There is one inconvenient truth in all this. That there are plenty of jobs out there. Immigrants from Poland don't have any problem strolling into this country and finding work immediately. The problem is that there are some people who have either cottoned on that they're better off on benefits especially if they have a few kids, or seem to think that the jobs that are available are somehow beneath them. Sorry, but if you're unemployed you don't have the luxury to pick and choose to work. Just get a job then you can at least start looking for something better.
I think getting the long term unemployed out to do some form of work or training is a great idea. What's the alternative? Just let them continue to sponge off the system? This notion that everyone on benefits are somehow victims of the system is just tripe. There are plenty of people out there playing the system and taking those of us who work for a ride. The best thing the government can do for the unemployed is to create an environment where business can thrive and compete on the world stage, and the jobs will come. The government can't create jobs out of thin air. The last Labour government did that with disastrous consequences creating a lost generation and stripping millions of any sense of worth and embedded them into a life on benefits. As a country we cannot afford to keep people on benefits.
At least Osborne is being honest and telling us that austerity is here for at least the next terms, in order to properly deal with the mess the last government left the public finances in, and not trying to spin us the trip that red Ed is spinning in order to win power.
People need to get a grip and realise that we're not as rich as we thought we were - not as a country and not individually. In fact, we never were - it was all an illusion created by Brown and his addiction to borrowing.