I was pretty certain last night when Nick Clegg was challenging David Cameron to confirm or deny his “80% of immigrants come from the EU” claim that Clegg was talking nonsense. Apparently it is more like 40%. Clegg was using some Economist numbers that talk about foreign born workers.
So get this, Clegg was beating up Cameron with the stat that the vast majority of foreign born workers are from the EU whilst the majority of immigrants are from outside the EU. In other words too many non-EU immigrants aren’t working. Clegg was unwittingly underlining what many people fear; we are encouraging too many people to come here and enjoy our benefits system, often at the cost of the poorest people in our society.