Following Nick Clegg's peerless performance on Thursday the Liberal Democrats are now being targeted by the old parties. One of these attacks claims that we will give an amnesty to all immigrants. This is a lie.
There is a large number of immigrants in Britain, most of them working hard to support themselves and their families. There is no possible way that any government could afford or manage to deport every illegal immigrant so what we propose is to allow those illegal immigrants who have been in Britain for over ten years and who speak English to earn citizenship.
This is not an amnesty: it is a tough measure which recognises reality, rather than pandering to tabloid headlines. If only our opponents had such a clear, practical policy then might be in a position to cricitise. They don't so they can't.