Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Government contradicts itself

Two very contradictory articles from the BBC. First we have the Work and Pensions Secretary urging firms to hire unemployed Britons, but business groups replied firms needed the "best people" and migrants often had a better work ethic and skills.

However we then have this article where the government chose a preferred bidder in Germany for a train building contract, stating the bid "represented the best value for money, and that it was following EU procurement rules, which do not allow where companies are based to be taken into account." One wonders whether in deciding the "best value for money", have they factored in that if the British firm had the contract their workers would be paying the government in taxes, whilst going with the German bid it will be the government having to pay those same workers Jobseekers allowance instead.

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