Two wrongs still don’t make a right

York Press: . .

SOMETHING spooky occurred on Friday the 13th. Both James Alexander and Julian Sturdy sang from the same song sheet, with Labour and Tory claiming victory in our time over reduced unemployment and claimed benefits.

Hold on a minute. Why is Mr Alexander using employment and benefit figures that are obviously manipulated?

The labour market statistics show a rise in mandatory UK unpaid work from 8,000 to at least 170,000.

Those on the Tory workfare and work programmes receive benefits, but aren’t classed as unemployed. People are also having benefit removed for a month or more for not following the Tories nasty work directives.

Then we have Mr Sturdy boasting that UK unemployment and youth unemployment have fallen by over 40 per cent since the coalition took over.

What? How can this be the case when the ONS state that unemployment in spring 2010 was 2.47 million and in summer 2013 stood at 2.49 million? Youth unemployment was 925,000 in 2010 and at least 950,000 today.

Mr Sturdy quotes the Tory mantra of 400,000 new jobs this year, but what kind of jobs and how many forced into low paid self-employment?

Tom Scaife, Manor Drive, York.

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12:36pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Fat Harry says...

Nail on the head.

Slave labour schemes do not equate to falling unemployment, just rising profits for bosses.
Nail on the head. Slave labour schemes do not equate to falling unemployment, just rising profits for bosses. Fat Harry

12:53am Thu 19 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

It's all about shifting numbers from Column A to Column B.... if the public has a feeling of there being too many unemployed people, then sign a few across to Incapacity Benefit and hey-ho lower 'unemployment' (the previous Labour government did just this)... but then when the public say there's too many people on disability benefits when they can clearly do some form of work then the government shift those same people back across to Jobseekers.... The problem comes when the public have seen that second thing happen and yet still state there's too much unemployment:- which is where our current con artists in Westminster come into play; by very sneakily introducing a scheme that gets slave labour out of a captive selection of people who cannot get out of it, but yet also being able to introduce this programme AND get around the whole 'human rights' aka 'slavery and slave labour has been illegal for nearly a century' thing, by means of propoganda pumped through the media saying all people on benefits are sucking the nation dry, so that then the public sees a jobseeker slave working unpaid and says "too right you scrounger"....

Bunch of tricksters, con artists, bribe-takers, liars, thieves, incompetants.... however they got into power is beyond me.
It's all about shifting numbers from Column A to Column B.... if the public has a feeling of there being too many unemployed people, then sign a few across to Incapacity Benefit and hey-ho lower 'unemployment' (the previous Labour government did just this)... but then when the public say there's too many people on disability benefits when they can clearly do some form of work then the government shift those same people back across to Jobseekers.... The problem comes when the public have seen that second thing happen and yet still state there's too much unemployment:- which is where our current con artists in Westminster come into play; by very sneakily introducing a scheme that gets slave labour out of a captive selection of people who cannot get out of it, but yet also being able to introduce this programme AND get around the whole 'human rights' aka 'slavery and slave labour has been illegal for nearly a century' thing, by means of propoganda pumped through the media saying all people on benefits are sucking the nation dry, so that then the public sees a jobseeker slave working unpaid and says "too right you scrounger".... Bunch of tricksters, con artists, bribe-takers, liars, thieves, incompetants.... however they got into power is beyond me. Magicman!

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