Self-contradicting - that's how I would describe the comments about immigration from local councillors in this article in today's Telegraph.
The Government is underestimating the number of migrants entering the country, leaving a shortfall in funding for public services, councils have warned.
Four council leaders have written to the Treasury to complain about a new system for producing the statistics.
The implication of that opening statement is that the immigrants who have arrived in these towns are costing money which the councils do not have.
Public services such as health and education could be hit as a result as their areas absorb far more immigrants than budgets allow, their letter suggests.
All seems pretty clear so far. All these immigrants coming in - one of the councils involved is Slough, my home town - are putting cost pressures on the public services, but .....
"The migrants that come to Slough are hard-working and bring great benefit to the local economy but the council remains severely under-funded because of these poor statistics," said Richard Stokes, leader of Slough Borough Council.
What? If these migrants (how do we know they are migrants and not immigrants?) are hard working and bringing great benefit to the local economy then the obvious benefit of that would be more funding raised from local taxation for the council. But these councils are telling us that the migrants/immigrants are costing more than they bring in. Which is it?
The reality is that the assertion that migrants/immigrants are of benefit to society is a myth. It has long been known that immigration causes long term pressure on public services as the immigrants have families, require medical attention, education, pensions and so on - but now we are seeing that large scale immigration has a significant effect in the short term too.
A lot of these migrants in Slough are just that - migrants. They have come here (mostly from Poland) to work, earn - by their standards - good money while living as cheaply as possible, send as much money as they can back to Poland where they will one day - in the not too distant future - return. They will do what they can to keep as much of the money they make as they can - while at the same time taking advantage of every possible benefit they can obtain from Britain - including health care and education.
The fact that these councils are stating such contradictory messages shows how far the propaganda has permeated and that even when faced with the obvious they continue to chant the liberal immigration mantra as required -
"immigration is good, brings huge benefits, immigration is good, brings huge benefits, immigration is good, brings huge benefits - oh, by the way, they're costing us a lot of money, so can we have some more - immigration is good, brings huge benefits, immigration is good, brings huge benefits ...."