Friday, February 17, 2012

Tescos is advertising vacancies for no payment (other than JSA and expenses)

I was shocked beyond belief that Tescos is advertising vacancies for no payment (other than JSA and expenses).

This was reported on Newsnight yesterday, and when I switched over to Question Time the Tescos recruitment policy was being denounced by Owen Jones in his usual gobby style (with former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott wading in).

However I hope that this scandal is not going to be blamed on the Coalition government (which rather seems the angle John Harris is taking http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/16/work-free-tesco-job-advert ).

Tescos rose to a position of unassailable hegemony during the New Labour era and I recall that Gordon Brown chose to launch the 2010 Labour election campaign in a Tesco store.

I also recall that Left-wing think tank Demos once proposed a Tesco store on every council estate as a way of driving forward regeneration.

And as usual no acknowledgement that excess labour supply via migration is causing the problem (you get called a "bigot" if you even try to suggest this).

So perhaps we should remind John Harris, Owen Jones, John Prescott etc that it's "time to own your own history" (as Gary Younge is fond of saying).

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