One rule for big business, another rule for the rest of us

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At a time when we’re all under strict social distancing controls, with our travel severely restricted, farms have been allowed to fly in labourers from Romania.

This is not due to a lack of enthusiasm from people in the UK for the work: 30,000 applications for this work were received from people in the UK, with only 125 of the applicants being taken on. There are other factors at play here.

This is not a rant about immigration. I personally think that people should be allowed to work anywhere they like. But flying hundreds of people in from overseas at a time when we’ve been told that unprecedented restrictions on our movements are necessary in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 sends out a very confusing message.

Is this a case of giving big business a competitive advantage, at a time when thousands of smaller businesses will struggle to survive?

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SHOW NOTES

Romanian fruit pickers flown into UK for lockdown harvest:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-jobs-row-romanian-fruit-pickers-arrive-harvest-194900935.html

New hospital in Scotland costs £43 million:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52344748

An Epidemic of Control” interview:

Charles Eisenstein essay:

https://charleseisenstein.org/essays/the-coronation/

Scotland’s coronavirus deaths stats:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52214177?fbclid=IwAR26Q1pp4VwWQNV86zsER2pwgz9ycm-DCfA698gXjVNrVP6uQDxSAxXZczk

How Scottish coronavirus deaths are counted:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52213246

One Reply to “One rule for big business, another rule for the rest of us”

  1. So you can’t touch some rocks up a mountain but you can go in the supermarket and pick things up and put them back down, you know to check ingredients and such? Do they even clean the trollies hourly? I doubt they do.

    My dad who’s your age went for a hike up the mountain around here. I wouldn’t be put off.

    As for me, I’ve literally not gone out all year but I’m a shut in or hikikomori as the Japanese goes. I’ve been this way for a while. It’s not extreme like some cases, I will go out if I absolutely have to, but I’ve been lost for ages and have no desire to go out. I don’t know why exactly. I think it’s a combination of things that kept and keeps me foggy for lack of a better term. I don’t feel like I can get along with people of a similar age to me. The stare at your phone incessantly, weekend booze culture isn’t appealing in the slightest. I know not everyone my age is like that but I perceive they mostly are. I don’t have a phone. Don’t want to be one of those phone zombies. I’ve always been a shy speaker around strangers and not very quick to trust. I’ve lost touch with all my friends years ago and can’t make new ones so I gave up.

    Didn’t mean to make a sob story here, but since you speak about yourself in the podcast, I thought I would. You don’t have to publish this comment if you don’t want to since it’s mostly off topic.

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