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Ben Chu has been a leader writer at The Independent since 2004. Before that he worked at the paper on the comment desk, letters department and the personal finance pages. He studied history at Jesus College, Oxford between 1997 and 2000.

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Sir Andrew Green's "British jobs"

Posted by Ben Chu
  • Monday, 9 March 2009 at 12:43 pm

Where is Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, coming from? Those who accuse him and his organisation of stoking xenophobia tend to find themselves in receipt of a letter threatening legal action, so I'm not suggesting anything of the kind.
         
What I would say is that Sir Andrew seems to be in favour of protecting "British jobs". He is quoted on the BBC website opposing an amnesty for irregular migrant workers on these grounds: "We have the biggest recession in memory getting under way, two million unemployed, heading up for three million. Is it really suggested that British jobs should go to illegal workers? It just makes no sense at all."

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British Jobs
dryandra wrote:
Monday, 9 March 2009 at 01:53 pm (UTC)
So, what's your point, Ben?
Re: British Jobs
b_chu wrote:
Monday, 9 March 2009 at 02:21 pm (UTC)
When Gordon Brown promised "British jobs for British workers" he was widely felt to be pandering to xenophobia. I find it interesting that Sir Andrew should use a similar argument in relation to the debate on an amnesty for irregular migrants.
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