Youth Unemployment….

….Is an absolute disgrace.

Problem is Labour’s mantra that this is an economic problem is belied by the fact that this has been rising since they introduced the minimum wage about 2000. In Spain 40% youth unemployment is indicative that most young people have half a job, before they eventually join the ranks of the protected insiders.

In Britain however, 20% youth unemployment means many of those 20% of young people won’t get a job, now or ever. This is one of the broadest measure of Britains multi-generational welfare dependency. There’s the Workless households, in which one in six children grow up; without a role model of a parent going to work every day, the majority of which are headed by a lone parent. At the top of the heap are the “problem families” which blight every poor neighbourhood.

The problems are circular. Increasingly feminised schools have little relevance to working class boys in particular. They bunk off, find they can’t catch up if they ever have periods of motivation, get frustrated, bunk off some more, and leave school without any of the basic skills necessary to succeed, or any of the qualifications employers demand. These boys then go on to lead chaotic lives, without the hope of employment, fathering children they have little intention of bringing up. Who grow up in workless households, for whom school has no relevance…. and so on.

The problem isn’t a lack of jobs (the number of employed immigrants gives the lie to that), a lack of skills, or even discrimination against the working class, one ludicrous CiF article (I can’t find the link) suggested employers’ demands for punctual, hard-working, well-presented, literate people with clear diction was ‘discrimination’; instead it’s a moral poverty.

There are vast armies of state employees, some 43 agencies by one estimate, focused on solving these problems. Income transfers ensure that the multi-generational welfare families are not cash poor. There are plenty of low-paid people on wages lower than that which can be achieved by farming the benefits system’s (at one recent count) 73 different payments.

Chris Dillow will scoff at the idea that living on £51 per week unemployment benefit. But this number is a joke. Unemployment benefit: that’s just pin-money, when housing benefit ensures there’s a roof over your head, and income support & child benefit to ensure little Wayne, Lee and Kayleigh don’t starve. A multi-generational moral vacuum has been created, where there are no consequences to catastrophic life choices. Few single mothers get sent to gaol unless they’ve killed someone, and there are no punishments short of that hold any fear.

The Problem families don’t need another agency of troubleshooters to ensure they behave. They need a system of consequences. Beyond a certain point of catastrophic stupidity, petty criminality, and ignorance the state needs to cease its efforts to ‘help’. Perhaps above a certain number of ASBOs and convictions, all benefits should be stopped, all children taken into care and the family evicted from state housing. The adults would be free to find a living without the help they’ve spat out all their lives. Link
Consequences for actions. That is all that is required. It may even filter down through the levels of uselessness, without the hard-core of trouble families, their neighbours’ kids might find education in sink comprehensives improve. This might mean that the employers, who’ve been importing labour rather than employing illiterate British teenagers, might start making a dent in youth unemployment. If you build an incentive or two into the welfare state, in 20 years, Britain’s underclass might actually start to shrink.

15 replies
  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I don't argue with your observations but your analysis is crazy, extreme and frankly, daft.

    As a man born into privilege, who still has woeful spelling, I don't think that you can realistically write off the underclass, or think that you have all the answers.

    The only reason that your life is orderly is that you were born into a particular family, most likely privately educated. No wonder you have problem with "feminised schools". I have to admit, that's a new one, probably penned by a public school boy.

    You can talk consequences all you like, but these unfortunates did not choose their lot in life.

    You sir, have been born into privilege. You got lucky, you won the lottery. Give me a break when you are suggesting that the lower class scum, the Wayne's, Lee's and Kayleigh's who pollute our world are brought to heel. Such snobbery is unpleasant.It's ignorant. And it says a lot about you my friend.

  2. bilbaoboy
    bilbaoboy says:


    The problem is that 50 years ago, almost all families were orderly, independent of class. Now they are not.

    Mine was and I was not educated at a public school. My bes mate off the estate used to get a whack round the head from his big sister or Mum (even then Dad's did a bunk) to keep him in line. His homework was always done and he went to university. Privileged? My *rse.

    By your estimate 95% of us were then privileged. Doing a paper round meant I had more cash in my pocket than my dad at the end of the month.

    'You can talk consequences all you like, but these unfortunates did not choose their lot in life.'

    No, the state did, making it possible to avoid the consequences of disastrous life choices. So much help has got us to where we are. Anecdotes are just that, but I over the years have had to interview a large number of people. I still remember the 28 year old, unqualified, living with her working-class parents who gave her the equivalent of €50 per weekend. She checked out of the interview because she couldn't work Fridays. Know why? She went clubbing all weekend and needed to rest to be ready. Benefits candidate waiting to happen.

    Or interview a illegal(something discovered at the interview) immigrant in Spain and find they only want cash-in-hand because they are collecting various benefits to the tune of €1.400/month. How are you going to get them into the system?

    50 years ago there was poverty, now we have covered all the bases and we have a new sub-set of citizens who we have encouraged to not take any responsibility.

    Not analysing why this sub-set has come into existence is a bad move.

  3. andy5759
    andy5759 says:

    State schools have been feminised. My sister tells a story of the one male teacher at a school where she worked being victimised by the head mistress. He was effectively driven out of his chosen career by what my sister called the lesbian mafia. They also went for my sister later. Feminisation alone is bad enough without the progressive indoctrination which goes with it.

    I've got to hit "publish" now, otherwise I will get into a rant. Not good for a Friday. Good article Jackart.

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    The only poverty in our society is the poverty of imagination. The inability to see that life can be better than depending on the state for handouts. I rarely post on these boards but Anonymous' comments, at the top, have got right up my bloody nose.

    Let me set my stall out for you. I was born and brought up in a former coal town on the North West. When I left there, in 1996, it was one of the most economically deprived areas of England. My family were entirely benefit dependant and lived on the edges of a notorious council estate. I went to a bog standard comprehensive school where the same number that made it to university also made it to prison. There were problems with drugs, knives, teen pregnancy and illiteracy. I am as far from someone born with a silver spoon in their mouth as it is possible to be.

    Today, I hold down a comfortable middle class existence in one of the most affluent parts of the country. So, what went right? Well, the first thing was that I was determined that I wasn't going to end up like my parents or most of my peers and I got the hell out of Dodge City as soon as I could. I took Tebbit's advice and found work in the other end of the country and, I admit, that I was fortunate that there were plenty of emerging digital technologies to learn about with enough career opportunities to embrace. Then came the hard part. I worked my bollocks off for ten years or so – even starting my own businesses along the way. Now, I'm as far from that council estate as it's possible to be. I have a child for whom I pray every day that they will never have the shit start that I had, go to the crap school that I went to, know the blight of worklessness on families or the fear of crime. If, by the time I kick the bucket, my child can't even comprehend where I came from I will consider mine a life well lived.

    For too long we've bought off the underclass with our Danegeld. We've subsidised the most chaotic of lifestyles, continued to pay out to drug addicts, paid for mothers to breed children that they can't look after and that we don't need, cosied up to them whilst they have created a crime epidemic. We've paid for armies of social workers to intervene in the families of the likes of Karen Matthews or the parents of Baby P, and yet we know it just Doesn't. Bloody. Work.

    Instead of spending more and more, let’s see what happens when we cut the umbilical and cast them free to fend for themselves. See how many are happy with a life of idleness when the subsidy is cut. This is not an ignorant position, nor is it snobbery it's the realisation that we've played the socialist game for long enough to realise it doesn't work – it never has and it never will. To keep trying the same thing in the hope of getting a different outcome is the very definition of madness.

    Mr Pants.

  5. JohnofEnfield
    JohnofEnfield says:

    This is a problem with enormous consequences if it is not solved.

    The socialists have put so many barriers in the way of employers (in the UK, France, Spain etc) that small businesses tremble at the very thought of taking on a young person:

    1. The vulnerability to being taken to court for any perceived slight. 2. The minimum/living wage. 3. Employers NI. 4. Maternity rights.

    Ask any owner/manager of a small business – and he/she will offer to employ another 20% staff if the above issues were removed.

    I am also convinced that our "rights" culture gives our young the view that they have a "right" to a job, so they make insufficient effort to gain employment. None of them have been disciplined at home or at school "you can't do anything to me – I have my rights".

    If you then add the over-protection given to all employees, especially in our over-large public sector, then is is pretty obvious why we have an big unemployed underclass.

    There are other issues – but the main problem is one of unintended consequences.

  6. JimmyGiro
    JimmyGiro says:

    Good post, and good comments.

    I'm presently working for the Royal Mail on Christmas Casual sorting, before going back to JSA, next week.

    Often we receive blocks of post-cards from schools, championing the efforts of individual pupils. The cards have been called 'Wow' cards, due to the use of this word as a common introduction.

    When scrutinising any particular block, they are invariably identical messages (hand written to give the impression of 'personal attention').

    My colleagues, who have young kids, regard this as "nice", giving encouragement to learn more. And adding scorn to my comments of: "It teaches conceit, because the child is simply achieving elementary, target led attainments, thus not encouraged to aspire further, due to all the 'wow' type superlatives being spent on mediocrity."

    A generation of flattered children can do no wrong, by their own estimates, therefore have a diminished distinction between right and wrong, since they are given no 'problems' to resolve.

    They become both feckless and outraged in equal measure; the latter due to the defaulting of those around them, to cover for their own lack of real virtues when reality fails to match their whims.

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    No Jackart, that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that some poor fuckers don't have a chance and they also don't get to choose their christian name. Listing off names that you consider to be lower class/naff is snobbish. Whether or not you acknowledge it.

    As for the anonymous who has done so well for himself despite a rough start I would say, whatever rough estate he hailed from he had opportunities which are denied to those at the very bottom of the heap. My SIL went to Oxford from a rough old town, but I think she would admit that she had a reasonable education. She lacked money, grew up in a hovel but went to a reasonable school. You only have to take that last factor away to leave someone with no chance.

    When you're too low down you can't claw your way up. And when you looking down from on high you cannot appreciate how impossible life can be for the scum on the bottom.

  8. Malcolm Bracken
    Malcolm Bracken says:

    YOu're right. Those poor fuckers don't stand a chance. Not my fault, and I don't think Government intervention is helping. Quite the opposite in fact.

    Set them free from the welfare state, and some of them might actually discover resources they never knew they had.

  9. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    To the first anonymous, who wrote "these unfortunates did not choose their lot in life":

    Actually, some of them did. I went to school with them (awful comprehensive with the usual alcohol/drug abuse, gang violence, sectarian violence, teen pregnancies etc). Though they were smarter than me and perfectly capable of getting good marks, they CHOSE not to. They were much more interested in fighting, stealing, using/selling drugs, etc.

    These people had the same crappy opportunity I did; they squandered it. I have no sympathy for them and nor should I.

  10. Marcos
    Marcos says:

    "I managed it, why can't they?" aka "I'm alright Jack."

    Congratulations to people who pulled themselves up by the bootstraps against all odds. You have earned the right to behold all the 'failures' you see around you with contempt. Or something.


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