Thursday, 6 May 2010

Election Day 2010

It's election day. Not that you need me to tell you. The telly, papers and the gimps who are knocking on houses won't let you forget. The whole thing is a circus and I'm over the moon it's finished tomorrow.

Regardless of the result tonight, it is going to be ruthless for the forseeable future. Certainly everyone is, at some point, going to be pissed off by our elected government over the next 5 years because of the cuts they will have to make. Unless you're minted, and Cameron gets in of course.

So, with the telly all booked up tonight with Election 2010 stuff, why not introduce a change of the voting system? Everyone has been saying it has been hyped up X-Factor style, so why not just take the plunge and sell off the TV rights? The polling stations were rammed earlier, so there is an increased interest in it all. Then you could have it as a Saturday night programme in the weeks leading up to the big day, rather than televising all the shite they've been polluting our news and adverts with? And you could vote from the comfort of your couch instead of standing behind a slightly smelly fella with his headphones on listening to Celine Dion. True story.

The TV rights and money raised through telephone voting (let's be honest, people paid to make Joe McElderry win, so in theory they might actually pay for something that matters) would certainly throw a few bob in to the government's money jar. This in turn could potentially decrease the cuts they would have to make. And in all honesty, if it saved a good few people's jobs, then it would be worth it.

And then I'd know specifically what time to avoid the telly to not be subjected to it.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Temporary Work

Having recently lost my job, I have found myself placed in temporary work for the first time in my life. This is okay. The money is okay. The work is okay. It's all okay.

But having experienced this now for two weeks, you don't feel as secure as you would do in a normal long term role. Which is quite ironic, having just been made redundant from one! You get that feeling like it could all come to an end anytime soon and you'll be out on your arse looking for another job, like the poor soul you are.

So having felt these unfamiliar and somewhat unsettling thoughts, I can't help but liken it to the employment equivalent of a one night stand.

Yes, a steady job is the much better option, with much better long term benefits. But the quick fix, temporary sessions can add that little bit of experience to your CV. Sometimes it is experience you may not get in a long term period of employment. You may be asked to do the stuff they wouldn't ask their permanent staff, or even stuff they are tired of doing theirselves.

Then there is the part where you wonder where this fast and furious fun will lead you in the near future. Will you have impressed enough to earn yourself that little bit longer, or will it be a case of "I'm not looking for someone to fill that gap in a permanent position."

But that being said, there is always the possibility of that special scenario where someone spots the qualities and characteristics that they feel they could put up with for a couple of years. Until someone else with an 'extensive resume' comes along that is.