Something For Nothing

Chancellor Osborne has announced another raft of measures in the coalition’s war against their beloved ‘hard working families’ and the unemployed. The idea that this government operates in the interests of the mass of people in this country is risible.

Cuts in benefits if you refuse to take unpaid work or if you fail to visit a job centre every day because you can’t afford to, mark a return to the days of Victorian workhouses and the undeserving poor. It is yet another example of the government demonising the poor and unemployed for their own ends. This propaganda offensive using populist language is calculated to divide worker against worker – ‘workers versus shirkers’. What possible link can there be between the severest of structural capitalist crises and benefit claimants? The present crisis was caused by a corrupt banking and finance system. Government myth-makers deny the fact that the real jobs just aren’t there. In fact government is busy destroying real jobs in public services.

A pool of ‘free’ labour is to be used in communities and could therefore replace properly trained and paid permanent staff. Too many future jobs would be on the minimum wage or given to benefit claimants. We are witnessing the destruction of wages in our country. Not only is this government intent upon creating a low wage economy, but in many sectors they want to move from low wages to no wages.

The coalition has no intention of creating any more jobs; they want to leave it to the vagaries of the market. No government will help workers – we have to help ourselves and take what is ours.

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