Hollie McNish: He said, "Those goddamn Pakistanis and their goddamn corner shops. Built a shop on every corner, took our British worker's jobs." He said, "Those goddamn Chinese and their goddamn China shops." I told him, "They're from Vietnam," but he doesn't give a toss. I ask him what was there before the damn Japan man shop. He looks at me and dreams a scene of British worker's jobs, of full time, full employment, before the goddamn boats all came, where everybody went to work for full time, full weeks every day.
"A British business stood there first," he claims, before the Irish came. Now British people lost their jobs and bloody Turkish, they're to blame. I ask him how he knows that fact. He said, "Because it's true." I ask him how he knows that fact. He said he read it in the news. Every time a Somalian comes here they take a job from us. The mathematics, one from one, from us to them, it just adds up. He bites his cake. He sips his brew. He says again he knows this plot. The goddamn Caribbeans came and now good folk here don't have jobs. I ask him, "What was there before the goddamn Persian curtain shop?"
I show him architecture's plans of empty goddamn plots of land. I show him the historic maps, a bit of sand, a barren land, there was no goddamn shop before the Pakistani came and planned.
Man I'm sick of crappy mathematics cause' I love a bit of sums. I spent three years into economics and I geek out over calculus and when I meet these people claims that one of every new that came takes away one's daily wage I desperately want to scream, "Your math is stuck in primary." Cause' some who come here also spend, and some who come here also lend, and some who come here also tend to set up which employs them and all your balance sheets and trends, they work with numbers, not with men.
And all this goddamn heated talk ignores the trade the Polish brought. Ignores the men they give work to, not plumbing jobs but [for other] too. Ignores the guys they buy stock from, accountants, builders, on and on. And I know it's nice to have someone to blame. Our lack of jobs upon the immigration [is] not that plain, despite the sums inside your brain, is one for one, is him for you. As if he goes they'd employ you cause' sometimes one that comes makes two, and sometimes one can add three more, and sometimes two times two is much much more than four, and most times, immigrants bring more than minuses.There may be small errors in this transcript.