Frank Field has to be congratulated on raising the the taboo topic of the unprecedented levels of immigration into the United Kingdom. The former welfare reform minister and a highly respected party veteran, said present policy was ''unsustainable''. He is the most significant centre-Left figure to warn about the apparently untrammelled influx of foreign workers and their families. In my view he's a brave man who has frequently shown political integrity.
He also said he doubted whether the levels of immigration could be absorbed without dramatic changes to Britain's nature and culture.
"This is the most massive transformation of our population. Do we merely accept this as another form of globalisation? That it doesn't matter where you are, or that you belong to a country and have roots? That we are all just following the jobs? There will be economic gains but I am just raising whether any country can sustain the rate of immigration we are now suffering.
"If we are not careful, we will be transformed into a global traffic station and that is not what most people mean by being part of a country. It is only because the BNP are so inept that the debate has not taken off."