October News Round Up

Go Home VanPhotograph courtesy of The Telegraph

Immigration continues to dominate the news. This month, a survey of attitudes to immigration hit the headlines, quickly displaced by the Immigration Bill’s passage through Parliament.

As ever, there were very different interpretations of the news. Reporting on the Survation poll for Sky News, The Guardian led with:

“People are more likely to be concerned about immigration if they have little contact with migrants…”

The Express, on the other hand, chose to stress that:

“MORE than two-thirds of Britons believe the UK population is too large and want the government to do more to cut immigration…”

In fact, the poll found that 71% of those who did not know any immigrants supported strong action to crack down on immigration, compared with 58% of those who say they know immigrants well.

However, the government appeared to be ‘cracking down’ a little too enthusiastically – as reported in The Independent, their contractor, Capita, has been sending texts to UK citizens as part of their ‘go home’ campaign saying:

“Message from the UK Border Agency. You are required to leave the UK as you no longer have right to remain.”

All this and more as a new Immigration Bill goes through Parliament…