Letters & E-mails
Hi David, Regarding Is this Really true? in
the last issue
I don’t know if you are the correct person to contact in regards to
the article on page 15 of issue 112 of Chain but here I go anyway.
I’m 42 years old and I always find the Chain magazine an interesting
read. The latest issue came through my door the other day and I set about
reading it. I was dismayed to read the article on page 15 about OAP’s
versus Illegal Immigrants which left my blood boiling. I was even in the Croft
Club earlier today (01/09/11) showing a pensioner the article. We were both
shocked but all in all not surprised. “GREAT” Britain, only if
you are here illegally!!!
However, after eating my tea this night and having remembered my earlier discussion
with the pensioner in the Croft Club I decided to investigate these claims
using the internet. To my massive relief it appears the article is based on
a hoax that had earlier circulated both the United States and Australia.
Like I said my relief was immense now believing we live in a country where
only the deserved get help from us tax payers. In my dreams, but at least
it appears that it doesn’t pay to be illegal, for the foreseeable future
Keep up the good work with Chain as it’s probably the best free publication
that comes through our doors in Hungerford. Kind regards, Terry.
P.S. If anyone wonders how I managed to be in the Croft Club on a Thursday
afternoon, I am currently on annual leave from work this week celebrating
a daughters 18th birthday.
I refer to the half page in your Autumn issue no. 112 page 15, devoted to
a comparison between support payments paid to Old Age Pensioners compared
to Illegal Immigrants and Refugees living in Britain. This was given to me
by my father in law who resides in your area and who was disgusted, as no
doubt many of your readers would have been when the 'facts' that pensioners
total benefit is £6000 compared with Illegal Immigrants who it is claimed
can benefit to the tune of £29,900.
So I decided to write to a number of prominent cabinet ministers, including
Theresa May, Philip Hammond and the Prime Minister. 10 Downing Street and
one other Minister referred my letter to the Department for Work and Pensions.
I received letters and supportive documentation from John Herron (Ministerial
Correspondence Manager) and from Goff Daft (Head of the correspondence team).
In their respective letters, these two absolute statements are made "the
information in the magazine you received just is not true" and "I
can confirm that all the figures cited in the article are incorrect".
Yes we have a major problems in the UK as a result of immigrants flooding
our NHS system, for example. However any negative comments ought to be factual
and not fictitious.
Best wishes to you and to your magazine. I hope my comments will help you
produce a better product in the future.
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