Nick and Margaret ‘Very Fair’ Says Ipswich MP.
In today’s Ipswich Star (print only) the headline is that there are 7,500 children (it says ‘kids’ – not a word used for the offspring of the wealthy I imagine) are in jobless families.
Inside there is an article about the Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford programme. We All Pay Your Benefits.
We learn that ace reporter Paul Geater got the above figure through the hard work of looking at the borough council’s own State of Ipswich report.
Geater says that the programme was “widely praised” (by whom?).
He also alleges with the mind-reading ability that can only come from his daily walk from his office in Lower Brook Street to Upper Brook Street that the “programme went down well in Ipswich.”
Labour Ipswich Borough Council leader, David Ellesmere is less impressed.
He is cited saying that there are “major difficulties” for people looking for work. “There are many more people who are looking for jobs than there are jobs available…”
However Ipswich Tory MP Ben Gummer says that the first episode of the programme “We Pay Your Benefits” was “very fair”.
Citing opinions that can be found, with ease, in the Daily Mail, he talks of people’s “Genuine irritation” (as opposed, we suppose, to fake irritation) at the poor who sit at home and “live off benefits”.
He says that changes in the benefit system will not make people worse off if they work.
Who would have thought that working could make you better off than getting the dole!
He praises (the Star generously giving him three times the space of Labour’s David Ellesmere) a drop in local youth unemployment, from 1,320 in February 20123 to today – 900.
We wait with interest the figures after this year’s school leavers join the queue for jobs.
With the wisdom that can only come from Gummer’s expensive public school education he adds, that we need the creation of “genuine jobs”.