So Parliament has no more laws to invent and has decided to just bugger off and relax. I wish I could do that. “This place is clean, everything works, so I am off for 20 days and cannot be recalled even if someone shits in a fridge. I expect to be paid all the same”.
I think I can confidently predict the response I’d get. It would start and end with an ‘F’ and would have ‘uckof’ in between them.
Wasn’t it just a few days ago that this mob of shysters told the unemployed they had to accept zero-hours contracts or lose their benefits? The same shysters who, a few weeks earlier, were railing at the lunacy of zero-hours contracts?
For those who don’t know about zero-hours contracts, here’s a quick summary.
My contract is for 30 houirs a week. I can do extra, but that’s my contracted hours. Which means that every week, I turn up for at least 30 hours and they pay me for at least 30 hours. Since we are always short of staff, it’s often more. I know I will get at least 30 hours a week so can put some stability into the monthly bills.
A zero-hours contract means that you are under contract to work for someone but they do not guarantee that you will do any work (or get paid) in any week. In theory you can join up to as many of these as you like. In practice, if they phone you in the morning to go to work in the afternoon and you’ve already agreed to work for someone else that afternoon, they won’t phone you again.
They do not need to sack you. If you get no hours they don’t have to pay, so they just don’t bother again. And yet… you are not an unemployment statistic even if you never get any work, are never paid, and are still on benefits, because you have a contract.
So let’s see. If the government think zero-hour contracts are such a good thing then that should be every MP’s contract. When they turn up for work, they get paid. When they decide to bunk off for 20 days, they don’t. Sounds fair to me. ‘We are all in it together’, eh, Davey? Why don’t you get in here too and see what it’s really like? Scared? Oh, I’m sure you’re scared, you and your band of feeble idiots have no more spine between you than a washed-up jellyfish.
As for the government having nothing to do…
How about dealing with the schools run on radical Islamic principles? How about the soldiers still dying in Afghanistan? How about the imminent Crimean war or the explosion in Turkey? How about the NHS sending patient data to an Indian call centre? How about Oily Al’s attempt to sever Scotland from the UK and wreck it in the process because he really has no idea what he’s doing and is only in it for the kudos?
That’s just a sample. But no, the government don’t care about any of that. All of that is the EU’s problem, they make the real laws.
The government of the UK can’t think of any more ways to make our lives more miserable at the moment so they are taking time off to go away and think of new ways to torment us.
And we are paying them to do it.
Thyese are the people who tell us UKIP is a party of cranks. Pot and kettle time. Except this time the pot is far pottier than the kettle.