That’s got nothing to do with the colour of someone’s skin
“The reason why colour comes into it is if you remember that notorious advertisement which was very effective – I think it came from Ukip – which was the queues of people who came into Britain – they were not portrayed as blue-eyed, blonde-haired Poles.
“They were dark-skinned people and this is what undoubtedly frightened quite a lot of the electorate. You’re absolutely right that the big increase in recent years has been from Eastern Europe but I think it is the case that when people express particular concerns about immigration, they do tend to conflate Eastern European and immigration more generally.”
Sir Vince’s comments at the Lib Dem party conference have been met fury from political figures from across the spectrum, with Labour MP Ian Austin saying: “It is completely unacceptable to dismiss decent people in the Black Country as racist.
“You have got to talk to people, take on board their views and come up with fair and reasonable answers. To simply dismiss their views in this way is disgraceful.”
Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash said: “These comments are completely crass and demonstrate just how foolish the Lib Dems have become that their leader can make such insulting remarks.