Brave new world of free labour

Your call for the free movement of labour makes last week's editorial (27 August) doubly courageous, because it challenges left and right alike to live up to their ideals - of international solidarity and economic freedom.

The right demands protectionist measures against poor people who want to live and work here, as free movement of labour would intensify pressures on wages, public services and social security. But these pressures would be as nothing compared with the daily pressures created by the free movement of capital on people throughout the world. Relaxing protectionism against migrant labour would force everyone to think radically about the ways in which the global economy is managed.

Titus Alexander
Chair, Charter 99, London E17