Imports and Exports
You can help but overhear conversation on the Tram. Mostly they are fairly mundane and simple. I have a group of ladies on my morning tram who spend the first part of their journey discussing thier previous days diet. Did you know that you can get flexi-sins allowing you to carry over a diet sin that you did not use yesterday to today?
Today there was an interesting conversation starting with a very common discussion about booking their foriegn holidays. Then it slipped into the building trade and then the natural progression for a lot of tram conversations on that subject, to Polish workers. Next came a comment that made me ponder for a while. The gist of the quote, I can't remeber the exact words, was that they are coming over here living ten to a house and sending their money back to Poland and that was something that was greatly upsetting.
Now to the point of this post. How can you stand there in you clothes made in China and Turkey, talking about taking a flight on a foriegn carrier, Monarch, on a Jet probably made in foriegn parts ( I'll give you the engines may be made in the UK) to spend your cash in a foriegn resort and tell me you have a problem with importing Labour from Poland.
The "Imigrant Problem" as some pepople like to call it is just the next stage in a general trent towards lower costs. Very few people pay the £50 required to make a shirt in this country when you can get a chineese one for £10. How many people will search round for the cheapest version of a product then go home and complain that the government is not doing enough to preserve out manufacturing industry.
We are living in the cheapest of times. Make the most of it.