Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Thursday, 1 April 2010


Borrowed from The Last of The Few
If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labour.

If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.

If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.

If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.

If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.

If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

If you cross the UK border illegally you get :-
1 - A Job,
2 - A Driving Licence,
3 - Social Security Number,
4 - Welfare,
5 - Family Credit,
6 - Credit cards,
7 - Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house,
8 - Free education,
9 - Free health care,
10 - A lobbyist in parliament
11 - Billions of £'s worth of public documents printed in your language
12 - And the right to carry your own country’s flag while you protest that you don’t get enough respect
Although all the listed benefits offered by UK might not be available to all immigrants from some parts of the world it would appear it's generally correct, especially for those who arrive here with nothing, and could perhaps be one of the reasons why Mr Brown deliberately chose to fudge the figures a bit in a podcast he made, which led to Sir Michael Scholar of the UK Statistics Authority sending him a letter of complaint. Which in turn led to a Downing Street spokesman saying
“We accept that some of the statistics used in the Prime Minister’s podcast were not strictly comparable and as a result were unclear,”

Mrs Rigby thinks deliberately so, therefore deliberate obfuscation.

(2nd April)
Mrs Rigby has noticed that Ken at PopeHat offers up to date guidance for Potential Immigrants To The United Kingdom.


Witterings From Witney said...

Nice post Mrs. R however one 'correction'?

'Obfuscation' - no its not, it bloody lying!

Mrs Rigby said...

Ah, yes, that's a much stronger word to use *grin*

Corrugated Soundbite said...

Good post.

Sadly, good mostly because it's true.