Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

In England at the moment, we are experiencing shortages of certain goods because of labour shortages. For example, there are simply not enough seasonal farmworkers to get the harvest in or enough drivers to get stuff delivered. This is due, in part, to the coronavirus as, at any one time, there are a lot of people either ill or self-isolating. However, the main cause is Brexit. Businesses are no longer able to so easily import cheap labour from Eastern Europe. This means that for the first time since Margaret Thatcher emasculated the trade unions in the early 1980s, working people are (forgive the pun) in the driving seat. As they are no longer able to keep wages down by exploiting people from abroad who are prepared to work for low remuneration, employers are having to pay competitive rates and bonuses to attract the workforce they need.

Socialists should be rejoicing at this turn of events and I, for one, am loving it. However, the people who are bemoaning the situation more than anyone else are from the liberal left. This is because they are the ones who benefit most from the exploitation of cheap labour. Rich people can afford to buy what they want at any price, but comfortably off middle-class people need prices to be low if they are to afford the luxuries of modern life that are so important to them.

It is as I have always known; those who make up the liberal left in my country are not left at all. They only care about the poor and poorly paid when that caring does not impinge upon their own standard of living.

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