So here is the thing, the UK’s economic policy has created many of the problems we have today.
Our economy has unsustainable elements that have consistently driven us to a position that will take some serious decisions to extract ourselves from.
We have pursued ever lower prices for goods and services in an effort to distract from the lack of growth in our economy.
Our EU backed open doors policy has attracted low cost labour primarily from the eastern block, leading to higher unemployment within native Britons.
As a transport company owner, why would you employ one lorry driver for example on £120 per day when you can legally employ an EU migrant worker for £50 – £60 per day?
In the short term, it is a straightforward business decision which has often made the difference between profit and loss.
The consequences hoeever and much deeper running. The native driver finds himself unemployable, so ends up in unemployment, costing the UK money. He can no longer spend his wages back into the economy.
At the same time, much of the EU migrants wages are sent out of the country back to his family at home. If you were him and the economy of your home nation didn’t offer any employment opportunities, you would do the same thing too.
For us though it represents a massive economic problem. The government has seen wage deflation, lower tax receipts and increased costs as a result.
This situation, however sad for all concerned, is unsustainable. It isn’t politically correct to talk about it, some crazies even suggest it is racist to discriminate and not let anyone who wants to from doing what they like within our economic environment, but the harst truth is that if we do not take steps to protect the fragilities that exist within our economy, we will cease to be able to look after our own, let alone those less fortunate than ourselves.
Have you ever wondered why, with ever announcement of lower unemployment, we also see increased welfare costs?
Logic would dictate that if unemployment really falls, then the costs of welfare paid to those unemployed would also fall?
The figures hide many of the unpleasant truths within our economy.
We have a massive problem with the amount of people on low wages. Wages that have been driven lower by economic migrants.
Be clear, we are not blaming the migrants, it is the system that has allowed this to happen.
We close factories at home and manufacture our goods in China and India instead. In doing so, we lose jobs.
We do get cheaper goods in our stores, which is just as well as we have more people on low wages who need falling prices to survive.
Since the 2008 recession, wages have still not recovered. The recession forced more businesses than ever to outsource manufacturing and reduce costs, but that is by no means the full picture.
We need our welfare system to go back to being a safetynet, and stop being a lifestyle choice.
Attitudes need to change in the UK back to working hard to feed and clothe our families.
We need to create the opportunities to let that happen.
This long term policy has in part led to the Brexit vote.
Today politicians seem to focus on their own re-election rather that in doing what the country need to be done for the longer term.
Who was the last PM we had who did that?
So how do we fix the economy in the longer term?
It might be fanciful to imagine that we can bring manufacturing jobs back to the UK and it is unlikely to happen in any volume.
We need our citizens to be in work, to spend their wages on our high streets, to pay their share of taxes, to eat out, etc.
The benefits to our economy of getting everyone who can back into work are manyfold.
Everyone who comes here to work and then send their income back to their home country is harming the longterm health of our country.
This isn’t racist or xenaphobic, this is basic economics. If we don’t protect the health and wellbeing of our economy which has been mismanaged for decades then we will reach the point in time when it will no longer be able to support us.