Thursday, March 17, 2011

Unemployment is Cameron's Big Test

This article of mine appears in today's First Post.

Neil Clark: Will Dave prove to be the son of Thatcher or the heir to Macmillan? Jobless crisis is the test

Britain isn't working. New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the number of Britons out of work rose by 27,000 in the three months to the end of January to 2.53 million, the highest number of unemployed since 1994. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 24 rose by 0.8 per cent to a new record of 20.6 per cent.

Not that we should be so surprised at the figures: Conservative-led governments and high levels of unemployment tend to go hand in hand.

You can read the whole of the piece here.


Prasad said...

Unemployment not only Cameron's problem but also it is worlds biggest problem

Vladimir Gagic said...

"Conservative-led governments and high levels of unemployment tend to go hand in hand." As well as the concentration of wealth upwards.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that right-wingers often position themselves as the enemies of idleness and the dole when the reality seems to be quite the opposite. They seem rather happy to keep people on the dole if the alternative is state-driven full employment, which is exactly what many countries need right now.