Dear Editor, It’s no time to gloat, but we told them so.
But Blair and New Labour wanted their taxes and skills, to make our economy strong.
For the indigenous citizens and workers to want to be employed in their own country, seems to me to be a very human and fair request. It is natural for people of the same race to live together, in their own homes, with their families and to work. Most animals live in this way, and those of us who watch wildlife programmes on TV will know that herds of elephants, for example, will not accept strangers in their midst, using their resources. It’s natural!
Brown tells us it is indefensible! It is very naive of Gordon Brown to condemn British workers for protesting that foreigners are taking their jobs, EU law or not.
The majority of us were shoe-horned into the European Union, with all of its ifs and buts and different laws and “freedoms”, after initially agreeing (now seen to be a ploy) to an acceptable and sensible common market. Since then the EU has surreptitiously grown, with none of us having a say. The next step is the EU Treaty – again being shoe-horned against our wishes.
It has not been difficult for many of us to see (except Blair/Brown and New Labour), that the free movement of labour (en masse), EU laws and New Labour mass immigration from the rest of the world would eventually catch up. To a point where there is no room at the inn – nor employment even in the stables – in a country that has lost its industrial base.
Whatever spurious benefits the EU has brought us (for bureaucrats and politicians), our loss of freedom and sovereignty, EU laws and the billions of taxpayers’ money being shunted over to Brussels to be dissipated among 26 other EU countries has more than drowned them.
The flood of migrant workers and their families, wives and children have placed an unacceptable burden on our public purse and public services, including, importantly, the education of our children and their teachers.
I am delighted that the three lions are at last making themselves heard..
It is Brown’s and New Labour’s policies that are indefensible and not the actions of the workers. The laws must change in favour of the indigenous population. We elect politicians for this purpose.
We must return to a sensible arrangement again of the common market and withdraw from the EU before Brussels takes us down with it.
Douglas J Wathen,
Our ‘city of a 1,000 trades’ must get back to basics
Dear Editor, Councillor Nigel Dawkins is absolutely right (Post, January 29, 2009). I recently bought an excellent pair of shoes from an organisation noted for providing shoes for people with diabetes, that cost me £100 which was money well spent, I have to say that not only do they look good but they are extremely comfortable.
When I got home, I examined them only to find that they were made in Czech Republic! My good lady bought me a 100 per cent cotton shirt from M&S, formerly renowned for only purchasing British products, only to find on arriving home that it was made in Indonesia!
We have no less than 1.6 million people between the ages of 16 to 24 years who have never been in education, employment or indeed industrial training.
Our Forces are desperately short of personnel when we have to recruit from former colonies, as well as increasing the number of Ghurkha personnel yet some three million we understand are on permanent disability? While we have an industry that imports people for further and higher education courses, many of whom never return home.
Our current economic situation is parlous to say the least!
It is predicted that it will get worse and take no less than a whole generation (33 years) before our international debts are paid off.
We find that much of the problem has been our politicians encouraging so-called service industries (greedy avaricious bankers, demanding obscene rewards for few efforts). Councillor Dawkins will be wildly applauded for neglecting our traditional manufacturing industries.
Birmingham used to be known as “the home of a thousand trades”, the cradle with other Midlands areas of the Industrial Revolution. Ought we not, politicians of all political views, get back to basics?
Politics cloud humanity
Dear Editor, “I deeply regret that the BBC and Sky could not see their way to broadcasting the very reasonable humanitarian appeal on behalf of the people of Gaza.
At a deep level all human beings are willing to stretch out a hand and help each other, in particular at time when the ordinary people - men, women and children of all ages - in Gaza are facing appalling hardship and suffering.
Bishop William Kenney,
Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham.