Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

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 - Geoff Atkins


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

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


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


triangleJobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

triangleStrike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

triangleThe growth of artificial intelligence technology

triangleCrowds turn out for Corbyn in Rugby

Young people:

triangleStand up against abuse - justice not racism

triangleIs this generation socialist?

triangleFreshers fairs: socialist ideas chime with students


triangleExam factories, cuts and violence - Fight for our future!

triangleJordan: Workers and youth remove prime minister and demand end to austerity


triangleCorbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



UCU Wales suspends FE strike action


Domestic violence

Women's Lives Matter national meeting



Jobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!



New twist in Derby TUSC election agent case


Socialist Students

Socialist Students LJMU victory



Workplace news in brief



Veolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire



Hull council workers fight to protect sick pay



Spontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws


Chris Baugh

Select Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate



Strike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard



'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict


Fighting Fund

Give us a bumper Christmas cash boost!



Liverpool seafarers demand better conditions



WHSmith: hands off our Post Offices!

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551



Alphabetical listing

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018