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Highest Unemployment for 18 years


buteman
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Heard on the News today that unemployment is at its highest level for 18 years.

If I remember right the Tory's were in government at the time just wondered if this is History repeating itself again.

Now what really gets me is it is only the tip of the iceberg and we can expect another One or Two Million to join the Dole queue's in the not to distant future.

I always try to look on the bright side but all I can see is doom and gloom at the moment.

For those of us that have seen this happening before I am sure we don't want to see it again.

Industry has deserted us at an alarming rate no longer can we go into clothes sops shoe shops electrical shops and all of the rest of the shops and find one the best signs on everything. Made in the UK.

We Exported most of our goods then but now we Import more than we make.

And just think of all the jobs that have been lost because of it.

It is a long time and will be an even longer time since the then Prime Minister said We have never had it So good. [Harold MacMillan]

I wonder if any other prime minister will ever be able to say the same thing.

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spuds

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"Take to the streets perhaps?".

But hasn't that already happened in some of the key spots in the world?.

Did it not bring surprise, shock, possible embarrassment and urgent thinking to the particular governments and authorities involved?.

Wasn't there recent demonstrations in Wall Street, one when the authorities took tear gas action against a corralled group of women protesters?.

Yes its alright to say people are always moaning,usually for the wrong reasons, perhaps that is possibly why it is known as the British Disease. At least we are a bit civilised in doing it, even to the cost of our own face!.

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badgery

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Seems I spoke too soon about taking to the streets.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15319924

God Bless the internet.

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spuds

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badgery

The protests have been on YouTube for a few days/weeks. Some very interesting videos of events as they occured, hence my reference to Wall Street, and the way some women protesters were treated. A phone call and money power perhaps spoke there, but for how long ?.

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badgery

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This is probably the first 'serious' recession of the 'web era'. Previously, happenings were always subject to media delays and most ordinary never realised what or why something was going on in the markets.

This time it's global and instant, and means pressure groups can form anywhere at any time - rather democratic, but also a bit frightening for society?

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morddwyd

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"rather democratic"

A mob on the streets, no matter how justifiably, is never democratic.

No matter how many are on the streets, or how often, the end result will be the same.

In ten years time the money men will be running the world, like they always have done, and like they always will do.

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badgery

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morddwyd

I meant the fact that so many people globally can express their view via the net, rather than just the 'five-year cross' seems more democratic.

I tend to think that following this recession there could well be significant changes in society - due again to populations becoming more economically 'savvy' and less pliable.

Only time will tell.

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JennyferS

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After the war the Labour government did a wonderful job in massive house building initiatives . They provided homes and employment for returning service men, thus preventing the disaster of the 20's and 30's. It was an example of how to solve debt not by means of payday loan lenders and unemployment and gave us the NHS. This weak as water government said the private sector would provide jobs. We were stupid enough to believe them. We didn't learn from history - Poppy Clarke, Croydon uk, 14/9/2011 Also the government deficit was 200% of GDP at the moment it is 60%. Government deficit is not the end of the world, but it is a good excuse to carry out ideological cuts to the Welfare State.

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spuds

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JennyferS

You mention how the Labour government did a wonderful job in massive house building initiatives, but isn't it a case that some Labour councils around the country now, are complaining about long housing waiting lists, and at the same time leaving thousands of houses vacant?.

Yesterday evening there was two programmes on Channel 4 about the disgrace of the housing market, and how the authorities are dealing or not dealing with it. In some cases they are stating that demolishing or boarding up older houses is the way forward. Yet at the same time they are stating that there is no money available for slight refurbishments, so homeless people, or those living in totally unsatisfactory conditions are still suffering.

If you have the time, look at the second part of Channel 4's The Great British Property Scandal which is on this evening at 9.00pm, it might prove to be an eye opener?.

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