Skip to content


The Revolution Always Eats Its Own

Or at least keeps them from working.  How the fringe Socialist Workers Party sunk a perfectly good job-training and placement program:

What went wrong for Tesco was that it fell foul of stipulations surrounding benefit payments which were beyond the company’s control. Tesco were pilloried for not paying a wage, but government rules actually prevent those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance from engaging in paid work for more than sixteen hours a week. Likewise the fact that jobseekers ending their placements prematurely could be punished by having their benefits temporarily frozen, reflected poorly on the company. But if Tesco were in error, it was not so much a wilful ethical failing, as a case of naively getting involved in a scheme to put a tick in the box of Corporate Responsibility, while failing to read the small print.

I’d argue that if you’re trying to do the right thing, and you have to read government small print, there’s probably too much small print.  Melanie Phillips puts the blame more squarely on the Beeb:

But what really put rocket fuel behind these extremists was the BBC. Day after day it gave them a platform, sanitising their true nature and unashamedly endorsing their message that the Government scheme was somehow immoral and unacceptable.

Uncritically, it presented the protest as if it really was about the ‘Right to Work’, rather than what it really was — a campaign of intimidationagainst work.

It left the public wholly unaware that ‘Right to Work’ was merely a fig-leaf for far-left troublemakers. Indeed, had it told the truth about them it could hardly have put them on to its TV and radio shows, as it did so assiduously.

Probably plenty of blame to go around, but it landed in the wrong place, and now some people won’t get either training or jobs.  Which really is immoral and unacceptable, but just the way the socialists like it.

Posted in Business, Economics, Foreign Policy.