Eco­nomic woes are not Brus­sels’ fault

Western Mail - - WM2 | VIEWS OF WALES - Robin Lynn Sully, Vale of Glam­or­gan

NEIL Wel­ton (“View looks good from the Brexit ex­press”, WM let­ters, Oc­to­ber 11) should en­joy the view of Brexit from which­ever class of car­riage he oc­cu­pies while he can.

He for­gets that to­tal net mi­gra­tion is un­changed, our money has al­ways been our own af­fair (we are not and never have been part of the Euro­zone) and full em­ploy­ment is al­ready with us.

That a de­press­ingly large num­ber of peo­ple are poorly paid is not the fault of Brus­sels.

The rea­son we are hav­ing to rely on mi­grant labour is down to the fail­ure of suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments to prop­erly train our young peo­ple, not the fault of Brus­sels.

We should also bear in mind that the size of our home­grown work­force is in rel­a­tive de­cline as our pop­u­la­tion ages. To sup­port that age­ing pop­u­la­tion we need more tax­pay­ers than we are gen­er­at­ing on our own, cer­tainly in the short term.

In ad­di­tion to the lack of train­ing, the rea­son so many peo­ple are poorly paid is due to much of our labour be­ing in low-paid low val­ueadded sec­tors, par­tic­u­larly ser­vices

like re­tail, care and hos­pi­tal­ity. This is due to the fail­ure of suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments to im­ple­ment an in­dus­trial strat­egy, re­ly­ing on the mar­ket to take care of ev­ery­thing, re­sult­ing in the de­cline of high value-added jobs in man­u­fac­tur­ing. Again, not the fault of Brus­sels.

As to who is sit­ting where on the train, if he wan­ders up into first class he will find not “pam­pered pas­sen­gers pan­ick­ing” but smil­ing fat cats and ide­o­logues – John­son, Rees-Mogg, Farage, Red­wood and the like – de­tach­ing their car­riage be­fore the in­evitable crash.

Mean­while, back in the brake van we’re not pan­ick­ing. We’re do­ing our best to con­vince peo­ple such as Mr Wel­ton that we should take an­other look at our fu­ture once the Prime Min­is­ter comes back with a deal, if she comes back with a deal and more par­tic­u­larly if she doesn’t, and that the best way of do­ing this is via a Peo­ple’s Vote.

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