Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Monday, 22 March 2010

Manufactured decline.

Over at Scunnert Nation there's part of the Politics Show where Barry Weir asks Mr Brown about the loss of manufacturing jobs in Stourbridge, and asks what he is doing to stop this decline in manufacturing. He's very polite.

Two things Mrs Rigby would like to point out, the first is the expression on Mr Brown's face at the beginning of this clip - and he's there with people he hopes will vote him back into office.

The second is, well ... Mrs R has written several draft blogs about Mr Brown's words during this programme, but they all ended up too wordy. She's tried writing about how he didn't seem to be able to grasp the difference between manufacturing jobs lost now and the urgency of the situation for those who are out of work. He referred to retraining - in literacy and numeracy - and 'research and development' programmes, advance engineering of the future, and apprenticeships, but nothing now, nothing to help the adults who might well be breadwinners and who don't seem to have a future because there's nowhere for them to use their existing skills.

It was as if they don't count any more, that they were ignored, their problems sidestepped, as if it doesn't matter too much when grown men lose their livelihoods.

Anyhow, watch it for yourself and see what you think.

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