Politicians underestimate immigration

Back in late 2013, Nigel Farage suggested that the lifting of immigration restrictions on Romania and Bulgaria from January 1 2014 would lead to an additional 50,000 migrants arriving in Britain per year, drawing the ire of media commentators and political opponents who accused him of grossly exaggerating the number.

Today the latest ONS figures for the year to September 2016 show immigration from Romania and Bulgaria at 74,000. UK politicians’ collective failure to appreciate the scale of immigration to Britain is such that even Farage underestimates it…