“War” on “scroungers”
Aug 28, 2011 – Regarding this familiar frame (‘Workers vs Scroungers’) the Express informs us that:
- The number of “scroungers” has doubled “since the recession”.
- The number of young “scroungers” has trebled “since 2008”.
- A quarter of hardcore “scroungers” are “aged over 50”. (100,000 of whom lost their jobs at the start of the economic crisis).
That tells us something about the term “scroungers”.
What the Express describes as a “war” against “scroungers” in fact consists of proposals by the (no doubt) well-meaning IPPR, a “Labour-leaning think-tank” – to get the long-term unemployed into jobs. The IPPR says: “…we need as many people in work to maximise tax revenues. The Government should be aiming to increase the employment rate…”
We can separate the IPPR’s bizarre notions from the malign framing of the Express – but only to a degree. They both seem to frame work/jobs in ideological terms, although it’s less obvious with the IPPR. Does tax revenue need to come from created/subsidised human labour, rather than from, say, the currently untaxed zillions made with virtually zero labour in international finance (eg currency markets)?
(Note: the real “war” on the unemployed was revealed earlier this year in a Guardian report).
• ‘BANKERS –>RECESSION –>JOBLESS’
• ‘GOLDEN AGE OF LEISURE’
• ‘WAR ON YOUNG & OLD & VULNERABLE’