Opinion – The gap between ONS migrant figures and the truth is as wide as the Grand Canyon. We are owed an apology – The Telegraph

This lead article from the the Telegraph is pure xenophobia and distortion of reality, pandering to Brexit supporters.

The Telegraph reports that official figures show that, in the five years to 2015, just under one million immigrants came to this country from the EU, as they are perfectly entitled to do. But over the same period, the number of National Insurance numbers issued to EU migrants was more than  2.2 million.

Source: The gap between ONS migrant figures and the truth is as wide as the Grand Canyon. We are owed an apology

This is not a new story. John Gelmini has repeatedly made the very same point, in this blog, over the last three years.

The truth is that the vast government bureaucracies, like the ONS and the Home Office, have handled austerity by cutting services. The public have been repeatedly conned. Opportunities for strategic consolidation and enduring cost reduction have been ignored.

It’s widely known that the Home Office systems, counting people in and out, have collapsed.

Again, this article is pure xenophobia, appealing to right-wing voters. It completely ignores the prevailing evidence and risk assessment about the folly of Brexit.

The Telegraph has had repeated cuts and changes to editorial staff and now resembles gutter press. What ever happened to this great newspaper?

Thoughts?

Universal Credit Stuck In The Slow Lane As Government Told Roll-Out Plans ‘Not Credible’ | Welfare Weekly

According to this article, the UK Government has been told plans to fully roll-out Universal Credit within five years are not “credible”.

English: A flow-chart of the procedure for pas...

English: A flow-chart of the procedure for passing a bill through the British Parliament. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Source: Universal Credit Stuck In The Slow Lane As Government Told Roll-Out Plans ‘Not Credible’ | Welfare Weekly

Universal Credit is an ambitious program to rationalize the benefit system, reducing transaction costs and saving millions of pounds.

Unfortunately, the ambitious plan has run into both political and delivery challenges.

There is widespread opinion that the benefit syatem is broken and seriously abused, which justifies radical change.

However, as ther article points out, the government’s policies are a bit flaky in places, without detailed research evidence.

Let me ask an open question:

Should the universal credit program be scrapped, modified or replaced?

Thoughts?