Caving to Loonies

Gutless corporates in the UK have cut and run from a government initiative in the face of protests by less than a dozen nutters:

It is the Government’s flagship employment policy, designed to bring jobless youngsters back into the workplace.

Signed up to help were some of Britain’s biggest high street chains, among them Tesco, Waterstones and TK Maxx.

But in the course of only a week, high-profile protests have dealt a series of damaging blows to the multi-million-pound scheme to get people into jobs through unpaid work experience.

What is astonishing is that the demonstrations, which at first glance appeared to have a groundswell of popular support, are being orchestrated by a small number of highly disciplined Left-wing revolutionaries.

It can be revealed that a cabal of no more than half a dozen people are at the heart of those protests.

Courting the television cameras, the militants forced Tesco, Britain’s biggest private employer, into an embarrassing about-turn by occupying probably its smallest store last Saturday.

Twelve people protested in the Tesco Express opposite the Houses of Parliament, causing it to close for barely an hour.

But it was enough to lead the supermarket chain to effectively pull out of the Government’s “workfare” scheme, which offered jobless young people up to eight weeks’ work experience.

It left the Government embarrassed, but also puzzled that a well-intentioned proposal should have caused mayhem.

The so called groundswell is in fact about half a dozen committed loonies:

…investigations suggest the Coalition has been caught out by activists working for the Socialist Workers Party, a group that advocates the overthrow of capitalism via a Marxist revolution.

Using a front organisation called the Right to Work Campaign, the radicals have set about undermining what the Government considers vital job opportunities for millions of people.

Those masterminding the campaign include:

* The unemployed son of a retired Ministry of Defence scientist who has promised a wave of direct action;

* A full-time activist who in the past has led an attempt to storm the Royal Bank of Scotland’s London headquarters;

* A Glasgow University graduate who has travelled to Europe for anti-Nato protests which ended in violence;

* A bus driver who called for a Tahrir Square-style uprising against the Coalition.

Their latest protest, limited though it was, has had a snowball effect. Tesco put distance between itself and the scheme, and Waterstones, TK Maxx, Poundland, Oxfam and Burger King have declared that they will no longer take part.

UK corporate cowed by the the equivalent of Matt McCarten, Penny Bright and John Minto…pathetic cut and run behaviour.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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