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Golf Juliet Tango
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The Home Secretary

As I qualify, by her definition, as economically inactive (don't tell my bank manager, they think I spend money!), her extraordinary specifications as to who might or might not be admissible to the UK obviously are of interest to me.  And as a voluntary worker, I am active.

Obviously many of those who earn less than £24,500 are skilled people,

A person would need 70 points to apply to work in the UK

And I'm sure than many occupations will soon, if belatedly, become "designated".  See

NHS starting salaries:
Nurse £24.2k
Paramedic £24.2k
Midwife £24.2k
Radiographer £24.2k
Care assistant £17.6k
Physiotherapist £24.2k
Occupational therapist £24.2k
These are not unskilled, these are just low paid.

Meanwhile she appears to be trying to oust those upon whose expertise she ought to rely which could be taken for a plotline of "Yes, Minister".

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Thiki Patel, just one of Boris Johnson's cabinet of grateful failures.

https://youtu.be/xk4EMBXxG5A

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Useful Idiot Johnson's Useful Idiot...

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Is that table complete? Where's "Being sacked for lying in English at required level", "Being sacked for lying in English at required level twice" and "Dealing in secret with a foreign government in a subject relevant to the job"?

Jonathan

PS: And that's apart from the total confusion between low value, low skills, low qualifications and low pay.

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When the core services (health, farming, elderly care) are broken (even more than they are now) they'll move the goalposts!

Its ridiculous - I'm probably one of the economically inactive she talks about but still pay tax. I'll be going back to work in the autumn, hopefully into something less stressful, but I'm not prepared to work unsociable hours (been there done that) which rules out most of the roles affected. 

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As for paying tax, I too, am certainly participating.

I have a substantial IHT bill arriving in the next couple of months. I will pay it without complaining because it releases my father's estate.

However, I don't count as "economically active" (subtext you are a parasite), apparently. I'm certainly not going to start work as a barista simply because a minister makes a glib comment.

Stephen

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The whole system needs a shake up. The UK is often said to have low productivity this is probably because it is cheaper to import hire and fire labour than buy a machine that can do the work of many. There are a lot of immigrants with few skills of significant value trying to escape France partly to take advantage of the safety net of the UK's social security system. Benefits that are relatively high when compared with low pay are a disincentive to employment. Taxes are still too high for the low paid. We have an high cost education system that tries to keep young people in full time education regardless of the value of what they are learning. We have a large number of disenfranchised young people who were considered to be too thick to educate so end up being unemployable.

I see the list as being a step in the right direction but not the full answer. As productivity increases and most jobs become less physical there will be fewer employees needed and more jobs opened up to the those who are less physically able.

I am economically inactive. I receive nothing in the way of benefits and I pay all the taxes I am due. I don't think that Home Secretary's comments are directed towards me although there must plenty of people in my position that would welcome a job especially if pay went up and tax went down.

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There are a lot of immigrants with few skills of significant value trying to escape France partly to take advantage of the safety net of the UK's social security system.

Economic migrants or refugees seeking asylum?

Jonathan

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Interesting and insightful comments John. Lots to chew over because, without any internal contradictions, some could be used by one political party, others by others.

 

Stephen

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I just wonder if Ms Patel would qualify on the Peter Principle..."promoted as a far as her level of incapability"

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May I draw your attention to the last sentence?

Stephen

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