Sir, Your editorial writer seemed to be tired after sharing “ Cameron’s long journey into the Brussels night” (December 17). Removing in-work benefits would mean British workers receiving more money than European migrants for doing the same job. Shocking, apparently — until you recall of course that a single man with no children receives less money than his married colleague with children for doing the same job, since the latter will enjoy in-work tax credits. This reminds us that discrimination is not ipso facto bad; the issue is whether some forms of discrimination are or are not justifiable or acceptable. In the context of immigrant workers they are not compelled to come to the UK to work, so we might leave it to them to consider whether in deciding to come here the discriminatory aspect of removing in-work benefits is acceptable to them or not. It cannot be said either that those who decide it is discriminatory have had their rights to free movement removed.

Nick Gilbert

Robertsbridge, E Sussex, UK

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