His dog whistle comments over the
last few days have let that mask slip. It is clear when he says and he talks
about EU nationals in our country being a threat to our jobs, bringing in criminals
and being a drain on our public services, what his message is, is not to be thinking
of fellow EU citizens as our neighbours, as our colleagues, as our friends; not to be thinking of them as part
of our community, despite the fact that they are the people
who look after our children, who treat our elderly relatives when they
are sick, who work in our bars, in our farms, who keep our economy going. No, he would have us treat those people
as our enemies. This is a fight for the soul of our country. Are we open or closed?
Are we generous or selfish? Do we reach out and work with others or do we pull up the drawbridge? And whether it is guaranteeing our prosperity
or our security or tackling the climate emergency, we know we can do that so much better by
working with our closest neighbours.