By Steven George-Hilley
It was a shocking tale of vile exploitation of vulnerable workers during the Jubilee celebrations. Unemployed staff had been treated like slaves, forced to sleep under a bridge in damp conditions in scenes described by the former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott as resembling a Labour Camp. The scandal broke on the front page of national left-wing newspaper The Guardian, citing at least two unnamed sources who were so overworked and distressed they felt they needed to speak out.
This morning, however, a very different picture of the events began to emerge, as another newspaper revealed that many of the workers had a ‘great time’. A volunteer steward said, ‘Organisers found somewhere for us to shelter, and said that if any of us wanted to get into our sleeping bags to keep warm, then we could. Most of us just stayed up chatting. It was a good laugh, and we had access to the portable loos the whole time.’ The steward added that the company paid of his licence and NVQ in crowd safety, provided boots worth £80 and a uniform, claiming that the deal equated to around £45 per hour.
It seems that whenever a decent scheme is created to help young people get a foot on the ladder, Labour cannot resist stepping forward to trash it. Rewind only a few months and you’ll recall the positive Workfare programme, designed to help unemployed youngsters into work, being torn apart by phoney expressions of outrage and carefully planned protests by those on the left.
What may surprise wealthy politicians like Lord Prescott however is that contrary to what he may believe, people often like a bit of elbow grease, especially when it comes packaged with assistance for academic courses and proper equipment. By hijacking the Jubilee celebrations with a barrage of ludicrous and counterproductive allegations, Prescott has tried - and failed - to tarnish a positive weekend of national celebrations in a shameless example of political point scoring.
You see, getting angry on other people’s behalf is what people like John Prescott and Bob Crow simply have to do. If they didn’t get angry, then how could they justify their ludicrous salaries? How could they justify their top roles in public life? How could they justify their positions as leaders of the champagne socialist movement? Take away Lord Prescott’s phoney outbursts of anger and you are left asking, what really is the point of him?Tweet