Osborne’s demeaning approach is far more sinister than just an attack on the unemployed. It is an attack on the very concept that the public sector has a role to play in working for a better environment.
Osborne’s ranting doesn’t just play to the gallery of the Daily Mail reader but seeks to embed the concept that certain public sector jobs are ‘non-jobs’. Like Pickles he is trying to justify the cuts in local government by suggesting that huge swathes of jobs should be covered by the unemployed – because they are not real jobs. Unpaid work in the guise of welfare reform is an argument cut from the same cloth of the ‘Big Society’ myth. Unemployed people need real jobs not unpaid work cons which will simply recycle public sector workers onto the dole. So if you Sid tell him.