POLITICS: Election jolt may be too little too late

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Having read most of the un-inspiring pre-EU election leaflets put out by the leading political parties... I’m sure of one thing; the three main parties are mainly pro-EU and whoever wins the next general election is going to have to spend vast sums of our money trying to persuade us all not to vote to leave the EU in a referendum that may be forced on them by public opinion.

That, in my view, is the reality and significance of the elections on May 22. As a one-time local factory worker I feel well qualified to be able to spread some light on the current deception promoted by most Tory, Labour, Lib-Dem politicians and others in their desperate attempt for continued UK membership.

They say that leaving the EU will adversely affect British workers, apparently millions of jobs are at risk.

Scaremongering on this scale needs to be challenged. Something the politicians fail to recognise is that they wholeheartedly signed us up to the EU. It has been little short of disastrous for many of the most vulnerable in the work-force. For instance, pre-2004, I worked full time as part of a five-man team in a food factory. When I left, the team had been reduced to three men, complemented ‘as-and-when’ by two agency ‘zero contract’ workers.

This practice has now become widespread in the UK. Its cheerleaders are big business institutions, who talk about ‘flexibility’ as being the key to our ‘so-called’ economic success while they maximise their profits and count their money. The extended EU has provided business with a ready and willing continental labour force keen to access British jobs.

Hence the phenomenon of indecent ‘zero hour contracts’ so detrimental to the regular pay and conditions of hard working local people and the future job prospects of local youngsters.

These put back the cause of fair rights for workers, andbadly effect productivity – imagine the problems associated by having different agency workers on a daily basis, instead of a regular, well-trained workforce in place.

Productivity is lower now than it was at the start of the recession in 2007. Right now, in my opinion, there is a seemingly irreversible shift of greater wealth to the already rich and powerful at the expense of the rest of us. It’s not just multi-culturalism and selfish business greed that has broken this country’s spirit in terms of solidarity, it’s the politicians who represent us.

It appears to me this Tory-led governing coalition has little or no experience of the issues I’ve mentioned, so it’s doubtful they will be capable of reversing their thinking until they are put in their place at the ballot box, in the European elections and in the Scottish independence referendum. Then, alas, it may be too


David Turp