants settling in Britain, workers’ permits, border control, and leaving the European Union. It makes sense. Yet, the three parties: Labour, Tory, and Liberal Democrat, have voted years ago on this open-door policy.
The polls taken since the gaffe do not hold good news for Labour. The latest YouGov poll puts Lib-Dems up three points and Labour down two.
In the U.S., politicians and pundits of all stripes are looking to make sure people know they are not keen on Arizona’s solution to the immigration problem. Obama has reacted in a similar (if less clumsy) way than Brown did.
The political elites are utterly paranoid about anything related to immigration. A woman simply asking how the country could afford the high levels of immigration Labour has encouraged is called a bigot by the prime minister, and Arizona is threatened with boycotts for looking to stop an out-of-control situation. We shall see what affect “this gaffe” is going to have on Labour’s electoral fortunes, but we can be sure the subject of immigration is not being debated well on either side of the Atlantic.