I’ve also not gotten around to producing my own write-up of the workfare fiasco, the scheme by which people on benefits are obliged to take on unpaid work in order to continue receiving government support, while corporations essentially get entirely free labour which is paid for by the state, at far below minimum wage.
The internet’s already kicked up a very effective fuss over this while I’ve still been gathering links and trying to put together some thoughts.
First of all, read this by sturdyAlex, because it’s completely brilliant.
The New Journalist looks at a speech in which Iain Duncan Smith totally abandoned any remaining vestiges of credibility he might have been able to lay claim to.
The Third Estate looks at the context in which workfare exists: minimum wage, benefits, prison work, apprenticeships, and so on.
I endorse the sentiments contained in the articles linked to above. If you’ve read through it all and got as angry as I have, you might want to sign this petition.