The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan-Smith has announced that the jobless will have to work for their benefit – a benefit to which they are entitled anyway. Furthermore, he wants them to do a 30 hour week clearing up litter or other ‘physical’ tasks and not even get the minimum wage in return. Nor is he offering any additional money in the form of a benefit supplement.
The full details are to be presented to Parliament tomorrow but from what we’ve seen already, this seems like another crackpot scheme from a man who failed spectacularly as leader of the Conservatives and now seems to be failing spectacularly as a secretary of state.
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He should try living on £65 a week before he starts to think about turning people into a conscripted workforce that will be exploited by local authorities looking for workers on the cheap – and lets face it, nothing come cheaper than forced labour.
As with most of the Conservative’s proposals past and present – the Liberals are nowhere to be seen of course – they really penalise the poorest in society and seek to placate the so called ‘middle classes’ who don’t give a damn about anyone other than themselves. Duncan-Smith’s plan is cruel in the extreme as once the conscripts have finished their four week sentence, for that is what it is, there will still be no job for them to go to.
This whole scheme sounds very much like the American ‘work fair’ disaster that Bush brought in during his tenure. The coalition government seem incapable of thinking for themselves or trying to find European solutions to the UK’s domestic problems. Instead, they presume that because America speaks English (badly), their solutions must also work here.
The Liberals in the coalition are no where to be seem. Clegg continues to give in on every policy that Cameron puts forward whilst seemingly ignoring the fact that he is killing the Liberals’ future electoral chances every time he does so. TheOpinionSite.org has warned Clegg of this before.
Duncan-Smith meanwhile may face a legal challenge to his plans for forced labour. Think about it; the minimum wage was brought in to ensure that anyone who worked was able to earn at least about £6 per hour. Now the jobless, who can’t get a job because there aren’t any or who are over 50 (which makes them unattractive to employers) are expected to do a full week’s work for £2.16 pence per hour.
If the UK Government had any real concern for the unemployed they would not be trying to force them into a conscripted labour scheme with no hope of a job at the end of it. They would instead be trying to end discrimination against those of 50 years old or more but who have all the experience, they would be scrapping the mandatory criminal checks that prevent people with any type of criminal record from getting a job and they would even be helping the 48,000 registered sex offenders that everyone agrees will never work again unless it is the Government itself that employs them.
These are the real problems to solve and because they are so real, this government – like most others – doesn’t want to go there for fear of criticism from those citizens who care nothing for others and are determined to hang on to what they’ve got.
Well Mr. Duncan-Smith, TheOpinionSite.org has got news for you; expect a load of trouble when you try and get this abhorrent scheme through Parliament and expect even more trouble when your nasty, small-minded, meeley-mouthed blackmail comes back to bite you in your wealthy backside.
Duncan-Smith seems to have learnt nothing from his previous experiences in politics. Let’s face it, he was a dismal failure before and he is likely to be a dismal failure now.
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