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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Purnell: Unemployed could lose citizenship

The long-term unemployed should seek work or face losing their British citizenship, Work and Pensions secretary James Purnell has suggested. "It is not enough to have been born and brought up in Britain," said the minister. "Every citizen must demonstrate their worth to society or lose their entitlements."

Once citizenship is revoked, the unemployed could be detained without charge or time limit and deported to "second countries" willing to take non-nationals in the hope of securing a guarantee from the British government that it will ignore human rights abuses occurring on their territories. Presidents Al-Bashir and Mugabe have already expressed interest in the scheme.

If the scheme was a success, it could be rolled out to all British citizens, according to Purnell. Future Britons would need to "earn citizenship", he said. Children who wanted to become citizens would have to earn the right to vote, receive healthcare and employment rights by passing GCSE English Language, doing charity work and securing references from prominent community figures. They may also have to make a "good-will" payment towards public services in order to "weed out" the poorest who "offer little, but take plenty".

Concerns that not all children could pass GCSE English Language were dismissed by the minister. "If children cannot write six paragraphs on Shakespeare's use of iambic pentameter, how will they integrate into adult society?" he scoffed.

Tories dismissed the scheme as a "flawed gimmick", saying the criteria could disciminate against the independently wealthy who did not contribute anything concrete to society but improved the moral tone of Britain by lending it their name and prestige. The Tory policy of shooting the unemployed was "cheaper and less bureaucratic", said David Davis.

2 comments:

andy amoss said...

*shrugs shoulders* Sounds reasonable to me.
Hey Tim, i've just realised who you are 'Tim F...Tim F' i was thinking; gotcha!
Hope you're well, I've enjoyed the exploits i've read here, i look forward to keeping up to speed with events as they unfold on The Provisional BBC.

See you,
andy

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