3 February 2009
Gordon Brown: 'British Jobs for British Workers'
"(...) when people are also asked what they admire about Britain, more usually says it is our values: - British tolerance, the British belief in liberty and the British sense of fair play (...)Indeed Britain is a country that not only prides itself in its fairness, tolerance and what George Orwell called decency but wants to be defined by it, defined by being a tolerant, fair and decent country " - Gordon Brown's Speech on on Britishness, February 2007
"As we set out on the next stage of our journey, this is our vision: Britain leading the global economy – by our skills and creativity, by our enterprise and flexibility, by our investment in transport and infrastructure – a world leader in science, a world leader in financial and business services, a world leader in energy and the environment, from nuclear to renewables, a world leader in the creative industries, and, yes, modern manufacturing, too – drawing on the talents of all to create British jobs for British workers." - Gordon Brown First Speech first speech to the Labour party conference as leader, on 24 September 2007
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Gordon Brown's speech in full
I am proud to be British.I believe in British values. And the values I was brought up with are not just what I learned; they are part of the fabric of the life I have led.
Leaders clash over commitment to substance in Commons battle
The Tory leader also accused the prime minister of borrowing the slogan "British jobs for British workers" from the National Front and BNP - throwing down far-right leaflets which used the phrase and taunting him with the question: "Where's your moral compass now?"
Gordon Brown's 'British jobs' pledge has caused controversy before
Gordon Brown's controversial pledge to "create British jobs for British workers" created a furore when he made it, with opponents branding it meaningless, racist and even illegal under EU law.
Brown stands by British jobs for British workers remark
Gordon Brown has no regrets over using the phrase "British jobs for British workers", Downing Street insisted today as a series of unofficial strikes broke out over UK construction jobs awarded to European workers.
This is a race to the bottom
The wave of strikes across the country should come as no surprise. Popular anger is overcoming complacency and fear.
Unions: Labour was warned about jobs for foreigners
Field wants a new law to compel companies operating in the UK to offer contracts to domestic workers first. "We have got to get ahead of this debate rather than react to it," Field said. "Unless we do, we are supplying oxygen to the BNP."
We once welcomed workers from all over the Empire
Between 1966 and 2005, a net 2.6 million British nationals left the country to live abroad, two-thirds of them to seek work, according to research by the Institute for Public Policy Research. In other words, an average of more than 65,000 British workers left than arrived, every year.
There is a European solution to this made-in-Europe problem
The simmering nationalist tensions stoked up by the Daily Mail's campaign against Polish workers or the vulgar anti-European xenophobia of William Hague and cohorts among Tory and Ukip MPs has now come to life, as construction workers demonstrate against a handful of Italian workers on the cold Humber coastline.