Home Secretary vs Culture Secretary, EU migrants benefit UK £20bn, man builds Lego partition wall

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Home Secretary vs Culture Secretary, EU migrants benefit UK £20bn, man builds Lego partition wall
5th November 2014

Theresa May risks row after turning fire on Culture Secretary 

Home Secretary Theresa May could be entering into a fresh battle, this time with her longtime Tory rival Culture Secretary Sajid Javid.

She has said one of his key policies may leave Britain open to terrorist attacks. 

Javid recently announced government plans to push mobile phone providers to improve signal across the country and rid Britain of signal blackspots.

A leaked government memo shows Ms May warning that the plans to improve may leave Britain susceptible to attacks as it may hinder intelligence agencies in their attempts to prevent and intercept terrorist plots. 

The letter, which was seen by The Times, called further studies to ensure that Javid’s plans do not stop police finding “information that is crucial to keeping us safe.” 

She wrote that Culture Secretary’s proposals “could have a detrimental impact on law enforcement, security and intelligence agency access to communications data and lawful intercept”.

Prime Minister David Cameron has been a keen advocate of improving mobile phone signal throughout  the UK.

This is the second time Ms May has hit the headlines this week, after former minster Norman Baker, who quit earlier this week, called her “uncollegiate”. 

EU Migrants net benefit of £20bn to UK

Research by two leading migration economists from University College London has revealed European migrants are not the drain on Britain’s finances that many perceive them to be. 

The Fiscal Impact of Immigration to the UK, published in the Economic Journal, states that EU migrants made a net contribution of £20billion to the UK’s public finances between 2000 and 2011. The report demonstrates that migrants pay out far more in taxes than they receive in benefits. 

More than 60% of European migrants from western and southern Europe are now university graduates. 25% of Eastern European migrants have a degree too. 

Prof Christian Dustmann, co-author of the study and director of the centre, said: “A key concern of the public debate on migration is whether immigrants contribute their fair share to the tax and welfare systems. Our new analysis draws a positive picture of the overall fiscal contribution made by recent immigrant cohorts, particularly of immigrants arriving from the EU.”

However, David Green of thinktank Civitas derided the report as “shallow”, saying that taxes and benefits were an inadequate measure to study migrants’ contributions by. He noted “People who migrate tend to be young, better educated and energetic. They make good employees here but they are a loss to their own country. If other European countries fail to prosper because their brightest and best have travelled to the UK, we are all worse off.” 

Renovations? Bring in the Lego! 

An employee at German creative studio NPIRE was faced with a problem. 

Gilg needed to find a solution to things in the kitchen encroaching on the hallway. His answer was genius. 

“I had the only right and most obvious thought: ‘We need a Lego wall to be able to hide all the empty containers and the garbage behind them.’”

Gilg built a dividing wall of 55,000 Lego bricks. The project took a year and was made up of old Lego bricks staff had in their homes as well as some new purchases. It cost £2000.

The dividing wall is almost three metres wide and reaches just under three metres at its tallest point. It weighs around 80 kilos. 

Who needs builders? 

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