Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Prime Minister David Cameron is reaching the top of his popularity. It is rather a negative popularity in the country on the Vistula River, but still. Hardly anyone mentions the context of his statement, namely the approaching elections to the European Parliament and the opposition Labour Party, which has been leading in the polls for more than the last two years.

In Great Britain there is a discussion about the economy, its competitiveness or actual lack of it. Cameron behaves as a populist in this debate. When he speaks about limiting immigration, what he has in mind is mostly workers from outside the European Union, many of whom reside on the Islands illegally. When he talks about the Poles it is to suggest it might be good to count them. They are in Britain legally so they pay taxes and receive all the same benefits as the Brits do.

The last statement regarding Polish children was nonsense in a way that following this type of logic any British family whose child goes, let’s say, to school in France, should be devoid of a benefit as well.

President of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, who took the floor in the debate about economy was trying to moderate its anti-immigrant tone. He said openly that if British authorities did not act for a change of the economy, immigration of low-skilled workers will make the crisis the most evident for low-paid employees. He also called for introducing fines for companies which breach the law on minimal wage.

The debate on immigration in Great Britain is worth following. I am not sure though if Twitter- a tool already tried out by Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs- is the best way of doing politics in that matter.

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