Look, I’ll try to put this as simply as I can.
Around 90% of people in poverty are unemployed, so the minimum wage doesn’t help them one iota because it forces employers to hire less, particularly young entry level personnel. This is a verifiable fact, not some half-baked idea that you’ve dreamed up based on a confused smorgasbord of political ideas.
So, you need to ask yourself the question, does the minimum wage exist only to improve the standard of living of those in employment, or is its objective the elimination of poverty? If it’s the former, then you are no friend of the poor (as conclusively demonstrated above) and if it’s the latter, then it has signally failed (idem).
As for Hong Kong, I would have thought that you of all people, “small state, minimal laws person” that you are, would have recognised that we live in a collectivised world, and that Hong Kong is no exception to this.
And Italy? I’d suspect you of being deliberately obtuse if I thought you possessed requisite number of neurons. The lack of a minimum wage is a long way down the list of reasons why unemployment is higher there than in Britain.
You’re beginning to bore me now. We’re done here.
He’s Spartacus, commenting at The Telegraph