However, the Mail has gone with Racist taxmen who deliberately under-paid child benefits to non-nationals are sacked:
In other words, the Daily Mail is trying to imply that the people who were underpaid were not British citizens.
Non-nationals and ethnic minorities are not the same thing. Saying that they are the same thing, is in effect the same as saying that black people and Asians (who are an ethnic minority) are not British.
Mind you, it’s not as if this is the first time the Mail has tried to imply something along those lines…
As can be expected, the article has attracted the usual variety of credulous comments:
The only saving grace of the piece is that they didn’t put the word “racist” in quote marks or try to make some comment about how “you can’t talk about immigration these days”…
UPDATE: The BBC first posted their story around 12.23 in the afternoon. Then, at roughly 1.50 in the afternoon, the Press Association distributed this story, which bares striking similarities with the BBC’s original story. It is in the Press Association’s version that “non-nationals” makes its appearance.
It would seem that the Daily Mail copied their version from the PA. It’s not clear why “non-nationals” was not mentioned in the BBC’s version but is mentioned in the PA’s.
I’ve e-mailed the Press Association to find out why the phrase was included. It remains to be seen whether I’ll receive a reply. If I do not, I will attempt to contact someone at the BBC and, failing that, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs themselves.