Let me see if I understand this correctly, a story running in the newspapers this morning and yet one more example of a government fiasco.
In the past month, we’ve had prisoners – still in prison – being paid a “Jobseekers allowance” and we’ve had EU migrant workers being paid child allowance for children who don’t even live here and without tangible proof of their existence.
Today we have the news that short-term immigrants will soon become eligible for a full state pension - even if they stay in the UK for only a year - because of little-noticed changes to the UK retirement system.
Changes being made under the Pensions White Paper in 2010 will mean immigrants from European countries no longer have to work for a minimum of 10 years to be able to claim the basic state pension.
So pop-over for a gap year in Britain, Margate would be a good place to start, find a job but if you can’t, never mind and then go home and we’ll pay your basic state pension in your old age. Without doubt we must be the most generous and foolish nation on the face of the earth.