All The People Who Never Had A Job?
by Ian R Thorpe
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KEYWORDS: job, work, employment, unemployment, tax, employed, economy, statistics, state, workforce, pensioners, students, children, career, social, worker, public
All The People Who Never Had A Job?
The lead story in today's news reveals that 1.4 million people in Britain have never had a job.
This is bad enough in itself even if we think of the hard core unemployed as being like the characters portrayed in television comedy Shameless, work-shy, drunken, sex obsessed, drug addicted, criminally inclined layabouts. The Daily Mail would have us believe such types are a threat to the moral fabric of our nation, the politically correct left think of them as victims of society.
The problem is not confined to sink estates like the fictional Chatsworth where the show is set. The joblesness in those areas is largely a result of automation and the closure of factories. In a less democratic society the solution would be easy, when surplus people become a problem, kill them. When we look beyond the real life equivalents of Chatswoth Estate however the true scale of the problem becomes apparent. It is not just the unemployed that are a drain on the national economy and a burden to the anion, it is the vast army of tax eaters employed unproductively in the public sector too.
Employing people to sit in government offices gathering information, shuffling files, making paper clip chains and photocopying their arses (or other peoples' arses if they get lucky) make be good for the unemployment statistics but such activities contribute nothing to the economy. In spite of this approximately a third of workers in jobs are employed by the state with the figure rising to almost fifty per cent in some regions. On top of that are the people employed indirectly by national and local government or state controlled organisations such as the National Health Service. (figures Office of National Statistics - see also Times Online)
If we take a level headed approach and err on the side of caution by saying a third
work for are employed by the state, another third are pensioners, children or students and therefore not in the workforce and ten per cent are unemployed it leaves about 25% of the workforce actually earning the money that buys all our food, oil, shoddy tat from China, recreational drugs, fetishistic underwear and electronic gadgets. We no longer make any of these things ourselves.
So what are these tax eater supposed to be contributing in lieu of getting some work done? We reviewed a few job adverts for public sector careers a while back and found there were numerous vacancies with job titles like domestic violence co - ordinator, substance misuse support worker, sex industry outreach worker and one, mystifyingly for a lean practitioner. WTF does a lean practitioner do? There are whole armies of administrators, co - ordinators, support officers and outreach workers, they are probably kept busy trying to find out what their job involves.
This is not to mention the army of social workers employed to support and protect the most vulnerable and dysfunctional members of society. These people will inevitably fail to notice that a very young child is being systematically starved, beaten and sexually abused but will seize and put into a state run care home any child whose parents smoke, possess a Bible or allow a seven year old to walk twenty five yards from school bus stop to front door unaccompanied.
Boggart Blog investigative reporters found there are about 500 million people employed in such work in the UK and even then the public sector is so hopelessly understaffed union leaders and left wing politicians are demanding we abolish immigration controls and recruit unskilled semi - literate non English speaking daughter sellers from developing nations to fill the billions of vacancies being created every day by the public sector.
The problem does not end there. On top of the hard core unemployed and the notionally employed tax eaters secure in their candy floss jobs, right at the very heart of the unemployment and underemployment problem are the people who run the country or who used to run it and would like to again. We are talking about the investment bankers and all their hangers on, we are talking about the CEOs and directors but most of all we are talking about the politicians.
When did any of these people ever get any real work done? Has David Cameron ever clocked on in a factory, can you imagine Nick Clegg driving a lorry? The Miliband bros, aka Deadward working as rude mechanicals rather than members of a metropolitan elite. Could Diane Abbott make her living as a lap dancer, George Osborne may look like a turnip but can you imagine him digging them up? Does Ed Balls know how to flip a burger, can Vince Cable wire up and electrical socket, would Frank Field fillet fish for a living?
Here is the point you see, why should the workers work at shitty jobs when people who are running the show have no experience of real life. Politicians leave higher education and go straight into politics. Everything is theory to them, just a great big social engineering experiment. How can such clowns solve the problem of joblessness when they don't know what a job is.
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