What an admission of defeat that once again we have to import bricklayers, roofers and plasterers.
One of the aims of Brexit was to break away from cheap foreign labor – which had depressed wages for so long – and to train more Britons in craft trades.
But ministers say the shortage is still so great that they have no choice but to add the construction sector to the jobs we need migrants for.
This is a catastrophic failure.
Britain has consistently underfunded education and done too little to attract young people to these crucial and rewarding roles.
Society still tells them that they have better prospects at university. . . even taking courses, often third-rate, which are disrespected by employers and which condemn them to live in the shadow of £60,000 in debt.
The Tories became aware of this somewhat late.
And after the Corona crisis, we are in the scandalous situation that 5.2 million people are receiving unemployment benefits, but too few to train as tilers.
Having increased our population by 606,000 people in the last year alone, we continue to open the borders.
Foreign builders could theoretically help build more homes.
But economic migration itself is putting enormous pressure on the housing stock and driving up prices and rents.
Meanwhile, the unfortunate public will simply have to absorb the added impact on their already crumbling services.
What a crazy self-inflicted doom loop.
That’s rich, doc
IT must be a first. A BMA union activist has grumbled about the dire plight of advisers, who earn an average of £128,000 a year.
dr Vishal Sharma says senior NHS doctors will go on strike because “we’ve been much more devastated than the rest of the economy in this cost of living crisis.”
Has he lost his mind? Consultants with a minimum income of £88,364 may have had to cancel one of their skiing holidays in an emergency – but they are not queuing at the boards.
Like most British workers, they have been offered a wage increase below inflation as inflation hit its highest level in 30 years.
It’s the first major downturn that many doctors have experienced.
The hard lesson is this: you don’t just get exempted from it by the taxpayer.
No matter how important you are or how much your union leaders imagine themselves to be Arthur Scargill.
PEERS seem determined to hammer the final nails into their chamber’s coffin.
We know they never meet voters – but millions want illegal migration stopped even if they don’t.
And the migration law, including the Rwanda deterrent, is the only serious solution anyone has.
The Government must nullify the unelected Lords’ blocking amendments.
Peers only manage to make themselves appear frivolous, aloof and increasingly irrelevant.