‘Benefit tourism’ twaddle

The Tories have admitted they have no evidence to suggest workers from other countries come to Britain to claim benefits.

So-called ‘benefit tourism’ was central to Cameron’s efforts to win more powers to attack migrants from the European Union (EU). A written answer to a question in the House of Lords, snuck out over Christmas, admits the fabrication.

Most EU nationals claiming welfare are in work. Like many workers in the UK, they rely on benefits to subsidise their bosses’ poverty wages.

EU treaties require privatisation of public services and marketisation which undermines pay. Leaving would deal a big blow to the capitalist establishment. It would also remove a major stumbling block for future left governments fighting poverty wages for workers of every nationality.