Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Sun follows Mail with asylum scare story

The Sun has outdone the Mail in scaremongering reporting on the plans to allow some failed asylum seekers access to free NHS treatment.

'NHS to be swamped by 1m illegals' includes the emotive word 'swamped' in the headline, the words 'to be' as if it is definitely going to happen, and the figure of 1 million from the 'experts' (don't laugh) at Migrationwatch.

The Mail version did at least say it only affects 10,000-20,000 asylum seekers, amongst all the other (much larger) figures it threw around. The Sun only mentions the million figure, and like the Mail, it doesn't give any indication as to what this figure is based on. The Migrationwatch website still isn't explaining it either.

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