That was our money he was talking about, tax payers money.
According to the Guardian, the shadow welfare secretary is planning to tacitly support Iain Duncan Smith on his workfare reforms this Tuesday. The Department of Work & Pensions [DWP] deliberately did not make the rules for these job-seekers clear, so many of them ended up working for free and not knowing their rights. This is a programme that does not work, and is less successful than if these job-seekers were not asked to do anything at all.
Byrne is endorsing a travesty of a programme that goes against everything the Labour party stands for. He is endorsing Duncan Smith’s “strivers versus scroungers” rhetoric. It basically says our youth are not even worth protecting from abuse when a Conservative government breaks the law to exploit them.
How can this possibly fit in with Ed Miliband’s ‘One Nation’ agenda? Why legitimise a programme that does not work and only exists for exploitation?