Wednesday 17 December 2008

Damn lies and statistics

Today I discovered that I am a migrant! Who knew?

Did North London secede overnight whilst I wasn't watching? (Again?) No, but since all the new jobs in Britain have gone to migrants since 2001, I must logically be one - three times over, in fact. Alan Green, Field and Soames' 'Balanced Migration' campaign is scantily concealed racism doing a desperate recession striptease to garner the 'send em home' vote with little regard for minor fripperies such as actual facts. As anyone giving the plans a cursory glance can tell. However, the distortion of its already distorted statistics by the right-wing press takes the cake.

The logical step at this point, being a patriotic soul, would be to follow general advice and 'go back where I came from'. Perhaps Ms Neeson and Mr Desmond, the Daily Star proprietors, could even pay for me? Islington is only ten minutes away on the bus, and I could visit a selection of its many fine coffee-houses with change for a tenner.

Are you a migrant, too? Take the frothing racist lies test to find out!

ETA: Because I didn't make it clear enough, this is a variant on a meme started by jacinthsong and theoxfordgirl over at livejournal. Meme, not original post. Propagate, spread, disseminate, internet children!


  1. I believe this is in order:

  2. Well, you're not presenting any evidence that what they're saying isn't true. Their point is not that no British-born person has got a new job since 2001 but that the number of immigrant workers coming into the UK since then has exceeded the number of new jobs created in the economy over that period.

    I, like you, don't see any value in bemoaning immigration in itself, but (if true) it is a serious issue if a long period of economic growth hasn't led to increased employment amongst British born workers.

    It certainly is true that the government wildly underestimated the number of people who'd come here from EU accession countries. They thought it would be about 30,000 and it turned out to be about 500,000. I'm one of roughly 2% of the UK population who supports allowing anyone who wants to come here (from the EU or anywhere else) to come here on a regulated basis but I still thing the implications of mass immigration do need to be seriously considered.

  3. David Floyd:

    The flaw in your case is that it assumes that British-born workers have not found work overseas, for example, in France, Germany, Italy, RoI etc. Or, for that matter, outside the EU (e.g. Australia, USA, Canada...)

    Another flaw, of course, is that there may very well be fewer British-born persons of working age now than there were in 2001, so the percentage of British-born persons in work may be still the same.

  4. I'd agree that those are both points that Migration Watch seem to have avoided considering (for understandable reasons).

    I don't know how big a factor they are. I'd be surprised emigration (of working age people) was a huge one. Absolutely no idea about the overrall effects of demographic shift. The population is aging but people are also working longer.

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