Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today:
- Balls’ EU immigration claims don’t stand up – Sarah Mulley at Left Foot Forward takes a look at the immigration stance of Labour leader candidate Ed Balls. Balls is conflating immigration with intra-EU migration, which has been pointed out elsewhere. She accuses Balls and other Labour leader candidates of fighting yesterday's battles. "There is also a risk that Balls, and other leadership candidates, are fighting yesterday’s battles on EU immigration. Migration flows from A8 countries have proved to be short-lived. The latest statistics show that the UK is now experiencing net emigration to these countries for the first time since 2004 – more A8 migrants are leaving the UK than are arriving."
- Emigration & wages – Chris Dillow challenges the call of Labour's Ed Balls to restrict intra-EU migration. Dillow highlights a study looking at the impact of migration on Lithuania, and he says: "Balls’ demand for immigration controls – which are, of course, emigration controls too – amounts to an attack upon the living standards of poor workers."
- My once-in-a-generation cut? The armed forces. All of them – Simon Jenkins argues that Britain doesn't need to spend £45 billion a year defending itself from a post-Cold War "fantasy proposition, that some unspecified but potent "enemy" lurked in the seas and skies around Britain".
- Co-operatives, Consultations and Lambeth – Shane Carmichael, a Lambeth resident, considers the council's plans for mutual services, and how consultation and engagement will be handled.