Once again Balls used the Poles as the whipping boys in expressing his putative concern over the immigration issue, whilst simultaneously paying mandatory dhimmi tribute to Muslims by citing the distress caused to Muslim constituents in locations such as Dewsbury by immigration from Eastern Europe. When pressed by the interviewer to clarify his position on Turkey's entry to the EU, the necessary freedom of labour mobility and the influx of Muslim immigrants that this would entail and whether he though that this would cause problems for indigenous (although this word was not used) voters he refused to answer. He was specifically asked what he thought about the "socio-cultural (code for Islamic) implications" of such immigration, but once again refused to even acknowledge the question by claiming that this was not a 'race' (sic) issue and returning to an attack on the Poles.
In sum, reading between the lines, this is what Balls would have said in his interview with the Politics Show had he been speaking honestly:
- I am pro-globalisation, mass immigration and the UK's absorption into the EU
- I am going to talk about immigration so that the headlines will say that I am addressing the issue. To the unobservant eye of the casual reader this will equate to me thinking that mass immigration should be curbed and acting to curb it, although I aim to do precisely the opposite
- I like Muslims because they vote Labour
- I don't like Poles because they're white Europeans with traditional values. However, having said that, they're really useful in driving down domestic wages and increasing the profits of my rich chums in the business world
- Turkey's accession to the EU will generate a massive influx of Labour-voting Muslim immigrants into the UK and help to destroy the country's sense of identity