Some years ago, around 2007 I think, there was a documentary called 'The Polish Are Coming', it was really about agriculture and their problems in recruiting local workers. The nearby population centre was the town of Peterborough.
Nearly all of the workers being employed on farms were Poles. Why?
Cut to the dole centre in the town, a bunch of seemingly healthy young British men moaning about 'foreigners taking our jobs', in between swigs from beer cans.
Had any of them applied to work on the local farms? While it was not great pay, seasonal and quite hard work with an early start. No, not interested, still manages to be the fault of the Poles for some reason, in their minds.
Better than benefits? Local farmers even raised the pay rate to encourage British people to work there. To no avail.
A recent poll in that area puts pro Brexit at 60%
Cut to today, this farmer wants to employ more locals, he's had some success but still the majority of his workers are from Eastern Europe;
How is this the fault of the EU?
This looks rather more like the fault of domestic attitudes and perhaps too the whole work/welfare issue.
Given that we are only having this referendum because of internal splits in the Tory party and Cameron panicking in 2012/13 about what seemed to be a danger to his voter base from UKIP, this more and more makes me think that the whole thing is as much about our inability or refusal to settle our own problems, so why not project them on to 'johnny foreigner', it is, after all, one of the oldest tricks in the book.
Look across the pond at the success in the Republican race from a frankly absurd candidate, what fired his campaign? Fear and hatred of Mexicans and Muslims.
Back to the UK, most of you will know who Enoch Powell was, what he became most notorious for, how much of an icon he still is for many in UKIP and some still, albeit more quietly in the Tory party.
I bet a lot fewer knows what he did as Health Secretary in the Conservative government in 1962.
He took a trip to the Caribbean, the former UK colonies, not for the sun and rum but to recruit staff to plug shortages of personnel in the NHS. Just 6 years before 'that speech'.
Today we have someone Enoch would not have liked, post 1968 at least, the poster woman of the 'leave' group in the government, employment minister Priti Patel who co-authoured a book a couple of years ago 'Britannia Unchained' which essentially called for whatever employment rights we still have to be stripped bare in order be more like China.
British workers, this book said, were 'the worst idlers in the world'.
Nice to see a major spokesperson for Brexit sticking up for her fellow countrymen.
You. Are. Being. Played.
Played by those who could not give a shit about you.
[Edited 2016-02-28 04:21:48]