Nah, sorry mate but it's easy to highlight a couple of words in an effort to twist what I'm actually saying.
I'll give you a few definitions of 'prejudice'.
1. An unfavourable opinion or feeling formed beforehand without knowledge, thought or reason.
Such as feeling that some people don't deserve to do a job they might be perfectly qualified for.
2. Unreasonable feelings, opinions or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious or national group.
Such as feeling that some people don't deserve to do a job they might be perfectly qualified for, based on their national group.
3. An adverse judgement or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.
Such as feeling that some people don't deserve to do a job they might be perfectly qualified for, based on their national group, rather than their ability to do the job.
I can quite categorically state that none of those definitions are relevant with regards to my views on this subject, although you'll no doubt twist my words to make it sound otherwise.
No twisting required. I'm not trying to make you out to be a racist, but you freely admit that you would favour one stranger to another based on nothing more than his nationality. That is prejudice and there's no getting away from it.
Jesus fucking wept.
You want a rational reason? I'll give you one, although I'm sure I already have. I'd prefer the jobs to be given to 'locals, scousers' rather than 'Eastern European interlopers' (your words, not mine) because I'd rather see them given the chance to get on in life instead of bringing up a family on benefits (which I will fucking contribute to through taxes but that's beside the point).
Again, all you are saying is that you prefer the local to the Eastern European, you don't put forward any reason for that. Making a decision without having a reason for it is irrational.
Answer me a question. My son will leave school in 3/4 years time. I imagine he will find it difficult finding a permanent job, after all there are roughly 1,000,000 unemployed youngsters in this country at the moment. If a decent job came up and it was a choice between my son getting it or an 'Eastern European interloper' (your words, not mine) who should I wish to get it? I'd favour my son believe it or not. Why? Because I want him to get on in life and not spend his days watching Jeremy fucking Kyle and trying to work out how he can purchase a place of his own on Jobseekers Allowance. Is that so fucking wrong? Does that make me prejudice?
Strictly speaking, that would be nepotism, but I think just about everyone would feel the same way, so I'm not going to give you a hard time about it. The issue here isn't about your son, though, it is about two hypothetical strangers, the only difference being that one is local and one from Eastern Europe. You are seeing everyone from your area in the same terms as your immediate family, which is tribal behaviour.
I'll ask you some more questions.
If I go into a supermarket and decide to buy English apples over French apples because I believe in supporting our farmers does that make me prejudiced? Am I making an informed, considered choice or am I making an ill-considered, adverse judgement against the French farmers? Does that make me prejudiced against the French? No, does it fuck.
It depends on why you want to "support our farmers". If it is because you think that will help the local economy and ultimately bring direct financial gain to yourself, then it is an informed, considered choice. (But not one that applies to the labour market, everyone who works here pays the same taxes, wherever they are from) If it's just because you think favouring the English farmer over the French farmer is a good thing in its own right, then it isn't an informed, considered choice. It's just more of the same tribal behaviour.
If I have a choice between buying a British built car as opposed to one built in Japan and decide to buy the British one because I believe it will keep British car-makers in work does that make me prejudiced against the Japanese? Again, does it fuck, I'm showing support for British car-makers.
But at the expense of Japanese car manufacturers (and, in all probability, your own driving experience)
This is what you don't seem to get. The man working in a Japanese car factory also has a family, also has bills to pay, also wants to support his kids through their education. We've established you aren't racist, so the only difference here is that one man lives further away. How far do you extend this idea? Would you buy a car made in Speke but not one made in Dagenham?
Why do I support Liverpool Football Club? Am I 'prejudiced' against other teams/ cities because of who I chose to support? No, I support who I support because I was fucking born there and my family have supported LFC for generations.
Yeah, but football is totally tribal.
Is it not possible to simply choose anymore? Must every decision you make in life from buying food/ clothing/ cars or supporting a football team come down to prejudice? Because that's how you make it sound. Seriously, where do you draw the line?
You were the one who raised the issue of buying food and cars here, and it was you who decided that was political. I'd suggest you buy the best available, not the one made nearest. (Unless you're worried about the environment, then local produce makes all kinds of good sense, just not for the reasons you have.)
Choice and the freedom to hold a considered opinion are wonderful things without having bullshit, ill-fitting labels put on them.
Fwiw this is my last say on the subject because if you can't see the distinctions I'm making then I despair.
If an opinion is worth holding, surely it has to stand up to scrutiny from different opinions?