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10 March 2014

Labour says it is tough on welfare policy. And today, the party launched its tough compulsory jobs guarantee funding pledge by looking tough too.

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Ed Balls, Ed Miliband and Rachel Reeves would have made a stronger Mr Steerpike quail in these hard-hitting outfits.

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  • Michelle

    Colonial mustard, have you looked at the Tory front bench lately!

  • Peter Stroud

    Frankly, they look like a load of morons to me.

  • lgrundy

    ‘Lend Lease’
    Labour’s ‘put-it-on-the-never-never’ economic policy writ large.

    • Mynydd

      The present government has a ‘put-it-on-the-never-never’ economic policy that is why they have doubled the National Debt in just four years.

  • 2trueblue

    Shame Liebore did not fix youth unemployment when they had their shot for 13yrs. In fact they grew it, and made no impact at all in reducing it. David Milliband had the guts to admit that youth unemployment was one of their great failures. So all these young who have not worked will turn up…. Get a life Millipede.

    • Mynydd

      By your logic when one government fails to fix youth unemployment the next government should not have policies to fix youth unemployment. Like the Conservative 18 years, the Labour 13 years are behind us, what the country need is forward looking positive youth employment policies.

  • saffrin

    That will be workfare by a different name then.
    Minimum wage none jobs invented to mask the unemployment statistics.

    • Alexsandr

      YTS all over again….

  • Frank


  • DWWolds

    And, of course, the next step will be for the EU to announce that if Labour does “create” those jobs they will have to be open to all the young unemployed across the EU.

  • Kitty MLB

    Good god! the netherworld kingdom of the abode of the shades of the dead
    have unleashed some Zombies into humanity ( our dear little Telemachus, will love these pictures ) which show how wrong they are.
    Just give the perpetrators back their weapons so they can continue where they left off
    with their total dominating country wrecking exercise.

  • Smithersjones2013

    So Miliband thinks trying to look like a reject from Bob The Builder makes him look tough? Nothing could achieve that Incidentally is the ‘Lend Lease’ on his helmet a reference to the relationship that Labour politicans enter into with the Trade Unions.

  • Colonel Mustard

    They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
    Mysterious and spooky,
    They’re all together ooky,
    The Labour Family.

    More taxpayer subsidised “jobs” and Labour dependent voters. Ho-hum. Labour create another group label – “jobless young” – and expect the unlabelled majority to fund that. What about the “jobless old” – all the experienced but outsourced fifty-somethings? Or the New Labour “educated” jobless? Or the “bone idle jobless”? Or any other labelled category one might devise in order to pander to it and set it in conflict.

    One nation? Muppets. Divisive creators of conflict, grievance and angst, of competing identity groups and warring factions vying for most preferred victim status and taxpayer funding.

    • dalai guevara

      Develop apprenticeship structures inspired by Hanseatic League tradition.
      Work must pay to reduce reliance on benefit top-ups.
      Qualifications other than those aquired in a university-led degree system require our immediate support.
      The quality of the product/service must take precedence over plastic-fantastic quantity. Consumption is only beneficial if it’s high value added consumption facilitated here.
      The (Thatchite) policy of de-industrialisation and the de-skilling of the indigenous workforce has backfired spectacularly.
      Eat your heart out.

      • Colonel Mustard

        “The (Thatchite) policy of de-industrialisation and the de-skilling of the indigenous workforce has backfired spectacularly.”

        Was that a policy or a consequence?

        “The social and economic consequences of de-industrialization that transformed Britain in the 1980s were set in motion before (Thatcher) was Prime Minister and would have taken place in one form or other without her, as they did in other advanced countries whether under conservative, liberal, or social-democratic administration.”

        “Did Thatcher’s policies contribute to the deindustrialisation occurring throughout virtually all developed nations? Manufacturers are divided. “She has done untold damage to manufacturing and we are feeling that adverse impact even today,” says Geoff Ford, chairman of Ford Aerospace and Ford Components Manufacturers, Tyneside-based precision engineers.

        Mr Ford, who joined his family’s business in 1974 as a member of its third generation in the firm, has done better than many: his companies have £11m in turnover and export to 20 countries. But, he adds: “She closed down the mines and let a lot of heavy industry go to the wall. She didn’t encourage manufacturing the way Germany did.” He argues that the loss of heavy industry led to declining demand for engineered products, which affected the supply chain and depressed the economy. It also affected manufacturing’s image, he suggests, contributing to current skill shortages.

        But Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman of excavator maker JCB and a Tory donor, says damage to manufacturing was the result of poor management, over-powerful unions and high tax. “The demise of British manufacturing in our area, the Midlands, was not down to her at all,” he says. Peter Birtles, a director of Sheffield Forgemasters International, one of the last British-owned steelmakers, says his company would not exist without her reforms. Thatcher’s supporters note that manufacturing declined faster under Labour’s Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. In the Thatcher years, it shrank from 26 per cent of the economy to around 22 per cent. Under Labour, it fell from 18.4 per cent in 1997 to 10.6 per cent in 2010.”

        So, not as cut and dried as you make out. And you also conveniently leave out the subversive work of the revolutionary left. So I don’t need to eat my heart out and history, a long time after both of us are dust, will still be debating it.

      • Andy

        Please tells us all what you manufacture in the factory you own and run ??

  • Alexsandr

    oh this old chestnut.
    The only way they can guarantee jobs is to pay for the jobs to be created. How much will that cost? And for what end?

    • HookesLaw

      They are planning another raid on pensions. The govt say it will cost over 2 billion a year.
      Pity the Spectator cannot be more explicit – though the photos are x rated enough. Are they using Farage’s photographer?

      • McRobbie

        And they going to spend bankers bonuses …again.

        • McRobbie

          and again

          • McRobbie

            and again and again

        • Holly

          There will be no bankers bonuses.

          The three nutjobs will have already set loads of young people on by the time the bonus come around…
          Oh dear, the bankers, in their knowledge of this tax grab, decided to defer their bonus/shares until AFTER the 2020 election….Not as if they’ll be visiting food banks in the meantime is it.
          Or, are these three imbeciles going to FORCE the bankers to take huge bonuses to pay for their folly like they did in Bozo/Balls hey day?

          As the saying goes…
          A wise man can always act a fool…. but these three…..Well.

    • Ron Todd

      Almost certain to cost more than the value created by the job. Especially as the easiest jobs for any government to create are in the public sector.

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