Daniel made a point of prefacing his comments with details about his own immigrant roots. I know why he did that. As I’ve mentioned before, my father came to Britain from Jamaica during World War Two; my wife, who is Indian, came here from Kenya in the late 1960s. We both grew up in working-class neighbourhoods. If you have our kind of background, you feel extra nervous about discussing race.
“My experiences of raising the immigration issue have not been good ones. When I worked with William Hague on a very carefully worded speech on asylum policy a few years ago, The Independent ran a cartoon with William’s face on the front of a train going to Auschwitz.”