On that minimum wage thing

It is uncomfortable that the people most alarmed by the night of chicken shop raids are the employees: young teenage brothers from Pakistan who are obliged to show inspectors their living quarters above the shop, students from Bangladesh, who watch with growing unease as border officials check their papers.

The people with these less than minimum wage jobs are rather keen to keep them.

Sir Robin Wales has no affection for chicken shops…….. It makes sense for us to cut out this exploitation of people. While a raid like this will be difficult for those people [who are being exploited],

In other words, Sir Robin knows when you\’re being exploited better than you do.

Take up the White Man\’s burden!
Have done with childish days–
The lightly-proffered laurel,
The easy ungrudged praise:
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers.

13 thoughts on “On that minimum wage thing”

  1. Sir Robin makes the valid point that honest fast-food restaurants can’t compete against these cowboy outfits, whether because their staff are illegally underpaid or because their staff are illegal immigrants. If we’re going to have regulations – not just minimum wage but also food hygiene – then they have to be enforced universally.
    Not long ago Bangladeshi restaurants were complaining that new visa rules meant they couldn’t import curry chefs from Bangladesh. The minister told them that there are plenty of Brits who can cook a curry. Less scrupulous restaurants just carried on importing cheap labour through holes in the visa system – either overstaying on a student or tourist visa, or claiming to be a family member of an existing immigrant.

  2. Andrew M (or anyone who knows) – about the Bangladeshi curry chefs, I thought that curries in England bore very little resemblance to anything from the sub-continent. Is that another urban myth? (sorry to go off topic)

  3. Well, as far as Bangladeshi nosh is concerned, I’ve certainly eaten in restaurants that cater to the Bangladeshi community & the food didn’t bear the slightest resemblance to the fare in a high street curry house. But then the same applies to Indian, Pakistani & particularly, Chinese.
    As for the place that tried to screw me £3 for a tapa last week…they didn’t seem to appreciate what tapas are.

  4. Oh, & completely off topic but…..
    Is the UK the only place in Europe does a Continental breakfast?

  5. It’s simple, if you want proper “authentic” food, only go to restaurants where less than 20% of the customers are white, or get a brown friend to teach you what to order.

  6. I’ve had plenty of “continental” breakfasts in family-run hotels in Europe, but it tends to be more common in the US.

  7. Continental breakfasts in UK hotels are nothing of the sort. They’re basically the label stuck on a breakfast supplied by a management which can’t be arsed cooking anything, so you end up with yoghurt and Kelloggs mini cereals and that’s about it. Having eaten breakfast in plenty of hotels in France, Germany, and (an hour ago) Holland, I notice they always provide cuts of meat and cheese, proper croissants, and almost always scrambled eggs and often sausages.

  8. Hell, even Formule 1 & you really can’t get father down the food chain than them, run to a boiled egg.

  9. Talking of curries, my local restaurant now serves Tarka Masala.

    It’s like Tikka Masala…. only ‘otter.


  10. A UK guest house which I use regularly offers a genuine Continental breakfast; but the proprietor is German.

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