Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Unemployment continues to rise paving the way for a double dip recession, Westminster cuts will usher in another lost generation on the scrapheap

Dear All

The way things are going, there is going to be a double dip recession.

No one wants that but that is what is coming down the pipeline.

The number of people unemployed in the UK increased by 23,000 to 2.47 million during the three months to April.

It is estimated that unemployment will continue to creep towards three million and I think this long trailed will come to pass.

There will be for the Tory/Lib Dem Government hard choices of what to support and what to cut.

The trick is not to be there when the axe falls.

The Westminster Government has let Scotland deferred cuts but already organisations are preparing to shed staff.

North East: Down 1,000 to 119,000
North West: Up 4,000 to 294,000
Yorks/Humber: Up 24,000 to 255,000
East Midlands: Down 9,000 to 164,000
West Midlands: Down 14,000 to 240,000
East: No change at 196,000
London: Up 7,000 to 366,000
South East: Up 12,000 to 286,000
South West: Down 3,000 to 161,000
England: Up 20,000 to 2.08 million
Wales: Down 10,000 to 123,000
Scotland: Up 7,000 to 212,000
Northern Ireland: Up 6,000 to 58,000.

Cuts will be a feature of political life in the UK for possibly the next decade, the Labour Party has plunged the country into such a mess that the poor will be the ones paying the highest price. Far from turning round society, we can expect Britain to become more divided with the current gap between rich and poor increasing.

The talk of opportunity much heralded by political parties will simply vanish as sound byte politics as no one will be able to deliver anything substantial.

Yes, they have bailed out the banks but not ordinary people.

We can expect much worse to follow cuts from the top and lack of opportunity at the bottom.

Politicans talk about aspiration but in some communities that died years, decades ago. Getting out of the ghetto is harder than getting out of the prison camp in the Great Escape.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University


Anonymous said...

In Scotland certainly but not within the M25

George Laird said...

Dear Bugger

It is always harder in Scotland.

Ability doesn't equal opportunity.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Anonymous said...

The unemployed should be made to work for their benefits so to get the exprience they need to get a good job. The trouble is government thinks that work experience means working as a menial. Special groups get special help but poor white working class get nothing. Everything is targetted to help the rich, right across all main parties in Scotland.
Brian Taylor raised a debate about the nature of public services and should certain activities be recieving public support at all. The debate cannot be had because there is no real political dynamism in Scotland. Its too small, too stupid and too poor.
Holyrood as a parliament has failed, it is too expensive and produces work that should be done in Westminster. Scottish solutions hailed as the big idea hasn't worked to such a degree it is just jobs or the boys. Bills have been passed but still after 11 years, everyone in the chamber still looks south of the border to compare.
Nothing new is coming down the pipeline and never will, all parties claim to invest in Scotland but reality is they don't invest people.