Petrol price biting? UK Minister says ‘get better job’, invites massive ire

She could have suggested increased use of mass transport options. She could have promoted cycling where and when possible. She at least could have listed out cars with best fuel mileage figures, at the very minutest least. But UK Minister Rachel Maclean chose to suggest people get better-paying jobs or work for longer hours during a media interaction which focused on rising cost of inflation in the country and where the issue of soaring fuel prices was also highlighted.

File photo used for representational purpose. (AFP)
File photo used for representational purpose.

According to The Sun, Maclean was widely slammed for suggesting that those complaining about rising cost of living ought to work longer or get better jobs. She reportedly said that the government wants, in the long term, for people to have higher-paying jobs. The other alternative was working for longer hours. “We do have these short-term pressures on us that we're all aware of. But over the long-term we need to have a plan to grow the economy and make sure that people are able to protect themselves better, whether that is by taking on more hours or moving to a better-paid job," she was quoted as saying. 'These are long-term actions but that is what we are focused on as a Government."

Maclean, in her defense, did mention that the idea wasn't for everyone to hunt for alternate or additional jobs but that the option may be suitable for many. It wasn't a good enough defense.

Also check these Vehicles

Find more Cars
Mercedes Benz C-class 2022 (HT Auto photo)
1496 cc | Petrol | Automatic (TC)
₹ 55 - 61 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Maruti Suzuki Baleno (HT Auto photo)
1197 cc | Petrol | Manual
₹ 6.50 - 10 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Porsche Macan (HT Auto photo)
1984 cc | Petrol | Automatic (Dual Clutch) | 12.35 kmpl
₹83.21 Lakhs - 1.36 Cr* Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Bmw R 1250 R (HT Auto photo)
1254 cc
₹ 15.95 - 16.25 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Audi A6 (HT Auto photo)
₹ 54.42 - 62.43 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Mercedes-benz A-class Limousine (HT Auto photo)
₹ 45.80 - 46 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers

The criticism was swift as it was severe. While political opponents thrashed the views, some even calling it ludicrous, others highlighted how the country's political class was way out of touch with ground realities. The backlash from people at large on social media was even more severe.

First Published Date: 16 May 2022, 17:53 PM IST
Shopping Bag Shop Now
1% OFF
Godrej aer O – Hanging Car Air Freshener | Car Accessories | Cool Aqua (7.5g)
Rs. 98 Rs. 99
70% OFF
VENO Portable High Power 2 in 1 Car Vacuum Cleaner | USB Rechargeable Wireless Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner Traveling, Camping Reusable and Sustainable (2 in 1 Vacuum Cleaner)
Rs. 899 Rs. 2,999
65% OFF
Ambrane 38W Fast Car Charger with Dual Output, Quick Charge 3.0 and Power Delivery, Type-C & USB Port, Wide Compatibility for Smart Phones (RAAP C38 A, Black)
Rs. 349 Rs. 999
68% OFF
PUNZONE Car Body Scratch Remover - Scratch Repair Polishing Wax Kit Sponge Body Compound Cream Wax, Car Body Compound Scratch Remover
Rs. 289 Rs. 898

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.