It may be that you will automatically condemn this story in this morning's Mail as fiction; tales of the Turkish, Somali and Portuguese workless taking their pick of public housing at the British taxpayer's expense.
Well, if you don't like the 'Mail', try the Court of Appeal. Our courts are packed with housing cases when just occasionally immigrants of the type that appear in the 'Mail' story get turned down; then the taxpayer has to shell out for ruinous legal costs as decisions taken by councils and Housing Associations are challenged.
This recent case is just one such - from my own borough, Lewisham. A family of Tamil immigrants in which only the mother seems to be able to speak any English, and with the father and three children all suffering long-term chronic health problems, nevertheless knew enough to get themselves on the Council's priority housing list and were given a three-bed flat. For various reasons they didn't like it, and wanted somewhere different. Lewisham offered them a ground-floor 3 bed flat in Brockley, an expensive area of the borough favoured by young professionals. They turned it down because it meant walking up a hill. The Council said it had discharged its duty by making the offer. The court held differently, and allowed the appeal. Go figure. Sprinkled throughout the case are the usual accusations of 'racism' against neighbours and housing officers without which no housing appeals case seems complete.
'Mail' or not, it really is high time we grasped this nettle.