The proclamation this week by Gordon Brown that the dole queue may be about to vanish as signing on, along with the other government agencies’ and business, goes online, woefully doesn't suggest that unemployment itself is about to vanish. But it does give tongue to a different way of picturing the condition of joblessness.
No one will mourn the end of the dole queue. Nevertheless, the dole queue has been a catalyst for all kinds of cultural and political activity since the opening of the first Labour Exchanges in February 1910. The idea of the dole itself has also gone through a number of transformations in the collective imagination, variously as a legitimate citizen’s right, a state manifestation of charity, or for the conservatively inclined, an inexhaustible treat for so-called scroungers and welfare cheats.
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