Timmy elsewhereSeptember 10, 2013 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere2 CommentsAt the ASI. Asking the wrong question isn’t very useful. previousTypical bleedin’ politiciansnextEd Davey’s lying again 2 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere” JamesV September 10, 2013 at 10:19 am I just love the perpetual bollocks about how the west is rigged in favour of the highly-educated and against the little man. It’s the complete fucking opposite. The educated have to compete globally for their labour and have had to do so for a very long time. Many countries even have a set minimum salary for immigrants before they let them in. The little guy however, is only just now being exposed to globalisation, and still in a rather limited fashion. You can’t move here from Bangladesh to become a street sweeper any more. Andrew M September 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm JamesV, As ever it depends. Technical professionals such as engineers or software developers face global competition, but lawyers, accountants, doctors – any of the registered professions – only compete locally, and only then against a pool which is artificially restricted. In Tim’s specific example of Portugal, I understand that even journalists aren’t allowed to practice without being registered by their official body. (This may have since been abolished: Portugal had a bonfire of regulations in 2011.) Bangladeshi street sweepers may not be able to ply their trade internationally, but in London the minimum-wage jobs are occupied almost exclusively by immigrants. Most of the recent arrivals are from eastern and southern Europe; but before that we had waves of migration from the East and West Indies. They certainly have an impact on wages and employment prospects on the bottom rungs. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.