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The Human Rights Act protects your human right not to be held in slavery or servitude. Slavery is when someone actually owns you like a piece of property. Servitude is similar. You might live in the person’s property, work for them and be unable to leave, but they don’t officially own you. The law also protects you from forced labour – forcing you to work under the threat of punishment that you have not agreed to accept.
Article 4: Prohibition of slavery and forced labour 1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude. 2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour. 3. For the purpose of this Article the term "forced or compulsory labour" shall not include: a) any work required to be done in the ordinary course of detention imposed according to the provisions of Article 5 of this Convention or during conditional release from such detention; b) any service of a military character or, in case of conscientious objectors in countries where they are recognised, service exacted instead of compulsory military service; c) any service exacted in case of an emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of the community; d) any work or service which forms part of normal civic obligations.
If you cannot find a job right now, then you're just not trying
It was a culture that believed the poor were unemployed because they were lazy; that children were born out of wedlock because their parents were wicked; that drunkenness and depression were lifestyle choices; that disease and uncleanliness were the products of immorality not poverty; and that the state should not interfere with the rights of private property and finance.
But slowly, conditions improved. It began with local government starting to believe that the poor had a right to decent baths and washhouses.
Funding was allocated for cultural life - such as the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. And, finally, councils began to build housing for overcrowded families, design parks for leisure, and even provide jobs for the unemserving: ployed. When the London shipbuilding industry collapsed and trade slowed, some Victorians even realised that unemployment could be structural as well as personal.
Yet still, into the 1930s, there was a belief that the poor were feckless, idle and beyond help.
It was the Labour Party's great achievement not to give scroungers a free pass, but to suggest that poverty was not always the individual's fault. What Labour did with the welfare state in the post-war years was say you could be a full citizen of the UK, even if you had fallen on hard times.
To access unemployment benefit, use the NHS, and claim Child Benefit did not mean you were fiddling the system.
It meant that the nation helped you out in the tough times and thought it worthwhile investing in your health, education and care for the future of the country.
Today, that vision of community and citizenship is being undermined as rarely before. No one is in favour of benefit cheats or incapacity idlers, but by cutting Child Benefit, slashing social housing, undermining the NHS, and reviving the language of deserving and undeserving, the Tories and Lib Dems could be taking us back to the Victorians.
We have civilized ourselves since the 19th century.
There is no need for David Cameron to take us back to the ethos of the Eton workhouse.
Originally posted by blupblup
reply to post by mr-lizard
You're welcome mate, I just hope it comes in handy and that it can stop at least a few people from getting screwed.
This thing is really getting attention now in the UK huh?
This is about the 3rd thread I've been in regarding this issue in the last few months and It's nice to see that The Guardian haven't given this up and are still going at it.... The Telegraph and Independent have also spoken out against the scheme..... and now the MSM channels are picking up on it and I think most people are pretty pissed off about this.
The workhouse is just around the corner...