The Sun apologises over claim that Brussels said 600,000 benefit tourists are ‘no problem’

The offending article: Has The Sun’s senior political reporter Kevin Schofield been reprimanded for it?

‘News’ paper The Sun has had to admit that a claim the EU said 600,000 benefit tourists visiting the UK are “not a problem” was not true.

The paper had to admit that there is no evidence that the EU said it was “not a problem”.

The paper also had to admit that there is no evidence to show that 600,000 benefit tourists have visited the UK.

Here’s the apology:

The story was a complete lie. One wonders whether the reporter, Kevin Schofield, will receive any admonishment for it. And will it stop him writing lies in the future?

For This Writer, the admission is welcome. The Sun was among the right-wing newspapers that libelled me as a Holocaust denier last month.

I’m still waiting for the apology over that particular howler.

After this, I’ll be waiting optimistically.


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6 thoughts on “The Sun apologises over claim that Brussels said 600,000 benefit tourists are ‘no problem’

  1. Colin Clarke

    The pointer to this is that the Tory party will always insist that “The Freedom of the press is sacrosanct.” But, as always, what is always being meant is “The Right wing Press is the means by which the Right wing Ravers keep a firm grip on power. So many poorly educated loudmouths refer to Quotes in such rags as “The Sun” as their mantra, that the troughelights will always hold onto power and the right to lie through to their back teeth. I think that this is their way of life. From the lies about “South Seas Bubble” ( A major con to get people to “Invest” in what actually amounted to financing the war between us and France, when this mob feared that the English hard working people would borrow madam Guillotine to bring the same fairness to this country!) The same mob spread the same propaganda against the Russian peoples revolution. That country’s self styled elite were even worse than ours, in that it seemed fine for a rich person to execute a “peasant” just because he felt like it. Although, sending millions of fine Englishmen to a killing machine by that river in Belgium seemed a bit harsh just to cure the overpopulation problem!

  2. Pat Sheehan

    In a ‘free’ society how on earth does one prevent ‘individuals’ from reading ‘lies and fabrications’ and then believing them? How does one encourage and inculcate in an ‘individual’ a questioning, analytical mind and discerning response? Not widely or even generally taught in schools is it? The ‘education system’ is far more concerned with producing a particular type of ‘clone’! If it was the ‘mainstay’ of the curriculum we might be well on the way to being a civilized society: by now!

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