Saturday, 26 March 2011

"The British at Work - To Have and Have Not, 1980-1995"

Saw this BBC programme looking at work in the 80s and early 90s, where our jobs could "enrich and exhilarate" or "humble and humiliate". It referenced the politician who said "on yer bike", panned to a north-eastern man who did his best to take this advice, showing the pitfalls of staying in temporary accommodation to work at a nuclear power station in Kent, showing the stark reality of the effect on his family life. There was also reference to the emphasis on "entrepreneurial spirit" with early adverts for Enterprise allowance with the rather preachy psycobabbly coaching-speak caption of "Inside every unemployed person is a self-employed one."

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