Don't penalise jobless -- tax the very wealthy
Published 31/05/2011 | 05:00
The OECD's suggestion of penalising unemployed people who fail to find work is an insult. Only a couple of years ago, we had almost full employment in this country. The number of unemployed who did not find work was very small and many of those were carers and invalids who simply could not take any jobs on offer.
So the actual number of undeserving "idlers" or "scroungers" was only a tiny percentage -- doing almost negligible damage to the economy.
Today, jobs are not so readily available and about a quarter of all households are living in some degree of poverty. The people who have caused this situation are the ones who ought to be penalised.