from my local news
Fruit farmers in a pickle over labour crisis
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kol08/artic ... e_id=42428
Alistair Brook, owner of Langdon Manor Farm in Faversham, says he still needs to find nearly a third of his picking team.
And he fears a shortage if the weather turns warmer and there are not enough strawberry pickers.
He said: “It is worrying. We normally have people booked in from early spring. Now we just hope and pray that more people will come forward. It is not a good way to run a business."
Mr Brook blames the Government for cutting the number of work visas for seasonal migrant workers from Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, who are now preferring to stay in their own countries.
Mind you I wonder haoe long it will be before this turns up.Pensioner nabbed drink-driving - on a mobility scooterhttp://www.kentonline.co.uk/kol08/artic ... e_id=42410
Mrs Jones is now embroiled in a row over whether she can be prosecuted at all, after a court heard her scooter cannot be classed as a "motor vehicle".
Mrs Jones said: "I hold my hands up and I’m happy to take the rap. I was drink-driving so I should be punished."
A Crown Prosecution Service source called the case "a total mess".