People are pointing out the very obvious problem with the Daily Telegraph's front page alarmism

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Wednesday 26 August 2015 12:20

The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express both led with the news that the number of people living in Britain who were born overseas is set to reach 8 million on their front pages on Wednesday morning.

While we've come to expect migration alarmism from the Express, the use of the word "foreigners" and dehumanising rhetoric that follows in the copy comes as something of a surprise from a usually considered, if very conservative, broadsheet.

The article, which reflects the imminent release of new figures from the Migration Observatory, and says the new benchmark is "bad news" for ministers, goes on to talk of Syrian refugees "streaming in" to Europe, with others "massing outside the port of Calais".

While the Telegraph has used the figures to feed into its wider calls for stricter controls on immigration, many have pointed out a bit of an obvious problem with the story.

Mayor of London, Conservative MP and very well-paid Telegraph columnist Boris Johnson is, um, a "foreigner" by their definition. He was born in New York.

In fact, all of these brilliant Britons were born overseas too:

Ben Stokes

Ashes-winning cricketer. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Emma Watson

Actress, campaigner, model. Born in Paris, France.

Mo Farah

Olympic gold medallist, world champion long-distance runner. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Joanna Lumley

Actress, comedian, model, campaigner. Born in Srinagar, India.

Kevin Pietersen

Cricketer, former England captain, former number one batsman in the world. Born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Prince Philip

Duke of Edinburgh, husband to the Queen. Born in Corfu, Greece.

Bradley Wiggins

Cyclist, first Briton to win the Tour de France, Olympic gold medallist. Born in Ghent, Belgium.

Richard E Grant

Actor, director, screenwriter. Born in Mbabane, Swaziland.

Chris Froome

Cyclist, two-time winner of the Tour de France. Born in Nairobi, Kenya.

Lena Headey

Actress, star of Game of Thrones, Emmy awards nominee for outstanding supporting actress. Born in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Etc and so on

And that's not to mention the millions of brilliant, hard-working Britons who were born overseas and don't happen to be famous.

Maybe having so many "foreigners" in the UK isn't such a bad thing after all...?

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