Thursday, September 07, 2017

The inconvenient truth

Defending plans to curb immigration, Theresa May has said that it would protect low-paid Britons. A reasonable justification, you might think - except for the fact that it's simply not true. As Lib Dem leader Vince Cable revealed yesterday, during her time as Home Secretary May suppressed no fewer than nine studies that suggested that "immigration had very little impact on wages or employment". On the contrary, some experts pointed out that immigrants actually create job opportunities.

Cable has essentially shown up May's claim for what it is: a cynical attempt to dress up a xenophobic proposal in a way that will make it palatable to working-class Labour voters while simultaneously playing to the Brexiteer gallery.

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