Wednesday, February 11, 2009

British Jobs for British Workers!

From the Times: "On the day that figures showed the number of people unemployed at a 12-year high, the Office for National Statistics chose to reveal that the number of foreign workers increased by 175,000 to 2.4 million last year while the number of British workers fell by 234,000 to 27 million."

Ministers are said to be "fizzing" with anger at the release of the figures, believing they should have been kept hidden in case.. err... in case... well in case the PM is rumbled, actually.

And Keith Vaz intends to raise concerns about them being made public with the Prime Minister, “The danger is that such information could be misconstrued or misused by those who do not support the view that Britain should be a diverse and multicultural society”, he said.

No, we can't have that, can we. For Gawds sake, don't tell them the truth. I can't help wondering what other 'misconstrueable' evidences of the effects of immigration are being withheld, though - on similarly sensitive grounds.


Glamourpuss said...

Isn't there another point to be made here? There are a number of professions where there's a deficit and so there's no choice but to employ foreign workers - teaching, nursing, medicine among them. And then there's all the shitty jobs that British workers with a 2:2 in Business Studies think are beneath them.

Our expectations of employment have changed out of line with the jobs available. The loss of most of our manufacturing industries dealt a huge blow to semi-skilled and skilled workers but the worse blow is the belief that sitting at a computer all day is a better way of making a living.

I am extremely wary of the current demonstrations and the thinly-veiled jingoism inherent in them.


All Shook Up said...

I don't think the entire argument over the numbers of foreign workers can be discounted simply by highlighting some particular professions. In any case, there is plenty of evidence that in nursing in particular, the number of British trained nurses competing for a diminishing number of posts is scandalous.

As I said in an earlier post... labour will naturally flow from low-wage to high-wage economies. Not the other way round.