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...together with Great Auntie Romania and all their kiddies and relatives. But, hush! Don't tell anyone because the government doesn't want you to know!
On the 31st December 2013 the current restrictions on our Eastern European EU compatriots coming to live in this country expire and we can be sure that we will be braced for an influx. You remember, just like all those nice Polish people who weren't going to want to come here last time this sort of thing happened.
Earlier this week, Fatty Pickles put his big fat, squashy foot four square in his mouth. He confirmed he had seen estimates of how many would come to the UK but refused to divulge the information. 'It’s going to cause problems not just in terms of the housing market but also on social housing market,' Mr Pickles told the BBC's Sunday Politics programme.
This caused our cuddly PM to squirm a little. 'Eric Pickles took that view that the figures should not be released yet. I support that view, until we’re confident, because it’s a very difficult calculation to make.'
He pointed out estimates had proved unreliable in previous instances of EU migration. So - back to the Poles again, then?
In Westminster, figures around the 300,000 mark are being bandied around by MPs, but figures as high as 450,000 have also been mentioned.
And just to make it worse, official figures have now confirmed that since Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Estonia all joined the EU in 2004 – giving them unrestricted access to the UK’s labour market - one in 67 of their population is now living in Britain.
So, given that the population of the two latest countries to gain access is around the 29 million mark - why not divide that by 67 and do your own math?
No wonder the government doesn't want us to know...