A good meeting with friends over coffee requires a topic of conversation- think book clubs or political discussions- strangely heated at this time.
Have you ever discussed Car washing?. This can have all sorts to angles and should not get too heated ( a blessing at this time of election) and getting Brexit over the line
Most of us have hand car wash businesses in our area. They seem to have mushroomed in the last 10 year or less. What would you think if you saw one advertising a car wash for £3.99 as I did recently. Perhaps that is the going rate where you live
- consider that’s a good price- I should go there?
- that’s very cheap- are they making any money or are the others ripping me off?
- with all this concern for the environment should I be washing my car so often?
- at this price should I get my car washed every week?
- should I be paying in cash or on a card?
- who are their workers and what are they earning?
I bring this up due to 2 items in the news on TV and in the papers recently
1 The patterns for Human Slavery in the UK.
2 The tragedy of the 39 illegal migrants who were found dead inside a refrigerated lorry coming into the UK.
It could be considered that most of us are in no way involved in such matters.
However, if we support these business who undercut those who follow the rules on minimum wage and patterns of work, are we indirectly supporting these illegal practices?
Additionally does one choose to pay by cash or by card?.
Often such establishments do not take card payments. It is often suggested that the cash payments do not go through legal channels and that it is under declared for tax.
Should one trust the trader by giving your bank card details?
Another example, what if we buy very cheap clothes from the stores or online?
Are we making any declaration about the way the workers who make them are treated?
There was a time that a high proportion of the clothes we bought were made in the UK. The process of globalisation meant that these could be made far cheaper abroad.
What view should we take about the resulting pressure to cut costs of manufacture in the UK and resulting job losses which occurred?
What if as a result many of those in work in the UK were having to struggle to buy the garments made in the UK and resorted to buying cheaper goods from abroad?
I only list these points as with the issues around the election and Brexit then we should take some time to discuss them. They are also the background upon which some of the arguments about Brexit are based.