Thursday, 12 September 2013

'Don't get pregnant, get a job'

''Don't get pregnant, get a job', that's an old chestnut flung (especially about young women) into society every now and again, by those who think they know better rather than really trying to understand the not so complex difficulties that confronts our young generation in the second decade of this millennium, it could be the lack of opportunity or the denial of pursuing further the path of education no longer free to many and consequently now pencilled-out of the question for a countless multitude of young people. I loath the stereotype of thought that is adopted about specific types of individuals, in this case relatively young women from a working class background, and at the end of the day a stereotype is used to categorize a group of people to meet a political end. And if people don't understand that type of person, so they put them into classifications too, thinking that everyone who is that needs to be like that, or anyone who acts like their classifications is one.

A term used to define people into a mostly negative category that may only reflect a selected few of the real demographics is indeed very dangerous. All people of all nationalities have been victims of being stereotyped, even those whom have made the most of the stereotypes of other people, that’s what we call racism and we must do everything to stamp it out - all the forms of prejudice propagated against people should be resisted by Socialists.

And so we are told that mothers of large ‘troubled’ families should be marched to their GPs for advice on contraception, a senior Government adviser said yesterday. Louise Casey is one of the few high flying civil servants currently advising Number 10 and Cameron on the riots in Summer 2011.

Casey began her career with the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS), administering the benefit payments of homeless people. After this she worked for St Mungo Association, a charity whose goal is to help homeless people, then became director of the Homeless Network in London, before becoming deputy director of Shelter in 1992. It was with Shelter that she "made her mark", gaining a "reputation as an ambitious, pragmatic worker who got results", according to BBC News. She was largely responsible for the creation in 1998 of Shelterline, the country's first 24-hour telephone helpline for homeless people.I met Casey on a few occasions just after she was appointed by Tony Blair to head the new Social Exclusion Unit (SEU), which made tackling rough sleeping one of its priorities, a project that is best described now as a very miserable frailty, as if one person can resolve the terrible problem and cause of capitalism which is homelessness, and today of course, homelessness has now exploded like volcanic floods onto our streets, and that can be easily seen or witnessed on the streets of cities and towns up and down the country; just another soundbite, another load of money wasted in them 13 years when a real Tory and his entourage ran the Labour Party and the country, sadly it's true that many who fought in his wars are today rough sleeping on our streets.

For all the many thousands that Casey has earned (a real gold digger here) she advocates that mothers of large ‘troubled’ families should be marched to their GPs for advice on contraception, she said yesterday and that families would be better off if parents got a job and ‘having a baby might not be the best solution’. I think we would all be much better off and save much wasted public money, that could be redirected into services that give real long lasting community support to all families if we did away with the likes of Casey.

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