Opinion: Labour must step in to rescue a generation of doomed youth – Mary Riddell ex Telegraph – John Gelmini

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Mary Riddell is supposed to be writing for a Conservative newspaper, viz. the Telegraph, and yet she assumes that already Labour will win the next election in 2015 by default.

With David Cameron in charge, this is the almost certain outcome but between now and then he can be replaced by someone capable of winning an outright majority, either alone or with UKIP.

Conservatives need to wake up and act ruthlessly and provided they do, and replace Cameron with Boris or someone suitably streetwise and telegenic, the election is still there to be won.

Dr Alf is right about this very silly woman who thinks she can see the future and then bases her arguments about youth unemployment on the assumption that the Coalition will continue to do next to nothing and that Milliband will win and provide the answer.

National Service which Dr Alf proposes is part of the solution for all the reasons he lists in his thoughtful post but it does not address the “Elephant in the room”, namely the unemployability of at least 50% of our young people, even including some graduates.

With 47 people chasing every job vacancy, a ready supply of Poles, Bulgarians, Romanians and other nationalities coming into the country and our own education system at State level, 44th in the world we need to take further action:

1) Recognize that the non academically inclined need to go into businesses of their own after National Service.

This means remedial education at weekends and business boot-camps .

Why?

Because with our low levels of economic growth (an average of 1.4% since 1946-Source-Institute of Fiscal Studies ) we will never create enough jobs

2) Lengthen the school-day to South Korean levels (12 hours a day plus homework and Saturday mornings for the laggards). Currently ours is less than 7 hours a day with scant attention paid to useful language skills

3) Benefit recycling and faster write-offs of plant, machinery and equipment to encourage expansion conditional upon employment of our youth

4) No more overseas aid or Barnett Formula, use the money($42 billion gbp ) to fund job creation schemes and teach useful languages

5) Force the banks to lend to small businesses and if they refuse let competitors in on condition that they do

6) Halt all further immigration except for top scientists, wealthy inward investors and people with special skills

7) Create building trade apprenticeships and assign a set number of youngsters to building firms tasked with building system built houses to eliminate the 10 million housing shortage within 2 Parliaments.

This needs to be accompanied by relaxations in planning laws and a reduction in the number of councils to 15 for the entire country.

As things stand, too many of them act as an impediment to business growth and employment

John Gelmini

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