It is difficult to argue against much of what is written in this four sided leaflet (click on each image to enlarge). It is undeniable that the Workfare scheme has been been a boon for certain employers and the illustration on side three which depicts the Workfare people going into the grinder ready to be consumed by a cheap labour Capitalist pretty sums many peoples thoughts on what Workfare is all about.
The employment and wealth divide divisions now emerging in this country can only be described as shocking.
I know a bright and energetic young man who recently finished two years of studying at Stockport College and now upon entering the job market he cannot find any meaningful employment. For all his endeavor he has found nothing but exploitative low paid call centre and door to door canvassing type work. This young man is one of millions in the same no hope position and from the way I see it Workfare adds to the problem rather than remedying it.
In my day to day life I get to all manner of different places varying in nature from immigrant ghettos to the genteel districts of Cheshire and everywhere else in between. My observations are mirrored by reports such as this and this and there is absolutely no denying that the gulf between the haves and have-nots is now wider than at any time in living memory.
If you take trip up to Hale Barnes this evening I guarantee you will find no evidence of recession, credit crunch, economic downturn or any of the other words used to describe the current state of the financial hardship being experienced by many in the north of the UK.
If you do go to Hale or Alderley Edge take a look at the people. Then think of how they compare to the average person you see around Ashton or Hyde. Forget the Barbour jackets and Hunters boots of the Cheshire Set compared to Asda Smart Price attire of the less fortunate. Looking at material things such as those will easily give the game away but what is more shocking is the physical appearance of the privileged compared to the less fortunate. The seemingly never ending years of financial uncertainty and hardship are taking a physical toll on the less fortunate and it is their weary and worried looking faces compared to the rosy happy faces of the privileged which is to me the starkest reminder of all.
The tragedy is, the poor and downtrodden once had a champion in the form of the Labour Party. One of my greatest gripes with the Labour Party is their total and utter betrayal of those who relied on them the most - the indigenous working class. To the eternal shame of the criminals, spivs and traitors who now masquerade in the colours of the Labour Party the poverty gap reached its greatest point since the war during their disastrous years in office (1997 -2010). The damage these bestial creatures inflicted upon this country and in particular the very people who relied on them most - the poor, we will probably never recover from. As the Bollinger is flowing in the boardrooms of blue chip corporations as they celebrate record profits just remember that it is due to Labour's wilful policy of bloating the workforce through immigration to such vast levels that opportunistic employers can now nail down millions of people in low paid zero hours contract jobs simply because they can, and they can because Labour gifted them an endless supply of cheap exploitable labour which has created a dog eat dog labour market where desperate people are falling over each other to take what ever meagre offerings are thrown in their direction.