Friday, 5 October 2012

It's good, it's bad, it's good, it's bad

This is getting ridiculous. I've lost count now, how many times the 'mainstream' media have happily parroted what they've been given from the States as 'news'.
It seems that every couple of weeks there's a story about how the numbers of jobless have fallen, and then a few days later the opposite comes along with job losses, gloom and doom.

For instance, just 9 days ago on 26th Sept, the JEP headline was "Drop in number of jobless".
"UNEMPLOYMENT fell last month with 70 fewer people out of work than in July - one of the biggest drops in the last two years."

Then along came The Bad last night, with Condor Logistics closing, and
"THE number of job vacancies in the private sector hit a 13-year low in June, according to figures released today."

MAKE YOUR FREAKING MINDS UP! It's been flip-flop for the last couple of years. First it's hopeful, then it's not. Can you stick to the truth for once?!

Look, we all know it's bad. The media told us a recession was coming, so we all tightened our belts and stopped spending, firms laid people off or stopped hiring in preparation, and voila - a self-fulfilling prophesy came to pass.

There are a couple of thousand people looking for work, wondering how they will manage, many with no experience of life without a job before, hoping against hope that they can still provide for their loved ones while fearing losing everything that they have worked for all their lives. Homes at risk. Relationships under massive stress. Income Support not forthcoming until you've lost it all and you're on your knees. Social Security contributions grudgingly covered but with the threat that your entitlements may be hit in years to come.

Jobseekers are told off weekly by smug Social Security staff (from the comfort of their safe desks) for not trying hard enough despite competing against 2000+ other hopefuls for every job available. Ignorant idiots (with a nice comfy lifestyle so **** the rest of us!) post comments online about 'benefits culture' as if it makes any difference whatsoever until we every have full employment. Until there's a job for everyone, all it means when one person finally gets a job is that someone else has to go without!

Employers increasingly insist upon a degree for jobs where aptitude and experience would be far more likely an indicator of value, leaving those without further education on the scrap heap. And if you're past a Certain Age, forget it. You'll be in a menial job (unless you know the Right People of course and your face fits) on terrible pay for the rest of your life. Probably Part-Time, or even a Zero-Hours Contract so there's no obligation to give you work on a dependable basis.

Some jobs are advertised when the post is already filled, and they're only going through the motions of making it look like it's fair, when in fact they already knew all along that their old friend has the job in the bag.

People are scared. No wonder the spending is going down, making things worse of course, a self-perpetuating cycle of slippery slope - something like that - so typical of bad government. Even people with relatively safe jobs are cutting back, just in case, and prices are rising, taxes biting hard, is there any way out?

And all the time the idiots in charge of this mess believe that pouring petrol on the fire is the best way forward! Poor economy? Bring more people in! Come on in, Europeans, Jersey's lovely! Jobs galore, the locals don't mind!

So that's even more outsiders placing even more demands upon the infrastructure, more traffic, more use of publicly provided services, making things more expensive and crowded for everyone and taking away jobs that the locals could do!

When will we learn that Jersey is FULL, (stupidly congested now) and we should sort out life for our own people before letting in even more to make things worse? How hard can it be to licence each job and insist upon x years of residence before anyone can apply? Immigration is killing Jersey, because it's leading to mass unemployment, the FEAR of unemployment, lack of spending is taking fuel from the fire of the economy, and the whole thing is slowly imploding!

And the happily-wealthy just shrug - they are OK - and they simply assume it will get better.

I despair.


Anonymous said...

I am reminded of watching a documentary on television a couple of years ago about the Black Death. Apart from the horrific deaths the victims went through, what also horrified me was the attitude of the UK gentry and those in what would be classed as the establishment.

It was not only until these refined gentle folk started to find it difficult to replace staff who had died that serious actions were undertaken to halt the plague.

One is inclined to think that not too much has changed in certain attitudes today.

The Beano is not the Rag

Anonymous said...

welcome back, we've missed you:)

Damocles said...

Great rant Crapaudpinion! You accurately nailed the situation re SS and income support, which desperately needs a massive rethink.

For a start, they should remove the lower threshold limit (£796 a month). This threshold system has caused endless misery over many decades to the poorly or irregularly paid. A flat percentage of wages would be massively fairer.

As this would cause a drop in SS revenues, they should significantly raise the ceiling contribution (£3778 per month) or abolish it entirely so that everyone pays the same percentage.

Fairly recently SS added another 2% for people who earn between £3778 and £12,500(!) a month, but anyone who earns over £150,000 a year - such as many lawyers and similar - again pay less proportionately than most others.

Anonymous said...

It's back to the good spin again - Jersey unemployment figures 'lowest level since December'

But the BBC TV news reporter did add at the end of the item that the situation is worse than from a year ago - year-on-year!

What is more important, the ups and downs fluctuations throughout the year, or the longterm trend?! Isn't is obvious?!!