Public opposition to high immigration in the United Kingdom has forced the establishment Conservative Party to propose cutting annual work-related immigration down to 75,000.
The country’s opposition to the immigrant inflow is so heated that a government minister has even urged employers to attract needed British workers by offering higher salaries, and to give up relying on low-skill, low-wage workers from Poland or Pakistan.
The minister’s jarring comments came after the CEO of Domino’s Pizza in the U.K. said last week that the country should import more low-wage immigrants to prepare and deliver pizzas.
“There are a huge number of jobs at the bottom end of the service industry, and not enough people in the U.K. who want to work for them,” complained CEO Lance Batchelor, who is a a British graduate of Harvard’s business school.
“He should perhaps pay his staff a little more, then he might find it easier to recruit them,” responded Mark Harper, the immigration minister. “If he’s having trouble recruiting labour, I don’t think we should import relatively unskilled labour from outside [Europe] just so that he can keep his wages low,” Harper told a parliamentary hearing.
Batchelor “runs a profitable business [and so] he should pay what the market demands,” the minister said.
The conservative politician’s put-down of a business leader contrasts with politicians’ actions in the United States.
Since June, nearly all Democratic legislators and some Republican legislators have backed a Senate-drafted immigration bill that would triple the legal inflow of low-wage laborers into a stalled economy.
However, none of the GOP leaders in the House have criticized the June bill for increasing the inflow of immigration workers. Also, establishment media outlets have ignored the worker-importing provisions.
The British minister’s put-down was delivered as the country’s Conservative Party is being forced by rising public opposition to back away from its pro-immigration policies, which are strongly supported by British industry.