posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 02:06 PM
Remember, the UK is a very different place to the US, with a different culture and a different set of problems. There are lots of similarities, but
for a start the British are generally more open towards welfare and so-called progressive social policy than the Americans. I think that we in the UK
are just more accepting by nature, but we value equality and fairness as much as the next person.
The layabout stereotype is obviously overused, but there is a problem that is deeply engrained in our society. A lot of people I've seen whilst
unemployed simply seem to lack the ability to converse politely with another person, or go through what is a long and over-complicated process without
resorting to threats and anger.
I don't think transferring jobs from machines back to people will do us any favours in the long run either. Yeah, it might provide a job and some
income to small minority, but it will set us back as a species. Sometimes the greatest good for the greatest number needs to be considered. There is
of course a lack of jobs, and the jobseeker work programme and government-funded apprenticeship schemes are a joke.
These so-called smart cards are a waste of time, as others have already said, because trading and a barter system would easily work their way around
any electronic bans on the prohibited items. Also, if a person wants to blow their benefit on drink, drugs and fags then they should be allowed to do
so, but they should not expect any special help because of it. Of course, real dependence and children and issues that need to be looked at slightly
As for the drug addiction side of the issue, people paying for another person's dependence and so on, I have one word: legalisation. If drugs were
legalised and users not punished but rather helped, then a massive drain on the economy would be removed. If the market was opened up for business
then vast amounts of money could be raised through tax revenue, money that could go towards helping those with drug problems (see the CLEAR party
website for more info). Those who still want to go through the underground would probably still be able do so, as they can for cigarettes and alcohol
now, but the option would be there to buy safe, labelled and regulated products. With less stigma involved those with real dependence would not feel
afraid to seek help, and more resources would be available for other health and crime issues across the board.
Speaking as someone who has recently claimed jobseekers benefit, the system is most certainly broken. There is a vast amount of waste, with money
spent on pointless workshops (I was sent on a three-day course to help me write a CV and fill in applications when I had already been applying for
jobs for weeks beforehand) and directed towards people who, to be honest, don't need the help. Even the staff involved are despairing of the
government's policies. I was very thankful of what I was given in terms of aid, and would be happy to do my bit and pay back into the system when
I'm earning. I don't expect benefits as a right, but I think most of us in the UK support the social safety net as part of a caring society in a
Jobseekers benefit is nothing in comparison to Trident, bank bailouts, tax evasion and economic degradation on the whole, but seems to get a lot more
ridicule than its fair share. Coming from a part of England that has some of the worst records on employment, drug use and living standards, I can
safely say that yes there needs to be change, but the governing-elite have no understanding of the issue and are going about it the wrong way. Merry
Old England is in for a rough time, but so are the politicians if things don't start looking up pretty damn quickly for our country. The people are
at breaking point.
So that's what I think.