Once more, Call Kaye on BBC Radio Scotland had my blood boiling with their topic of discussion this morning. Apart from the constant drip of congrats for Andy Murray winning his first Grand Slam (fair enough, the lad done good) part of the discussion was on ‘people on benefits’.
Now, I missed the start of the show. Kaye Adams gets started 5mins before the news at 9am (well I was listening to the Today programme, why would I turn over early) so I’ve no idea where these figures are coming from, which she refers to throughout.
They had the usual right wing nut ball, this time in the shape of Richard D North (never heard of him) and Chris Banbury (totally clueless) covering the case for the vulnerable. Mr North says there is no excuse for turning down a job even if it pays less than the dole. Hmmmm, we’ll get back to that. Chris wasn’t much help arguing against this. He came at Kaye with a lot of info about how damaging the Governments Work programmes are, depressing wages, turning people into slaves, demeaning them…way too much at once and very little explanation of each. Plus the mobile they had him on was dodgy and kept making him do a Norman Collier…Underwater.
Now, I didn’t get pissed off at the pointless Chris Banbury, not when we had good people calling up with facts! This guy nailed the whole argument!
Now, they didn’t return to Michael after the news, instead they got the chance to natter to Alex Salmond about Andy Murray. But I’m not getting into that rant! Seriously, I’m not! Okay maybe later.
I didn’t get pissed off with the stuffed shirt of Richard D North. A quick search engine later and we find out this guy is a Tory, probably successful, but you’ve got to wonder at him when he suggests that a father struggling to feed his kids should take “an economic hit” and take a job that pays less than benefits, as it’ll help him in the long run? You have to wonder if this guy is for real. He works at the Institute for Economic Affairs but doesn’t think it’ll be hard to keep paying all the bills with not enough money coming into the house. Only way you manage that is if you can get credit and get yourself deep into debt, which most people, if they’d gotten to this point, are probably already up to their necks in debt.
No the thing that pissed me off most was Kaye Adams. I was under the impression she trained as a journalist. I must have been mistaken though, as she kept referring to the case of Kate Riley. Kate is the 23yr old Geology Grad student that was unemployed for 6months, told to work in Poundland on a “Work Experience placement” for only her benefits. Kate claimed this was Slavery, and I’d have to agree with her, but the courts decided it was not. Now I’m guessing Kaye must have brushed up on Kate’s story via a BBC news website, cos she kept talking about this case like Kate was turning down a job.
She wasn’t turning down a job. Again, I’m not sure where she got her numbers from that I mentioned earlier, but I have to wonder if these were real jobs that were turned down, or if they were work experience placements offered as part of the work programme, often referred to as Workfare. These placements are not jobs. By their own definition they are Work Experience positions. It’s training. It’s not a real job.
And in the court of public opinion I’ll bet most people will agree that a “Job’s a job!” but almost all of them will want paid for that job. The only ones that will disagree are the fucking planks that think they are the only ones in the country paying tax, and that anyone that is unemployed has probably never paid tax in their lives. They probably never think of National Insurance as an actual insurance scheme, one that is supposed to support you when times are tough, thanks to some greedy bastards screwing the economy into the ground.
And that is what pissed me off. A professional journalist who probably gets paid a fuck load more than dole money and appears to get more holidays than teachers do, helped to demonize people on benefits just a little bit more. The BBC who are supposed to be balanced and fair keep generalizing “people on benefits”, and not seperating those that are unemployed because they are down on their luck, and the downright bone idle. Being unemployed doesn’t automatically mean that person is lazy or work shy.
And this demonization was paid for and broadcast to the masses by us, License Fee Payers. Suddenly I’m agreeing with Richard D North, but only on the subject of abolishing the BBC. Unless of course, they buck up their ideas and start working for the people again, instead of promoting Government Bullshit!