... Minimum wage is the norm for many as there are no industries to work in anymore nor are there apprenticeships to be taken up.
My skills became obsolete twenty years ago and, with only a couple of exceptions, I've done minimum wage work, and less before the minimum wage was introduced, ever since. I've not just lost any desire to work, I've very nearly lost the will to live.
... The middle classes whilst unhappy with the situation will continue as they are ...
Now that they and they their children have to compete with foreigners from Europe (and elsewhere), in addition to immigrants and the children and grandchildren of immigrants, they are beginning to wake up. As I understand it, more than a quarter of the 'doctors' currently working in the 'U'K are foreign nationals, to which figure one must add the naturalised, non British born, Britons and those descended from the same. The indigenous middle class is being supplanted by incomers taking the well paid high status middle class jobs and is beginning to realise what the indigenous working class suffered fifty and sixty years ago.
... One day they will wake up and say, is this all there is to life, strictly come dancing and X Factor, just about being able to put enough fuel in the tank to get me to work and back and buying Sainsbury's basics food ...
When that day comes they will realise that there is even less to life than that, and remember when they had a tank to put fuel in, and they won't be shopping in Sainsbury's.
Not only are there fewer jobs now, with very few in manufacturing, but we must compete equally for every job available with hundreds of millions of others to whom we actually owe nothing. Further, I know from experience that some firms now routinely use agencies that only recruit staff in the poorer countries of the EU and I have lost a job because it was 'outsourced' to India. I also have experience of working with, and managing, groups of foreign workers. I understood long ago that nothing will change until the middle classes suffer as the working classes have, and for that reason I'm glad to see it happening. Change can only come when the middle classes start squealing.