In the UK, there is already the concept of a minimum wage. It is there, in law, expressed as an hourly rate.
This minimum wage is something which has already been accepted as “the smallest amount that somebody can live on”. That’s why it is called “minimum”. The concept of a minimum wage is a done deal, it’s been in law for twenty years.
Why, then, do our furlough schemes pay people only a fraction of that?
Surely, if the minimum is the minimum, then it should be the minimum?
written for Weekly Prompts Weekly Challenge of 24 October 2020, Suggestion Box.