PDQ Mobile wrote:^^^
I am not surprised at all that this Govt. took little notice and put in in little or no extra funding for cultural problems resulting from high percentages of EU workers and their families in such an area as Boston.
Such a measure requires a degree of competence and perspicuity that this ( and other) UK Govts. find completely beyond their capability or understanding.
Indeed as long as cheap food lies on the shelves what lies behind it in terms of poor conditions (and other stuff) for workers is but a trifle.
The quoted article does state that the last Labour Govt. had earmarked some £50 million to "ease the impact of migration on public services" but the Tory Govt. ( coalition) scrapped it when they came to power.
No surprises there then.
This Govt. Gives not a jot about workers rights.
Indeed it will use Brexit as an excuse to erode them as financial constraints become "imperatives".
It will exploit Brexit, in whatever form it takes, to line the pockets of Foxy, ReesMogg and a host of other selfish and immoral characters at it's rotten heart.
They will sit, Gollum like, on the sidelines plotting and studying the movements of currencies and commodities and speculate huge sums of greedily acquired wealth on those movements.
They will use post Brexit deregulation of arms sales to sell to rich and dodgy sheiks and think nothing of the suffering caused thereby.
And they will give little or nothing back to the UK's population at large.
The Bostonian-Lambeth meetings, representing the largest % leaver voting area and the largest & remainer voting area respectively, have managed to garner a bit of common understanding. Well - the Remainers at least understand the Leaver motives a bit better (not sure of vice-versa).
But the Bostonian reasons for wanting to leave the EU are not very well though through. The culprit that is causing locally high amounts of problematic immigration of the type described is not due to the EU per se but to the economic practices of those growers employing the immigrants as very cheap labour. The immigrants are, like the Bostonian locals, simply trying to make a living.
Surely it's obvious that the culprit is essentially the regime that allows rich growers to exploit the labour force (locals or immigrant) in these ways? And the regime that allows landlords and other parasites to worsen the situation as they too jump on the exploit-'em gravy train.
But the Bostonians can see only the immediate element in their economic problem - the immigrants "taking our jobs". In practice the Bostonians can't afford to take those jobs - not at the very poor rate they pay and conditions they offer. They would not be able to live. The government would withhold their benefits, such as they are. The Bostonians too would soon all be living in rented hovels or gang-master huts.
The problem is neo-liberal economics along with the support for that exploitative and damaging system by UK (and other EU national) governments over the past three decades. The answer is not to make the EU a scapegoat but to deal with the syndicates who have suborned both commerce and government in favour of the modern-day laissez-faire exploitations that belong in the dark days of Victorian satanic mills and workhouses, not in this supposedly modern and enlightened society of free citizens.
Expunging neo-liberalism would be a far more likely outcome of an EU-wide effort than it would be of a Tory Little Britain. In fact, Tory Little Britain will make it 10X worse, as you suggest.