Sunday, 1 February 2009

British Jobs For British Workers

"British jobs for British workers." That is what Gordon Brown-Trousers, our unelected dictator said. It is not a difficult sentence to understand, even for him, and doesn't offer much scope for wriggling out of the sentiment.

But he's trying. Oh BOY is he trying. Apparently, contrary to all appearances, those four little words don't mean that jobs in Britain should go to people from Britain. Oh no, not by a long shot. He says he really meant that people would be given the skills to compete against other nationalities.

No, he didn't. If he'd meant that, he'd have said that people would be given the skills to compete against other nationalities, and we'd have known that was what he meant because that would have been what he said. Instead, we know exactly what he said - British jobs for British workers - and we know exactly what that means. It means that the British Prime Minister made a throw away comment designed to make him popular, without any intention of following through on the sound bite, and now that he's engulfed in an economic crisis of his own making that he didn't see coming, it's come back to bite him on the arse. Business as usual, in other words.

Obviously, I see no reason to assume that Brown-Trousers isn't lying again, just as he did over his humiliating decision to back out of calling an election. But, just for fun, let's think about his alternative interpretation. If, as both he and Lord Sleaze of Foy himself would have us believe, he really did mean that British people would be given the skills to compete against other nationalities, does that really help him out of the hole he's dug for himself?

No, it doesn't. It means that the British Prime Minister wants British people, living and (trying) to work within the borders of their own country, to have to compete on a level playing field with overseas workers. It means that those same British people, who are currently in financial difficulties and short of work - largely as a result of Brown's facile antics at the Treasury over the past decade - must sit back and stoically accept that the odds of them finding work in an already grim labour market are further reduced by increased competition from abroad. It means that the wages earned by those foreign workers will, at least in part, be shipped back home to their dependants, instead of being spent here in the already struggling British economy.

Where is the sense in any of that? I have nothing against foreign workers per se, but I cannot see how it is beneficial to employ overseas labour while local job seekers look on in increasing desperation. In claiming that he wanted to train the British workforce to compete successfully, thereby providing British jobs for British people, the ever more out of touch Gordon Brown-Trousers misses the point entirely. British workers should not need to compete for British jobs, and so do not need training for that eventuality.

Realising that he's been caught with his pants down, the PM is, of course, unwilling to back down or acknowledge that he's been treating the British people like fools again. No, instead he's trying to bluster his way through, calling the decision of some workers to stike in protest at this stupid situation "not the right thing to do and not defensible."

He just doesn't get it, does he? In a democracy, the right thing to do is what the majority of people want to do, and on this point the protestors have tapped a rich vein of resentment. Frustration has been mounting over foreign workers taking British jobs for some time, just as the electorate has been growing increasingly tired of Gordon Brown-Trousers' attempts to deceieve them. They know who is to blame for their current economic difficulties, and they really don't like his attempts to pass off his own incompetence as a purely global problem. Dissatisfaction is growing, too, with the ever more politically correct, nanny state attitude adopted and encouraged by this government and its minions.

Patient though they are, the British people are becoming restive, and this simple dispute could well be enough to push them into a state of rather more vociferous unrest than has previously been the case. High on their long, long list of grievances is mounting disenchantment with all things European, and many, many people are of the view that increased integration has been a mistake. Naturally, Peter Mandelson and his boss, Gordon Brown-Trousers (or is it the other way round?) still think Europe is wonderful. Mandy has been very quick to point out that so-called protectionism is bad and European rules make it impossible to give precedence to British workers.

So, according to the Sleaziest in the Land, it's European rules that mean British jobs don't necessarily go to British workers. Which, as I've already said, is a bloody stupid state of affairs. This being the case, it doesn't take much to follow the chain of reasoning through to its inevitable conclusion - if we can't have British jobs for British workers because of European rules, and if we really, really want British jobs for British workers (which we do), we must first get rid of the European rules. Since we can't easily do that from within the framework of the EU, because Gordon Brown-Trousers signed away most of our rights in the Lisbon treaty, we must first dump the EU, thereby releasing ourselves from EU rules and consequently ensuring that British jobs go to British people. Simples.

It won't be long before that previously unutterable suggestion is being tentatively mentioned by all manner of mainstream politicians, all of whom can see which way the wind's blowing. The government won't like it, and will be seeking to quell the British jobs for British workers protests by any means possible before it turns muttering disapproval of the Labour government into something much harder to ignore or control. If weasle words don't do the trick, expect to see the British government ordering British policemen to beat the living crap out of British workers who won't come quietly because they want a British job.

No wonder the number of soon-to-be-former British workers emigrating to Australia is up 31% on last year!

Billy Seggars.

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