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Iconoclasts, Series 2 Episode 1 of 3

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 09 September 2009

Edward Stourton chairs a live discussion series in which guests set out their strong views on a subject, before being challenged by a panel of experts.

Economist and writer Philippe Legrain argues that Britain should abolish all immigration controls. The movement of people across our borders should, he says, be as free as the movement of goods and services.

Legrain's views are challenged by Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, Labour MP for Keighley and Ilkeley Ann Cryer and Tony Saint, a writer and former immigration officer.

  • The Iconoclast: Philippe Legrain

    Philippe Legrain (who, despite his name, is British) is a journalist and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics. He says: “Immigrants are not an invading army. They are mostly people seeking a better life who are drawn to Europe by the huge demand for workers to fill the low-end jobs that our ageing and increasingly wealthy societies rely on but which our increasingly well-educated and comfortable citizens are unwilling to take.”

  • The Panellists

    Sir Andrew Green
    Founder and Chairman of Migration Watch UK.

    Ann Cryer
    Labour MP for Keighley And Ilkeley, member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Her constituency includes a high proportion of immigrants.

    Tony Saint
    A former immigration officer turned writer; author of the novel 'Refusal Shoes' and the TV play 'Margaret Thatcher - The Long Walk To Finchley'

  • If you want to have your say, email us at iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk


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