Sunday, October 4, 2009

Get off your lazy backsides and pay the rent.

Tories 'to get Britain working'

"David Cameron has said a "big, bold" welfare shake-up will be at the heart of the Tory conference in Manchester aimed at "getting Britain working".

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14 thoughts on “Get off your lazy backsides and pay the rent.

  • Might have been easier before the evaporation of loads of jobs.

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  • Isn’t this missing the point? I think there are hundreds of thousands of public sector non-jobs that need to be shed and the public sector wage and pension liabilities that we are all liable for.

    I’m not hearing much about balancing the books from either of the parties at the moment which bothers me a bit. If the big political players are too scared to tell the truth to the electorate, then there will be no real mandate for unpleasant budgetary measures when in power.

    If anybody thinks my post is too extreme, please consider Ireland’s recent economic austerity meaures:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ireland-forced-into-a-new-era-of-austerity-1665372.html
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/5121018/Ireland-raises-taxes-in-austerity-budget-and-unveils-agency-to-buy-toxic-assets.html

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  • Might’ve been easier if the preceeding 18 years of tory government, complete with ravaging british industry and “modernising” the workforce and the steady rise of unemployment/single parents and disabilities benefits, hadn’t been followed by 10 years of NewLiebours debt/credit/boom/bust and the steady rise of single perants/disabilities benfits and now unemployment!

    I’m just wondering when Peter Lilly is going to start signing from Gilbert & Sullivan again.

    Yawn, British politics is as predictable as british food was in the 50s and 60s, and it appears that the politicians are reluctant to leave those decades, metaphorically!

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  • I don’t like Andrew Marr at the best of times, his style of interviewing is so blatantly skewed and all he kept banging on about was ‘how many jobs is this going to cost’. How anyone even a politician could put an exact number on such a thing as Marr kept going on about is beyond me and is a complete smokescreen to what it as stake to the UK as a whole. Anyone can jump up and down about ‘jobs’ and it’s exactly the sort of technique Gordon Brown employs to stymie any sort of discussion regarding the complete mess the UK is in and is merely short term political ducking of the issue.

    No wonder Politicians are scared of telling the uncomfortable truth when faced with the politically rabid interviewing techniques employed by Marr and his ilk.

    We as a country desperately deserve and need the truth not a politically massaged version skewed towards the vested interests of our political class who are rapidly becoming so completely detached from reality that they are becoming public enemy number one.

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  • I’ve noticed that as part of their charm offensive the’ve trained Eric Pickles to m-e-l-l-o-w his voice, as they once taught a female PM once to do. He was still succeeding not to offer anything substantive when I heard him last night on BBC Parliament and this lunchtime on the Politics Show.

    Their economic policies do seem awash with voids of detail.

    ‘Will you cut the deficit by more than 50% in four years, as Labour have promised?’ Mr Pickles: ‘We can’t tell you that.’
    ‘What will you do if Europe has ratified the Lisbon Treaty?’ Mr Pickles: ‘We can’t tell you that.’

    (Both in fairness dog-whistle issues to the Tories.) You know he’s really itching to say ‘yes’ and ‘have a referendum’ to these, but he can’t bring himself to say it. As shining wit says, it is as predictable as ever.

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  • charlie brooker says:

    Britain works best when its left to the people themselves to run, not when decision making is abrogated to shills acting for vested interest groups.

    The mere suggestion that the country is not working now the way it didn’t in 1979 is a colossal insult to the British people.

    Blame lies squarely with the Tories’ best chums from Eton/Oxbridge Mafia – the bankers – and the public know it.

    Cameron and his cabal are now subtly implying the people are to partly blame for the catastrophe and the only way to redeem the implied guilt is to vote Conservative.

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  • Let’s give the Libdems a go. More votes than Labour or Tory so they decide who to form an alliance with.

    Somehow we have to have some fresh thinking.

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  • 2. quiet guy

    Are you suggesting that we have no economy at all? LOL

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  • BBC: Tories ‘to get Britain working’

    Ban rampant property inflation.

    Ban most quizz shows.

    Ban most MP’s.

    Ban the Lottery.

    That’s just a snippet. Do you see where I am coming from David?

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  • All those philanthropic businessmen up and down the country with millions of job posts sitting empty if only we lazy Brits could be bothered to get back to work…….if only we had a great leader to shake us all up…..

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  • So the Tories are coming up with a “big” and “bold” plan. How come we were all taken in by all the small and timid ones these past few decades?

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  • Wanted at Jaguar.

    Production workers. Bonus package-A free car everyday.

    By the way, that reminds me. When are you going to get a proper job David?

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  • krustyatemyhamster says:

    @7 nomad

    Yep, lib dems is the least worst of the three (although there’s probably more of their front bench with public school/oxbridge background than the other two parties and their leader’s ps/oxbridge/banker/convicted arsonist). Not saying there’s anything particularly wrong with that background, but when that’s the only background, it doesn’t bode well.

    Besides, everyone knows Vince should be Master of the Universe (at least he’s grammar school/oxbridge/banker which is slightly different).

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  • I know there’s a lot of electoral appeal in this, “Nobody is really disabled, they could work if they could be bothered,” tag. I’d like to think that a future PM who had a disabled child would go easy on that line, but that’s probably too rational. But surely a country where there are a rising number of people who are demonstrably trying very hard to get jobs AND FAILING, is not a place to demand that those who are only marginally employable should be told to work or starve.

    Think: you’re looking for office help. You have the following applicants:

    1) someone who has just lost a very similar job when the company went bust – splendid references and 10 years experience
    2) someone over 50 who used to do this sort of thing 10 years, but is now half crippled by arthritis and permanently in pain. They’ve been told by a doctor in the pay of the State that they could work, if they took enough pills to damage their kidneys permanently, and are therefore “fit to work.”
    3) someone who has just gone through a training course after 3 years unemployment after leaving school.

    All of these people are applying for the job when they would rather be somewhere else (no 1 would rather be back in their old job), but that’s what’s on offer. Which of them are you going to pick?

    The other two are going to be told that they didn’t try hard enough – that both of them could have got the job if they’d tried harder. There were three jobs going if they had been enterprising enough. NOT.

    Someone with a record of sickness is not going to get a job unless they are an outstanding and highly motivated person – and in that case, they are not sitting there on disability benefits in the first place.

    db

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