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Have they all just gone nuts in the UK?
Posted by: McQ on Monday, March 12, 2007

This is just jaw-droppingly misguided, but an absolutely unsurprising extension of welfare statism:
Unemployed single parents are receiving free massages and beauty treatments - paid for by taxpayers.

Under the Government-backed scheme, being tested around the country, they are being given the treats to 'boost their confidence'.

So far, more than 1,000 people, mainly women, have taken advantage of 'pamper days' at salons as part of the project, called Big Brother. It has been justified on the grounds that if jobless people are happier and more presentable, it will be easier for them to find work.
Great name, huh? Orwell only missed it by a couple of decades. Massages and beauty treatments to 'boost confidence'?
A teenage girl who works in a salon used by the single parents was critical of the initiative. 'They didn't look like they needed their confidence boosting - they were all very loud,' said the girl, who did not want to be identified.

'They seemed to have a really good time. One of them was talking into her mobile phone and laughing and joking with a friend about how she was still drunk from the night before when she woke up that morning. Many of them had tattoos and were wearing crop-tops.'
Ah, the dole. Why work when the benefits of not working just keep getting better and better.

That said, at least some Brits get it:
'When you think of all the staff needed to organise this, as well as the fancy leaflets, it must cost a fortune. My daughter earns the minimum wage in the salon while she studies at college. She doesn't get a penny from the Government and earns less than these single mothers get in benefits. What message does this send out to teenage girls?'
Oh I don't know, that perhaps they'd prefer being on the dole and getting a free massage than on minimum wage and giving it?

Steve Munzer, head of marketing for the project, said last night: 'Some of these women really lack confidence. Many have been out of work for a long time and some are even scared to leave the house. They are taken to buy interview clothes, treated to a massage and sometimes a facial. It's nice if they do find work but success is not necessarily judged on that.'
Ah, shopping trips too?

But no, wouldn't want to judge something on the basis of success or failure, would we? If they did that these women would be in massage therapy daily trying to get that confidence level back up with taxpayer funds.

What a load.
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It has been justified on the grounds that if jobless people are happier and more presentable, it will be easier for them to find work.
How far away is a program to get jobless singles laid on the govt. dime? After all, guys who are getting it regularly are more relaxed, happier and presentable, making it easier for them to find work.
Written By: shark
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Don’t they already have that in germany?
Written By: ChrisB
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I was stationed in the UK back in the 70s and the standard line at the time was:
"The UK is 200 years behind the rest of the world and working half days to keep up."

Good to see them progressing so well!
Written By: SShiell
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If the “Mommy” party gets control of the Executive branch in ‘08, keeps Congress, and appoints a couple of Justices to SCOTUS, we could see this here. England is coming close to the reductio ad absurdum of the welfare state. What has become of the English “stiff upper lip”?
Written By: James E. Fish
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I have always wondered? In a socialized place like that, what would happen if, lets say for a week or so, you could get all the actual working people, not those who work for government, but the ones who pay all the taxes, to just stay home, and see what happens.
Written By: kyleN
I assume they’d get to file for relief like everyone else and go to day spas....
Written By: Joe
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Don’t they already have that in germany?
Time to book the old spring vacation
Written By: shark
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"It’s nice if they do find work but success is not necessarily judged on that."

If that’s really what he thinks, he should be fired. I assume he’ll deal with unemployment much better then the people he "teaches".

Written By: Dave
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Many of them had tattoos and were wearing crop-tops.

Now you’ve done it. You’ll have whatshername back in here with a long, screeching diatribe to the effect that merely quoting someone saying that is proof positive that you regard any woman in a crop top as skanky subhuman trash. You judgmental male chauvinist pig you. /sarc

I’ve got no problem with programs that take motivated homeless people (of either gender) and give them the tools to rectify that situation — bath/shave/haircut, interview-worthy clothes, job training, fixed address, etc. Those are practical. This is just more fetishization of ’self esteem.’
Written By: Achillea
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Don’t they already have that in germany?
Understand they make women take jobs as prostitutes or stop their benefit.
Written By: unaha-closp

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