"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Saturday 13 April 2013

'Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts'

https://twitter.com/MigObs  remains, as always, a source of reliable, accurate information about migration, despite unfounded attacks

Today the Daily Mail – a British tabloid newspaper – features an attack on the independence of the Migration Observatory. This attack is unfounded.

The Observatory is, and will remain, committed to independent analysis of data relating to immigration and other migration issues affecting the UK. Through this approach we have earned a reputation as a leading independent source of data and analysis on migration issues in the UK. Our work has been referenced by politicians from all parties in the House of Commons and in news stories in outlets of all political persuasions – including the Daily Mail.
It has been said that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts. This clichéd observation is particularly important in an area as inflammatory and polarising as migration. To have a high-quality public debate about policy, it is essential that all participants have access to reliable factual information, as well as an understanding of the limitations of the evidence base. The Migration Observatory, with our rigorous independence and access to world-leading researchers at the University of Oxford, has begun to play a key role in this regard, providing accurate information to participants in the debate across the political spectrum.

Independence: What it means to us :

https://twitter.com/ASIRT1 tweets :
Daily Mail concerned about "cynical" attempts to influence public opinion on migration. Irony is dead.

Facts have a way of undermining propaganda.

The Mail, and other rabble-rousing press, have contributed in no small way to dividing these families:  .

Time to turn the spotlight around.

http://tabloid-watch.blogspot.co.uk/ is a fantastic site.

https://twitter.com/BritCits immigrant of the day :
Ernie Els,pro golfer grew up in Johannesburg. Now lives in Surrey with wife & 2 kids

https://twitter.com/BritCits tweets :
Under current #immigration rules,UK would've missed out on Tagore, whose bust is in Shakespeare's garden in Stratford

https://twitter.com/BaileyYamamoto tweets :
Woohoo! Over 5,000 signatures in a week Thank you! Please sign & share - let's get these unjust rules overturned!

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