I woke up annoyed this morning.'
One of the news channels interviewed some UKIP dickhead yesterday who complained about people getting benefits when there are '750,000' jobs unfilled in the UK.
It annoyed me because I'm still signed up for job alerts through a pile of agencies (I don't actually need them, I work for myself and I'm doing OK, but you never know what might pop up) and most of them are very specialist roles. (How many GP's are we short of in the UK?)
..and there's the problem.
It used to be, that you went through school with a rough idea of what you wanted to do with the rest of your life, but it hasn't been like that for 40 years.
We see various politicians flap their lips about the STEM subjects, but I covered the Technology and Engineering side in the early 80's, just in time for Thatcher to wipe most of those jobs out.
....and it occurred to me that that's probably why there are so many unfilled vacancies in the UK; No-one has been willing to gamble years of their lives, studying for a role that might never exist.
(I see tech jobs for those new Aircraft carriers a couple of times a week, but who in their right mind would train for that? Most of these jobs will be gone in a couple of years, then what'll you do?
..furthermore, the job market is so fucked that you have to wonder why kids even bother at school at all
and that's what leads to so many people, over many generations, seeing a life on benefits as the only option they have.....and that's a failure of our governments.
Anyway...with giving that prick airtime, the myth about hundreds of thousands of readily filled jobs going begging is perpetuated.
All he sees is a headline figure, which he repeats like a mantra without a second of thought going into what he's saying...and that's a failure of The Press.
We have a right to expect them to question 'facts' and opinions, before perpetuating them
, that's their
(And yet they're apparently mystified that vast swathes of people question their integrity?)
..I could probably go on, but I won't..