Has anyone come across her before? I hadn't until I found this piece by her:Work Sets You Free. Why Our New Legions Of Unemployed Graduates Need To Adjust Their Expectationshttp://jacksonblog.dailymail.co.uk/2012 ... tions.html
It's full of the usual patronising nonsense that the Mail writes about young graduates (like myself) who have committed the cardinal sin of working damn hard at school and University, only to discover that life is one big stitch up.
She opens with the standard Mail swipe at 'Mickey Mouse' degrees from ex-polytechnics and has a swipe at the woman who refused to do unpaid shelfstacking at Poundland (despite also saying: 'I am utterly against the widespread and invidious practice of keeping keen and talented young people dangling on unpaid internships'). So far, nothing unexpected.
But then she turns to the real focus of her piece:
The German slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” is somewhat tainted by its connection with Nazi concentration camps but its essential message: “work sets you free” still has something serious to commend it. There is dignity to be gained from any job, no matter how menial, and for young people at the start of their careers, there are valuable lessons to be learned from any form of employment, whether that is on the factory floor, on a supermarket till or in the contemporary hard labour camp of a merchant bank or law office.Somewhat tainted?
Tainted by, ooh I don't know, the deaths of millions of Jews, gypsies and homosexuals?
And she also manages to completely contradict herself and undermine her whole argument. Having spent several hundred words bashing the young for having 'unrealistic' ambitions and expectations, she then notes: 'last week saw the news that more than 10,000 graduates took on so-called “elementary occupations”, including as cleaners, labourers and rubbish collectors, last year'. And why should we be content to work in minimum wage jobs, jobs that barely cover rent and basic living expenses, jobs for which we are vastly over-qualified? Because: 'they are at least working, earning and gaining even basic experience: of getting up daily, arriving on time, dressing appropriately, working alongside colleagues'. How insulting and patronising. Not to mention the fact that, if degree-holders are hogging even the lowest paid/least skilled jobs, then people with little/no qualifications are going to be forced into deeper poverty.