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In memory of a fine ideal, a great proposal which came to a sustainable fruition; a place of succour and of a mindset which sought to provide the dignity of work for those who could not stand as tall as the norm. Rendered useless and brought down by unthinking, penny-pinching bureaucrats and bloody politicians in search of the alleged saving  in an age of so-called austerity and invisible, illusory cuts.

There were true families who served in those workplaces, with the definition of ‘family’ as a group of people tied tightly by either blood or common ground, and many have worked, fruitfully and gainfully, for decades.

The last workplace of Remploy closed tonight!


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26 thoughts on “R.I.P. to a great idea

  1. The closure of Remploy just has to be the most one of the most mindless acts that any goverment has done.

    At a time when so many able bodied folk find it hard to get employment, our thoughtless govenment makes some three thousand handicapped individuals redundant.

    Many had been in work for thirty years or more, and had a work record as good as, if not better than many of their able bodied bretheren. Their reward – to be made redundant by a bunch of Westmnister clowns who seem to have little idea of the grief they are giving to folk who have carried a burden, with little complaint for most of their lives.

    The Remploy idea was an idea that worked, and it has helped so many to lead worthwhile lives, when the only alternative was the pitiful option offered by the now decrepit ‘Social Services’, and an overburdened NHS.

    The Remploy idea offered more than ‘just a job’, it offered a safe environment for those who have perhaps suffered more from communal abuse than any immigrant, all of their factories were communities in the true sense, they were communities where individuals could build some self-respect wihout fear of some drink sodden yob calling them names.

    Yes they did receive government grants in order to survive, but far less than might have been paid out in ‘benefits’ etc.

    How can any of us have any respect for a government that so wilfully and willingly, destroys such a worthwile project, – while happily paying out gross amounts of compensation to their own employees for wrongful dismissal? – those being made redundant from Remploy will be lucky to get anything above a mere subsistence payment.

    What utterly despicable scum we have for our government!

    Thank you for the post Mike…

  2. Totally agree. I have not the skills to be as articulate as Ernest Young, but Remploy was a thoroughly good idea that worked, and we see few enough of those. Those responsible for this decision should be hanging their heads in shame tonight.

  3. Agree entirely. A stupid and pathetic decision.

    Apparently “a government spokesman said that all the systems were in place to help the former Remploy workers find employment”.

    How F** stupid, they already had employment. Who believes that most of them will be able to find something similarly useful and fulfilling?

  4. I’d never heard of Remploy.

    It sounds like exactly the type of human endeavor that government be involved in, which it should do more of, and which would get support from the public.

    Is there any possibility that this penny wise pound ( and morally ) foolish decision might be overturned by a future government? Not that it would be easy to replace, once gone.

  5. Phantom

    It did get support from the public, it was a great idea, and a great idea that worked very well.

    But the likes of Herr Klegg and the rest of the useless drones thought otherwise, it’s the same old story, a very good and viable idea goes into one side of Westminster, is punched, pulled and kicked about by the pointless elite and emerges from the other side a mere shadow of it’s former self and not fit for purpose.

    A bit like Wastemonster Westminster.

  6. I’d go well out of my way to buy things made by a private or public facility like this.

    It would be unbelievable good publicity for any retailer who carried their products.

    Good luck to anyone trying to save some or all of it.

  7. Remploy, make a lot of Army surplus kit, I bought all mine from them, very good quality kit.

    I don’t means guns and rockets and stuff, all Army clothing .. Camo jackets, and combat trousers 😉

  8. There is little chance that the pivate sector will reopen Employ or an equivalent att’sometime in the future, and even if they do the damgage to those made redundant will have been done.

    This was an excellent idea, as was the NHS, that couldn’t be manipulataed into yet another trough for our bureacratic ‘troughers’- there was nothing ‘in it’ for them, so it had to go at the earliest opportunity.

    “Did Labour support ending the programme?” – Of course they did, they closed some 40+ Remploy factories during their last term in office. the Tories are just finishing the job.

    Their intentions became obvious from the first mention, many months ago, of ‘austerity cuts’, when an entirely fictitious set of figures for the cost of support for Remploy was widely proclaimed in the media. That the figures quoted were an estimate fo a multi year period, and were comparatively small when compared with other public expense, was never mentioned, – all in the cause of maliciously intended exaggeration, and opinion manipulation.

    “Another factor which led to today’s closure was the change in social attitudes questioning whether disabled people should be employed in segregated workspaces. Recognising this, the business model changed to support disabled people into mainstream employment.’

    Yeah! let’s do it when unemployment and immigration are at the highest levels for decades! and automation does such basic jobs so much quicker, that will give them something else to think about!.

    – ‘Yet another victory for political correctness’, –

    The cry that Remploy was ‘losing money’ was both the Labour and Tory excuse for the closures.

    That much of Remploy’s product required the use of basic skills and the use and developement of such skills, were the basis of Remploy’s success in doing what they set out to do, i.e. to give employment to the physically and mentally disabled, and thereby to give them a degree of independence and some sense of purpose.

    Of course we can hardly expect politicians to even see this as ‘a value’ to the individual or the community as it cannot be prefaced by a ‘£’ sign, nor does it offer any opportunities for those among them with ‘sticky fingers’.

  9. Silvermans is a great shop, full of useful stuff for prepping against natural disasters/government economic meltdown/the zombie apocalypse.

    Regarding Remploy, it is a great shame that it’s gone but it’s also the case that it lost money and so squandered capital.

    Since this money was taken from the productive economy, the existence of Remploy cost jobs elsewhere in the productive economy. This isn’t conjecture; every Pound taxed from the economy destroys jobs, meaning that those who would be doing something useful, for which there’s a need, are out of a job.

    Remember, there are no cost-free choices in economics, only trade offs and opportunity costs. Directing a Pound towards Remploy (which would have started as £10 taxed from the economy before government consumed the rest) means that £10 cannot be directed towards what someone would have done with it in the economy. The existence of Remploy had a trade off, and the cost was the jobs of others.

    You might prefer that Remploy exists and those other jobs do not. That’s fine, as long as you know what the cost is. The choice was not Remploy or nothing, it was Remploy or the ongoing loss of jobs elsewhere.

  10. Pete Moore,

    What utter nonsense. Is greed your only guiding light? we live – whether you like it or not – in a community that has to accomodate all sorts of folk, from all walks of life, and we are guided, or should I say, were guided, by a system of morality that didn’t depend solely upon cash flow.

    That most of those ex-employees of Remploy will now be ‘on benefits’ for the rest of their lives, along with what would have been their successors in that company will now cost the taxpayer far more than the relative pittance that was spent in supporting the company. Your reasoning as to cost and effectiveness, is at best shortsighted, and at worst uncaring.

    There may well be a time when such distorted logic that you offer might be a consideration, but certainly not in the current economic circustances where even the full mobile and compos mentis have such difficulty in earning a living.

    With a growing global population and decreasing amenities, it might be behove the proportionately decreasing numbers of wealthy individuals to reconsider their approach to the less fortunate.

    The ‘one-size-fits-all’ bigoted approach that you frequently advise is not one that has any longer term prospects.

    Never forget, the poor will always be with us!

  11. Ernest Young –

    Not nonsense, I’m afraid. When government sucks money from the productive, a cost is the loss of jobs and earnings from those in the economy. Though you cannot see the cost, it is nevertheless real.

    The nonsense, of course, is invariably spouted by those who never account for the costs, opportunity costs and trade offs which are involved in all economic decisions.

    I did not say that it is a good thing that Remploy has gone. I simply pointed out the cost of its existence to some who, I suspect, never thought about it.

    And of course I promote millions-of-sizes for all the problems of the world, whatever society can come up with in markets. It’s the pro-government argument which insists on your one-size-fits-all.

  12. Pete Moore,

    I’m sure that the benefits of the double entry book-keeping, – which seems to be the basis for most of your rhetoric, are not wasted in the accountancy world, but to apply that same rigid formlae to ‘life in general’, is ridiculous.

    It is obvious that any munificence and generosity of spirit has a cost, but being perpetually reminded of that fact rather demeans the the original act of generosity.

    Life is more than just a race to see who can accumulate the the biggest pile of beans. Real happiness is having sufficient to share, and that also makes for a happy community. Truer words were never spoken when they said that ‘the more you own, the more you have to worry about!’…

  13. Ernest Young –

    You’re a splendid example. I’m sure the ex-employees of Remploy with whom you’re being generous are grateful.

  14. Pete Moore,

    Oh boy! I feel quite sorry for you if you think that the act of benevolence is always about gratitude. you really have much to learn…

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