UKIP’s party election broadcast fact-checked and found (seriously) wanting (video)


Talk about having egg on your face! Video © UKIP & Channel 4 / ITN *************************************************** Facts matter.  “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts” Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan If you want to know the … Continue reading

Supreme Court declares racism is dead in America…..but they forgot to tell Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy (video)


Last June, in a move heavily criticised by civil rights groups, the US Supreme Court struck down some of the key elements of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were designed to protect the poor and ethnic minority voters from being disenfranchised.  As a … Continue reading

It’s not just UKIP members who are fruit loops, it’s their donors too! (video)


The UK Independence Party faced renewed embarrassment over its links with a wealthy retired businessman as a new poll showed it had surged to record levels of support among voters. …The poll for ITV News coincided with the disclosure that … Continue reading

Food stamps are supposed to help the poor not remove their dignity (video)


Clips from the recent parliamentary debate on the causes of the increased use of food banks can be found towards the end of this post.  The debate was largely ignored by broadcast TV news on the day so you may well be unaware … Continue reading

You know that they’re racist when….. they imply that being black makes you more likely to be a criminal (video)


Fox host Chris Wallace continued Fox’s misguided focus on black crime rates following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, leaving out critical historical context to black crime and the perception of black violence. Due to copyright restrictions in order to watch the clip you need to type … Continue reading

David Cameron and Theresa May have been hiding inconvenient ‘crimes’ and immigration statistics (video)


It has been a terrible 72 hours for David Cameron and his crony government. First we discovered the reason the Conservative party had been so unusually quiet when one of their bête noires, Harriet Harman, was being mercilessly (and, as … Continue reading

World At One: Embarrassing DEFRA report on food banks finally released (video)


The DEFRA report into why there has been such a huge increase in the use of food banks in the UK was quietly released this morning, some 11 months after it was commissioned and 8 months after it was completed. … Continue reading

Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey sneer, laugh and then vanish as commons debates why Britain’s desperate poor are forced to use food banks (video)


Clips from the recent parliamentary debate on the causes of the increased use of food banks can be found towards the end of this post.  The debate was largely ignored by broadcast TV news on the day so you may well be unaware … Continue reading

Truthiness: The Telegraph is guilty of lazy and biased journalism but, as ever, it’s all the fault of the BBC (video)


For the second consecutive Sunday (and several days in between) the Telegraph decided to lead it’s news agenda with what it and the Conservative party have decided is BBC liberal bias.  Claims of liberal bias at the BBC have been … Continue reading

Truthiness: “Whipping-up a frenzy” about benefit tourism (video)


In October 2005, in the first ever episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert introduced the world to a new word – “Truthiness“. Password: imincorrigible Colbert clip added 26 Jan 2015 © Comedy Central Now you may be asking “what does any … Continue reading

Evidence not ideology: benefit tourism the problem only fruit loops and Tories can see


David Cameron and the coalition are having a bit of a bad time. Last week the UN’s Special Rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik, called for the abolition of the ‘bedroom tax’ saying: “I was very shocked to hear how people really feel abused … Continue reading

Migration myths


From time to time I have found myself cornered or chided into a debate about immigration with the fruitloops and (occasionally closeted) racists in the increasingly pernicious UKIP or the Tea Party wing of the Conservative’s.  It can be frustrating to hear the same … Continue reading

Are you stupid? What has happened to rational debate over immigration? (Part two) (audio)


Yesterday I wrote a post explaining how I believe that the media are largely responsible for generating and spreading fear and hysteria about immigration and setting out some of the central and broadly accepted facts about the issue.  Throughout today I have … Continue reading

You know that they’re racist when….. they accuse YOU of “playing the race card” (video)


President Obama made a few “impromptu remarks” a week or so ago following the controversial verdict that saw black teenager Trayvon Martin‘s caucasian killer acquitted in Florida. As you can hear on the video, his comments were considered, reflective and looked to … 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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