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This was going to be an article about the seven-way leader debate yesterday evening (Thursday) but there’s a point that needs to be made about Nigel Farage, whose performance was so monotonous it is hard to understand why so many people thought he came out on top.

150312seussfaragetwitOne point he kept repeating was his claim that UKIP wants a cap on immigration at 50,000 – except it would not actually be 50,000.

Allow me to quote from Austerity: The Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy by Kerry-Anne Mendoza (a book which is proving extremely useful): “UKIP would cap net immigration at 50,000 a year, excluding work permits and students [Italics mine]. Students (282,833) and work permits (147, 385) made up 430,218 of the 2012/13 immigration numbers*. That leaves only 78,190.

“UKIP are actually talking about reducing immigration by 28,000 people a year. Hardly revolutionary.”

*According to the government and the BBC.

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