A recent report by professor Paul Gregg
calls for benefits to be stopped for anyone who “does not co-operate” in
looking for a job. Gregg wants those who show insufficient zeal to be held in
“work equal activities.” This is similar to “school detention.” The miscreant
would have to get on a computer and start searching. Minister Purnell welcomed this “independent”
report. In fact he had commissioned it himself to confirm his own reactionary
prejudices. “The direction of travel is the right way,” he declared.