Dean Baker’s apt expression takes on a new significance with this obnoxious proposal by Britain’s Tories, as related by The Observer:
Tories to probe long-term jobless
Out-of-work families face close scrutiny of their children and home life under new opposition proposals
Gaby Hinsliff, political editor
The Observer, Sunday December 7 2008
Parents who are out of work will have their home lives and their children’s prospects investigated under controversial Tory plans to tackle underclass Britain.
Households where no one has held down a regular job for generations should be viewed as a whole, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Chris Grayling, argues today. A new breed of welfare-to-work advisers would be expected not only to find the parents jobs, but to ensure their children’s life chances are not being damaged by the low aspirations of adults in the home.
They could examine children’s school performance or problem behaviour, check whether the parents encouraged homework and school attendance, and intervene if necessary to stop children risking future unemployment.