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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Purnell: Unemployed could lose citizenship

The long-term unemployed should seek work or face losing their British citizenship, Work and Pensions secretary James Purnell has suggested. "It is not enough to have been born and brought up in Britain," said the minister. "Every citizen must demonstrate their worth to society or lose their entitlements."

Once citizenship is revoked, the unemployed could be detained without charge or time limit and deported to "second countries" willing to take non-nationals in the hope of securing a guarantee from the British government that it will ignore human rights abuses occurring on their territories. Presidents Al-Bashir and Mugabe have already expressed interest in the scheme.

If the scheme was a success, it could be rolled out to all British citizens, according to Purnell. Future Britons would need to "earn citizenship", he said. Children who wanted to become citizens would have to earn the right to vote, receive healthcare and employment rights by passing GCSE English Language, doing charity work and securing references from prominent community figures. They may also have to make a "good-will" payment towards public services in order to "weed out" the poorest who "offer little, but take plenty".

Concerns that not all children could pass GCSE English Language were dismissed by the minister. "If children cannot write six paragraphs on Shakespeare's use of iambic pentameter, how will they integrate into adult society?" he scoffed.

Tories dismissed the scheme as a "flawed gimmick", saying the criteria could disciminate against the independently wealthy who did not contribute anything concrete to society but improved the moral tone of Britain by lending it their name and prestige. The Tory policy of shooting the unemployed was "cheaper and less bureaucratic", said David Davis.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Guest column #5 - The BBC

In an occasional series, the Provisional BBC brings you stories you'd expect to see here, if reputable news outlets hadn't published them first. The inclusion of this article was considered carefully. It addresses a serious issue and the Provisional BBC would not want readers to treat the issue lightly. However, the way the article is written and the quote from a Conservative spokesman at the end justify its inclusion.

"Curry houses need more migrants"

By the BBC

The Home Office is being urged to ease restrictions on migrant workers entering Britain from Bangladesh, to avert a crisis in the curry industry.

Curry houses are struggling to fill thousands of kitchen staff vacancies, says the Immigration Advisory Service.

For years, many staff in the UK's 9,000 curry restaurants have been recruited directly from Bangladesh.

But restrictions on the workers have been tighter since eastern Europeans were given employment rights.

It is thought the curry industry in the UK employs at least 50,000 people, with the majority of restaurants Bangladeshi-owned.

'Cultural sensitivity'

According to the IAS, restrictions on lower-skilled workers from outside the EU are causing a labour shortage so severe it could cause "irreparable damage" to the curry industry.

It argues that attempts to get eastern Europeans to work in curry restaurants have failed because they do not have the "cultural sensitivity" required.

The IAS has written to the Immigration Minister, Liam Byrne, asking for the rules to be relaxed for catering workers from Bangladesh.

But government officials said they had no plans to review the current arrangements.

A Border and Immigration Agency spokesman said its objective was to "manage migration in the national interest"

"Striking the right balance between safeguarding the interests of the UK resident work force and enabling UK employers to recruit or transfer skilled people from abroad in order to help them compete effectively in an international market," he said.

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard said figures from the Office of National Statistics showed an already high level of unemployment among UK-based Bangladeshis.

"I oppose any easing of visa restrictions given that the existing Bangladeshi community living in the UK already has the highest unemployment rate of any other ethnic group," he said.

"More needs to be done to get existing UK Bangladeshis into work - and to end claiming state benefits."

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