Londoners are too lazy to work claims Mayor, he went on to say “In seven years I have only been served coffee once by a born and bred Londoner”. The year was 2007 and the Mayor in question was Ken Livingstone.
Funny how a few years later and no longer in office he has slammed the current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for saying “I don’t want to stigmatise young people because many of them do have the aptitude, but we need to face up to these issues. In some cases it can come down to the fact that the jobs are there and people need to have the energy to go out and get them.” he went on “London is a fantastic creator of jobs but many of these jobs are going to people who don’t originate in this country,”.
Whether you agree with the point or not, you cannot fail to notice the breathtaking hypocrisy of Livingstone.
I spent this afternoon with a Seetec “Welfare to Work” provider in Bexley and before Christmas I visited CDG in Bromley who do a similar thing. Speaking to them both at length it is clear to me that worklessness isn’t just about the economic downturn or educational attainment, it has a lot to do with the motivation, flexibility and tenacity of the applicant.
Both Boris and Livingstone were articulating that fact, the difference is one of them also articulated a huge amount of hypocrisy at the same time.
Hat tip to Boris Backer