Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
10 February 2010

Cameron panders to the right in the Express

Tory leader maintains tougher line on crime and immigration.

By George Eaton

The interview with David Cameron in today’s Express offers more evidence of his recent swerve to the right. Any suspicion that Cameron “misspoke” when he claimed that burglars “leave their human rights outside” is dissipated by his repetition of the phrase.

He tells the paper:

If someone comes into it [my house], that’s it, they literally leave their rights at the door. That’s how I feel about it and I think the law should reflect it.

Someone really should ask the Tory leader whether he accepts the logical conclusion: that householders can freely murder or torture burglars.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

Elsewhere, Cameron repeats his populist promise to limit immigration to “tens of thousands” a year, a level not seen since 1992. Given that a cap on immigration would have to exclude EU migrants, British citizens who return from abroad and the 39,000 people a year who come to the UK on spousal visas, it’s foolish for Cameron to suggest that this pledge is at all feasible.

Content from our partners
“I learn something new on every trip"
How data can help revive our high streets in the age of online shopping
Why digital inclusion is a vital piece of levelling up

With the Tory leader harshening his rhetoric on crime and immigration, one wonders: has he been taking lessons from his old boss Michael Howard?


Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter.