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Jonathan Portes writes: If you want to get serious about growth, you need to be positive about migration

On Monday, I did seven interviews on David Cameron’s immigration speech. Each time I’ve tried to get across one simple fact: that all the available evidence suggests that immigrants – and immigrants from the new EU member states, in particular – more than pay their way. That is, that they pay more in taxes than they cost in benefits and services; overall, from being a burden, they make it easier to finance our welfare state not harder.

It is that basic fact that all three party leaders should be explaining to their constituents. Instead, they seem to be engaged …

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The Independent View: Low borrowing rates signal economic weakness, not strength

As the head of an independent economic research institute, it’s not my job to attend the Liberal Democrat conference (or indeed that of any other party). But, following up this FT article, I’d like to share some thoughts on this line from a motion you will be debating at conference:

Conference recognises that the difficult decisions taken by the Coalition Government have ensured the credibility of the UK government’s position in the financial markets allowing the UK to borrow at record low rates.

and on an amendment to the motion which you’ll also debate:

Conference also notes that it would be a mistake

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    Well I suppose in the event of successful Scottish Indy ref, we could revoke Gove's, IDS and the rest citizenship and deport them to Scotland....
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    Revoking citizenship by the Home Office would be an improvement over the current system where it is seemingly revoked by the Press.
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