mercredi, mai 24, 2006
In their effort to incite their supporters and create a general mood of anger and discomfort, the proto-fascists of this island constantly remind us of all these foreigners taking our places at work. The fascists will tell us how illegal immigrants and foreigners will be illegally employed by greedy persons and usurp the rightful place of the worker patriots. They paint the picture of a legion of dark skinned labourers plastering, painting and building away at the expense of the poor Maltese haddiem.
The Employment and Training Corporation has just released some figures for the last four months. The Times has published a summary in this article entitled "Illegal and Foreign Workers". The title is slightly misleading since it might imply that you are either illegal or foreign and that one or other category is exclusive of the other. The fact is that you are an illegal worker on the basis of whether you have a permit or not and not on the basis of nationality.
Anyhow, the facts were as follows:
892 persons were caught working without informing the ETC. Of these 892, 63 were foreign. Not exactly the army of foreigners you would be imagining whenever Normal Lowell or Warden Beatty open their mouth. It would seem that this impeccable race of Melitaion is much more prone to an easy untaxed back than are the workers come from afar. 829 Maltese illegal workers as against 63. The writing is on the wall... the discontent being nurtured by the fascist myth-spinners is based on spurious suppositions, twisted prophecies and above all unfounded allegations.
I'm off to polish my lamppost.