reply to post by woogleuk
You obviously are under the mistaken impression that long term unemployed persons, are all lazy, work shy, booze addicted morons. I do not blame you
for thinking that, since all the media coverage of such things points to that scenario, and since the people you see staggering around, special brew
in hand outside the job centre, would appear to be a significantly more visible group than those who merely come and go, quietly and with decorum,
from that most depressing location.
However justified one might be for THINKING that this is the case, it is none the less false. You may live near several people who are essentially
scamming the British taxpayer, but no matter what you have seen, the numbers do not support the idea that the majority of people claiming some kind of
out of work benefit, are on the take. The actual situation is very different.
The reality is that in the places where there is most unemployment, there is a lack of attainable and gainful work to be had. This is due to a number
of factors. Factory closures, public sector cutbacks, downsizing and outsourcing have been happening across various sectors for some considerable time
now, and not a single thing has been done to alleviate this problem, and provide jobs for those who have none. It occurs to me that if the government
have some ideas of what they could put the unemployed to work on to "earn" their benefit, then that means there is work which needs doing.
That, in turn, means that work that needs doing, jobs that need doing, are not being addressed properly by local government, because otherwise that
work would be being done by employed persons, and the reason that these things are NOT being done, is that cuts that have been made over the last
little while, to local government budgets, mean that there is not enough money in their budgets to cover these jobs, this work.
That is NOT the fault of the majority of the unemployed, the sick, the elderly, the disabled, or any other powerless and defenseless group in
society. The fault for that lies squarely, and totally at the feet of the banking officials, globally who allowed the banks to run amok despite clear
warnings that growth based economies are vulnerable to abuse by banks and business, and the politicians on all sides of the House of Commons, who
allowed the vast and horrific blunders (read laughably transparent economic vandalism) on the part of the banks, to ever effect the common populace in
It is also upon the government to ensure that the money they DO still spend, is spent wisely, and it has not been. Tens of billions of pounds a year
disappear from the HMRCs coffers, which go to a private company. These monies go toward paying for extortionately priced office supplies, with many
hundreds of percent of the price payed for things like printer paper, biro pens, and computer equipment, being totally gratuitous and
It will interest you to learn, that this same company Mapeley, I believe is their name, are also on a list of companies who have failed to pay a
sensible amount of tax. I can assure you that their contribution to the state of our nations finances, as a single business entity mind you, is
comparable with the drain which unemployment costs us yearly, and yet their board members are by no means sipping white cider, and smoking butts from
dirty ashtrays. They are however the sort of pleasure yacht owning, soft handed, work averse cretins, who by rights ought to be the ones doing this
unpaid work, while genuine job seekers should be getting a few breaks here and there. We could start with ensuring that the unemployed are represented
more fairly in the media.
But I digress. It is my feeling, that until the private companies which are draining our nations resources and earning billions doing it, the banks
which caused the vast majority of our problems, the Whitehall bastards who failed to alert ministers to the threat, and the politicians who failed to
heed what warnings they did receive, have paid their price, until the people have had their ounce of flesh from them, they have no right to demand of
the people, what amounts to slavery. Their dues are greater than those owed by the people, because not a single person on the street has any power
what so ever to change the course of these events.
Those who did have that power, failed to do so, an error that THEY have yet to pay for. Until they do, suggestions like this will be, rightly, seen
as hypocritical and callous of any party, let alone a coalition featuring a Conservative chancellor. This victimisation of the unemployed, MUST end.
edit on 30-9-2013 by TrueBrit because: Grammar issues.