Balls has been uncharacteristically silent during Miliband's nostra culpate on Labour's immigration crimes - and little wonder. Nothing has changed in Balls' bunker brain from the Labour party that used immigration as a weapon to bludgeon the British people, to punish us for clinging to our village greens, red phone boxes and outdated notions of liberty. For our refusal to accept Labour's new Jerusalem of enforced equality under an all-powerful Central State we were swamped with an African diaspora, a mudslide of chronically sick and terminally ignorant Pakistanis and Bangladeshis complete with illiterate village Imams, a flood of Somalis with no historic links to the UK whatsoever and a great tsunami of eastern Europeans. So concerted and of such scale was Labour's assault on the British people that it will take three generations to break down and assimilate the aliens, whilst the additional costs of their healthcare, education, housing, policing and welfare will depress our per capita GDP for twenty years. For that there can be no forgiveness.
As I've written many times before, all this was not the fault of the immigrants. If you or I were offered the same opportunities we'd take them. There is no moral difference between us. You simply can't blame the immigrants. Those that seek to do so are letting Labour off the hook; so don't march in Bradford, take your placards to Labour HQ at One Brewers Green, SW1 or to Ed and Yvette's 'second home' in Stoke Newington.
As Alasdair Palmer writes in the Telegraph, we are not the only people to be troubled by open borders;
"A similarly agonised reappraisal is happening across Europe. A couple of weeks ago, EU governments adopted a measure that would allow them to reintroduce border controls, 'when the control of an external border is no longer assured due to external circumstances' ... The new measure was pushed through by the French and German governments to assure their people that there is something they can do: they can impose border controls, and they will do if necessary. The European Commission fiercely opposed the change, arguing that it violates the basic principle of freedom of movement within the EU – which of course it does. But it couldn’t prevent it: the issue was too important to the elected governments."
Those boarded-up border posts and dismantled barriers on 'B' roads all over Europe may have to be urgently refurbished, local villagers recruited again as border guards, and visa applications reintroduced. Then it will start to feel like the Europe I know and love so well again.