On local radio (BBC Radio Northampton) this morning, unemployed workers from Corby were asked 'who is to blame for the economic crisis?'. Without exception the answer given was 'foreign workers'. Just a couple of weeks ago, surely that response would have been unthinkable, and the response would have included 'fat cats', 'bank bosses' and such like.
Now, the 'fat cats' must be laughing all the way to the bank, so to speak. The BNP, UKIP, and other racists will have been given a big boost.
Of course, we should engage with the dispute, making arguments against the blind alley of reactionary slogans and nationalist sentiments, and for international working class unity.
As the comments above point out, today's mass meeting at Lindsay offers more hope.