When the nearest approximation to a voice of reason in a cacophony of braying millionaire schoolboys comes in the unlikely form of Vince Cable, you know that the nation is politically and morally bankrupt.
The Tory cabinet`s attempt to keep a lid on the obnoxious Beecroft report, hoping that the ripping up of employment rights might not be noticed, failed spectacularly when the Tory Telegraph printed the lot, including the stuff about child labour and the dumping of the Equality Act.
Avuncular Vince, with the timid, reconciliatory voice of Mr Barraclough from Porridge, wanted to see evidence. The author of the report that recommends a return to criminal exploitation is Tory donor Adrian Beecroft, described euphemistically as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. In an attempt to sort out the mess caused by the greed of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, the government has turned to…erm…Norman Stanley Fletcher.
But, before we pour scorn on the idea of fire at will, no fault dismissal in the workplace, let us consider the advantages of retrograde industrial relations. If employers are granted the right to say to under-performing employees: “Look, sorry. This isn`t working, you`ll have to go”, then there is hope for growth and an end to woeful incompetence.
We, as the employer, can tell Cameron, Osborne, Clegg and the rest of the hopeless bunch of parasites to collect their P45`s in the morning.
For some of them, there might well be porridge for breakfast for a long time to come.