Only a couple of weeks ago, the government was pleased to announce that there were record numbers of workers in employment, here in the UK. The politicians pointed to their successful economic policies, a growth in trade, and increased opportunities in the service sector. Everyone from the Chancellor to the lowest junior minister, took any opportunity to appear on TV, making a soundbite about the success of the Conservative administration.
Today’s news, after only a matter of days, is very different. It would seem that employment figures are falling rapidly, and that there are less people in employment today, rather than more. What can be the reason for this catastrophic reversal, during the same month? According to the pundits and ‘spokesmen’, it is fear of Britain voting to leave the EU. Employers are refusing to take on new staff, as they are terrified of what will happen to their companies or industries should the unthinkable happen, and this country votes to leave Europe.
Keen to add more voices of panic, the Americans are chiming in too. On the same day as the drastic news is issued by our government, a chorus of disapproval travelled from across the Atlantic, as US politicians lined up to issue more dire warnings about the fate of this country, should we leave the EU. President Obama was enlisted too, voicing his grave concerns about Britain’s possible departure. He is due to visit the UK soon, when no doubt he will reinforce these comments.
So everyone is lining up against leaving. Employment figures are being flung around like so much meaningless confetti, and foreign observers are all coming out on the side of those who wish to stay in. I imagine that more ‘big guns’ will soon be added to these harbingers of woe.
If they are all so worried about us voting to get out of Europe, that leaves me with one firm conclusion. We should definitely do just that.