Cancer editor and corporate lackey Mike “News Bunny” Norton was positively wetting his pants with joy yesterday.
News that 4,000 low paid, low-status jobs are about to come online at the cheap and nasty new Broadmead development – that we all must call Cabot Circus now because some overpaid corporate PR tosser from London says so – had the News Bunny’s op-ed team gushing:
All those who secure one of these new jobs for themselves can look forward to being in at the dawn of a new era for Bristol
They certainly can. With the majority of these jobs paying at or near the minimum wage of £5.52 an hour while house prices in the city average at about £180k, welcome to the final victory of the low-wage corporate service economy over the old well paid industrial economy here in Bristol.
This new service sector delivers poor wages, poor housing, poor diet and poor transport for the many and vast riches for a privileged few – of mainly corporate PRs and other pointless bullshitters from the “creative industries”. How exactly does Norton think people are supposed to actually live in this city any more?
Norton was even excitedly reporting that Broadmead developers, The Bristol Alliance, have forked out on their own special bus, loaded with various New Labour employment apparatchiks, to “target” Bristol’s council estates (or “unemployed people and those in temporary employment within specific neighbourhood renewal areas” as they say in their jargon).
Welcome to the new press gang!
Never mind, no doubt Norton’s Wednesday job ad section will be blossoming nicely over the next few years.