The headline, given that most people seeing it don’t read further, has already misguided the public. Fraser will no doubt say he wasn’t responsible for it, but its use of a headcount of “5,000” more seeking work in Scotland inaccurately describes the reality of the figures. In fairness, Fraser does explain that “the rise appeared to be due to more women seeking work, while male unemployment remained the same,” but the damage has been done. Readers have already been misled into believing that the economy is worsening – which is not true.
Governance in Britain has been reduced to a regime of fear, threats, and intimidation. Nothing other than the scale of the operation differentiates this from a mafia-like protection racket. Bad government of this ilk is what’s wrong with the world. The protest vote and the rise of the right are born out of people’s frustration at this carry on.
The idea is that we scrap the entire benefits system and give everyone – regardless of their income – a basic annual minimum in cash. In multiple studies the basic income trials have had incredible results.
People subject to state power whose conditions of life dictate that they are not functioning in a manner that serves the imperative of power – earning and paying taxes – are, by default, the enemies of the state.
It is true that globally there has been an increase of women in industry and in all other parts of the market economy. On the surface this change in labour demographics is to be applauded, but women were never offered the same conditions as their male predecessors.
What is evident, and now beyond all doubt, is that service industry, minimum wage, and zero hour jobs are not paying, and that the promise of ‘trickle-down’ from the thieves in London was yet another Westminster lie.
Fifty hours does not sound like a long time, but, then all things are relative. Two whole days in a leisure park will always feel much shorter than the same amount of time in a maths class. Our fifty hours, of course, was in the latter, and all of us wished dearly to have been in the former.