UKIP: lying about who makes the UK’s laws since 2009 (video)


In 2009, UKIP carefully edited a speech made in the European parliament so that its meaning was changed from the European parliament “is involved in making 75% of EU laws” i.e. the laws are the result of a democratic process … 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

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

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

UKIP fruit loops (an occasional series): No.2 David Silvester (video)


UKIP councillor David Silvester recently kicked up a storm by suggesting homosexual marriage is to blame for the recent floods in the UK.  He is obviously a bigoted religious zealot and deserves his place in my fruit loop Hall of … 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

Do whistleblowers risk our security? Jon Gaunt and Christina Patterson don’t know but the BBC wastes our time and licence fee paying them to find out (video)


“Jon Gaunt is a pillock” is an hypothesis that I have been reflecting on for some time.  It first came to mind in 2008 when ‘Gaunty’ (as he likes to refer to himself) in an interview with Redbridge Council‘s Michael Stark branded the … 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

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

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

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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