Questions raised by immigration rhetoric

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Mehdi Hasan’s contention – “Had Avram Kohen not arrived on these shores from Poland in the late 19th century, his son Jack would not have been able to start Tesco in 1919” – is facile (Steve Jobs would never have made it in Cameron’s world, 13 October). The same argument is used by anti-abortionist “pro-life” lobbyists: “Had Mary Arden used contraceptives or had she had an abortion, her son William Shakespeare would not have been able to write Hamlet.” Does this mean that contraceptives should be banned?

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