I had a bit of a discussion about the Dole with a few mates at work today. The general consensus was that the government were fudging the figures by placing more people on incapacity benefit, instead of classing them as unemployed. They also felt that if there are hundreds of thousands of immigrants coming here for work, then many of our unemployed were not trying to find work. One suggestion was that you should receive the Dole for six months, and If you have failed to find work in that period, you should have your payments stopped. An alternative suggestion was to get those unwilling to find employment to work on local community tasks under council supervision.
Now, this all sounds a bit severe, but what can we do if a mass of people are refusing to work, when work is so obviously available?
One of the symptoms of this problem is likely to be the fact that a lot of people are just as comfortable, or even better off, on the dole.