Nuclear Nutjobs In Hinkley Point, Somerset: But Jobs Are A Cost Of Doing Something
IT’S a strange thing to be boasting about goings on in Hinkley Point, Somerset.
David Cameron has hailed as “brilliant news” the £16bn of new investment and 25,000 jobs he says will come to Britain as the Government struck a deal for the country’s first new nuclear plant in a generation on Monday.
Yes, it’s great that they’re finally going to build the damn nuke. It’ll reduce carbon emissions and the likelihood that the lights will go out. But it always astonishes me when politicians tells us how many jobs are going to be created by their plans.
For, of course, jobs are a cost, not a benefit.
Jobs are a cost to those who do them, obviously. We dislike working so much that people actually have to bribe us with real cash money to turn up and do them. Yep, we all like the cash, the income, but the job is the cost of gaining that income.
To the people doing the employing of course the job is a cost as well. They’ve got to pay out that cash to get it done.
So, jobs are a cost: yet politicians love boasting about how may jobs they are “creating”. Why do they like to boast about how much they’re costing us all?