People have lost the work ethic

The debate about the so called workshy and benefit cheats really hits home with me. My take on it is that some people, in fact thousands or indeed millions have completely lost the  work ethic, and I say this as someone who has a family member who is the beneficiary of benefits, and has been for many years.

My father in law (before I knew him) suffered a brain haemorrhage when he was 19. He suffered another in his 40s, and two years later they diagnosed him with kidney failure and he has now been a dialysis for over 15 yeas and is the longest serving patient in Lincolnshire. He spends 3 days a week in hospital, has had toes amputated, and now had two lots of cancer removed.

Throughout his working life he has been a grafter and has never been shy of a days hard work. That is where my wife gets her work ethic from.It is interesting to compare someone like him, who would have loved nothing more than to be able to continue in employment with some people today who have never worked a day in their life.

Some people would use the excuse that because they were brought up in a single parent family explains why they are on benefits or haven’t ever had a job. Funny – I have always recognised the value in having a job and when I was out of a job got off my backside and realised that I didn’t get one staying in bed until midday, and guess what… my parents got divorced.

It strikes me that part of the problem with regards over generous benefits is that the work ethic needs to be re-instilled into people. It cannot be right that people are better off on benefits than in work, and why doesn’t someone say it. The benefits system in many cases (not all) is over generous which makes having a job not the rational choice. It will be a brave Minister who says we need to cut benefits, but that is what needs to be done to bring back the work ethic.

One Response to People have lost the work ethic

  1. keynesianism says:

    Couldn’t agree more, too many have an inflated opinion of their worth and refuse to do jobs that they perceive to be beneath them. Nor do they see anything wrong in that attitude and are happy to receive benefits having convinced themselves that it is their entitlement to live off others. At times the attitude to work exhibited by people in this country appals me, no wonder an increasing number of businesses prefer to employ economic migrants.

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