Alpha One is right that the debate about work should encompass everyone, not just IB claimants. I do have to disagree though, I'm afraid, with the notion that it is right for employers to 'own' us for the week by giving us weekends off!
Do we all NEED to work as much as we do? That surely is the crux of the debate. We have more stuff but less time to enjoy it. We work harder but get paid proportionately less. We have 2.5 million without a job yet we have millions more desperate for time off to see their families. Perhaps one of our biggest problems, the biggest constraint to giving us a balance in our lives which actually gives us time to enjoy our brief time here, is the inflated cost of things? Like housing?
The Coalition's view is simple - if we work, they don't have to. Simple. The peasants till the fields, the landlords eat the crops. If we are given no alternatives and are made to live in a society which defines each of us not by who we are but by what work (not activity, work) we do, then we will accept that terribly sad mentality that we are indeed here to work. And that we should be grateful for two days a week to live. If we are lucky. Don't have a Blackberry. Or aren't expected to lug home tons of reports. Or don't feel pressurised to show up on a Saturday for 'voluntary' overtime.