Clueless Scottish politicians turn to the kids for ideas on how to fight sectarianism.
As I have noted before, it is in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland where you find the strongest negative feelings towards Polish immigration. There have been beatings. Many complain that ‘they are taking our jobs’ etc.
For instance, a reporter for the Scotsman, talking to people in an Edinburgh pub, reports:
Out of earshot [of the Polish barmaid] a young single local man is quick to voice his anger. Taking a swig of his drink, the 21-year-old, who refuses to reveal his real name, rants: "I can't get a job because all the Polish are taking over here. The Waterfront is full of Polish, and people from other countries. The fish factories are the same.
"I've been trying to get a job for about two years and I'm really angry. A lot of other people feel like I do too about all the immigrants…I think people in the city should be given jobs first."
You would think they were talking in an area with many thousands out of work, wouldn’t you? But Edinburgh has an unemployment rate of just 2.2%, one of the lowest in Scotland. Poland has an unemployment rate of 15%.
Others think that the attacks against Poles are part of the sectarian divide in Scotland (and N. Ireland) between Protestants and Catholics.
To the rescue comes the Scottish Assembly (a glorified parliament) with a great new idea. The Evening Times reports:
The Scottish Executive has launched a new initiative aimed at promoting a clear, concise and strong anti-sectarian view.
And young people aged between five and 22 who can sum up the country's stance on sectarianism are being asked to submit their ideas.
A five year old? Submit ideas? About sectarianism?
It really has come to something when the political class in the UK are so clueless that they have to create Kindergarten Think Tanks to sort out the sectarian divide.