London calling: An Alphabet of Sights from #Brexit-infused England 2020-J is for jobs; W is for work

The battle lines for Brexit over movement of labour are already being drawn in red ink: quota and points are coming and low-skilled workers who cannot speak English well will have a tough time. But, here’s the kicker: the UK needs lots of such workers or those with narrow physical skills, London, especially. As was shown in the past 50 years, Britons have lost the appetite for such work but have been saved by a steady flow of willing labour from the Comminwealth, especially the Caribbean, and later from EU countries, eg Poland. As I walked past some construction sites this morning all I heard was Polish. This idea of the Home Secretary that 8.5 million ‘economically inactive’ people will fill the gap seems like a fairy story.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)