Do we still have a 'that's beneath me' mentality?
MIKE Lake's Soapbox ("Who is to blame for the economic mess we are in? It is not the migrants", Monday, January 28) raised interesting points about migrants and the "knock-on" effects on our lives in Derby.
How come one sees many hand car-washers who are non-British? Have we no British youngsters capable of doing the same? Is it because they are entitled to benefits? Perhaps by reducing the benefits culture, we may restore personal pride and get them thinking more carefully about surviving by washing cars. Or do we still have a British "but that's beneath me" mentality?
I would ask anyone who doubts our British attitude to work, to look no further than the benefit claimant statistics by ethnicity, and note that those of Chinese origin are the lowest in number. For them, the traditional work ethic is deeply engrained. In the US, those who try to work no matter what are treated respectfully, unlike those who won't or don't.
As someone who had one full-time job in the 1960s and again in the 80s, I took on additional lowly paid part-time work to help make ends meet because I understood that if one had to provide for your family, you had to go out and earn it. That principal still holds good today.
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