At the turn of the century just 161,000 Brits a year were emigrating. After a few more years of this wonderful government, the Brits voting with their feet had steadily risen to 206,000 a year. So how many Brits has Labour hounded out of this country? We won’t know until the next worldwide headcount, due at the turn of the decade. By then, Britain may have overtaken Mexico to become the country that repels more of its own people than any other developed nation. How’s that for a New Labour achievement?
P.S. And no, it's not a global trend. As I wrote last November, the OECD found 1.26m British graduates abroad – a higher figure than any other country. It counted only 865,000 German expat graduates, 438,000 French and just 390,000 American. So the question that should keep Brown awake at night is this: why does he think so many valuable people are leaving the country he’s running?