For an ever increasing number of people the present system is failing them utterly. The prospect of ending up permanently on the jobless scrapheap looms ever larger with the relentless advance in technology, a situation exasperated at the present time by a global recession.
Fortunately, we’re blessed with an excellent welfare state system, but alas, due to the now inordinate number of claimants, it’s buckling under the strain. A good welfare system is both desirable and necessary, but only for a period of time to allow one to get back on one’s feet as it were. It’s not a permanent solution and continuous dependency is both demeaning to the claimant as well as burdensome to the taxpayer.
But with no end in sight to this downturn and no job prospects on the horizon, is there not a way out of the present impasse? Are we going to allow a situation where there are 500,000 permanently without hope, and merely consign them to a new underclass?
If we wish to avoid the dire aforementioned scenario, and instead foster and maintain a more equable society whereby everybody has a purpose and a sense of dignity would not sharing the actual workload be the way forward?
Inevitability it may impact on our standard of living as everybody will be on a shorter working week, but for the greater good of society I’m sure we can adjust.
On the upside however, it may allow us more leisure time to pursue other activities that may enhance the quality of life generally.