Monday, 23 February 2004

Migrant Workers

Clive Summerfield @ Monday, February 23, 2004
Got to love the coherent policy this government has regarding the new EU members. Our Tone states "If they can't support themselves, they will be put out of the country". Yeah, in your dreams. I predict that the proposed worker registration scheme will be about as workable and effective as all the other schemes introduced by this government to deal with economic migrants.

And Blunkett harps on about the labour shortage over here. Well, that will be peanuts compared to the shortages back in the acceding countries once they realise that 12 months work in the UK entitles them to full benefits. As far as I can see, this will do nothing for the 10 new EU members who would better benefit from more focussed development aid and support from the existing members. But that would require some joined up thinking from a government that barely seems capable of formulating its way out of a wet paper bag.

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