The good news has come that unemployment has now dropped by 31’000 to 1.58 million and the economy is growing stronger as the nation shifts further towards leaving the European Union. Investment in new jobs and businesses will come and the prospects for the economy, infrastructure and services has a brighter future to look forward to. With the investment and creation of opportunity there is a need to channel the right people into these workplaces and to do that there is something that has to change. To begin with I think it’s time that Jobcentres were abolished.
The reason why I support the culling of Jobcentres is because they are encouraging idleness, lacking in support for the unemployed and giving no respite for people’s predicaments with finding employment opportunities. Some people think that things will get better once Britain has effectively left the European Union, but that is only part of the solution. There is also a strong liberal agenda that has to be addressed so that people are no longer comfortable with being unemployed. It’s not just the cheap labour taking the jobs, it’s the liberal agenda that believes that a person’s right to dismiss work should be an advantage to achieve happiness.
I am unemployed myself but I don’t see that it is just because of uncontrolled immigration, it’s more to do with the way that the jobcentre’s operate and how they work. I believe it’s time that they were abolished and the reason for that is because they are a soulless shell of no benefit to a society that doesn’t understand people’s aspirations.
Lets start with a brief history of the jobcentre. In the early 20th century the jobcentres started off as Labour Exchanges, which were used to coordinate the labour market for jobseekers to look for work, get placements and sign on for national insurance and benefits. This was created by Winston Churchill and William Beveridge as part of their grand vision of the welfare state. At that point in time the industries worked with the government to provide good work and conditions for working class communities, and the people were educated with useful and practical skills that would make them able to leave school and provide for their families with a decent living. This was at a time when Britain was an industrial powerhouse and at least everyone had a good job for life.
Here in the 21st century that grand utopia of a working class Britain running the economy for peace and prosperity doesn’t exist anymore. The industries that we have today are mostly in finances, services, law, marketing, retail and real estate. The bosses have no responsibility to their employee’s situation, worker’s unions have been abandoned, and people are expected to be responsible for their own welfare within their jobs and personal lives.
Schools have become like exam factories where children are taught and processed like cattle to go into work with their heads filled with propaganda making them think they are too important to bother about conventional types of employment and that it would be a shame on them if they choose a trade over a university place. This explains why immigrant workers are taking over from where many working class school leavers would have gone into before them. The schools and social-liberalist seem to have deliberately sabotaged the education system making them think of a waiting on tables or plumbing as something beneath their dignity. Bill Gates once gave a talk at a school telling them rules of success that their liberal agenda biased school won’t tell them that left them with no concept of the real world.
As for the jobcentres they have become invalid in the modern world of work. They are quangos run by computer operators and administrators. When I go into the jobcentre all I can see is a bank of clerical officers processing claims but not offering any useful advice or directions to help people achieve something meaningful in their lives. They need to be abolished and replaced with a kind of enterprise that teaches people to embrace their passions and show them how valuable their contribution to society as workers of a certain trade can be.
One of the reasons why people struggle to find work is because there are more people than there are jobs. If the government encouraged a self-sufficiency type of work ethic then the jobseekers would be more happy to try and make something happen for themselves. The way to do this is to encourage them to be creative and aspirational and realise what they can do for localism. I have a number of passions and I am currently trying to make a living out of two of them to beat my joblessness. But the trouble is the resources are not there and the jobcentre discourages starting up and being independent yet they are under pressure from the government to get people off benefits and into work.
The jobcentre is a quango that escaped the bonfire and it’s very unfortunate that it did. The stigma of being on benefits can be demoralising and from my own experiences it can lead to depression, self-loathing and in some cases suicide from shame. The benefit system itself is also very badly managed. If the government want to wean people off benefits in a constructive manner than they should collaborate with free enterprise to get people into work in a positive way.
There are some claimants who are ordered into placements to claim their benefits even if they consider the role to be beneath them. Although I am not a job snob I think it’s unethical and belittling and it shows that this government department has no decency in it’s operations. It’s just about the same as a public funded industry that doesn’t care about running costs. If it were a private industry it would be more efficient in it’s duty of care to claimants and jobseekers. How do you expect to get people into work if you don’t provide the opportunities? And even when those opportunities come along the opponents of this scheme prevent helpful and productive progress.
I hope that the day will come when the unemployed will be given hope in a brighter future instead of going into a bleak and depressing clerical office. I have seen Denmark’s way of dealing with the unemployed. Over there children and jobseekers are given opportunities in ways where they are expected to be able to do certain types of jobs. It’s time to bring employers back into a duty of care to provide for their communities by getting people into work regardless of their skills. But on the part of the jobseekers they need to have the right work ethic as well. Bosses have just as many rights and liberties to run their companies the way they can so that they are efficient and cost effective.