One last word on the party conferences, and Cameron’s appalling attempt to blame unemployed young people for their position. In 2002 there were 200,000 unemployed young people, mostly 18/25 year olds. There are now over 1m, the worst position in 20 years. We therefore have other a sudden and unexplained quintupling of the idleness of young people, or the result of an economic recession.
In the past, governments – even Thatcher’s, for heaven’s sake – have regarded youth unemployment as a national emergency and put in place training programmes and subsidised work placements. Our current masters, having vandalized the economy, more than doubled university fees and abolished Education Maintenance Allowances, find it easier to attack the victims of their policy. This is just loathsome.