Phone-ins, social networking and the individual experience of those around you tell the same story: there are very large numbers of Britons desperate for work, often any work, who just cannot find any.
Again and again people tell of how they have tried for dozens, sometimes hundreds of jobs without getting even an interview. Media reports of employers getting large numbers of applicants for even menial jobs are a regular feature. Many new graduates are finding that they have been sold a pup about the increased employability of those with a degree and are lucky to find any sort of job.
It beggars belief that British employers are employing foreign workers because they cannot find suitable people. Even if there was a problem with the attitude of young Britons, for which I see no evidence for as a general problem, it would not explain why older workers with a good work history are being overlooked. The most likely explanation is that British employers find foreign workers are cheaper and easier to lay off when they want to.
It is also true that where large numbers of people are needed, gangmasters will be used and these are often foreign and only recruit people of their own nationality. There is also the growing practice of foreign companies in Britain bringing in their own people. There is also the possibility of corruption, especially where public service organisations are concerned, with foreign agencies and the British people doing the hiring entering into a corrupt arrangement whereby the Britons ensure foreigners are recruited and receive a kickback for that from the foreign agents who supply the labour. The foreign agent gains through the fees for finding and supplying the foreign staff.
During the Blair/ Brown bubble years there may have been an element of Britons unwilling to do some of the menial low paid jobs, but in our present dire financial straits that cannot be the case now even for low-skilled workers. Moreover even during the Blair/ Brown bubble, the rapidly rising property prices and rents and falling wages often made it impossible for a Briton who had social obligations, such as a family to support, to take those jobs because they would not provide a means to support the family. Most of the immigrants who came in, especially those from Eastern Europe, were young men with no obligations beyond supporting themselves. They are able, even on the minimum wages, to save a few thousand per year, and that money in their own country is worth multiples of what it is worth in Britain. Such immigrant workers found that they could work for a couple of years in Britain and save enough to buy a property in their own country. (Give Britons the chance to go abroad and earn enough to buy a house in Britain and you will be trampled in the rush.) In short, there was never a level playing field between British and foreign workers.
The first responsibility of a government in a democratic country is to promote the well-being of its citizens above those of foreigners. To take the view, as successive British governments have in practice taken since 1979, that immigrants are, in effect, entitled to the privileges accorded to British citizens is to render British citizenship null and void. To think of the world as a single marketplace with labour, goods and services drawn from wherever is cheapest or most immediately available, is to reduce Britain to no more than a residence of convenience which can be used for the purposes of the individual without any concern for Britain as a society. That is what Britain's politicians and her broader elite are dragging the country towards. All sense of nation has not been lost yet, but Britons are increasingly seeing themselves as abandoned by those who are supposed to wield power on their behalf and for their good, and are in desperation increasingly looking for their own advantage without regard to the effects of their behaviour on the society they live in.
If Britain had a political elite which acted as an elite should do in a democracy, they would cast aside the globalist fantasy and begin to rebuild a stable British economy and with it a much stronger and more settled society. They would recover Britain's sovereignty by withdrawing from the EU. They would end mass migration. They would allow Britain to re-industrialise behind protectionist barriers. In doing those things they would produce a situation which would allow Britons to be employed in jobs which were secure and paid well enough, even at the unskilled level, to live a normal family life because Britain would become a high-wage economy. This would be because even the least skilled in society would have a value, for the unskilled work would still need to be done and there would not be an immigrant army to do it. This would either put a premium on those willing to do the unskilled work who would command higher pay, or the unskilled work would have to be done as incidental work by those doing more skilled work â€“ for example, cleaning the workplace in addition to being a draughtsman. A fantasy? Well, it is what happens in Norway, a very high-wage economy.
From "The globalist lies about the British job market" at the England calling blog.
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