The discussion that follows was prompted by the article: Immigration: workers have no country. The discussion was initiated by Fred.Below is the discussion so far. Feel free to add your own comments!
If, as Farange of IKIP says, "it's better to be poorer" then, generally speaking, the mass of humanity are doing quite well! Given that a mere 85 lucky people own half of the world's wealth - so says CNN - then most of us must find ourselves in the "better to be poorer" category. But then Farange wasn't speaking from some pseudo-mystical point of view, wherein the poor will inherit the earth and follow in the footsteps of St. Francis and the new pope to a blissful life after death. No! What the saintly Farange was getting at is that it's better for the country, the Sceptered Isle, the Jewel set in a Silver Sea etc., to be rendered impoverished, than let in hordes of smelly unwashed foreigners, from countries with strange names and that hardly appear on any maps, not proper maps anyway, than regain some miserable kind of economic prosperity on the backs of cheap imported labour. Hardly a typical bourgeois point of view this. Does a typical bourgeois give a fuck about who does the work, and who produces the profit, as long as somebody does, and does it cheaply or ideally for nothing, and doesn't cause a fuss?
Somebody else in the government, or was it in the labour crowd, drew a clever distinction between immigrant workers working for the good of the country, and immigrant workers arriving from who knows what god-forsaken garbage hole "abroad" looking for jobs. The latter are "job seekers" and definitely undesirable from every point of view. There are enough home-grown job seekers around as it is, most of them unqualified for anything and bordering on the useless if not cretinous, without the floodgates being opened to foreigners from the EU! Well trained and technically proficient workers, educated too, well they're different and welcome and we hope they'll have the good sense to not demand much in the way of remuneration given that we're giving them the privilege as foreigners of working in the UK more or less for nothing! Preferably for nothing in fact, but then that's just a joke. (lol)
What workers need to realize is (a) how lucky they are if they have a job at all, never mind wanting to be overpaid for it and (b) that sacrifice is called for and is a duty. What do we mean by sacrifice? Notice this. It isn't just war and times of war that allow workers the privilege of sacrificing themselves for the good of the country, but times of economic difficulty offer this wonderful opportunity too. The Nation is in the throes of a necessary austerity. Necessary because our captains of industry, our bankers and leading lights in the City, are in difficult times and undergoing hardships of an unwelcome kind. It is for their sakes, and the sake of preserving the good intentions of capitalism as a whole that I remind you of the following. We are at war. Not a war like the one against the evil of Nazism, but a war nonetheless. This is a war for the preservation of our capitalistic way of life, and workers should proud to be able to make their contribution by tightening their belts, knuckling under, getting their fingers out, and working for the country's good, not for narrow and selfish personal profit. It is thus better to be poorer and a privilege too.