Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/695/13243

From The Socialist newspaper, 23 November 2011

No answers from politicians on Newsnight

Ian Pattison, Jarrow marcher
Ian Pattison, Jarrow marcher, addresses the Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 which ended with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

Ian Pattison, Jarrow marcher, addresses the Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 which ended with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth   (Click to enlarge)

On Tuesday 15 November, I was asked to appear on a live Newsnight debate alongside 29 other young people who were either unemployed or underemployed, Chris Grayling, the Tory unemployment minister and Labour MP David Miliband.

One young person said: "I want to be a juvenile justice social worker, but there are no jobs in the youth service, so you're looking for generic jobs, such as Marks & Spencer, and things like that, but they still don't want to hire you."

Chris Grayling told her to "find an alternative route" by taking a job at her local supermarket as an outreach worker! He seemed ignorant of the fact that 30,000 youth support workers' jobs are being cut by local councils and ignored that she had already said that she couldn't find a job at all.

Neither of the politicians had any answers to the concerns of young people. Youth unemployment was already rising under the last Labour government. All Miliband could say was: "until the economy is growing it's going to be very very difficult for the young people here."

I had my hand up for 20 of the 25 minute debate, and when I was finally brought in I said: "The reality is that there are two and a half million job seekers in Britain today searching for just half a million jobs. What David and Chris have said shows that the main political parties in Britain see youth unemployment as a price worth paying.

"You shouldn't just be saying it's the economic climate, you should be creating jobs. There are 200,000 unemployed construction workers at the moment, you should get them building homes for the five million people on council housing waiting lists."

Presenter Jeremy Paxman tried to interrupt me, asking: "where are these jobs going to come from then?" I answered him: "What are the policies that Chris's government is putting forward? The Work Academies scheme, that he came out with when the last unemployment figures were announced, is going to provide unpaid work experience, ie working for your dole, for just 50,000 of the one million young people who are out of work, and it's not creating any more jobs, it's just re-advertising jobs that are already being advertised."

At the end of the debate, Jeremy Paxman tried to talk about 'hope for the future'. One young unemployed person asked the politicians to stop arguing with each other, work together. We are all sick of the point scoring between out of touch millionaire politicians.

Chris Grayling and David Miliband agreed to work together, but they probably meant they agreed to work together to make ordinary people pay for a crisis caused by those at the top, by condemning young people to a generation on the scrapheap.

There is hope for the future. There's hope if we can kick out this rotten Con-Dem coalition and their broken system and build a socialist society that puts the needs and aspirations of ordinary people above the profits of the 1%.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 23 November 2011:


Pensions' strike, N30

Enough is enough! Make N30 the start of a fight to stop all cuts

Reasons to be on strike


Socialist Party feature

Capitalism is crisis - there is an alternative - fight for socialism!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Con-Dems worsen the housing crisis

Massive job cuts undermining NHS

Millions unemployed - workers and students must unite and fight!

Them & Us


The Socialist - Readers' comments

Tragic effect of recession

Why I became a socialist


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Jarrow marchers put forward an alternative

No answers from politicians on Newsnight

Save Coventry Sure Start

Update: Occupy

Support the anti-cuts election challenge

State intimidation of young protesters

Tories and Labour fail to give 'Any Answers'

Women: sick of sexism, discrimination and cuts?

Mansfield - build houses, create jobs

Pensions protest in Maude's constituency


International socialist news and analysis

Why Europe's capitalist leaders cannot save the floundering eurozone project

Ruling PSOE battered in Spanish general election

Syria: Eight months of mass protests met with bloody brutality

Egyptian masses fight for real change


Socialist Party workplace news

Greece and Italy get unelected technocrats - Southampton gets chief executives!

Construction workers fight pay cuts

Fire service cuts

Bus drivers strike over pay

Workplace In brief


Obituary

Obituary - Geoff Atkins


 

Home   |   The Socialist 23 November 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Unemployment:

triangleCapitalism and human progress

triangleJob figures mask casualisation

triangleSocialism 2016: Putting socialism on the agenda

triangleJarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

Jobs:

triangleRetail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleRBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

triangleRoyal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

Young people:

triangleMarch for free education! We demand a future!

triangle4,800 young people hurt after officers 'restrain' them

triangleWalk out against tuition fees on Budget Day!

Youth:

triangleFight for free education

Labour:

triangleArriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/12/17

Haringey

Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

16/12/17

North West

Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle16 Dec Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

triangle16 Dec Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2