People on Universal Basic Income sit on their bums. Is anyone surprised?

Caption: What would you do if you were guaranteed free money every month.

There?s a fabulous episode of The Simpsons where Springfield holds a ?Do What You Feel? festival. Naturally, nobody ?feels like? doing any actual hard work, including safely setting up a ferris wheel. Disaster ensues.

Lots of people want stuff but don?t ‘feel like’ actually working for it. Many on the left seem to think that they shouldn?t have to, hence the popularity of ?Universal Basic Income?: a fancy name for giving people money for nothing.

Forking over taxpayers? dosh, no questions asked ? exactly what do they think will happen? The hard-working boffins at the University of the Bleeding Obvious are here to tell you. Quote:

Giving jobless people in Finland a basic income for two years did not lead them to find work, researchers said. End of quote.

Well. There?s a surprise. Quote:

From January 2017 until December 2018, 2,000 unemployed Finns got a monthly flat payment of ?560 (?490; $634).

The aim was to see if a guaranteed safety net would help people find jobs, and support them if they had to take insecure gig economy work.

While employment levels did not improve, participants said they felt happier and less stressed. End of quote.

If someone handed me a load of cash every month so I could sit on my arse and play video games, I?d be happy as a pig in the proverbial. Why would I bother getting off my clacker and finding a job?

There?s a special breed of idiot who, if they see a ?Wet Paint? sign, just have to touch it to see. We call them ?public servants?. Quote:

Miska Simanainen, one of the Kela [Social Insurance Institution, a Finnish government agency] researchers behind the Finnish study, tells BBC News that this was what their government had wanted to test, in order “to see if it would be a way of reforming the social security system”?

So, did it work?

That depends what you mean by ‘work’.

Did it help unemployed people in Finland find jobs, as the centre-right Finnish government had hoped? No, not really. End of quote.

Well, that was how it was supposed to work. So, the answer is obviously ?No?. How this amazing outcome eventuated still puzzles the boffins of the Finnish public service. Quote:

Mr Simanainen says that while some individuals found work, they were no more likely to do so than a control group of people who weren’t given the money. They are still trying to work out exactly why this is, for the final report that will be published in 2020?Mr Simanainen says that he doesn’t like to think of the trial as having “failed”. End of quote.


You can?t fix Stupid, but apparently you can give it a government sinecure so that it can rack its brains over why people who are given a load of money for nothing proceed to sit on their backsides and enjoy it.