I'm almost ashamed at writing this. But here goes:
According to the Maily Dale,
- Work-shy benefit claimants will be forced to do compulsory work in exchange for welfare under radical rules imposed in Parliament today.
- The unemployed could be instructed to do ‘Mandatory Work Activity’ under a controversial new programme outlined by Work and Pensions Minister Chris Grayling.
- It is thought that they will have to pick up litter, mend fences or help repaint care homes.
- Jobseekers would have to spend up to 30 hours a week, for a month, on their work placement and would still have to look for work in between.
When I say almost ashamed it's for this reason. Like everyone else, I would hope my taxes are not being squandered paying for some bastard to sit on their arse watching the TV. That's the first reaction.
But then you think. Hold on a minute. They are the ones, according to certain people who claim to know about these things, that are causing the unemployment in the first place, by cutting too deep. So, if they get away with this, where does it stop? Do all the unemployed getting, £65 per week have to work a 30 hour week? I thought we had a minimum wage? What happens to all the peoples' jobs, who currently do the painting, mending fences and picking up litter? Do they become unemployed and then have to do the same job for a third of the money? Do we just become slaves?
Fine you say. I'm not a painter. Is a case of, first they come for the jobs of the painters, then it's the shop assistants, factory workers, waiters, van drivers? Where the fuck does it stop? Bosses, will take all the cheap labour you can give them... I know, I was one and run a substantial business.