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Never had it so good?

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Never had it so good

This is so lame it’s dragged me out of retirement, possibly the biggest outbreak of “foot in mouth” disease so far this winter – it doesn’t help when you are in the queue!

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November 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

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  1. Gareth Compton, now Lord Young, whose next? Be careful what you say or tweet in unguarded moments…

    Labour New Boy

    November 20, 2010 at 1:55 am

  2. The last vestages of the former govenments efforts in terms of reducing unemployment were revealed in the recent unemployment statistics. This Conlib government seeks to reassure us that the private sector, up here in the north-east will bless us with a fountain of jobs, on that basis nothing to worry about if we are unemployed. Unfortunatly Lord Young’s comments whilst probably taken out of context, fuel the uncaring image of the conservatives. Does it matter to them that unemployment will be high in the north-east. Whilst Labour may be criticised for its handling of the crash, brought about by the capitalistic greed of the banks, they had intended to support a more caring approach to dealing with the deficit. We are now approaching the pure conservative ethic of ‘If it doesn’t make money it is not worth having’. A capitalistic trend that leaves many victims.


    November 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

  3. A more caring approach to the deficit? What was it that Darling said about cutting more than Thatcher? Labour laid the foundations for Tory state dismantling, so there’s no ethical high ground for Labour to take here.


    November 21, 2010 at 12:10 am

    • As lord Tebbit said ‘Get on your bike’. I really do fail to see how some find it hard to have compassion for those who are unemployed or who are about to be unemployed. Brian, enough of the political sniding, belive me the Condems are not a solid foundation upon which to build, but whatever your political view the reallity that is yet to happen, of mass unemployment in our area, and other parts of the country is serious and will lead to a worstening decline of social structure in our community. The link between unemployment, crime, poverty and poor attainment and aspiration is more than evident. I for one have always wanted a better life for myself and family, I’m willing to work hard for that, but that is futile if there is little in the way of opportunity!


      November 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

      • Kevin, there’s nothing snide in pointing out that there’s little space between Labour and Tory economic policies. Even today, Labour, who are supposed to be in opposition, rubber-stamped Osborne’s plans to throw our money behind Ireland, a state that has tried it’s darnedest to poach companies from the UK by offering bargain basement corporate taxes. Ireland isn’t planning to raise it’s corporation taxes, so in effect our money is going to bolster a corporate tax haven.


        November 23, 2010 at 12:45 am

  4. The most unedifying spectacle is that of the Liberals twisting and turning on the Tory hook, forced to U turn on an almost daily basis. No wonder Vince is going on Strictly Come Dancing in an effort to improve his footwork; wonder how much longer he will be in the cabinet, even his recent pointed criticisms of regional policies failed to earn a red card. we read in the Gazette of LA job losses, businesses situated near the Toon Hall are estimating already the losses of revenue that they will suffer as a result. A concern of mine is that the frontline professional and administrative services will not be recruiting trainees, where will the potential lawyers, librarians, social workers, EHOs, TSOs of the future go?Morale must be low, that leads to poorer performance and higher absenteeism, it is a vicious spiral.Meanwhile, some councillors who should be speaking out and trying to defend the interests of the area, seem more interested in vendetta politics. We have got to live with the cuts so how are frontline services going to be maintained? Shared services and consortia, outsourcing, joint purchasing and procurement?Let’s debate this on tweets,websites and blogs; let’s look at how other LAs regardless of their political colour are dealing with the effect of these cuts and look for apolitical examples of good practice.

    Labour New Boy

    November 21, 2010 at 9:43 am

  5. Yet another good image-with-captions! I have quite a library of this Curly-isms now…

    Oh, and as for “Labour New Boy” – what a predictable attempt to slant things Labour’s way! The truth is that the private sector is the *only* way to provide actual jobs, not taxpayer-funded non-jobs (see the Tax-Payers’ Alliance recent report on unnecessary council jobs for just one example of this) that sap the growth and prosperity from our nation.

    Everywhere else in the world must have been laughing at poor little Britain, reduced to being more-or-less a Third World nation in recent years; but that is now changing. It will take years, but one day the Harold Macmillan “You’ve never had it so good” line genuinely will be back and with meaning. Lord Young was (again!) simply ahead of his time…

    John Ward

    November 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm

  6. Librarians, EHOs. Social Workers, Lawyers
    , TstdsOs are not non jobs!

    Labour New Boy

    November 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

  7. Nurses, Doctors, Police Officers, all public sector, the list goes on, so these people are sapping the prosperity out of the nation? They are gainfully employed tax payers, who spend their cash on private sector goods and services, creating employment opportunities. Can’t wait for a survey of all the unnecessary jobs in the private sector,including the purveyors of cheap alcohol, who create so much work for the Police; I bet you were proud of what you saw on Ch4s “Coppers” documentary tonight,if you watched it,John.

    Labour New Boy

    November 23, 2010 at 12:49 am

  8. Does the picture convey the unemployed as being seen as scroungers off the state, or does it portray them as being cynical of the comments passed by Lord Young, it is not clear. Curly can you clarify? Are these people scroungers when they claim benefits, or tax credits, or job seekers allowances, or invalidity benefits etc? Should the govenment support them or make conditions harsh for them, so they get off benefits and back into work? Can we have your view?


    November 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    • The picture is meant to convey the dismay at Lord Young’s comments, even if they were factually correct in respect of low interest rates and stable mortgage repayments. The fact is, he accepted a political appointment and in such a position he needs to choose his words wisely and carefully, in today’s economic climate all such utterances will be minutely scrutinised by the press and can clearly lead to some embarrassment. I would hope that most of us would recognise that the majority of benefit claimants had no wish to be in their present circumstances and that they found themselves in an unfortunate position through little fault of their own, it ought to be a major part of the government’s role to assist people to get off benefits and create the conditions for sustainable job growth, primarily (but not exclusively) within the private sector of the economy.

      It must also be accepted that there is a core of long term benefit claimants who require greater encouragement to move towards paid employment as a way of life, rather than accepting that the tax payer funds their lifestyle choice ad infinitum.


      November 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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