THERE’S jobs going today paying £30 an hour – equivalent to £62,000 a year – to pick cabbages. Nice work if you can get it. The only problem is Brits don’t want those jobs. This was the work all those immigrant labourers did before Brexit saw them skedaddle.
There’s vanishing petrol at the pumps because there’s not enough drivers to transport fuel. Haulage companies want foreign drivers added to ‘the Shortage Occupation List’ – so they qualify for skilled worker visas.
A combination of stagflation, the energy crisis, petrol shortages, rising prices, missing workers and empty shelves summon the spectre of another Winter of Discontent. It’s worth looking at the government’s list of workers we’re short of: health workers, care workers, scientists, nuclear experts, engineers, IT workers, programmers, web designers, graphic designers, cyber security specialists, economists, architects, vets and welders. We’re even short of dancers, musicians, producers, directors – and archeologists.
Clearly, the pandemic has an influence – but finally we’re starting to see the truth about Brexit bite. Boris Johnson played Brexit for laugh from the get-go. It was a political wheeze – a chance to game the electorate, paving a path to power.