I'm glad she's finally come out and admitted it to everyone, because that paragraph clearly shows that she believes the Mail is lying about immigration. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but it's a brave decision for her to say that.
No, you say? That paragraph doesn't prove that at all...? But surely if you take a paragraph, or a couple of lines, or a sentence, out of a longer document, and then ascribe a point of view to it that you believe it has, whether it has it or not, because it fits in with your worldview, then that's perfectly acceptable journalism. That's what MigrationWatch did. They claimed they'd found evidence of a secret plot to create multiculturalism in a society where none existed, by their interpretation of a couple of paragraphs in something that wasn't even a Government document and therefore not Government policy; and the papers then reported that there was a secret plot and it was Government policy.
Melanie's just repeating what she's been told. Other people have actually looked at the damned evidence and realised it's a void. But then they're mere bloggers and can't be expected to be proper journalists like Melanie. How dare they look at the facts and things rather than just parroting, in a slightly more shrill tone, what other people have said:
Actually, no. I don't really agree with Melanie Phillips at all. I agree when she says that lies are being told about immigration. But I'm afraid the lies are a lot closer to home than she might claim.
Thanks to Nick for spotting that beautiful opening paragraph.