The formula can be quite simple. For every person who signs on looking for work in every Job Centre – whether over-60, young, mother with children, disabled, ill, dying, migrant, that the Job Centre finds a FULL TIME LIVING WAGE JOB for, that Job Centre and staff are funded accordingly.
Job Centres that fail to find sufficient full-time, living wage jobs for most of those registered as looking for work can have their staff and funding reduced to the level they are finding jobs for.
Just as most private employment agencies now only run with skeleton staff due to the scarcity of jobs, job centre branches which are not finding work could be closed or reduced in size.
Where Job Centres cannot find full time living wage jobs for their applicants, that should become the basis on which unemployment and other benefits are paid. Either find the applicant a life supporting job or provide benefits. Harassing welfare claimants contributes nothing to solving the shortage of full time living wage jobs.
The job shortage situation is totally the government’s responsibility.
Facing psychological coercion and manipulation has become a daily part of claiming benefits http://theconversation.com/facing-psychological-coercion-and-manipulation-has-become-a-daily-part-of-claiming-benefits-42839 via @ConversationUK
Despite surround-sound propaganda vilifying marked out sections of the populace for persecuting vulnerable groups, the major orchestrators of persecution – scapegoating – have always been governments. The process enables governments to direct attention away from what they are doing, create for the populace a legitimised target for frustrations – often frustration caused by those self-same governments, and by the way get rid of a section of the populace the government finds inconvenient. Scapegoating is a strong indicator of government corruption and that government has something to hide.
The greatest fomentor of hatred in Britain over the last decade have not been the tiny and in real terms useless fascists – at least not among the populace. Fascism has never been a British fashion, although it seems to be becoming one among our ruling elite. The fomentors of hatred in Britain are principally our government whose totally incompetent – unless intended to be malign – foreign policy comprises stirring up trouble overseas; where there is a problem pouring on petrol and fanning the flames; meddling with total incompetence where they are neither needed nor wanted, and having stirred up the maximum amount of trouble, thrown our borders open to the millions of migrants who quite naturally want to leave the chaos the British government has been so active in contributing to. In a lot of ways the behaviour of our British government resembles the opportunistic and double-dealing of Hitler prior to the 2WW.
Of course governments never take responsibility for their actions. When scapegoating is a large part of government behaviour you know honest government has been abandoned.
The classic example of scapegoating was that of the Jews by the Nazis. The Nazi propaganda was wholesale garbage, but it is human nature to heap hatred on the “out” group when under pressure, so the Nazis set the Jews up for attack. It allowed the populace to let off steam, granted opportunists plunder at the Jews expense, and served as an example of what the Nazis would do to YOU if you resisted them. Very politically convenient.
So why are our British government now fomenting hatred against their own working class?
Our government are making a bollocks of government, and I am one of those who subscribes to the idea that nothing in politics happens by accident, so I do not believe their policies causing so much harm to the populace are accidental – they are deliberate.
Our elected representatives are no longer representing the people but narrow monied vested interests who appear to be designing the policies which our government then rubber-stamps with as little discussion or attention as possible.
What the people in the country NEED as opposed to want, is access to the means of having a reasonably decent standard of living – living wage jobs with decent conditions – not 3rd world pay and conditions; accommodation likewise; the security of reliable medical care, welfare and pensions where needed. The government seems determined to cut all services – I notice they haven’t stopped collecting taxes, in the UK nearly half your income.
These are not extraordinary requirements. In the immediate aftermath of the 2WW when the country was bankrupt and the infrastructure was in desperate need of repair, our government somehow managed it. What possible excuse can there be for failure in the 21st century?
Our small country, now the most densely populated in Europe with the exception of Malta, has a population of over 60 million, the actual figure unknown thanks to government disinterest in keeping an accurate record. Compare our land mass with USA with its population five times greater. One third of our land mass are mountains. When you add in flood plains, lakes, marsh lands – the total uninhabitable areas and accept that some areas while inhabitable are remote – to continue to usher more people in is insane. As a country we are not self-supporting in food nor power. Before mass migration there was a shortage of decent affordable housing. We have neither sufficient jobs nor accommodation for the population who are already here. The beneficiaries of population increase are landlords in increased rents, and employers in reduced wages and getting more bang for their buck. Everyone else loses.
It is very good of the government to insist that the populace does not scapegoat the immigrants for the growing catastrophic conditions which our government are deliberately creating. That was an invented issue in any case. The British are known to be the most tolerant and accepting of outsiders of every nation in Europe – possibly the world. So why does our government feel a need to scapegoat the poorest sections of the native residents for the bad conditions the government has been instrumental in creating? It is not the fault of the working class that the government has kow-towed to trans-nationals – not mandated by the people – and been complicit in tax avoidance and off-shoring jobs to 3rd world countries where the labour force are exploited and some are actually slaves. We pay half our taxes to support the country’s infrastructure and social obligations in terms of medical care, pensions and welfare, not to be poured down the black hole of the EU, and then told – sorry, the government does not have the money. They took the money in taxes – not a penny should go out of the country until the needs of the people in the country have been satisfactorily met.
Now the reason for scapegoating of the working class, the elderly, the unemployed, ill and disabled becomes clear. They have wasted our taxes, they have bled our money away into the pockets of unelected Eurocrats and trans- nationals, so all that remains is vilifying those sections of the populace who are now in greatest need as the direct result of their policies and actions. People are dying as a result of their policies. The rhetoric of hatred – just as the Nazis did with the Jews – is being used to distract attention away from our government’s direct responsibility.