Poles won't strike in London, and don't feel undervalued

Combine the media lull in the silly season with a pinch of Guardian tin pot lefty ideology and you understand what Thursday's proposed strike by Poles (against Tory and UKIP oppression!) in Britain is all about: it's about nothing; it's a hoax; there won't be a strike

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Przemek Skwirczynski
On 18 August 2015 06:23

There won't be a Polish strike. But that's not what you might think if you'd seen this article in The Guardian. Apparently we're going to down tools for the day this Thursday in London and elsewhere to protest against, "the lack of appreciation for [our] huge input into this country’s economy."

There won't be a strike for a very simple reason: the whole thing is a hoax.

Strikes are typically driven by a social need, where a large number of people feel wronged and use this form of protest to get heard. They are usually organised by appropriate bodies and always governed by laws.

In this case, none of the above hold true, as the idea was floated, most likely, as a publicity stunt by a minor left-leaning Polish-language London paper eager to get exposure, and subsequently blown out of proportion by the national media picking up such off-key topics due to the usual summer silly season.

And now we see a mayoral candidate, whose target market is the London Polish community, jumping on the idea to kick start his campaign. Strike or no strike, we are in for a spectacle on 20th August. We might even be in for some comedy.

Just as much as strikes and protests should be driven by a genuine social need or grievance, they require a leader and an organisor. This hoax event certainly has no one managing it.

The paper initially seen to be driving this has denied it took any organisational responsibility. There is even a recording of what seems to be a bogus call to that paper available on YouTube, where the editor claims no responsibility over this spectacle.

Now, per the Guardian article you see a potential leader emerging, or maybe the mastermind? But leaving oneself two days to take over at the helm of what is purported to be a nationwide walkout is not even wishful thinking.

In fact, it has all the traits of a publicity stunt. Now wait for attempts to save their faces by finding even smallest reasons to call the thing off. Not that anyone would be striking anyway.

Jokes aside, another reason why this won't happen is because Poles are (generally) quite a right-leaning bunch. Strikes are a tool devised by the left and generally for the left.

For such a national group to strike, something really dramatic needs to happen. Think Solidarity and the imposition of martial law along with an impending Soviet intervention in the 1980s.

The Guardian might think that's a fair analogy with Britain today, but back on the plant Earth... imaginary attacks on Poles attributed to Nigel Farage and David Cameron simply won't cut it.

Of even more importance is the fact that Poles are happy in Britain. Had they not been, they would have moved on or gone back. After all, this is a free country.

Obviously that is not to say that Poles are a passive bunch. Honour is very important, which is why the nation's military tradition is held in such a high esteem.

But striking against a country that has given us so much, and (generally) welcomed us so warmly? Not a chance.

Przemek Skwirczynski was UKIP's Parliamentary Candidate for Tooting at the 2015 general election. He is no longer a member of UKIP

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