Well another thing that’s been going on while I ignored the media is the implementation of systems whereby people are forced to work for no money. They get bed and board in the form of their benefits (state obliged by law to keep them alive), – money for which incidentally they remain liable. It will/has been deducted in the form of National Insurance at any time in their life that they do get paid work.
So a double payment (labour and money) is being extorted ostensibly in exchange for the (anyway) safeguarded legal right of all individuals not to have everything taken unto the point where life cannot be sustained.
It’s not good.
I think we are (still) bound by this:
Article 4 – Prohibition of slavery and forced labour
1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude. 2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour. 3. For the purpose of this article the term “forced or compulsory labour” shall not include:
- a. any work required to be done in the ordinary course of detention imposed according to the provisions of Article 5 of this Convention or during conditional release from such detention;
- b. any service of a military character or, in case of conscientious objectors in countries where they are recognised, service exacted instead of compulsory military service;
- c. any service exacted in case of an emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of the community;
- d. any work or service which forms part of normal civic obligations.
I hope “normal civic obligations” is defined somewhere, and that it means what everyone has to do gainfully employed or not – eg dispose hygenically of their own personal garbage, which is work for the safety and health of the entire community but (reasonably) nobody expects to be paid to put their bins out.
That article only relates to the “forced” part of course. Being forced to work without wages is hugely worse for the people involved. It will also skew the economy, since it provides an unpaid-for resource and competitive advantage to companies who would otherwise be obliged to pay the going rate for the labour they use. Nor have companies been slow to avail themselves of this colossal freebie.
Anyway, between wilfully hastening the death of old, feeble, and unable people, and forcing others to trade their time and energy in return for nothing, it seems Britain has been having a completely huge amoral binge. I did wonder why I’m now seeing disabled people confined to rooms in the family house in my area. That may be anecdotal evidence to you, but to me it’s direct experience. Mad people shouting out of windows is how we are all coping – those fortunate enough to have families who care about them are safer there and at least fed, housed and looked after.
The morally indecent shenanigans probably also explains the extra paperwork I’ve been seeing too. Just checking everyone is in the right box for exploitation is it?
Am I really seeing a country in which ordinary people are en masse routinely forced to work for nothing to the substantial financial benefit of companies, private and public – and charities!?
I believe I am.