Posted: Nov 22, 2017 6:50 pm
by minininja
Thommo wrote:I don't think there's much mileage in pretending he meant something he didn't. His comment was poorly put, but clearly referring to a specific situation (shorthand typists).

Politicians say plenty of reprehensible things that they mean and make plenty of genuine errors, it's better to worry about those instead of manufactured talking points.

While I agree with this mostly, I don't think he should be let completely off the hook for his statement. Even in context it's avoiding telling the full story. The percentage of employees that are now in insecure and low paying jobs has definitely increased and the requirements for highly technical retraining in order to get good jobs is leaving many people behind. When compared to the cost of living there has been a stratification in society caused at least in part by the benefits of technological progress not being shared equally throughout society, - and the Tories would rather pretend it's not happening than do anything about it.