Economic woes are not Brussels’ fault
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.