BBC news is running a series on being unemployed and they’ve managed to find a woman who has never had a job in her life. Despite their best efforts, the BBC did not make me feel sorry for this woman.
Elizabeth Malcolm, 43, has never had a job. She lives in a two-bedroom council flat in Glasgow with her three children, one grandchild, two cats and a hamster.
So, this woman left school at least 25 years ago, but has never worked. She’s managed to sponge off the government for this long and still manages to have money left over for pets.
Neither of her two working-age children has a job.
Well, isn’t that nice. The British taxpayer gets to pay for even more people who don’t work.
But she concedes that she doesn’t really know why she didn’t get a job, and that there was an element of just “not getting round” to it.
Oh, but you did manage to “get round” to picking up those benefit checks for 25 years. Seriously, what the hell does she do all day that she can’t get round to picking up a newspaper and looking for a job?
She doesn’t think school wanted her to stay on because she “wasn’t too bright” and used to bunk off a lot.
Ah, so we’re supposed to feel sorry for her because she couldn’t even manage to get up and go to school on a regular basis?
Without any qualifications she assumed she wasn’t able to follow her chosen path and join the Army. She never actually made it to the recruitment office to ask.
I have two words for this woman: lazy bitch. Exactly how hard is it to walk to town and get this information? Or was the recruitment office up in a high tower and she had to complete an obstacle course to get to it?
While Elizabeth “feels angry” at herself for not getting into work when she was younger, at the same time she believes looking after the kids and the house has been a job in itself.
Yes, it is a job in itself, but millions of women manage to raise a family and work at the same time instead of using lame-ass excuses such as, “it’s too hard to take care of kids and work too.”
The family survives on a combination of Income Support and Child Tax Credits, claimed by both Elizabeth and Danielle. Both also receive the universal Child Benefit for one child each. It all amounts to about £270 a week for the five of them.
Danielle is the daughter. She’s 17 and has an 11-month old son. Are we seeing a pattern here?
Things will change for Elizabeth next year, when she will no longer be entitled to Income Support for being a lone parent. She is already being asked to attend interviews at the local job centre.
Good! You’ve sucked off the system for 25 years. Go find a job.
“They send for you every month to ask you why you’re not working and if you’ve been looking for work. I’ve told them my situation, that I’ve been having panic attacks when I go out – which started after my dad died – and they’ve written it all down.
Oh here we go. You’re about to be kicked off the dole and now you suddenly have panic attacks. That means you have to have some disability pay and still not work.
“They said I’d be better off if I was out working because Jon’s at an age now where the money I’m getting will stop soon. I’d need to sign on [for unemployment benefit] again and I don’t want that because I think I’m too old to sign on.”
You’re not too old. Stop making excuses. Just go get a job and stop trying to scam the system!
Elizabeth lost both her parents in the past four years, with her father’s death hitting her and William particularly hard. After his grandfather fell ill William became depressed and left the Army.
Can this family stop being a bunch of whiny babies? People lose relatives. Get over it. Old people die. Cry about it and move on. Using it as an excuse to leave your job and not find a job is just pathetic.
In 2006 the children’s father, John Purcell, who was separated from Elizabeth but had been visiting the kids, was stabbed to death. Soon after, William was savagely attacked by local gang members and stabbed several times. After a second attack he stopped straying more than a few feet from the house, and started drinking more and more. It’s left William so afraid to go out, he can’t sign on.
Hey, I’m sorry your life sucks, but so do millions of other people’s lives. Go get some counseling, get your life sorted out and stop whining. I’m sure William’s fellow soldiers are glad they didn’t need to rely on him in any tragic situation.
With no father on the scene, Danielle relies on help from the family. She says she hopes to learn to be a hairdresser or beautician. “All my pals are looking for work as well. But it’s not that easy to get a job straight away, you’ve got to write out your CV and everything and then hand it in to places.”
Oh…my…God! If writing out your CV and handing it in is so difficult, how in the hell do you expect to make it in this world?
Day-to-day she spends her time going to the shops for her mother, collecting her money, or visiting friends who also have children.
Oh, so you’re really not looking for work then? Thought so. Oh, and your mom is sitting on her butt at home doing nothing because you’re running all the errands. My god, people, wake up and smell the idiocy. It’s Idiocracy come to life.
As my mom always says, “must be nice.”