We shouldn’t keep claiming Brexit is responsible for the current crisis - this crisis predates this Tory Government and exposes a decade of bureaucracy and nanny state politics.
The Left will high and mighty have you believe that Brexit is the reason we don’t have enough drivers to drive our HGV vehicles. They’re wrong. This current crisis predates the Brexit referendum and exposes a generation of excessive bureaucracy and regulation brought on by being a member state of the EU. It’s also telling that our nationals don’t want to work in the industry as it is a bureaucratic nightmare and many feel too entitled to, given the last Labour Government’s nanny state Benefits system made it less affordable being in work than on Benefits.
I voted to leave in 2016. I was automatically branded a racist, but immigration had nothing to do with my decision. It was a decision based on autonomy and sovereignty and a sense that we are better at ruling ourselves and making our own laws than being in Brussels’ pocket. No longer can our home-grown businesses be held hostage by the bureaucracy and regulation of Brussels.
The Left and the Remainers of the Tory Party will have you believe that the shortage of drivers comes from the fact that drivers were driven out of the country back to their EU member states when the UK left the EU last year. I’m sure this was the case for a select minority of Polish or Bulgarian drivers, but it wasn’t a majority reason. Drivers left because of Covid-19 and the need to lockdown for a substantial portion of the past year.
I stand by the belief that Brexit has not been the financial apocalypse people predicted despite supposed rises in food prices, energy prices and fuel prices. These can all be put down to Covid again. We’re in the middle of a pandemic - naturally there is more competition for these services and more demand. The scenes of car owners lining up to collect fuel for their cars is symbolic of a winter of discontent not brought on by Brexit, but this pandemic.
It’s not Brexit we should blame for this current crisis - it’s the EU. They made working as a lorry driver unattractive thanks to their obscene rules and regulations that stopped businesses from moving as freely as they should. Now that we are out of the EU, business can move freely again and we can start investing in our businesses and people.
But our people don’t want to work. That’s the consequence of the last Labour government who were in work for 13 years and created an obscene system where people on benefits could earn more than people in work. Iain Duncan-Smith was revolutionary on this front in bringing in a cap of £35,000 on Housing Benefits and introducing Universal Credit to ensure fairness to taxpayers paying money to keep people on benefits when they should be working.
The Tories have never been against the state protecting those who genuinely need it. They’re seen as callous and heartless in their welfare reforms, but Labour allowed the state to grow to such an obscene extent that it was now not worth working and people were left swinging the lead and sponging off the state.
We need to stop blaming Brexit for all our current woes. There are pros and cons of every decision and the vote to leave was a gigantic fistpump when it came to taking back control of our borders. We’re short of drivers because of Covid, bureaucracy and bloody benefit entitlement. If our own nationals were willing to drive our trucks, we wouldn’t need to bring any over from Poland or Bulgaria.