On the way into the South Wales town of Bridgend this morning for a trivial errand, this sight greeted and stunned me as I turned in the Rhiw Car Park. Ford announced a £240 million pound expansion of their V-6 and V-8 engine assembly plant meaning about 600 jobs will soon be available in this city.
The line stretched outside the building, down the street and around the corner. The next time someone accuses workers in Wales or the United Kingdom of being satisfied with living on the benefits dole and not wanting to work, show them these photos of people standing in a driving rain, looking for a job. It was there at this length for more than an hour when I was in the town. It could still be there right now.
Young and old, men and women… all standing in line looking for a chance to earn a living and provide for their families. Every member of the Welsh Government should be forced to stand outdoors in the rain for as long as this queue lasts with these hearty souls.
It’s the same fierce determination that took this tiny country of 3 million people to the global Rugby World Cup semi-final. It’s the determination that keeps me stay here. This is what the occupy movement is about Welsh Government. You need to focus on creating jobs somewhere other than in the 1st Minister’s home district.
I challenge all to view these photos and not be moved.
Denis G Campbell is the author of 6 books including 'Billionaire Boys Election Freak Show,' 'The Vagina Wars' & 'Egypt Unsh@ckled.' He is the editor of UK Progressive Magazine and provides commentary to the BBC, itv Al Jazeera English, CNN, MSNBC and others. His weekly 'World View with Denis Campbell' segment can be heard every Thursday on the globally syndicated The David Pakman Show. You can follow him on Twitter via @UKProgressive and on Facebook.
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