Self delusion

The Telegraph is reporting:

More than 400 British citizens are leaving the country every day in a drain on talent that is leading to the “disappearance” of skilled middle-class professionals, a senior Conservative MP has warned.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10258081/Two-million-quit-Britain-in-talent-drain.html

This shouldn’t be a huge surprise to anyone, except those who think the UK is still an economically attractive company.

When I read Hacker News and even Reddit, a lot of Americans (and Australians) casually talk about and take for granted salary figures which are more than three times mine. Straight out of university. Three times. I’m not exaggerating at all. It boggles my mind. It’s not like we make up for it with lower taxes or lower cost of living.

Even the culture for technically skilled workers here is rubbish: the US is full of tech start-ups trying to invent and create new things, whereas the UK equivalents are “digital media” marketing start-ups run by arts graduates pretending to be businessmen trying to sell WordPress sites to companies who don’t understand what they’re buying. The problem in the UK is not that we don’t have skills; the problem is that no employers seem to know how to use them.

The ugly flipside of all this, which you have to think twice about mentioning, is that as educated people leave, they are being replaced with uneducated people whose cultures, language skills and religion bring dubious value to the general community and whose presence may well be a factor in deciding to leave.

If you’re a skilled worker whose interests include “making money”, the UK’s main attractions are: 1. “It’s home”, and 2. “well, it could be worse”.

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