David Cameron reckons Graduate jobs are for overseas students; menial jobs are for Brits

People are angry at David Cameron for seeming to sneer at ‘menial jobs – and then saying British people should take them [Image: Getty].

 It is hard to understand how David Cameron can criticise people starting their careers in “menial” jobs.

Has he forgotten that his fellow Oxford graduate and colleague George Osborne began his career as a menial towel-folder in a department store before becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer, with nothing to help him get there apart from his Tory Party membership card and hundreds of years of privilege?

(In all honesty, it would have been better for the UK if Osborne had stayed with the towels. People should stick to what they can do.)

But let’s get it straight: He said overseas students shouldn’t stay with anything less than a graduate job because British people want the menial work and should be trained for it?

Well, there it is, in black and white.

David Cameron thinks you are only good for menial work.

Did you vote for him and his Tories?

Vote for a different political party next time.

David Cameron was accused of attacking Britain’s working class today as he hit out at “menial” jobs.

The Eton-educated millionaire Prime Minister triggered a furious backlash after issuing the jibe in the Commons when he was quizzed about foreign students coming back to the UK for work after they graduate from a British university.

Rejecting SNP calls for a post-study work visa to return, he insisted the existing “world-beating” system allows students to remain in the UK if they have a graduate-level job.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, he claimed a new post-work study visa would effectively tell overseas students that “it’s OK to stay with a less than graduate job”, adding Britons want this work and should be given the training and skills.

Source: David Cameron sparks furious backlash by sneering at ‘menial jobs’ – Mirror Online

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14 thoughts on “David Cameron reckons Graduate jobs are for overseas students; menial jobs are for Brits

  1. Barry Davies

    Well I suppose a man doing a job that requires no formal education himself he fails to understand the importance of the so called menial jobs anyway. the old story of how the different body parts all think they are the most important springs to mind and it is the anus which gets the job being in charge because when he stops working so does everything else.

  2. Joan Edington

    “it’s OK to stay with a less than graduate job”, adding “Britons want this work”.

    This sounds back to front to me. This sounds like he’s saying foreign graduates shouldn’t stay with a graduate job, Britons want them. I didn’t see PMQs this week so I don’t know if he actually said this or it’s a Mirror misprunt. Either way, to talk about menial work is not the language anyone should use, let alone the PM. It sounds like a Victorian landowner referring to his scullery maid (his attitude to the job, not mine).

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      You’ve misunderstood. He was saying the SNP proposal – which he opposed – was saying “it’s OK to stay with a less than graduate job”, and “Britons want this [menial] work”.
      To be honest, I don’t entirely blame you. The Mirror article was quite densely-worded, although I did try to clarify it.
      I agree completely about Cameron’s choice of language.

      1. Joan Edington

        Ah. I hadn’t read the article properly. I hadn’t realised it was in answer to the SNP’s request to allow foreign post-graduate students in Scotland to obtain a work visa. I’m pretty disgusted about that but must have taken my eye off the ball by not knowing they had asked a question at PMQs.

      2. Joan Edington

        I should have said “that” question since I was well aware that the SNP get to ask questions. I have seen PMQs a few times since May but not this week.

  3. mrmarcpc

    But knowing how voiceless and gutless the British public are, they’ll accepting these jobs willingly and be grateful because that’s the British way!

  4. mohandeer

    Perhaps if the Tory Party were to invest in educating to post or even under grad level to the brains in this country who are NOT rich, they would not be left with “the menial jobs”. Just a thought, you can’t have your cake and eat it.

  5. jeannie kelly

    why is it when Cameron and his government get it wrong its a mistake or they blame SNP hes a jumped up little t**d not even a man but a poor excuse for one he refused to answer my question on question time reason being I was Scottish, OAP, AND WHAT COULD I POSSIBLY KNOW ABOUT POLITICS THIS IS YOUR GREAT PRIME MINISTER MR CAMERON .a disgrace to Britain and made Britain the dustbin and laughing stock of the rest of the world it makes me ashamed to say i
    am part of it

  6. Peachy

    I think this probably reflects the reality of how they see society, progression based upon social class and who your parents are. My friend and I are both struggling (failing) to find work in S E Wales, she has been a qualified teacher in the tertiary sector, I just completed a post grad in autism (last year).

  7. George Peckham


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