Tonight I am speaking at a post-show discussion of “A Day at the Racists” at the Finborough Theatre, SW10. I’m going to ask her to apologise for claiming in the Observer in May 2007 that immigrants were the reason that white working class people couldn’t get council housing in Barking & Dagenham.
I’m also going to urge her to organise black and white working class residents for better public services and fight cuts that are coming to B&D.
But what else would you want me to say… I’m sharing a platform with her for 30 minutes to an hour in a panel discussion.
Your views are required – add a comment and I’ll read them by 7pm tonight.
P.S. Here are some facts on Hodge
She wrote in the Observer:
” However, most new migrant families are economic migrants who choose to come to live and work here. We should look at policies where the legitimate sense of entitlement felt by the indigenous family overrides the legitimate need demonstrated by the new migrants”
“If you choose to come to Britain, should you presume the right to access social housing? Need is an important factor, but it’s not the only factor. This is about a rebalancing; listening and responding to a strongly felt sense of unfairness in the allocation of public resources. “
Richard Barnbrook, BNP councillor and now member of Greater London Authority shortly after the publication of the article, sent a gift of flowers (which were refused) and a note which said :
“I am indebted to you for having the gumption to tell the truth about housing allocation. We must stop agreeing like this.”
Read more about Margaret Hodge on the Public Whip:
* Voted strongly for introducing ID cards.
* Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals.
* Voted strongly for introducing student top-up fees.
* Voted strongly for Labour’s anti-terrorism laws.
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