Blueprint 2000: A Conservative Policy towards Employment and by Robert Harvey

By Robert Harvey

An test through Conservative MPs to place ahead and clarify their perspectives in regards to the so-called technological revolution. The individuals recommend that govt needs to face the problem of handling the social effects of this alteration or chance social upheaval and distress.

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The levels of unemployment began to move up in the 1970s and broke the then incredible barrier of one million under the last Labour government. In most equivalent countries of the capitalist world the 1980s saw similar patterns of lost jobs measured to within a few percentage points. This government has enjoyed no exception to this trend. But in no sense can it be accused of creating the trend itself. Few of us who served in government will forget the experience of the first half of this decade.

The Secretary of State for Employment published the government's White Paper on the new Adult Training Programme early in 1988. This contains much that must be a part of any effective policy designed to tackle long-term unemployment at its roots. 5 billion, will be seen by the Government in its proper context which is that of 2 1/z million out of work. The moment the context is quantified the scale of the task to be tackled is clearly set alongside the present government response. It is clear to me that we have to go further.

No attempt to take a firmer approach to the administration of unemployment would be possible in the provincial cities today without first convincing those who live there that a genuine concern exists for their interests. The NorthSouth divide is much misunderstood; but it is deeply engrained. Whilst the attitude prevails, the more carrots and fewer sticks, the greater the sympathy and opportunity. A national urban renewal corporation acting in England with the determination that the Scottish and Welsh Development Agencies have shown would enable us to achieve in English cities the dramatic success now seen in the East End of London and on the banks of the Mersey.

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