The militant wing of the Flowerpot Men declare their manifesto.
So the unemployed are to be employed by force. Sounds good at first, to those of us who pay for them.
God's Holy Badger is upset by this. It's hard to see why. If they won't get up for work during the week, they won't be up in time for church on Sunday either. These are not your followers, Holy Beard of Cranberry. They are the followers of Indolence, the god of can't-be-bothered. If they are to appear in church then they have to get used to rising before the crack of noon without a hangover.
Then again, working for free is slavery and we abolished that 200 years ago. Then again, it's not really for free because so far, they're getting money for nothing. We who pay taxes don't owe those who take from us. They owe us.
Will it work? Well, as SteveShark points out, it worked in the USA. Those who wanted to work, worked. The absolute workshy simply opted out of benefits.
If you want a good job, get a job. Any job. Even if it's pushing trolleys around a supermarket forecourt or dealing with the mess left by the semi-evolved in public lavatories. Moving jobs is far, far easier than starting from scratch. I would say 'go self-employed' but it's not for everyone. It's not an easy option. I expect that my operation of two businesses with one employee (me) will drive socialists insane. How dare I be doing two things without employing five hundred admin assistants and diversity outreach smoking cessation phlegm-swabbers? No, self-employed only works if you're already established in the field and have customers lined up. Unless you can do something really dramatic, getting straight into it will be impossible.
Work experience counts. It really does. If your total work experience consists of a fortnightly bus ride to the dole office to sign your name, you're going nowhere. If you can say you spent so many months picking up litter, was always on time and was never reprimanded for missing a Starbucks cup or a casually discarded Fiat Punto, it will make a really, really big difference in a job interview. Even if the pay you had was crap. Even if it was zero. Employers are not looking for people on banker bonuses. They are looking for people who will turn up on time and do the job. That is all they want to hear about.
There are many who have no work and want some. Of those, many don't care too much what it is as long as it's not the dole. There are still people with pride in this country, people who know they could play the system and live on their backsides in front of the TV, but who don't want that. They want to put that bread on the table and say 'I earned that. Nobody gave it to me. It is mine by right, not by charity.'
There are also those who think that they have the right to live in comfort on the back of other people's work. Would I be distraught if I saw them dying in the gutter? No. Let them die.
An analogy. When I was teaching students, they came in many guises. There were the clever ones who would take what I told them and test it. They checked up, they came back with questions. I was happy to help.
There were those who weren't too bright but who tried hard. They put all their effort into learning stuff that, for them, was hard to learn. I was happy to help them. One of several reasons for my eventual redundancy was defending a student who was dumped with a third class degree. I knew why. He didn't. I almost ordered him to appeal. We won, I lost, although I don't really think I did. I wasn't the year tutor for that course in the following year, despite presiding over the only first class degree that course ever produced. Politics was new to me back then. I still had that naive belief in the honesty of science.
Then there were the bright ones who could not be bothered. And the dim ones who could not be bothered. I let both fall. Intelligence is not the test. It's what you do with it.
So it is with work. If you want to work, if you turn up as required and do a good job, you have prospects. Even if it means turning up at the public shithouse and leaving it gleaming at the end of your shift. It is a job well done and that is what the next employer wants to hear about. They don't care about your origins or your childhood or your family life. They care about 'Can you do this and will you turn up?'
But in the end, if the Coagulation are serious about this, they have to pay for the work. Properly. Only those who want out of the benefits trap will come along and they must be rewarded for doing so. Pay them above the benefits. Don't dock them pound for pound. Let them see a way out. Make sure future potential employers know that they did this voluntarily. Employers are not impressed by community service.
As for the leeches, let them starve. Life supported by someone else is not life. It's not worth their while continuing. Put them out of their misery. It's the humane thing to do.
Let them slip into the limbo of the damned. Where socialism's ideas provide the central heating.