“This new criminal offence will provide protection to everyone. It will help ensure that when immigrants work here they do not face exploitation themselves and rogue employers are stopped from undercutting the terms and conditions of everyone else.”Somhow I doubt this analysis and cure will defuse the 'not very well-drafted immigration / UKIP strategy document' row. But when the dust is cleared, let me offer some observations on Ed's plan. As regular readers will know I have good ongoing links into the civic affairs of the borough where once I was a councillor for many years, with plenty of accurate data from the front line. Said borough is ultra-diverse with no one ethnic group really predominating, but there is one particular area (containing - no coincidence - the block that was razed to the ground during the riots in '11) that is solidly Tamil: quite well-organised and very hard-working.
And Mili will wish to be apprised that the going rate for jobs there is £2.00 per hour: everybody knows the score. A tad lower than the Minimum Wage, I believe, but there we are. Muster your raiding party, Ed, and lock 'em all up.
No? Thought not.