Opposition leader's hard-line stance described as "xenophobic"

29th February 2008, Comments 2 comments

Mariano Rajoy's suggestion that Spanish immigration policy is too weak drew a sharp backlash Thursday from immigrant groups and leftist politicians

29 February 2008

MADRID - Mariano Rajoy's suggestion that Spanish immigration policy is too weak drew a sharp backlash Thursday from immigrant groups and leftist politicians, who accused the Popular Party (PP) candidate for the 9 March general election of playing the "xenophobia" card.

At a political rally on Wednesday, Rajoy had argued that "everyone" should be stopped from entering the country. "There is not enough room for all of us," he said. The comments came days after the PP promised to force immigrants to sign an "integration contract" and ban girls from wearing Muslim headscarves in schools if it wins the election.

"Rajoy is positioning himself on the far-right of European politics," the governing Socialist Party said in a statement. Pedro Zerolo, a party spokesman, said the PP's policies "whiff of xenophobia and racism."

Former Socialist Prime Minister Felipe González told supporters in Málaga that only an "imbecile" would claim to be more moderate than Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, as Rajoy did in a recent interview.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / A. EATWELL 2008]

2 Comments To This Article

  • Avi Marranazo posted:

    on 4th March 2008, 08:02:15 - Reply

    Indeed. The European-derived peoples of the world are the only people in the world expected to allow their own displacement from their traditional lands. Anyone who objects to this trend is labeled a 'xenophobe', a 'bigot', etc.

    What's true in Europe is true in America, where Americans are expected to allow their Southwest to be taken back by uncontrolled immigration. Of course once that happens, the place will lose its appeal!

    If you would like to understand this phenomenon in the Western world, I recommend reading the brilliant "The Culture of Critique" by Professor Kevin Macdonald of California State University at Long Beach.
  • albrecht posted:

    on 2nd March 2008, 22:34:02 - Reply

    Heaven forbid if a country wished to maintain security, perserve its language, or promote its culture! Instead we must change our laws, culture, language, and business practices to accomidate everyone but above all members of a 'religion' that, amongst other things, promotes female circumcision, stoning of adulterers, suicide bombings, forced conversion, and exploitation (through lack of education, abuse, forced marriages, and forced garb wearing) of women.