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Thanks, NTarrant, for bring a degree of sanity to what was becoming a xenophobic and racist rant that ill behoves normal, lively but rational debate in this Forum. Its difficult to understand how subscribers to this Forum who, presumably, make their living through business engagement with a wide range of cultures and traditions, can loose sight of reality in this manner!
As NTarrant points out, there is absolutely no evidence that BA adopted anything other than normal recruitment and selection policies in appointing this person – in other words, he was the best qualified and most suitable of those eligible for employment. BA will have complied with normal criteria in employing a non-EU national and, if this person was not automatically eligible to work in the UK, would have had to demonstrate that no alternative was available within the UK/ EU labour markets.
Its also worth reflecting that the UK depends heavily on its migrant workforce across a wide range of skills areas, even in times of recession, and this dependence will grow significantly in the future. Also bear in mind that a nationality bar is no insurance against terrorism as we have seen in many of the cases that have ended tragically or come to court in this country and in the US.
So please, can we have rational discussion here and leave what we have seen above to the letters column of the tabloid newspapers?