I think this is a reasonable question to ask because if immigration issues are your biggest issue for the forthcoming election there is presently no party espousing your viewpoint. The political pundits keep saying that it is an issue on the doorsteps saying that urban TD's in particular say it is one of the main issues mentioned. However, no party is espousing an immigration control agenda, and with the exception of Dublin North where there is an ICP candidate how are we to vote?
Enda Kenny's call for a 'debate' is looking less like what it says on the tin but rather more a like an attempt to molly coddle and soft soothe us into mass immigration. The only person to my mind with credibility on this issue is Pat Rabbitte with his comments last year on Eastern European immigration when there was no political advantage at that time in making those statements. To my mind I feel those comments reflected Pat's personal view and that he was very genuine and sincere in expressing them at that time unlike I am sure the Johnny come latelys we will hear between now and election day. I do believe that Pat Rabbitte was very genuine and sincere in the views he expressed which would coincide with my own.
However, there is a but! My main reservation is whether he can carry the rest of the Labour Party with him on immigration, namely as I mentioned on another thread the 'bleeding heart' (or 'champagne socialist' if you prefer) wing of the party. You know, that element of the Labour Party that waits to read what Madam says in an Irish Times editorial on any issue before adopting its own position and believes that criminals are just misunderstood victims of societys ills etc etc. As I remember it the 'bleeding hearts' in the Labour Party came out at that time against Pat's statements and he does seem to have backed off them!
So, I am asking those people on this site who have consistently commented on immigration control just how should we vote. And if we could develop a concensus maybe we could vote en bloc?
Over to you!