IF there is one major knock-on effect from changes to the benefits system it may be it forces more people to work for a living.
Many people are no doubt eager for jobs but there are also many who believe the world owes them a living.
Today’s story about the Keys Restaurant’s quest to find a kitchen porter is a sad indictment on today’s society.
An 18-year-old walked out of the job after an hour complaining the work was too hard. It just makes you wonder what chores he’s ever been expected to do at home.
Is there a case that far too many young people sit back after a day at school or college watching TV or surfing the internet and happily letting their parents run round after them cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing.
Are we simply getting lazy as a society and just don’t like hard work or have our young people had it too easy?
Are today’s parents too soft by giving them everything they want and asking for little in return?
There must be a reason why employers such as restaurants and newsagents are having trouble finding youngsters to employ to do jobs such as waiting on tables or delivering newspapers.
Of course the pay isn’t great, but everyone has to start somewhere on the employment ladder and working as a kitchen porter in a restaurant will give them an insight into how a business runs and how chefs work.
Of course it’s hard work, but that’s life. Due to continual cutbacks, people in many different careers have to work harder now than they have ever had to work before.
And it’s not going to get easier for the next generation – one brought up watching reality TV and thinking, quite wrongly, that there is an easy route to wealth and fame.