People losing their jobs isn't nice - but its reality. I think we have to bite the bullet that the economy is changing, and you can't stop it, no matter what protest there are.
The crucial issue, and is what today should be about, is that our immigrant population are paid fairly, and that means the legal minimum wage and above. If we don't look out for our immigrant population - and low wages will be a huge barrier to integration, then we will have the same problems that France and England have in 20 years time. We need to put in place a new strategy to ensure exploitation of immigrants doesnâ€™t exist.
I am not in favour of what Irish Ferries have done, I think itâ€™s excessive and mean BUT they are just the symptom of the changing world and forces that are outside our control. The quicker we accept that whatâ€™s happening with IF will happen and continue to happen, then we will be able to get our act together and enforce anti-exploitation regulations, to ensure that the people that do take these jobs are not feeling disillusioned, left out and on the poverty line and bluntly, a time bomb.
I am not accepting what IF are doing in resigned defeat, but that is the situation. I think if we set a policy in motion now we could be a really good example to the world of a content ethnic mix society. If you trace through most problems immigrants have and why they are marginalised, and then why it flares up in violence that nobody likes to see, and then as a result further marginalisation (like France) it comes down to their employment prospects and their wages. If we tackle that we are half way there.
We thought we had so many problems when we were a poor country, and now that we are 'rich' we have twice as many.