Wednesday, November 29, 2006
THE GOAL OF FULL EMPLOYMENT
Unemployment at lowest level since 1975 and is half that of Germany's and France's!
The fact that when I was growing up in the 1980's Full Employment was seen as a myth in political and practical terms tell you a lot about the Tories and their policies, we now have it in our grasp thanks to a Labour Government in Westminster and Holyrood!
Now, you may be forgiven, upon reading that entry, for thinking that full employment was quite literally mere days away; even the most cynical may have thought, "well, unemployment must be down then."
So, you might have been deeply dismayed to see stories like this one.
UK unemployment is continuing to rise - climbing by 27,000 to 1.71 million in the three months to September, the highest level in seven years.
The jobless rate rose to 5.6%, up from 5.5% in the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics said.
You may even have thought that Rayleen was talking about Scotland alone, in which case it may have shaken your faith in the young woman to find out that even that was not the case.
Unemployment in Scotland has risen over the last year, according to new figures.
The latest monthly government statistics show 87,800 people claiming the jobseekers' allowance in October - up 2,000 on the same month last year.
But the government's preferred method of calculation showed unemployment at 131,000 for the three months up to September.
Oh, I know what it is! It's a different Scotland that she's living in. That's the only possible explanation because I, for one, am certain sure that Councillor Rayleen Kelly would never tell enormous, blatant, easily refutable lies on her weblog. Would she?
Oh, and while you're about it, why not have a look around her personal site: look at that grammar and syntax! Rayleen's definitely her father's daughter. I imagine that she must have been home-schooled.
Otherwise, Scotland's education system is in more trouble than I feared.