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Published on June 17th, 2011 | by Tom Blenkinsop MP
Image © [caption id="attachment_2467" align="alignleft" width="191" caption="Tom Blenkinsop MP"]Tom Blenkinsop MP [/caption] On Tuesday, news was released that unemployment has fallen to 2.43m – down 88,000 in the three months to April. As expected, much hay has been made of this by the Tory-led Government and the wider parliamentary party. On Twitter, this morning, Louise Mensch, nee Bagshawe, tweeted: “Unemployment down, inflation stabilised... Wonder what Labour will be saying? #blankpieceofpaper” Mrs Mensch’s statements on the unemployment rate, and other similar ones, are misleading, though. The vast majority of the jobs being created are part time and low-skilled. Very few full time, high-skilled jobs have been created in a Tory economy, which has abandoned the poor, deserted the regions and solely seeked to serve the rich. Also, these figures disguise the immense difficulty graduates are currently facing. A huge proportion of them are unemployed and those that are in work are in jobs that do not require a university education. Instead of Tory MPs, such as Louise Mensch, slapping themselves on the back within seconds of these figures being released, and partaking in mindless partisan politics, they should take the time to analyse the figures. If they did they may switch to a Plan B and incorporate many of Labour’s recommendations, designed to support job growth and industries in which we have a comparative advantage.  

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Unemployment falls by 88,000

Tom Blenkinsop MP

Tom Blenkinsop MP

On Tuesday, news was released that unemployment has fallen to 2.43m – down 88,000 in the three months to April.

As expected, much hay has been made of this by the Tory-led Government and the wider parliamentary party. On Twitter, this morning, Louise Mensch, nee Bagshawe, tweeted: “Unemployment down, inflation stabilised… Wonder what Labour will be saying? #blankpieceofpaper

Mrs Mensch’s statements on the unemployment rate, and other similar ones, are misleading, though.

The vast majority of the jobs being created are part time and low-skilled. Very few full time, high-skilled jobs have been created in a Tory economy, which has abandoned the poor, deserted the regions and solely seeked to serve the rich.

Also, these figures disguise the immense difficulty graduates are currently facing. A huge proportion of them are unemployed and those that are in work are in jobs that do not require a university education.

Instead of Tory MPs, such as Louise Mensch, slapping themselves on the back within seconds of these figures being released, and partaking in mindless partisan politics, they should take the time to analyse the figures. If they did they may switch to a Plan B and incorporate many of Labour’s recommendations, designed to support job growth and industries in which we have a comparative advantage.

 

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  • Morus

    It seems incongruous to accuse others of "mindless partisan politics" in a post which differs from Louise Mensch's twitter post only in length. Which statements of Mrs. Mensch's are misleading? That the unemployment rate is down? That inflation has been stabilised? Or are you doubting whether she really wonders what "Labour will be saying?" Two are factual statements about economic data and the third seems an odd thing to take issue with.

    Now, you are correct that the number of people working part-time through necessity has reached an historic high but to suggest for a second that this is characteristic only of the current government's reign is farcical and certainly qualifies as mindless partisan politics. The increase in the number of poorly paid, low skill jobs is a product of the neo-liberal economic policies that all British governments of the last thirty years have subscribed to. If you have any suggestions on how to remedy this whilst maintaining growth in the long term that would be an eminently worthy topic for a blog post. Political proselytising is not.

    This is not twitter. You are not restricted in the number of characters you use. Your contribution to the public discourse need not be as brief and worthless as Mensch's ten words. The problems facing new graduates is another excellent topic for discussion; you have used it as a rather flimsy stick with which to attack your opponents.

    Talk to us about Labour's economic recommendations, talk to us about the solutions you see for the problems facing the UK, but please don't use this site as vehicle for partisan hackery. And if you must, at least include some facts and figures next time.

    • Sean

      Perhaps Mr Blenkinsop is too busy attending to constituency and parliamentary matters to write big essays for this blog.

      Looking at Tom's Twitter page, he has the following external references/links to information:

      doubling of UK's IMF contributions http://t.co/Kta4UPZ

      Manufacturing bounce-back has not happened http://bit.ly/qJcqeN

      RT Details of Brown's son's medical rec'ds obtained by theSun, who published story child's serious illness http://bit.ly/oztBGi

      RT Southern Cross homes to transfer @BBCNews http://t.co/xW6dpiJ Shatters case for greater role for private sector in NHS

      National Countryside week starts http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/862600

      Crunch vote is this Wednesday. http://t.co/VPzSqZV #notw http://www.catch21.co.uk/2011/06/unemployment-fal

      At this point I've grown tired of cutting and pasting his external links. There are lots more at the time of writing. The first one of his links was the third tweet on the page. On Louise Mensch's Twitter page, I had to scroll down three quarters of the way down to find an external link, and there were very few beyond. When she does refer to something, she mostly refers to other twitter discussions.

      Furthermore, I counted zero lols on Tom's page, to three lols on Louise's. Take a look for yourself to see the difference in the substance between these two Twitter pages.

      I think this evidence demonstrates who is the intellectual heavyweight and who is the lightweight.

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