Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Well, I’m Shocked Again...

David Aaronovitch wades into the wildcat strikes row, pointing out that rent-a-mouth union leaders Derek Simpson (Unite) and Paul Kenny (GMB) proved strangely unable to prove their claims that UK workers had been discriminated against when pressed for clarification.
Facts notwithstanding, the Lindsey strike has brought a colonic flush of sentiment about how entitled the British are to their rage. Some of the country's leading commentators have enjoyed one of their occasional joyous moments of getting down and dirty with the workers. There has been nonsense about the slow patience of the English (“but when roused to ire... blah, blah”), about how we should be more like the French, whose utterly pointless national strike paralysed that country on Thursday, about how the ordinary man should blame the bankers, the EU, the Government, the quangocrats or anyone else.
Are any of those parties totally blameless, then, David?
From the Right and the Left the target was globalisation. Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and the unofficial leader of Labour's centre Left lamented: “Britain is a country that no longer owns the productive processes that create its wealth. Crucial economic sectors have been handed over to unaccountable foreign ownership.” Note here the linking of “foreign” with “unaccountable”, as though the good old failing domestic companies used to invite us to vote on their expansion or contraction policies. Letting EU workers undercut British ones (as has certainly sometimes happened) had been, according to Mr Cruddas, “a race to the bottom”. Albeit one that, until recently, left us able to enjoy low unemployment and hugely expanded public services. You must have noticed the schools, John? Even in Dagenham.
Yes, I’m sure he has. I’m sure he’s also noticed how those ‘hugely expanded public services’ are unnecessary or unsustainable, with the increasing burden of public sector pensions to pay for.

And if he hasn’t noticed, you can bet an increasing majority of his constituents have...
On Sunday the Government, in the shape of Alan Johnson, panicked on the BBC. Well, sometimes you have to. Yesterday, in the shape of Lord Mandelson, it un-panicked again, also on the BBC. Well, usually that's better. John Humphrys pressed the case of the (hypothetical) Sunderland worker who is underwhelmed by the bigger argument against protectionism in jobs, or by hundreds of thousands of Britons occupying posts in other EU countries that could also, presumably at a pinch, be filled by locals.
Because telling someone who is out of work and unable to find employment that ‘Never mind, some other Britons are making out like bandits on the continent!’ is going to help, of course..
The answer, of course, is that temporarily satisfying Kenny Ward (or Carlo Wardi or Karl Wardowski) would lead to a stupid game of International Beggar My Neighbour, in which, far from guaranteeing jobs for British workers, or jobs for Italian workers, we would end up with even fewer jobs for both. Someone needs to tell them that truth up in Lincolnshire, because I don't think Derek Simpson will.
Derek Simpson fears for his job, and his union subs. He’s not going to tell them anything they don’t want to hear, David...

11 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

The lack of evidence is certainly troubling, then again so is the scale of this strike action.

JuliaM said...

I was hoping the weather would provide a chilling effect.

We'll see...

Oldrightie said...

It would seem the blogosphere has one universal topic today whilst that subject languishes second or third to the "bloody weather" in the so called MSM. Methinks MiniStreamMedia will be the title used before long!

Mark said...

Aaro and Lord Mandelson go back a long way, having cut their teeth at the NUS/British Youth Council respectively in the mid 70s, and then later both working at LWT (under Greg Dyke) in the 80s.
For him to remark that Mandy's speech in the Lords simply 'un-panicked' the Govt. position is tepid praise indeed from this quarter- he would usually be much more effusive.
Aaro probably has the wit to realise that NuLab (and, more generally, Eurogroupies of all shades)are on a sticky wicket here, hence his turning up of the rhetorical volume- 'colonic flush of sentiment' etc.

Stan said...

I've noticed the schools - or rather the number of children that now occupy them for whom English is a foreign language.

JuliaM said...

"It would seem the blogosphere has one universal topic today whilst that subject languishes second or third to the "bloody weather" in the so called MSM."

It is England. We do love to talk about the weather... :)

"Aaro probably has the wit to realise that NuLab (and, more generally, Eurogroupies of all shades)are on a sticky wicket here..."

Yes, it seems so.

David Duff said...

Off topic, but Bishop Hill points to this blog under the heading "Read it and weep". I don't know why but I instantly thought of you when I read it!

http://ferretfancier.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-labours-nhs-legacy.html

JuliaM said...

"I don't know why but I instantly thought of you when I read it!"

OMG! Look at all those pointless posts....!

It's like one of those film credits, where you see the director, the under director, the director's PA, the under director's PA, the assistant to those PAs, etc..

AgainsTTheWall said...

Aaronovitch is strutting, arrogant, fat, sweaty evidence that immigrants are bad news for any host people. His loyalties lie elsewhere and Britons should treat his words for the worthless ordure they are. (The same of course goes for Mandelson)

Anonymous said...

What ATTW said, though I wouldnt quite put it in those terms.

But when our backs are to the wall, when push comes to shove etc etc you will find that DA doesn't regard himself as British, he will have his opt out card at the ready.

North Northwester said...

And they're doing all this becasue we pay our fellow Britons to watch plasma tellies all day and make bastard babies every year or two.
Still, if the Welfare State and open borders keep the pizzas being delivered and Nike and Burberry solvent, that's fine.

Wealth creation seems not to be on anyone's agenda - have you noticed?