A top employment lawyer claims to have identified a flaw in the Coalition’s campaign to reduce the number of people in ‘crazy non-jobs’.
‘The legislation as currently framed deals only with employees, who by definition have jobs,’ said Sharon Aston of leading law firm Linklaters. ‘I believe there is a prima facie case for saying non-job holders fall entirely outside the scope of the law and can’t be removed.’
Ms Aston agreed, saying there just weren’t enough non-jobs in the private sector to absorb the surplus. ‘There are a few at the top level, officially known as sinecures, but that’s just Latin for non-job. Below board level, there’s not much at all.’
Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan-Smith, said all of this was news to him, but that he was looking forward to his new role as Minister Without Portfolio.