|Labour's Luke Pollard|
Asides from the obvious imminent threat of Covid-19, many have argued that instead of persistently looking to migrant workers we should be looking to homegrown workers to fill the vacancies. After all who did all these jobs before 2004? It's a valid point and if, as Pollard suggests, our shelves will be empty later this year it's an absolute must that farmers begin recruiting Brits. What better time to do so? Most Brits are currently stuck at home, earning little if anything while they wait for government handouts. Many are climbing the walls with boredom and would surely relish the opportunity to get outside and earn some dough in the process. And to those who all too easily write off our own people - we have just witnessed more than half a million people volunteer to assist the NHS in their hour of need. Such commitment totally eclipses the 70,000 figure Pollard is talking about.
Is there any great surprise that Labour looks to migration to fix a problem we could and should be solving ourselves? In any case, with most of Europe currently locked down, Pollard is also missing one crucial point - Romanians and Poles couldn't get here even if they wanted to.