Thursday, June 07, 2018

Stop the rot

Welcome to post-Brexit Britain: not a green and pleasant land, but a place where fresh fruit will be left to rot in the fields. As metaphors go, it's a fairly powerful one.

Eastern Europeans, it seems, are no longer willing to come to the UK for seasonal fruit-picking jobs - partly because they've been made to feel so unwelcome, but also because living conditions and the general standard of life are fast improving in their home countries at the same time as austerity continues to bite hard here, meaning that there's little incentive to travel.

Perhaps Brexiteers, bemoaning the fact that there are no strawberries to go with their cream this summer, will rue their opposition to the free movement of unskilled workers.

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