On immigration and neoliberalism

Joe Boswell writes: Re. "Immigration debate shows how we’ve infantilised government"(Wednesday)

Bernard Keane begins by describing neoliberal policy in action as "aimed at curbing the role of government." That's too benign, not supported even by the evidence Keane cites. The neoliberals have a visceral dread of any government succeeding, big or small. The consequences of voters seeing their government delivering for them don't bear thinking about. Just curbing it would miss the point, and be downright dangerous if it made government efficient. Far better to discredit government entirely by making it fat, feared and failing in every respect.