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Immigrants, Bigots, Politicians [Apr. 30th, 2010|01:09 am]
Douglas Spencer
I've been thinking about this for a day and half. I said a couple of things on Twitter. And then someone posted something here on LJ, and I commented, and it was long enough for a post of its own, so here it is.

Disclaimer: I have middle-class white British [mostly-]heterosexual educated privilege.

You know what my position is? I want a good doctor, and a good dentist, and a good plumber and electrician and grocer and handyman and library assistant and call-centre-person, and I don't much care whether they're from Formby or Formosa. And I expect to be good at my job if I hope to keep it and I expect to be replaced by someone better if I'm not.

For years I've had a GP from India, and he's brilliant. And a dentist from Buckinghamshire, and she's brilliant too. And I'm delighted to have each of them.

And there was a time five years ago when I really wished immigration was easier in Washington DC, USA... and I recognise how hypocritical I'd be if I wanted it to be harder here.

I just kind of wish that if Gordon was prepared to say "she's a bigot" in the car, he'd have been prepared to say "you're a bigot" to her face, and engage with her and find out what she thinks is wrong, and help her to find out what he thinks is wrong. I think that's one of his failings on this occasion.
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[User Picture]From: vicarage
2010-04-30 07:41 am (UTC)
The problem is there are lots of 'good' people elsewhere who are prepared to do the job cheaper. And the EU has the laudable aim of getting everyone to the same standard of living, normalising pay rates. And of course it would be fair for the same to be true for the whole world. But we can't afford that environmentally.

At least well regulated jobs based in Britain have a level playing field for living costs, but immigration controls can't prevent outsourcing.

There is no defensible moral stance for preserving our privileged position, but none of us want to lose it.
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