I Agree With Maclean’s Comments On The Cost Of Living Crisis

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I feel as though this government gets more and more logical with each passing day. We were treated to a wonderful, scathing analysis on the work-from-home saga by Jacob Rees-Mogg (who, in my household, is acknowledged as a Sir) and Boris Johnson recently, before Lee Anderson rightfully said people should learn how to cook before visiting a food bank.

Hearing such logic felt like I was living in utopia. I didn’t think things could get much better, but then I read some comments made by Home Office Minister Rachel Maclean.


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Work More Or Get A Better Job

Speaking on how the public could protect itself better against soaring prices, Mclean smartfully suggested that people should work more hours or get a better job if they’re able to. 

Though her comments sound like an overly straightforward analysis, I’m fully inclined to agree with Mclean and I wonder why nobody thought of this sooner. 

In a recent interview with Sky News, Mclean said: ‘’I think what we need to focus on now is over the long-term, we have got these short-term pressures on us that we’re all aware of’’ before stating that Britain needs to ‘’make sure people are able to protect themselves better - whether that is by taking on more hours or moving to a better-paid job.’’

Just get a better job. It really is as simple as that. If you’re struggling to pay the bills, perhaps it’s time to take a leaf out of my book and simply obtain more money. We live in the most beautiful, prosperous nation on the planet - a land where anything is possible for those who are willing to work hard enough. This really is a land of opportunity and there is so much promise for every Briton should they be willing to work hard enough to obtain it. 

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Labour Calls Comments Insensitive 

Some people have found Mclean’s comments to be insensitive, with Labour calling them ‘out of touch’. I, however, do not believe the Home Office Minister meant to speak callously and was simply trying to motivate the public. 

There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to success. The great British public may feel disillusioned with the cost-of-living crisis, but there are plenty of avenues out of it. Working a dead-end job may be a necessity for some, but some people need to understand that there’s more to life and that there are better opportunities out there.

Our ancestors worked hard to make Great Britain, and the West in general, the paradise it is today. If they managed to be successful with the limited tools at their disposal, then surely we can when we consider the resources we have now. There really are no excuses. 

To the surprise of nobody, Maclean has come under fire from critics, but I feel that the backlash is entirely unwarranted. She defended her statements by stating she was not ‘’for one moment’’ suggesting the option would work for everyone such as those already in multiple jobs or at companies with small budgets. 

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It’s Up To Us

Let’s take a step back and focus on the nuance of these comments. Whilst it may be true that not everyone can get a better job or take extra hours, there are plenty of people who can, and these are the people Mclean was most likely addressing. 

I’ve been extremely impressed with the directness of our government recently and their ‘cold’ comments about us should act as motivation for us to be better. There are opportunities out there for us all, we just have to find them. 

The cost-of-living crisis will continue to rage on, but how it affects our lives is up to us. 

 

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