Only in Britain is it thought racist to put locals first, says Ross Clark
WHILE debating for the Remain campaign back in June Amber Rudd was quick to score cheap points on her Conservative colleagues in the Leave camp, accusing them of scaremongering over migration.
Now she knows what awaits anyone in Britain who dips their toes into the subject of migration – a knee-jerk denunciation from people throwing around the charges of racism and xenophobia.
It was a lesson that Gordon Brown also learned. He was happy to denounce as a “bigot” Gillian Duffy, the Rochdale pensioner who dared to raise the subject of migration with him during the 2010 election campaign.
Firms are quite right to employ specialists from abroad
Only in Britain could you find yourself attacked for suggesting that it would be rather a good idea if a sofa firm – the example quoted by Amber Rudd – looked to train local people rather than taking the quicker option of foreign workers who are already trained for a particular task.
In any other country it would be taken for granted that businesses have a responsibility to employ local people.