I am a huge fan of Scotland, but it must be said that the politicians who emerge from that country appear to have been selected from the pile too thick to get into the mainstream education system. The latest spazmoid is Nigel Griffiths, who must have been living with his head in a huge vat of porridge for the last few decades:
Prime Minister Gordon Brown was told his infamous phrase about creating British jobs for British workers had come back to "haunt him". Labour MP Nigel Griffiths launched his own inquiry into whether European laws had been broken by excluding British workers from contracts, while the union at the centre of the dispute announced plans for a huge demonstration in Westminster.
Bless poor Mr Griffiths, he's probably never read a piece of EU legislation in his life. He certainly hasn't got to grips with it.
And he appears not to have read the ruling from the European Court of Justice from 2007 called the 'Viking Case'.
Viking Line was a Finnish passenger shipping company. It owned and operated a ferry called Rosella, under a Finnish flag and with a predominantly Finnish crew. Then the Rosella was registered as an Estonian ship and crewed by an Estonian crew who were paid less.
In short, the European Court of Justice ruled that sacking one lot of staff and replacing them with the crew from another country wasn't automatically grounds for strike:
On Tuesday, 11 December, the Court ruled that a trade union's threat to strike in order to force an employer to conclude a collective agreement may constitute a restriction on the freedom of establishment if the terms of the agreement are liable to deter the company from exercising its freedom of establishment.
Stopping Italian and Portuguese employees from getting to work does constitute a restriction on Total's production.
And as for Jon Cruddas: the man has the political nouse of a cream doughnut. What kind of moron takes a really shitty situation and makes it worse by promoting the BNP? It's not racism, you retarded shit stick; it's a group of people who want to be able to pay the bills rather than see their jobs taken by some Italians and who are understandably angry and frustrated that their fees to the union pay Gordon Brown and the Labour party who then lie to them.
Don't want an open door policy to half a billion people? Leave the EU and establish a work permit system which works in the rest of the world. It's not difficult and, far from being racist, actually stops this appalling bias against the rest of the world which our EU membership insists upon.