Lunchtime list for June 10th

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.

Published by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.