Nothing highlights just how out-of-touch are those that claim to rule over us than this news article in today’s Guardian. I’ve been unemployed and am fully aware that if searching for a job is itself a full-time occupation, I can’t imagine how difficult searching for work must be in the current economic climate. But this? It is no exagerration to say that the conditions these folk were made to endure so that some parasite could have a little boat ride down a river, put the modern British state into the same slave-market economy as Rome two thousand years ago. No-one made these folk work at the point of a sword (or to really challenge assumptions, the barrel of a Nazi German rifle) but how are employment prospects served by making people work a fifteen -hour shift, unpaid, without access to proper sanitation for 24 hours on threat of losing the benefits they receive?