The unemployed should ‘get on the bus’ and look for work, the minister in charge of reforming the welfare system said yesterday.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith attracted fierce criticism from unions by echoing Norman Tebbit’s 1980s suggestion that the jobless should get on their bikes.
He said that those who are out of work should be prepared to look outside their home towns because job vacancies do exist.
Polly Toynbee puts the boot (one of many) into that one:
The borough [of Westminster] has 5,300 households living in private rented flats who draw housing benefit, with 6,000 children in Westminster schools. All will face huge rent rises, most will move. How will Iain Duncan Smith explain that his reforms are meant to make work pay when he is forcing people to move to cheap ghettos where there is least work? In his London constituency of Redbridge, 5,110 households in private rentals will lose heavily, 290 of them pensioners: that’s the number in just one borough. A family in a Chingford two-bedroom flat will lose £624 a year. Add in another barrier – anyone wanting to work will lose 65p in housing benefit for every pound they earn.
So, we soon arrive at a situation where only the relatively-rich can afford to live in metropolitan areas, where the outer suburbs are crammed with semi-destitutes who have to commute three and four hours a day to fulfil the servile needs of their social superiors.
Anyone spotted Iain Duncan Smith on a bus lately?
It’s the same the whole world over,
It’s the poor what gets the blame.
It’s the rich what gets the pleasure.
Ain’t it all a bleedin’ shame?