The Conservative Conference has been discussing crime, welfare, the economy, schools and hospitals. But outside the Birmingham bubble the rest of the country has been talking about Gamu from X Factor. She is not being put through to the next round of the singing competition and apparently the real reason is that she faces deportation.
Her mother Nokuthula Ngazana was not a welfare scrounger. She worked hard getting a job as a nurse in Scotland. But she claimed Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit which under immigration rules she was no entitled to.
Reports are contradictory over some of the details. But from my understanding of the facts leniency would be reasonable.
First of all the Tax Credit claims may well have been a genuine mistake. These were the tax credits introduced by Gordon Brown in 2003. She might have been confused as to whether these were welfare benefits or tax rebates. She would not have been the only one to be confused by the "over-complicated, appallingly badly administered tax credit system" as Michael Fallon described it.