Posts Tagged “unemployment”

Are employment levels one of the “better stories” of the Coalition, as Fraser Nelson claims? Not really.

by Stephen Tall on June 6, 2013

The Spectator’s editor Fraser Nelson is — rightly — very hot on politicians being accurate in their use of stats. For instance, he’s — rightly — called out both Nick Clegg and David Cameron for confusing (whether accidentally or deliberately) the terms ‘debt’ and ‘deficit’, claiming the former is falling when they mean the latter. [...]

Benefits, back-to-work and the unemployed: what Lib Dem members think

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2013

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 650 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 70% say: withdraw unemployment benefits IF job offers refused without ‘good reason’ In principle, do you [...]

‘Workfare’: the depressingly sterile ‘left/right’ debate is a challenge to liberals to sharpen our thinking

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2012

Deborah Orr has a must-read article in the Guardian highlighting the inverted absurdity of this week’s row about the Coalition’s workfare programme, The slanging match over workfare is getting us nowhere. She points out that the very essence of workfare is government intervention in the workings of the free market, the state urging private companies [...]

Unemployment: Lib Dems on the bleak national picture

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2009

Three separate Lib Dem press releases ping into the Voice’s inbox, each of them them telling a depressing story about the human impact of the recession.
First up, Lib Dem shadow work and pensions secretary Steve Webb on the doubling of long-term unemployment in the last year alone:
Ministers try to spin the slower rise in [...]



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