Another week, another rant

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

Another week, another let­ter from Joe Eger­ton. This week, he claims for the third time that I said that two thirds of stu­dents stay on af­ter their stud­ies il­le­gally. On the pre­vi­ous two oc­ca­sions he jus­ti­fied this claim on the ba­sis of a ref­er­ence to a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion of mine which he has mis­un­der­stood. The minister who replied agreed with me.

The fact is that In­ter­na­tional Pas­sen­ger Sur­vey es­ti­mates that around two thirds of stu­dents stay on af­ter their stud­ies. (While the ma­jor­ity do so for le­git­i­mate rea­sons, that statis­tic does – in my view - ex­plain why they need to be in­cluded in im­mi­gra­tion fig­ures).

Mr Eger­ton also at­tacks my con­cerns about anti-con­ser­va­tive bias in the uni­ver­si­ties. Had he lis­tened to the Today Pro­gramme and read Gerry War­ren’s ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle prop­erly, he would know that it was stu­dents them­selves who raised their con­cerns, first on the BBC and then to Gerry War­ren. I quoted a statis­tic from a source he does not ap­prove of but also tes­ti­mony from stu­dents - and aca­demics – who have raised har­row­ing con­cerns with me.

Sadly, Mr Eger­ton seems un­able to move on from the EU Ref­er­en­dum. Al­most ev­ery week you pub­lish another rant from him on the sub­ject. If he wishes to see all these is­sues – from im­mi­gra­tion to aca­demic bias – in a prism de­ter­mined by that vote, he is wel­come to do so. But he might re­flect over the Christ­mas pe­riod that the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury has called for re­spect to be shown on both sides of the de­bate. Ju­lian Bra­zier, Gar­linge Green, Petham

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