Posted by Jake on Saturday, November 01, 2014 with 4 comments | Labels: Article, Austerity, benefits, Big Society, budget cuts, elections, Graphs, inequality, jobs, Manufacturing, NHS, pensions
We Britons are an optimistic bunch. The graph below by Glassdoor, a recruitment company, shows we consistently believe our work colleagues are much more likely to get fired than we are.
|Graph by Glassdoor|
If so, our confidence is sorely misplaced. Office for National Statistics figures show how the UK manufacturing industry collapsed between 1979 and 2013, with 60% of all manufacturing jobs disappearing:
If you are heaving a sigh of relief that you aren't employed in manufacturing, hold that sigh!
A study done at Oxford University states that nearly half of all jobs are at a high risk of disappearing over the next two decades due to computerisation.
The colours in the graph represent different occupations:
The graph shows the following occupations with a high (more than 70%) probability of being wiped out:
- Office & Administrative Support
- Sales & Related
- Healthcare, Practioners & Technical
- Education, Legal, Community Service, Arts, and Media
- Management, Business and Financial
Like slowly boiling a frog in a pan of water, the government hopes to cut adrift those who rely on public services without them noticing it.
The government knows that with growing inequality more and more people will need public support. Something they would rather cut away before the voters notice.
Most people don't need a hospital today. But most will need a hospital one day, for themselves or their loved ones. Most people don't need an income top-up today in the form of state benefits and pensions, but most will need it one day.
Beware of voting in governments who would give away your rights to public services and support. They are your inherited rights just as much as a landlord has the right to receive rent on his or her inherited properties.
In a society of growing inequality, once these rights are gone all that will be left is the charity of the unequally wealthy. What you receive by right you will only get by going cap in hand.