Rubbish Policies

It is disappointing and unfortunate that many people still seem to think that littering our country is acceptable. Nonetheless, the very idea – touted at last week’s Conservative Party Conference – of the unemployed being made to pick up litter for no salary or reward is demeaning, insulting and humiliating; so it is, at least, consistent with current government policy, insofar as that it makes the very poorest in society responsible for clearing up the mess left behind by others.

Of course, given the mass-immigration of welfare-seeking Eastern Europeans that the Tories anticipate when the EU restrictions are removed in 2014, I wonder if George Osborne’s policy of getting the unemployed to pick up litter might simply be readying the nation for an influx of Great Uncle Bulgarians…

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About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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7 Responses to Rubbish Policies

  1. Taxpayers make a financial contribution to society, why would expecting benefit claimants to make a contribution of time and effort be “demeaning” or are people that do community work or collect litter to be looked down upon?

    Freedom of movement within the EC is a disaster. Its right that we should have a vote on our level of integration, the only vote that as ever happened was into the common market, I’m middle aged and have never had the had the opportunity to vote for a mainstream party which would be any different to the others in their stance on Europe.

  2. Fles says:

    Picking up litter isn’t demeaning: it’s a valid job, to be done by people who have that job, not to be done by those who don’t have a job as a punishment for there being no jobs, not least after cuts that were necessitated once bankers (who still, somehow, enjoy obscene bonuses for failure) had been bailed out. A million young people have no opportunity to work – vacancies don’t exist except for part-time or zero-hour contracts.

    Oh, and while we’re talking about taxpayers making a contribution to society, how about tightening tax law so Google, Amazon, Facebook and Starbucks can’t make millions while paying nothing? The economy stinks and this policy sucks as hard as getting job-seekers to work for free in shops and calling it work-experience.

  3. Fles says:

    Oh, and we’re the same age so that’s EARLY middle-aged, thank-you very much!

  4. Is there anywhere in the country where enough community work is being done? Litter picking, tidying waste ground, cleaning up water ways, painting over graffiti etc.etc, are things that society would benefit from a lot more of. However given the current financial climate (and the past one since there hasn’t been a budget surplus since 2001) society can’t afford to pay for everything that could and probably should be done.

    Clearly it is more effort to contribute to society than just draw from it but I understand that unless people have a deep interest in day time TV unemployment is rather tedious, so surely getting out and doing something of value to the society you live in should be regarded as a great thing not a demeaning one, its not punishment.

    Cuts were needed before the bankers greed messed up as the budget deficit running up to the banking crisis was far too high in a period of strong growth, and included in that growth was tax earned through the money creation involved in the bankers greed. Constantly harping on about the fat cats isn’t going to change what’s happening, alas the nature of the beast is that if the government imposes punitive rules and charges on the banks they will just transfer their operations to other countries. That is the issue with these global organisations.

    The customers will pay in the end, if there are tariffs for operating in the UK Amazon et al will just put their prices up. If the banks move, earn, pay some tax and pay their employees in somewhere like Singapore or Switzerland then the UK loses out on the little they previously got.

    The burden always has and always will fall on the masses, fair? No. Fact? Yes.

  5. Oh and very early middle aged, I’d say.

  6. lostdog says:

    I have supervised littler picking at Leeds festival and I can tell you if it goes ahead it will be an embarrassment to the minister for work and pensions.

    Factors like supervision, H&S@Work74 and the P.P.E. directive haven’t been considered at all this is back of a fag packet policy making at it’s laziest.

  7. DJsoapy. says:

    There’s not enough space on the back of a fag packet, Dog. They full of pictures of manky lungs and dead babies.

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