Having been busy with Rachel Reeves and Iain Duncan Smith (and those pesky kids are a handful, I can tell you!) I haven’t had time to look at this ‘benefit tourism’ issue that has arisen again this week. I understand the European Commission has challenged the government to put up some evidence that it is taking place, or shut up about it once and for all. In other words, the Commission is saying “This is a ‘phantom problem’ that you have created to scare your citizens, isn’t it?” and waiting to be proved correct. Brilliant.
Don’t know what a ‘phantom problem’ is? You probably do but haven’t heard it described that way. This article features a great description of it, along with plenty of facts and evidence to support the case AGAINST ‘benefit tourism’.
It’s absolutely recommended reading and the author is to be commended.
So the European Commission have, for three years, been asking the Cameron government to provide evidence to substantiate his claim that the UK is suffering from a problem of “benefit tourism”. Having received nothing back in response, today they called “Shenanigans“.
As I have discussed on here before, the effects of immigration are overwhelmingly positive to the UK economy. Immigration increases economic growth. Immigration doesn’t increase unemployment. Immigrants contribute 30% more through taxes than they take through public services. In short, we would be doing significantly worse without immigrants.
You will notice that there is a marked difference between the messages I just gave you and the messages that the government sends out when discussing this subject. The biggest difference though, is that my messages are based on evidence and facts as opposed to the creation and fuelling of prejudices. (Read my earlier post, “The Immigration Fallacy”…
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