Grandmaster of the Autistic Illuminati
- Jul 27, 2016
I don't know about community service, but they should definatly be top of the list for goddamn jury duty.
Yes but you know you had actual jobs to go to not working zero hour contracts for fuck all money. The deindustrialisation of the UK was a grave mistake that has created an entire underclass of Lumpenproletariat feral chavs.When I were a lad, being "on the dole" as it was called back then, was a shameful thing. It was stigmatized. People fought tooth and claw to get off benefits. Nowadays it's seen as being clever to game the system and get free money from the state.
I'd be all right with it but only on a case by case basis. Don't think there's a way to enforce that otherwise that wouldn't end up costing heaps more money and inconveniencing a lot of people.
I wouldn't want to be the person who has to babysit ADF to keep him on task, let's put it that way.
I see this debate pop up now and then and I'd like to see what my fellow Kiwis think.
Personally, I don't see how this has a downside. Of course, some people would be exempted (like the disabled and people who are taking job training courses), but I think if you have a healthy body and you're receiving government benefits you should be required to do a few hours of community service per month. People should also be allowed to choose what they want to do (be it working in an animal shelter, a food kitchen, a library, organizing events, etc).
I've seen people complain about how "insulting" this is to welfare recipients, but is it really? There's nothing bad about giving back to the community that's been supporting you. Plus, volunteer work is good for the soul; I've worked in animal shelters, food kitchens, and other places and I have nothing but positive things to say about my experiences. I'm sure that a lot of other Kiwis feel the same way. Getting out and helping other people never has any downsides.