Whistleblower Steve Moxon's book "The Great Immigration Scandal" seems to be causing a mild political stir. Both The Independent and The Guardian are gleefully quoting selected phrases which seem to be sufficient for the "politically correct" to label the book as racist or islamophobic, despite Steve Moxon's denial of such claims.
We have not yet read the book, and we suspect that many of those condemning it have not either, so we will reserve judgement on that aspect of the spin.
There does seem to have been enough media frenzy for the Conservative Shadow Home Secretary David Davis to pull out of a book promotion event at the last minute.
What we are interested in, and, presumably what the Labour Government are interested in suppressing or diverting attention from, are any more detailed revelations about the Beverely Hughes affair.
"Des Browne, the Immigration minister, accused Mr Moxon of being "motivated by myths and prejudices rather than facts".
Des Browne owes his present Ministerial appointment to the resignation of Beverly Hughes, partly due to Steve Moxon's revelations. He is one of the worst Ministers for spouting myths and propaganda, rather than actual verifiable facts e.g. his nonsensical, yet often repeated claims about the alleged ?1.3 billion annual cost of "identity fraud" in the UK, when trying to justify the Home Office's vague, yet repressive, Identity Register database and ID Card plans.
The magic figure of ?1.3 billion comes from "finger in the air" guesstimates compiled in the annex of a Cabinet Office report, "Identity Fraud: A Study" (.pdf) which presented no official Home Office or Police or British Crime Survey statistical evidence to back up the claim. There has been no actual research into the subject since the report was published in 2002 to see if the existing measures such as the alleged improvements in passport security, have had any effect on "identity fraud" or if the situation is getting better or worse.