Malcolm hopes nobody has forgotten MRDA. There’s a memory nudge on the right of this screen.
The delicious, delightful and definitely dangerous Mandy came instantly to mind after this, from the LibDem MP, John Leech (majority 1,894):
The government has published its mid-term report, and as expected Media coverage is naturally focusing on parts of the agreement that are not on track. However our own party analysis shows about 95% of the Coalition Agreement is on course.
The MTR also shows the huge extent of Liberal Democrat influence in Government. We have taken policies directly from the front page of our Manifesto and we are now delivering on them in Government.
Mr Leech then helpfully lists his Top 10 Liberal Democrat Achievements!
No: he doesn’t mention the double- or possibly treble-dip recession.
He doesn’t find space to mention £9,000 fees.
Minor stuff like that must be the delinquent 5%.
The LibDems are:
Delivering an extra £2.5 billion into schools!
That is despite:
the largest cut in education spending over a four-year period since the 1950s [Channel 4 News]
Funding for struggling schools has been slashed to cover a £1bn overspend in the academies programme [The Independent].
On Planet Leech the Lib Dems are:
Creating 1 million jobs and 1 million apprenticeships. 84% more apprenticeships in Manchester
Youth unemployment is lower than when we took office, thanks to our £1 billion Youth Contract, which gets young people off the dole and into work through apprenticeships, work placement or training.
Which runs the face of the reason of the Daily Telegraph:
The “bleak” outlook for young people is predicted within a new study by the Institute of Public Policy Research, which also expects long-term unemployment to near the 1m mark. Both figures would put hundreds of thousands of people at risk of permanent “scarring” in the labour market, the IPPR said…
The headline unemployment rate shows there are 2.56m unemployed people in Britain. But the consultancy report shows a further 3.05m are “under-employed” – desparate to find more work or longer hours but cannot – and a further 2.58m people are “economically inactive” but want a paid job.
The overall work shortage rate compared to the working age population is 23.8pc; three times higher than the official unemployment rate.
That, to some extent, trumps Stephanie Flanders’ wondering about the statistic that Britain’s finest economic brains simply cannot explain. Contrary to Leech’s cooking the books on youth unemployment:
Figures released today (16/11/11) show that the overall number of jobseekers allowance claimants has risen by 9,770 (13.5%) in Greater Manchester over the past year.
With national youth unemployment now past the 1 million mark, Greater Manchester saw a slight monthly rise in the number of claimants aged 16-24 of 180 (0.7%) to 27,080 – the highest level since youth unemployment peaked in the wake of the recession, and a level not seen since March 2010.
Memo to Mr Leech: the ConDems took over in May 2010.
Let’s not omit here Leech trumpeting that the LibDems:
Secured the biggest ever cash rise in the full state pension, worth an extra £650 every year.
For the whole population, inflation – measured by the retail prices index – has jumped by 14.4 per cent since September 2007.
For those aged 50 to 64, it has been 18.5 per cent, rising to 20.1 per cent for those aged 65 to 74.
But it jumped 20.3 per cent for people aged 75 and above. Dr Ros Altmann, director general of Saga, said the ‘horrifying’ figures highlight the problems facing older people battling inflation on a fixed income.
Added to which:
the charity Age UK said the cost of living has added £1,173 to bills for those aged 55 and above in a year.
Does that qualify as an achievement, Mr Leech?
Malcolm really cannot be arsed to demolish the rest of this friable, tendentious nonse, but number 10 of Mr Leech’s achievements deserves a lunge for the sick-bag:
Scrapped ID cards and removed innocent people’s DNA from the police database
Aw, sweet! Fair enough: but you and your colleagues are complicit in the:
Draft Communications Data Bill [which] wants to force ISPs to store the who, when and where of all online activity, including email, instant messaging, social media activity, web browsing and VoIP calls for a year.
So it’s back to Miss Rice-Davies for the last word:
Well, he would, wouldn’t he?
The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations (J. M. & M. J. Cohen, 1971) 190:69