An embarrassing muddle of statements on his agreement or non agreement with Bashir’s ideas of the minimum wage was later qualified as a disagreement, no doubt after a hearty kick from the powers that be.Even UKIP have been somewhat embarrassed and apologetic over their recruit, given that his former business partner, Mujeeb Bhutto, was imprisoned for a high profile political kidnapping – it takes something this extreme for UKIP to be discomforted. Leaving aside the idiocy of Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps, or even UKIP themselves, it is more pertinent to look at Bashir’s views. On his UKIP web site, the ex-UKIP now Tory MEP sets out a radical proposition for Britain’s business needs. His campaign was hung onto a platform to help SME’s. Nothing wrong in that. He sets out a strong opposition to the EU which many share, citing an £18bn cost to British businesses being spent on the top 100 EU regulations alone. He is not alone in wanting to cut the burden of EU red tape.
But where Bashir really gets radical is on the subject of employment law – he appears to back the removal of any right to workers what so ever. Maternity and paternity leave, holiday entitlement, minimum wage and any unfair dismissal claims – all are off to be removed if Bashir ever gets his way. Not, I suspect, a likely prospect. However, he cites government interference as the problem to business, and on that he surely must have more supporters. Not to mention for his cries for cutting taxation which we can all see would be enabled financially by getting rid of 90 per cent of the regulators. It is hugely unfortunate for Bashir that the proposals read as a recommendation for Britain to turn into a nation of sweat shop business owners. No one in their right minds on either side of the employment fence is going to be on side over such a proposition. Read more from Jan Cavelle:
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