Coming over here and taking our best jobs…
That is effectively what Patel and Johnson’s plan seems to be because the low skilled – for which read low paid – will not be able to find work in the UK.
So, ironically, the Brits will need to take the low skilled jobs whilst the more highly skilled jobs will be potentially much more competitive.
Currently the lowly paid are often highly educated but unable to find opportunities in their not so developed EU countries. Many of them, up until recently were happy to make a life here (and some, remarkably, still are..) but Brexit has changed most of that.
So when those important tasks, often undertaken by the lowly paid immigrant, are care duties and tasks in the NHS, Patel seems to think there are 8.5 million UK residents currently available to do them. Quite why the Tory Party’s encouragements and exigences to force everyone to work are still 8.5 million short with only about 1.5 million declared as unemployed she doesn’t make clear. But, to be fair, evidence is not her forte (indeed, personally, I’m not sure what her forte is.)
The only peculiar ‘plus’ is that her rules would seem to prevent her own parents coming to Britain!
Additionally whilst it is all very well to suggest employers should get their act together there is the small matter of austerity, which means that local authorities can literally not afford to pay more for care than they currently do. For the government to suggest that simply to recruit Brits and pay the going rate is extremely naive and misleading – basically, unless the government pays it is simply another lie.
Additionally, isn’t it the government’s job – and not first and foremost employers’ – to provide the country with a skilled and equipped workforce? I notice, for example, that the government, as the employer of doctors and nurses, resolutely fails to train sufficient quantities of them to fill the vacancies required.
Which is why imports and immigration are so essential.
To unilaterally cut ourselves off from our geographically nearest support system seems at the very least, not sensible.
Particularly when the government shows no social understanding whatsoever – other than the painfully outdated ideology that ‘the market will provide,’ while simultaneously ‘unleashing our potential’…
Our government is one that seems for ever to be living in the past.