Uk Needs Migrant Workers ‘because Locals Are Lazy’, Says Bulgaria

“Bulgarian and Romanian workers in the agricultural sector are presented in the report as highly valued, a stable and reliable source of labour.” The 10-page Bulgarian document was submitted last month to the Home Office and the Department for Work and Pensions to form part of David Cameron’s review of European Union powers. The arguments presented will also form the basis of the Bulgarian government’s defence against attempts to limit its citizens’ access to public services, such as the NHS, and jobs when the current transitional immigration arrangements are lifted in 2014. A series of ministers and Tory MPs have called for tighter access to the welfare state before Romanian and Bulgarian citizens have total freedom to move and work in the UK. However, the Bulgarian government hits back in its submission. It claims that the current EU laws on freedom of movement and access to another member state’s welfare system are “rarely abused and do not lead to overburdening of the public services of the latter. “Particularly in the case of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens in the UK, there is no evidence of so-called ‘benefit tourism’,” it says. In an attempt to prove that Bulgarians are not interested in coming to Britain to exploit the welfare state, the document points to Department for Work and Pensions data showing that in 2011, 16.6% of working-age Britons were claiming benefits as compared with 6.6% of working-age non-UK nationals. The case presented in the document is in stark contrast to claims by Nigel Farage in his speech at Ukip’s annual conference on Friday, during which he vowed to put Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants at the heart of his party’s campaign in next year’s European elections. He told activists that London was already experiencing a crime wave due to east European immigrants and that the country should not “unconditionally open our door to Bulgaria and Romania”. However, the Bulgarian government’s submission suggests that its police would happily carry out joint patrols in the UK, as they do elsewhere, if there was evidence of its citizens being involved in crime. “The establishment of joint patrol teams with local police and representatives of the Bulgarian police authorities has given positive results in the prevention and detection of frauds and, in some cases, of crimes,” it says.

UK Reverses Swine Flu Vaccine-Narcolepsy Decision

Photo credit: Wikipedia This just in: An example of what happens when people change conclusions based on the data rather than digging in their heels in favor of a pet hypothesis. In this case, the UK government has reversed a previous decision regarding the 2009-2010 European Pandemrix vaccine for swine flu and its link to narcolepsy , a sleep disorder that can seriously disrupt activities of daily living. As a result, per The Guardian : The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has contacted people turned down for compensation last year to explain that, after a review of fresh evidence, it now accepts the vaccine can cause the condition. The move leaves the government open to compensation claims from around 100 people in Britain, and substantial legal fees if a group action drawn up by solicitors is successful. According to the Guardian, heres why the UK is taking this step: The government U-turn follows a major study of four- to 18-year-olds by the Health Protection Agency which found that around one in every 55,000 jabs was associated with narcolepsy. A spokesman for (vaccine maker) GSK said it had details of around 900 people from 14 countries who had narcolepsy and were vaccinated. Emphasis mine. Its a good example of drawing new conclusions based on new information, otherwise known as the appropriate conduct of science, and then doing the right thing. A total of 100 people among 6 million who received this vaccination in the UK developed narcolepsy, for an adverse event rate of 0.0017%. The death rate from the swine flu in the UK was 0.026% . Put another way, 26 of every 100,000 people who had the flu died; 1.67 people of every 100,000 (1 in every 55,000 according to the study) receiving the vaccine developed narcolepsy. In addition, the vaccine in question evidently was given to groups at high risk for adverse events from contracting the swine flu. The Pandemrix vaccine is no longer in use and was applied for that specific pandemic. One of its ingredients was an adjuvant, intended to enhance the immune response, called ASO3.

UK authorities clear Baba Ramdev after second round of questioning

All his belongings and passport with a two-year valid UK visa have now been returned to him,” Vaz said. “It has certainly been an odd arrival but he can now go about with his planned itinerary,” the Leicester East MP said The UK Home Office refused to comment on what it described as an individual’s questioning over immigration issues. Ramdev’s spokesperson S K Tejarawala dismissed reports that he was detained for carrying some medicines. “He was not carrying anything with him except a small bag of personal effects. It is for the British authorities to explain why he was detained,” he said. His detention has been criticised by the BJP which urged the Centre to intervene. BJP President Rajnath Singh termed the detention of the yoga guru as “serious” issue and asked the Centre to take cognisance of the matter. From the airport, Ramdev today headed straight to the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda at a conference centre in south-west London. He was to be joined by guest speakers, including Indian parliamentarian M Venkaiah Naidu and British minister for energy and climate change Baroness Sandip Verma. Ramdev is also scheduled to deliver a keynote address at ‘The Future of India – Through The Eyes of an NRI’ event at the same conference centre in south-west London tomorrow afternoon. “The conference will look at how India should progress after the 2014 elections,” the conference note said. He is expected to be joined at the event by Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.