If it was staff you wanted, you could offshore your work to Asia, or outsource it to an agency that relied on imported workers from eastern Europe. Out of sight, out of mind, big companies could now make invisible large tranches of their workforce.
But no other country faces our one-two of Brexit and Covid. That has prompted a mini-exodus of eastern European workers from the UK – more than one in four Bulgarian and Romanian workers have left since the start of 2020 – which is primarily what accounts for those empty supermarket shelves, the fruit left unpicked, the small-town hotels that have just lost their second summer in a row. Perhaps slamming the door on the way out is the only way an invisibilised, underprotected and underpaid workforce gets our attention.
OK, mass immigration lowers the wages of the workers. The absence of the mass immigration will raise the wages of the workers.
Yet if you actually said to Aditya, well, does immigration damage the wages of the workers he would stoutly, even hysterically, deny it.
That’s a sufficient mental contortion to be regarded as an illness, isn’t it?