QOTM: UKIP Mythbusters: Farage’s mathemagicians by Chris Bauer

How was it possible for a high roller’s low-tier political group to carve out a seat for itself at the round table? By using magicians! Mathemagicians to be exact!

Although we primarily rely on social and popular media for our news these days, broadcasting corporations and printing houses are still regarded to be publishing the ‘hard facts’. We simply take what they say a bit more seriously in this age when we are all desensitised to violence and crime.

That being said, I don’t think more than a handful of Eurosceptics would admit that they have fact-checked UKIP’s slogans and campaign statistics. Many of these statistics are mathematically true, but completely misrepresenting reality.

The following is going to be a pair of UKIP statements and slogans that have been proven to be inaccurate or plain untrue:

  1. “26 million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?”
  2. “EU policy at work. British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour.”

twoThese two slogans stood out amongst an ocean of half truths and misinformation due to the  fact that they do not have mathematical origins. Less than 10% of Europe’s unemployed live in Britain, around 2.4 million. Moreover, even though the labour force (number of people willing and able to work) has nearly doubled since the late 90s, the employment rate for UK nations within the UK has stayed between 70-75%.

What Nigel Farage has systematically failed to mention is that increasing the labour market (total number of people willing and able to work) is a GOOD thing! Especially if the employment rate stays stable. What has happened is that immigrants and migrants are filling jobs that would have otherwise been understaffed or overpaid. If UKIP was truly the nationalistic and egocentric party it claims to be, it would be focusing on how to elevate British workers to positions of power instead of limited immigrants from taking menial jobs. The logic is simple! Bring over a few immigrants and promote a British person to manager.

Of course this would be racist, immoral, and generally against healthy capitalism, but it would be unfair to Mr Farage to start naming and shaming all of his faults without first giving him a chance to embarrass himself on television.