I want to make one serious point. Here it is: ha ha.
That said, how long before MigrationWatch converts this figure into 37,000?
Some of the comments display some fantastic examples of Mail readers clumsily trying to manufacture outrage. My favourite is:
I know that the government is "restricting" the number of immigrants who can work, but what if people come over intending not to work? Do they get to live on benefits?No, you plank. They do not.
- Ella, UK
These are good too:
This Government doesn't know what time it is so how are they ever going to know how many are in the country?
- John, Surrey
When could we ever believe Nu Labour? I predict we will hear about a "black hole" in their so-called "strict quotas" shortly after the local elections in May.The denial and obsession with making Labour responsible for everything are fantastic in these. It's not Labour giving you this figure, you twat. It's the Daily Mail! And I predict the same as Peter Pan. Because the 'black hole; will probably have been made up, or rely on shonky techniques like counting arrivals but ignoring departures. MigrationWatch would probably have counted this entire plane as immigrants.
- Peter Pan, Great Britain
Finally, one that has to be a wind-up:
The rest had arrived before the New Year!!Nobody's that stupid.
- Howard, Potters Bar