Friday, May 30, 2008

Conservatives miss the point

Immigrant workers and foreign-born citizens who struggle to speak English will be denied benefits unless they accept language lessons, under plans unveiled by the Conservatives.

In a hard-hitting speech, Chris Grayling, the shadow work and pensions secretary, plans to set out the party's detailed proposals for tackling unemployment.

He will argue that the employment rate for some ethnic minority groups is below the national average, saying that "serious steps" need to be taken to address the problem.

Speaking English will be an "essential" requirement, with job centres and voluntary groups offering language lessons to those whose prospects are hampered by an inability to communicate.

This is a good idea but it solves nothing. Immigrants should not be given benefits in the first place unless they are citizens of this country and they should fund their own English classes. Infact the only way to reduce unemployment is to stop immigration so that people can actually get a liveable wage for making rich people richer.

If businessmen are unwilling to pay a decent wage I couldn’t care less if they went out of business. Workers deserve a wage which they can live on.

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