Sunday 26 June 2016

Odds slashed on ‘the unemployed’ replacing immigrants as Daily Mail’s top scapegoat


Mail needs new scapegoat

After the UK voted to leave the EU thanks to years of its anti-immigrant headlines, the Daily Mail has begun the search for a new scapegoat on which to blame the country’s ills.

There are fears inside Daily Mail headquarters that further use of immigrants in fear-mongering headlines will cause readers to ask “haven’t we already fixed that problem?”.

As such, a new scapegoat is needed, and the unemployed have seen their odds slashed over the last 24 hours.

With the unemployed now at 2-1, benefit claimants are at 5-1 with ‘brown people’ a healthy outsider at 16-1.

Bookmaker Simon Williams said, “You might think Muslims would be favourite, but that would mean the Daily Mail having to explain that leaving the EU has nothing to do with Muslims, which would kind of undermine their whole referendum position, so I think that’s unlikely.”

Those inside the Daily Mail seem delighted at the prospect of the unemployed becoming their new scapegoat.

As one Daily Mail insider explained, “With the unemployed, we can recycle many of our top hits – which is good for the environment, even though the environment is a well-known liberal conspiracy.

“Headlines such as ‘Immigrant family of eight has house and car paid for by you!’ can easily be adapted by changing ‘Immigrant’ for ‘Workshy benefit scrounger’.

“We also think this one has long-term potential, as we’re unlikely to see a referendum allows us to get rid of the unemployed and those on benefits.

“It would be nice, but I just don’t see it – not for a few years, anyway.”

I think, therefore I am (not a Daily Mail reader)

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