The key symptom of this insidious disease is an urgent need to deal with a make-believe problem rather than face reality. In particular,
Yes we must sort out the problem with migrants before all else!
But what is the problem?
- Of the 1.8m EU migrants of working age in this country, 5% claim out-of-work benefits compared to 13% of Brits.
- Migrants are usually young, healthy and striving. They impose a disproportionately smaller burden on health and education.
- The 2004 wave of EU citizens coming to the UK contributed 30% more to the national purse than they took out. They were an asset.
- So if the government tries really hard it might keep up with UKIP and consequently accelerate its headlong fall to the bottom.