Subsidiary Politics

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People good news! Poverty in India is down from 20.9% in 2012 to 11.8% in 2014! I’m serious! The percentage of poor has more than halved in two years! Wonderful news because that means that whereas the number of poor a couple of years back was as high as 396 million it is now as low as 148 million! I kid you not, such is the rate of improvement in what used to be termed the developing world.

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Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with you, after all we are in England are we not? And these figures are solely to do with the Indian economy are they not? Well yes and no, because whereas when people were poor they remained mired in poverty, nowadays they choose to take themselves abroad.Which is easy to do, provided you have acquired both the money and a Student Visa.

Student Visa’s, those slips of paper which guarantee you entrance into a country in order to study. But which can also be used to ensure you a limited period of stay in order to acquire a job, raise an income and, establish yourself back in India as a legitimate small businessman or woman. Now, it may take you a year or so to generate that income, but that’s okay provided you’ve signed on with an educational provider who gets the joke. And that joke is a government who having fully embraced the exploitation of the poor via the corrupt practices of multifarious private sector corporations (remember Serco & G4S?), has the unmitigated gall to carp and complain about poor people exploiting a weakness in the system.

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Subsidiaries, those little corporation ‘offshoots’ that enable companies engaged in questionable practices, to disavow all knowledge of those questionable practices they know (even vaguely) that they are engaged in. And so we have Educational Testing Services a subsidiary of an America company, ‘outed’ by a government minister because it’s invigilators and, even some of its test centres, have been found to be corruptly facilitating the ability of many economic migrants to remain in the country long enough, to amass the kind of capital, that will enable them to care for an entire extended family back home in India. Apparently, this isn’t just a case of the Indian equivalent of G4S manipulating the rules of the game to their profit. Woah no! These guys are organised criminals manipulating our system to their benefit, so that they can settle in England and never leave.

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The problem with that argument is this, the system ‘facilitates’ many none too bright members of the Indian middle classes, entering this country and completing their internships abroad prior to returning home. As well as enabling families to generate an income via employment within an Indian run business in the UK, in a way they never could back in India. And as for the organised criminal element? Merely corrupt businessmen and lawyers who see a loophole in the system which they have been quick to eagerly exploit to their profit. Shouldn’t the government be proud of these enterprising business people rather than catigating them?

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