The jobless generations

Adam Smith Institute
by Philip Salter

12/03/08

The BBC has a thought provoking article on its website about the depressing lives of a jobless family. Entitled ‘No one in our house works,’ it describes the mundane drama of a family that does not work. The mother is 43 and has never had a job. It makes sobering reading. Despite the notorious cases of workless families living in palatial luxury at the taxpayers’ expense, this is surely the more usual picture: wasted lives, living on state handouts. We have nothing to envy. As the piece makes clear, this is not the life that this particular mother wanted (or indeed still wants), and it is certainly not the life her jobless children want. They have become like unemployed slaves, devoid of the essential freedoms that come through a life apart from the state...

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