Work-shy benefit claimants will be forced to do compulsory work in exchange for welfare under radical rules imposed in Parliament today.
This is clearly the Coalition’s equivalent of Blair’s claim that yobs would be marched straight to a cashpoint to suffer an immediate fine.
Were they? No.
Candidates will only be referred for a compulsory work placement if a Jobcentre Plus adviser believes they are deliberately avoiding trying to get a job or would benefit from getting into the ‘habits and routines’ of getting up every morning.
And just who is that minimum-waged, minimally-competent civil servant going to send for this scheme?
The tattooed, bull-necked, never-done-a-day’s-work-in-his-life underclass yob, who might wait outside the Jobcentre for that worker to go on a break? Or the recently made redundant middle class officer manager who wouldn’t say boo to a goose?
The scheme will be aimed particularly at those who refuse to help themselves in seeking work.
No it won’t.
The people administering it will take the path of least resistance, like they always do…