Work is good for you

There is one area on which I believe we haven’t focused on enough – how work is good for your health.

Work can help keep people healthy as well as help promote recovery if someone falls ill. So, it is right that we look at how the system supports people who are sick and helps them into work. Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary [1]

The political class in the UK has two main aims (which are related). 1. Support US regime change operations all over the world, regardless of International Law. The underlying aim here is to make the world a better place for US corporations. 2. At home drive up productivity. Again; the intended beneficiary is US corporations and finance capital.

As part of the the second aim (increasing domestic productivity) the UK political class is hounding benefit claimants. No matter that in a free-market for labour situation some people will at any one time be unemployed. As soon as someone becomes unemployed they are subject to pressure – to upskill and, at the same time, to take low paid work. Nothing gets in the way of increasing productivity. Let alone respect and decency.

As part of this the political class (all political parties) is working through the sick to see what productivity can be obtained there. The above new policy announcement is part of this. Essentially Iain Duncan Smith is saying “Arbeit macht frei”.

Notes

1. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/08/24/iain-duncan-smith-welfare-disabled-health-_n_8030154.html

Double-standards about press freedom

The UK journalist Graham Phillips has been detained in Eastern Ukraine by security forces loyal to Kiev. RT, for whom he was working as a stringer, has lost contact with him.

The Foreign Office has issued a weak statement about “standing by” to help him. That is, of course, if he is allowed to contact them. There has been no outrage, no condemnation from any other branch of government. The UK media has been entirely silent. Imagine if this had been a British freelancer who had been reporting on the Euro Maidan protests who had been captured and held incommunicado by the Berkut special police while