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Us and the refugees

We are used to the buffoons of Brexit sweeping basic economic realities aside. What seems new is the extent to which otherwise quite reasonable commentators are willing to go similarly evidence-free

By Lyndsey Stonebridge  

It was obvious that debating free movement and border control after the referendum was never going to be a reasonable or dignified conversation. But there is something conspicuously unhinged about the tone of recent discussions about migration—and it appears to be catching.

We are used to the buffoons of Brexit sweeping basic economic realities aside in the delirious pursuit of some Cotswolds-Xanadu free trade fantasy.  What seems new is the extent to which otherwise quite reasonable and imaginative commentators—including some from regions of the Labour Party that are not even purple, let alone blue—are…

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