At a fringe meeting at Conservative Party conference, Lord Freud was recorded telling a Tory councillor: “You make a really good point about the disabled.
“Now I had not thought through, and we have not got a system for, you know, kind of going below the Minimum Wage.
“There is a group, and I know exactly who you mean, where actually as you say they’re not worth the full wage.
“I’m going to go and think about that particular issue, whether there is something we can do nationally, and without distorting the whole thing, which actually if someone wants to work for £2 an hour.”
Try everyone in involuntary unemployment at the current minimum wage.
And what the cock does everyone think Remploy was all about if it wasn’t an admission that some people just wouldn’t be able to get jobs, without subsidy, at prevailing wage rates?
Some people just really are prissy over this subject. Some people’s labour is worth vast amounts of money in the marketplace (Wayne Rooney say). Others not so much (there are people out there with barely functional IQs of 60 or so but who cannot play football). In a market the labour of that second group isn’t going to be worth all that much. And for at least some of them their labour will be worth less than the minimum wage we currently insist upon. They will, thus, either be unemployed or will require a subsidy to gain employment at that current minimum wage.
Come on people, this isn’t hard to understand: it’s only those who don’t wish to understand it who do not.