James O’Brien v Brexit’s happy morons shutting down Obama’s free speech (video)


A month ago, ultra-conservative historian, Niall Ferguson, published an article in The Times entitled “Brexit’s happy morons don’t give a damn about the costs of leaving”. I thought that attacking so-called ‘Brexiteers’ was somewhat at odds with what I was … Continue reading

James O’Brien v Boris Johnson’s self-serving support for Brexit (audio)


If the polls are to be believed, the outcome of the forthcoming EU referendum is finely balanced. For reasons that are apparently obvious to many, but which this commentator is wholly in the dark about both sides of the debate … Continue reading

James O’Brien v Eurosceptics (audio)


As David Cameron’s so-called EU renegotiation rumbles along, under the pressure of a push for a June poll, there has been a notable absence of impartial evidence about the pros and cons of the UK remaining in the EU. This … Continue reading

James O’Brien shows UKIP supporters why facts matter (audio)


On 27 March, LBC‘s James O’Brien invited listeners to call him with their views about the first EU debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage.  In a two hour segment he received a number of calls from across the nation.  However, … Continue reading

Hard evidence: How biased is the BBC?


By Mike Berry, Cardiff University Welcome to Hard Evidence, a series of articles that looks at what the data say about some of the trickiest public policy questions we face. Academic experts will delve into the available research evidence to … Continue reading

Proof beyond reason – for Euro-sceptics is there any amount of evidence that would be enough?


Despite the fact that most of the public were distracted by the “Baby Cambridge” sideshow of the last 72 hours some people were clearly spending their time stewing over the release of the first part of the EU competence review and understandably so. … Continue reading

Eurosceptics & UKIP grateful for baby talk distraction as Tory review into EU powers comes up with ‘wrong’ answer


You may have missed it with all non-news around yesterday but the government quietly released the first part of its noisily conceived EU Competences Review. And guess what? It came out broadly in favour of the status quo! Peter Bone was livid … Continue reading

The Facts, The Myths And The Framing Of Immigration


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At the heart of the current debate about immigration are two issues: the first is about the facts of immigration, the second about public perception of immigration.

The facts are relatively straightforward. Immigration is a good and the idea that immigrants come to Britain to live off benefits laughable. Immigrants put more money into the economy than they take out and have negligible impact on jobs or wages. An independent report on the impact of immigration commissioned by the Home Office in 2003, looked at numerous international surveys and conducted its own study in Britain. ‘The perception that immigrants take away jobs from the existing population, or that immigrants depress the wages of existing workers’, it concluded, ‘do not find confirmation in the analysis of the data laid out in this report.’ More recent studies have suggested that immigration helps raise wages except at the bottom of the jobs ladder where…

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