It was Tory governments that created the low-wage economy – not immigration
For the past week, senior Conservatives have been taking to the airwaves to talk about the new economic model they are apparently creating. A “high-wage, high-skill, high-productivity economy”, their new enthusiasm sparked by the shortage of workers since Brexit.
Though the idea has been discredited, even by rightwing thinktanks, ministers have still been repeating it – let’s face it, the idea of a brave new order in which everyone can be a high-skill worker, paid high wages, and so highly productive that the government can still cut taxes, is seductive populist politics.
Yet it is a deliberate distraction from the real crisis in the UK, which is a shortage of labour for low-skilled jobs; and if supply chains are not to collapse, it is these low-skill jobs for which we …
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