Nigel uses HIV to illustrate the cost of Health Tourism, his figures were 7000 new diagnosis of HIV each year 60% of whom are not British Citizens.
Let’s break down the figures on where people were infected for Nigel, using the HIV 2014 report. All figures are new cases for 2013. The report looks at two measures, where people became infected and where they were born.
First Nigel got the number of new cases wrong.
Second Nigel got the percentage infected overseas very very wrong, in fact he doubled it – this is important as Ukip use this figure to suggest AIDS infected migrants come here deliberately looking for treatment.
Third he neglected to mention the actual cost of treating all these HIV health tourists is considerably less than 1p per UK citizen per year.
Of course he could have been confused by this:
The proportion of new HIV diagnoses reported among people born in Africa halved from 54% in 2004 to 25 % in 2013. This has resulted in an increase in the proportion of new diagnoses reported among people born in the UK from 32% to 46%. From the Public Health Report on HIV in the UK 2014
But many of these will be young adults born overseas, who came to UK with their parents and are now UK citizens – 48% of whom became infected in the UK.
We could give Nigel the benefit of the doubt, and assume he did not choose this example because it is used by the far right BNP to demonise Black African men, but let’s not .. It was another dog whistle for the racists.
Nigel Farage and UKIP can see the writing on the wall. The party is losing those on the periphery back to the tories, leaving a core of 10% who will vote for him whatever he says. The disgraceful demonisation of our fellow human beings by Nigel Farage was rightly challenged by Leanne Wood and received one of the only claps of appreciation from a lacklustre audience. Nigel lies on a regular basis, his party is based on a lie and thankfully, looking at the polls, they are going to be very disappointed come 7th May.
A good friend has pointed out that The Guardian has been myth busting as well today.