No doubt a good many of you have seen the latest tactic from those who stand to benefit from inter-cultural strife in the UK. I’m referring to the cleverly crafted drivel about the Coalition being on the verge of giving welfare payments to every polygamous Muslim’s wife.

As so often with these myths, the diametric opposite is true. I quote (my emphasis) below from the House of Commons library official website:

‘Constituents sometimes raise concerns about the status of polygamous marriages in this country and the rights of wives of polygamous marriages….At present, some benefits can be paid, in certain cases, in respect of more than one spouse but the allowances that may be paid in respect of additional spouses are lower than those which generally apply to single claimants….[however]….The Government has decided that the Universal Credit rules will not recognise additional partners in polygamous relationships.’

In short, far from becoming more lenient in the future, the Coalition is rejecting even the few claims made already.