The government have, once again, promised a crackdown on people who've been on the dole for a long time. Thing is, full employment's never going to happen again, there are more people than jobs now, so we might as well leave those who are happy on the dole alone.
Such an admission raises issues of what the welfare state's there for; it's not just an insurance scheme for when we have misfortune, it's about ensuring the best minimum standard of living for all.
I've done a post about it over at The Sharpener, called In Defence of The Long-Term Unemployed
[NB. No comments here: the place to leave them's over at The Sharpener]