Opinion – How reliant is Britain on EU migrant workers? – The Conversation – John Gelmini

Dr Alf probably knows that EU workers are concentrated in areas of the economy such as agriculture, hospitality and tourism, where unproductive and often lazy British workers do not want to work and would rather turn to the dole or operate in the Black Economy.

Brexit was partially about the concentrations of such workers, in places like Huntingdon and Peterborough, and the ownership by Poles of recruitment agencies that primarily deal with Eastern Europeans and do not deal with UK workers because employers locally do not want them. Much of the objections to Remain were not really about sovereignty at all but were a backlash against the Government’s supine approach to radical Muslims, rogue mosques and the lax approach to border controls which has seen the number of illegal immigrants swell to more than 8 million. Hospitals, sink schools and local authority Social Services Departments rely on a mixture of EU migration and the importation of Indian doctors, plus and people from Africa to undertake workloads that the indigenous population is currently not able to handle. The issue is about productivity or lack of it from UK workers, the fact that it has fallen to 46% in the private sector and less than 37% in the public sector.

With fat cat pay for bosses, it is difficult to persuade people to do a fair days work so the politicians have until now chosen to sidestep the issue. Until they confront it, Dr Alf is right to say that there is little alternative to further immigration, but confront it they must otherwise we will have a population of 80 million people and rising but not enough infrastructure to support it.

Tough measures are needed:
1) Link fat cat pay to monitorable performance and end rewards for failure.
2) Bring Sir Philip Green to heel by compelling his wife to fund the BHS pension funds from which he clearly borrowed money before selling BHS to bankrupt and scoundrel Dominic Chappell for £1 GBP–Sir Philip runs all his other businesses very well so he knew or must have known the true financial state of BHS before he unloaded it.
3)Try Dominic Chappell for fraud
4)End the NHS, MOD revolving door; privatise the BBC
5)Fire striking train drivers, tube drivers and postal staff and legislate against strikes in essential public services.
Replace them with people made redundant from the Army and the Reserves until these essential public services can be automated
6)Insist on higher productivity for UK workers and make it harder for sacked workers who have lost their jobs for laziness or lack of productivity to get dole so quickly or at the same level Worker productivity at the Port Talbot steelworks has risen by 40% since the plant was threatened with closure and it has actually made a small profit while the talks between Mittal and Thyssen Krupp continue so with shock treatment British workers can be shocked out of their torpor but the political will has to be there and the political class have to lead by example.

John Gelmini

Obama in London: Barack Obama is right: Britain could lead Europe if it wanted to | The Economist

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English: US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron trade bottles of beer to settle a bet they made on the U.S. vs. England World Cup Soccer game (which ended in a tie), during a bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an outstanding, must-read article from the Economist. The Economist argues that Barack Obama is right and Britain could lead Europe if it wanted to.

Source: Obama in London: Barack Obama is right: Britain could lead Europe if it wanted to | The Economist

This is a balanced and powerful article from the Economist.

Some who do not favor the EU will argue that it was because of France‘s  President De Gaulle the UK never got a chance to be at the center of the EU. On the other hand, many Europeans argue that the UK has chosen to sit on the periphery of the EU. Most Europeans, including political leaders, have been well behaved about the Brexit referendum and have not tried to use it to their own political advantage. However, finance ministers in both Germany and France have warned that in the event of a Brexit win, then the negotiations would be tough – I suggest we think of Greece and multiply by ten – the pressures would be enormous, impacting global financial markets.

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am passionately pro-Europe and in favor of the UK remaining in the EU.

I go along with the Economist and Barack Obama that the UK could be be at the center of Europe, influencing policy and perhaps leading in a collaborative way. But for this to be realized, UK political leaders would need to get off the fence. After the Brexit referendum, with a win in favor of remaining in the EU, I struggle to see David Cameron leading the government much longer and would expect him to step down on a high. This would precipitate a Conservative Party leadership contest, well before the next election. I fear that Boris, the bruiser, has blotted his copy-book, so the race is wide open. The leadership election will, of course, depend on the results of the referendum.