Yesterday we took a ferry from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay. The route is a few miles by water from one of the most productive shipbuilding areas of the 19th and 20th centuries but this ferry was made in Poland. Some of the crew on the ferry were Polish. The very pleasant lady who took my payment for fuel at the filling station on Wednesday night was Polish. I took the kids to the swing park the other evening. There were four teenagers on one of the park benches playing and texting with their phones – all young Poles.
A friend recently took a short break in a hotel in Pitlochry. Every member of staff and the management were Polish. Even the wholesale warehouses in Glasgow generally owned and staffed by Asians now have a plethora of Polish workers. In our High Street, there are three apparently homeless people selling the Big Issue – I'm not sure if they're Polish but they're Eastern European. Many of the delivery drivers who deliver to my business are now Polish.
I'm told that the rusting fleet of Polski Fiats we increasingly see in these parts do not require MOT certificates. The owners simply have to take them out of the country once every three months for them to be treated as a foreign car and therefore exempt.
Some of the migrant workers have aparently taken to shifting their cars to France for the day, loading up with cheap booze and returning to the UK to flog it. Thus they keep their motor legal and cover their expenses in doing so.
No racism here but what are the consequences economically and socially for the UK in such a huge influx (Southampton has 25,000 Poles and Inverness has 10,000) of people from another country over such a short time?
The EU. Dontcha just love it!