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‘Austerity isn’t working’ UKuncut plan budget stunt


10:05 am - March 20th 2012

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Hundreds of people will gather to form a ‘dole queue’ outside Downing St at 11am tomorrow, on Budget Day, to highlight soaring unemployment under the government’s austerity programme.

The stunt by the direct action group UKUncut aims to to recreate the Tories’ iconic 1979 election poster featuring a queue of jobseekers snaking into the distance.

‘Unemployment officers’ will shepherd the queue into shape as a makeshift claimant office is installed outside the gates of No. 11.

Expected to join the queue to talk about alternatives to austerity are Caroline Lucas MP, economists Andrew Simms and Richard Murphy and campaigners from the Robin Hood Tax.

Emily Heywood, who has recently taken part in the Government’s controversial ‘workfare’ scheme, said:

Whilst George attempts to get us to focus on Britain’s rosy relationship with the ratings agencies, he knows a million 16-24 year olds are out of work.

As he bangs on about low borrowing costs, Britain’s female unemployment rate has hit a 25 year high. Austerity may be working for the bond markets and the banks, but it isn’t working for Britain.

Details of event are at http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/austerity-isnt-working.

Youth unemployment stands at 1.04m, a rate of 22.5%, the highest since records began in 1992.

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1. Not an economist

It’s pretty pathetic that the only vaguely prominent bloke who could be arsed to get out of bed for this is that hack Murphy.

Campaign needs some figureheads who aren’t as shite.

Erm, is invoking a recognised attack on left-wing government politics (as stated here, presumably by UK Uncut’s press team, this is an inconic poster) really a good way to make a statement in support of a more left-wing political position?

Especially since all anyone has to do is point out the minor point that there have not yet been real-term cuts in government spending – simply slower growth in the rate of spending. It might make people think – and considering the simplicity of the UK Uncut view of the world, people thinking about their points could be a problem.

3. So Much For Subtlety

As Watchman says – what austerity? The British government is running a deficit of something like 8% I believe. In what sense is that anything other than insane?

Expected to join the queue to talk about alternatives to austerity are Caroline Lucas MP, economists Andrew Simms and Richard Murphy and campaigners from the Robin Hood Tax.

Caroline Lucas? You mean that well known expert in Elizabethan romance novels?

Andrew Simms? Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t he drop out of university after his first term? That is, he has no degree whatsoever – and I am not even sure the degree he originally enrolled in was in economics. And Richard Murphy is an accountant who by his own admission thought economics was boring and so stopped attending lectures on the subject. So neither is an economist in any meaningful sense of the word.

“economists Andrew Simms and Richard Murphy”

Quite, those two may be many things but economists they are not.

Not unless you want to start calling me a qualified economist, something I always insist that I am not.

(Bonus interest point, Ritchie and I have the same degree, economics and accounting, although from different universities. Simms went to the same uni I did but as above, seems not to have completed his degree).

This in Monday’s FT by Edward Luce on: America’s three takes on the crisis, is highly recommended for an illuminating account of the competing diagnostics of what ails the American economy and the associated prescribed remedies:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6af06852-6f7e-11e1-b3f9-00144feab49a.html#axzz1pfgsHgDp

The analysis presented is not startlingly orginal but it is very lucidly put with good signposting as to the different camps. The writer’s sympathies are evidently between the administration’s “keynesian” supporters and the “New Foundationists” but then so are mine. The problem with the New Foundationists is not that their diagnosis is flawed but that there is no clear clear presciption for what to do about the gross inequality of income distribution between the 1pc and the 99pc.


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