Jobseekers told to do more to find (non-existent) work

Never mind how Esther McVey and the rest of the DWP gang masters phrase it, this is an excellent translation of what they’re really saying. As for Richard Hutton’s ‘Guide to DWP Euphemisms’, this should be a classic work of translating official jargon alongside ‘Yes, Minister’s’ guide to official government phrases like ‘full and frank discussions’, meaning a lot of talk without any positive result. With this in mind, we hope that the new policies of Esther McVey, IDS, Mike Pennington and the rest of the government are so courageous, that they will all receive their due from the public at the next election.

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Esther McVile: The employment minister, who claims adamantly that changes to housing benefit do not constitute a 'bedroom tax', is pictured complaining about a so-called 'tunnel tax' in her own constituency in a blatant display of double standards. Esther McVile: The employment minister, who claims adamantly that changes to housing benefit do not constitute a ‘bedroom tax’, is pictured complaining about a so-called ‘tunnel tax’ in her own constituency in a blatant display of double standards.

WARNING: This article has been edited using the ‘Guide to DWP euphemisms’ published by Richard Hutton, and with inspiration from it.

New rules coming into force at the end of the month mean jobseekers will have to do more to find work – even though there are currently five of them for every job available – the Department for Work and Pensions has announced.

Simply ‘signing-on’ for benefits will be a thing of the past under the draconian and repressive new rules.

Employment Minister and double-standards queen Esther McVey has hailed the new rules as undermining the range of support available, which helps diminish aspects of the social security system so that…

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4 Responses to “Jobseekers told to do more to find (non-existent) work”

  1. Joanna Says:

    What a F****ing EVIL Bitch, Hasn’t she considered that some peoples spirit has already been broken, and also What possible good can anyone get out of a broken spirited person workwise? She is just making an excuse so that she isn’t responsible! Well guess What BITCH!! you are very much responsible and you should walled up in a small bare room and left to Die very slowly and painfully!! Ater all isn’t that what you are doing!!!!!!!!

    • beastrabban Says:

      She is a nasty piece of work, Joanna, but I don’t think she literally said everything Mike wrote here. Remember, he said it was a translation using Richard Hutton’s guide to current DWP. This is a satirical piece translating the anodyne words the DWP and its officials use to describe what they doing into what they actually mean. So, she never actual said what was attributed to her in the article, although this is very what they translated into in practice.

  2. Joanna Says:

    I know and I do apologise for the strong language, but I do believe that is exactly how she thinks. Maybe I am uneducated, but I cannot understand why a group of people can be so evil and immoral in their acts, and then get away with it. What on earth is that teaching our children, I truly despair!

    • beastrabban Says:

      Ah, sorry about the misunderstanding, Joanna. As for McVey and the rest of the government, I think part of their attitude is that they’ve been brought up from the earliest childhood with the assumptions of their class that they are intrinsically better than everyone else, and that all the lower orders really deserve is to supply cheap labour for their industries. They see the national interest purely in terms of their own class.

      I was reminded a little while ago of a businessman or politician Terry Wogan once had on his chat show on BBC One way back in the 1980s. I can’t remember who the man was, but they had footage of him as a small boy declaring that ‘poor people shouldn’t have education’. When they played it, the man looked embarrassed and made a comment about what an appalling attitude he’d had then. Which is true. But I think such attitudes reflect the wider views of the class in which he grew up – his parents, and the other children at school. There’s a sense of entitlement there as well as a genuine feeling that the poor really are irresponsible and their problems are all their own fault.

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