Michael Fallon was right: parts of Britain are in danger of being “swamped” by migrants, former Home Secretary David Blunkett has said. Fallon originally made his comments in an interview on Sky News, but was quickly forced to retract them and apologise by Downing Street. But Blunkett, who himself used the word “swamped” in relation to immigration in 2002, has stood up for his political opponent and accused the government of “peddling illusions” about the scale of the problem.
The furore began over the weekend, when, during an interview in which he was questioned on the German chancellor’s refusal to back down on the EU’s principle of freedom of movement, Fallon commented: “The Germans haven’t seen our proposal yet, and we haven’t seen our proposal yet. That is still being worked on at the moment to see what we can do to prevent whole towns and communities being swamped by huge numbers of migrant workers.
“In some areas, particularly on the East coast, yes, towns do feel under siege from large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits. It is quite right that we look at that.”
His choice of words predictably sparked an immediate outcry swiftly followed by a governmental statement distancing the leadership from Fallon’s words, and eventually an apology from Fallon himself. A governmental source told the media that “he should have chosen his words better” and should have said some communities felt “under pressure”.
However, this morning former Home Secretary David Blunkett took to the pages of the Daily Mail to write a robust defence of Fallon’s words.
“I believe that both Michael Fallon and I were right to speak out on this issue and to voice the concerns of ordinary voters,” he wrote.
“Just because immigration is deeply controversial, that cannot mean that we should avoid talking about it.

Former Labour Home Sec: Britain IS Being 'Swamped' with Immigrants