5 Jan 2016
I first published this article 4 years ago in response to planned government legislation. World-famous film director Ken Loach spoke brilliantly last night on BBC’s Newsnight programme on the evil of benefit sanctions – the immediate and summary withdrawal of benefits – and on his Twitter timeline today elaborated, including pointing out that even if every unemployed claimant did everything and found a job, there would still be a million people unemployed and over 5 million underemployed.
It reminded me of this article, which shows that, for all its rhetoric about ‘hard-working families’, this government wants unemployment. It just doesn’t want you unemployed too long.
In other words, it wants a high turnover of unemployed people – but for there always to be plenty. Of course, that doesn’t prevent them penalising those who are unfortunate enough to be unemployed at any given moment in whatever cruel ways…
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