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Prison Labour Isn’t Going To Help British Farmers Pick Fruit Post-Brexit

The thought that prison labour, on day release, might be a solution to the distressing lack of Eastern Europeans post-Brexit on British farms is an interesting one. It appears at least to be a viable solution. And yet it commits that basic fallacy of thinking that human labour is homogenous, that we can just assign whomever to whatever and the job gets done. This rather striking against the grain of the one thing we know makes us truly rich, the division and specialisation of labour.

So, this isn’t going to work, no:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Farmers say prisoners who are allowed to work on day release could help fill the post-Brexit void left by EU fruit pickers. Ministers are planning to relax the rules that will allow more offenders out to work while they complete their sentence. Currently offenders in open prisons must wait a year before being allowed out to work in the community, but earlier this week David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, proposed they could be allowed to work on day to boost their job prospects. Suzannah Starkey, who runs Starkey’s Fruit in Northamptonshire, said she is currently in discussions about how to recruit prisoners to pick strawberries and apples at her farm come harvest season. [/perfectpullquote]

Day release for prisoners nearing the end of their terms, yes, great idea. Much better to gradually acclimatise to the outside world. But as a replacement for fruit pickers?

So, what’s the actual complaint that British farmers have about using British labour in their fields? That we’re all too soft, unwilling to put in the hard physical labour the job requires. It’s not even the money – which isn’t bad actually – on offer, it’s the nature of the work itself.

Now consider the prison population. These are the hard working ones of our society, are they? Those who decided that a few years grunt work would be the route to a better life rather than attempting to find a short cut to riches? Prison has deliberately selected for the non-lazy, has it?

Quite. The general British population doesn’t meet the hard work standards of farm labour, the soon to be ex-prison section of that population is not noted for being selected from the harder working portion of the general – it’s not going to work, is it?

As to the actual post-Brexit solution we just do what we did before the EU, before the EEC, before the infestation of federasts. We issue work visas to however many non-Brits care to come pick the fruit and veg. We had such a scheme from the 1940s on. Actually, we’ve already said we’ll revive it, the problem is solved anyway.

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Leo Savantt
Leo Savantt
2 years ago

But work permits and visas are a vile far right solution, employed by extreme capitalist governments in countries such as Laos, Belarus and Cuba.

Furthermore once the strawberries are no more the workers will have already formed long term social bonds which under human rights legislation will entitle them to permanent leave to remain.

Dodgy Geezer
Dodgy Geezer
2 years ago
Reply to  Leo Savantt

And America. You forgot America – the Great Satan….

Leo Savantt
Leo Savantt
2 years ago
Reply to  Dodgy Geezer

Or in fact most counties in the world.

Dodgy Geezer
Dodgy Geezer
2 years ago
Reply to  Leo Savantt

Surely not the woke countries of the EU…?

Leo Savantt
Leo Savantt
2 years ago
Reply to  Dodgy Geezer

Even them, in fact I can’t think of a single state that doesn’t implement some form of work permit/visa system.

Dodgy Geezer
Dodgy Geezer
2 years ago

might be a solution to the distressing lack of Eastern Europeans post-Brexit on British farms…

These are not real problems. These are made-up threats – part of Project Fear. Why are we even giving them blog space?

Jonathan Harston
Jonathan Harston
2 years ago

Report for your editorial beating! post-X is a preposition adjective, not postpostional. You have a post-X thing or you have a thing after X.

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
2 years ago

Headlines are not expected to follow perfectly the rules of grammar.

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