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So Why Have Hungarians Making Sandwiches In Northampton Then?

There’s a certain joy in watching someone manage to get ahold of entirely the wrong end of the stick. And so it is with this story about the sandwich making factory in Northampton. The one that can’t find enough people locally to make the sandwiches and has thus gone off to Hungary to look for people who would be prepared to come and do it. There are those insisting that this shows that the UK is a low wage economy, making low productivity things like sandwiches. And this is, of course, all the fault of the Tories if not of Thatcher the Milk Snatcher.

So, as The Guardian tells us:

The UK, I fear, persists in the delusion that it is a high-skilled high-productivity, high-pay economy when for at least a decade or more it has been nothing of the kind.

Umm, really, just quite remarkable how the wrong end of that shitty stick is being firmly grasped there.

so, think it through for a moment. If there’s only low pay jobs around (and by definition, low pay jobs are going to be low skill and low productivity) then when a company offers some low pay jobs then there’ll be plenty of people who want them. Because they’ve not got anything else to do so why the hell not? £6.50 an hour is better than starving, right?

And what’s happening here? People are not turning up in droves to do those low pay jobs. Which must mean that they’ve got something else, something better to do. Like, a job elsewhere for higher pay. And that’s why they’ve got to go to Hungary, to find someone, some people, willing to do this low pay work.

It’s exactly because wages are higher in the UK than Hungary that people are willing to move. That shows, obviously, that the UK must be a high wage economy. And the only way you get high wages is by having high productivity.

So, exactly the thing The Guardian is using as evidence that we’ve a low wage economy is exactly the evidence that we’re actually a high wage one.

Just perfect, isn’t it?

Posted: 12th, November 2014 | In: Money | Comment


Russia Moves Into Hungary As Oban Collapses

Patrons and clerks at a local store get a grandstand view of the action as men of the Hungarian revolutionary forces take aim at members of the Communist secret police, on November 2, 1956, during an anti-Communist uprising in Budapest, Hungary. The mass revolt was later crushed as Soviet troops and tanks encircled and captured the Hungarian capital and several other cities. (AP Photo)

Patrons and clerks at a local store get a grandstand view of the action as men of the Hungarian revolutionary forces take aim at members of the Communist secret police, on November 2, 1956, during an anti-Communist uprising in Budapest, Hungary. The mass revolt was later crushed as Soviet troops and tanks encircled and captured the Hungarian capital and several other cities. (AP Photo)

THE Soviet forces pulled out of Hungary 33 yeara ago. And now the Russians are back, forcing Prime Minister Viktor Orban to stop natural gas deliveries to Ukraine.

Budapest has announced that it will freeze its gas deliveries to Ukraine, as the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, said his country could not afford to run the risk of losing its own Russian gas supplies.

“Hungary cannot get into a situation in which, due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, it cannot access its required supply of energy,” Orban said on state radio following threats from Moscow.

Hungary’s gas pipeline network operator FGSZ said late on Thursday that it had suspended supplies to neighbouring Ukraine indefinitely for technical reasons, a move Ukraine’s state-owned gas firm Naftogaz described as “unexpected and unexplained”.

Orban’s statement followed a warning from Moscow that it could cut off European countries that have been re-exporting gas to Ukraine to help Kiev cope with Moscow’s energy sanctions.

The threat came as energy chiefs gathered in Berlin for EU-mediated talks aimed keeping Russian gas supplies to Ukraine flowing and preventing parts of the country being left without winter heating.

The European commission rapped Hungary, an EU member state, for cutting off its so-called reverse flow supplies to Ukraine.

“The message from the commission is very clear. We expect all member states to facilitate reverse flows as agreed by the European council in the interest of a shared energy security,” the commission spokeswoman Helene Banner said in Brussels.

This cannot end well..

Posted: 30th, September 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)


Great video: Security guard closes in on fleeing bank robber

THE man who has robbed the K&H bank in the Angyalföldm district of Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday morning, is making his getaway.

No car.

This felon’s opted to make a run for it. Can the security guard catch him?

Let’s see…

Posted: 11th, October 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


Hungary Red Sludge In Photos: The Red Danube

IN Hungary parts of the River Danube are running red after the damn containing the toxic waste water from an aluminium plant broke. Four are dead. Six more are feared dead. Want to see what it looks like…

Photos taken from web – no copyright attributed

Posted: 6th, October 2010 | In: Reviews | Comment


England 3 – 6 Hungary In Photos: When We Were Rumbled

IT’S England versus Hungary’s Magical Magyars at Wembley Stadium. Hungary was the first side to beat England at Wembley when they ran out 6-3 winners in 1953. Back then England were one of the top three national sides in the British Isles. It was Hungary’s proudest football moment (so the British news media goes), right up until they beat England 7-1 a year later. Great days. We’ve raided Old Mr Anorak’s archives and bring you photos of the match…

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Hungarian goalkeeper Sandor Geller (right) embraces his captain, inside-left Ferenc Puskas after Hungary had defeated England 6-3 in the International match at the Empire Stadium Wembley in London, England's first ever defeat at home

Posted: 11th, August 2010 | In: Sports | Comments (2)


Hungary For More: Teacher Strips For Pupils

TO Zalaegerszeg, western Hungary, for the class High School Musical. Take it away Miss…

Says head teacher Sandor Rozman:

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Posted: 1st, November 2008 | In: Strange But True | Comments (5)