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Edited Aug 13, 2008, 15:47
Tories and unemployment benefits
Aug 13, 2008, 15:42
David Cameron says he wants to emulate the Wisconsin system of welfare benefits.

Johann Hari looks at what that actually means - compulsory work for anyone with kids over three months old and, most frighteningly, a maximum of two years unemployment benefits. not as in 'two years non-stop in any given claim period', but as in 'two years when you add it all together for your whole life'.

If you have two years out of work in your late teens, work for 30 years and then get made redundant when you're 50, it's soup kitchens for you.

It cut the number of people on benefits by 80%, says Cameron. That's because they're too scared to use up their claim, so they're blagging off their families or begging on the streets.

In a world where there's more people than jobs (1.6 million unemployed in the UK and rising) it's cruel and insane to treat unemployment as a criminal offence.
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