There are some great fun and games here in Ireland at the moment.
For those of you of a foreign persuasion, our Economic and Social Research Institute [ESRI] produced the results of a study. The meeja picked up on it a couple of days ago and ran with it.
Recently the ESRI ran a report that analysed the financial state of the employment market and came up with a result that didn’t particularly surprise anyone. They discovered that 15% of workers with no children would be better off jacking in their jobs and sponging off the state. Of those with children, 44% would be better off. The only real surprise was that the figures were so high.
Everyone here knows that the cost of working is very high, between exorbitant childcare costs, very expensive fuel and punitive taxation, so if you are a low income earner you are lucky to break even.
On the other hand, if you are on Social Welfare you get your weekly package, but on top of that comes all the perks and allowances which, when they are all added up come to a tidy sum.
There are two conclusions that can be drawn from this. One is that the average lowly worker is being hammered left right and centre, and once you take out the hefty taxes and general expenses our taxpayer is barely making ends meet. The other is that the unemployed have themselves a very nice gravy train at the workers’ expense.
Of course our gubmint didn’t like the idea of telling nearly half the workforce that they really should quit their jobs if they had any sense, and I can’t say I blame ‘em. But what can you do when the figures have been published and are out there for everyone to see?
What they did was to try to follow the path of the anti-smokers and the global warming alarmists – they told the ESRI to take back the figures and strongly hinted that they should “adjust” them. The gubmint claimed that the general public might be “misled” by the figures in their current form. So essentially the gubmint are saying “look, you may be a lot better off sponging off the state, but we don’t really want you to believe it.”
The gubmint have a bit of a problem. Do they just forget about the report and hope the plebs will do likewise? Do they “persuade” the ESRI to produce a new report with a different set of figures?
There are times when I almost feel sorry for them.