New Labour's David Blunkett last week insulted every unemployed person in the country. His claim that jobs 'are there for the taking' is a slap in the face to Vauxhall workers in Luton or Ford Dagenham workers.
New Labour is also planning to slash benefits for anyone who breaks the New Deal rules. From the end of January Blunkett plans to send official snoopers to pay unannounced calls on people claiming benefits at their homes. Anyone not able to satisfy one of his spies could have their benefits cut in half.