Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory minister for welfare and pensions, last week said people in Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales should “get on the bus” to go and find a job in Cardiff.
His comments have caused fury across South Wales.
“The guy has no idea about anything, including geography,” Margaret Davis from Merthyr trades council and the PCS union told Socialist Worker.
“I got the bus to Cardiff last week, and it was a two and a half hour trip to get where I wanted to—and two and a half hours back.”
Even if people do get to Cardiff there are very few jobs to get. Some 15,000 unemployed people are chasing 1,700 jobs in Cardiff. In Merthyr, there are 1,670 people chasing 39 jobs.
“Many of these jobs are part-time on the minimum wage, and it would cost about £10 a day to get there and back,” Margaret continued.
“That’s a lot of money out of your pay packet.
“I’ve got a good mind to invite Duncan Smith here to take a bus to Cardiff—and give him the experience of what it’s like.”