So, we’re getting the guilds back, are we?

She will say the government would be prepared to deregulate, help with trade deals or create new institutions to boost skills or research if any sector can show this would address specific problems.

The deals will only be available to sectors that organise themselves and make the case for government action, with May citing the automotive and aerospace industries as sectors that have successfully used this model.

Idiot stupidity.

10 comments on “So, we’re getting the guilds back, are we?

  1. setting out five sectors that could receive special government support: life sciences, low-carbon-emission vehicles, industrial digitalisation, creative industries and nuclear.

    That is such bad news. And worse than idiotic. She is not learning the lesson of Trump. Creative industries? Low Carbon vehicles? Honey, the Left hates you. You cannot buy them off. The only thing to do is fight them. That is the lesson of Trump.

  2. Another focus of the plan will be on technical education aimed at the half of school-leavers who do not go to university. It will suggest maintenance loans for those wishing to pursue technical education, institutes of technology built in every region and 15 core technical “routes” for students that train them in the skills most needed by employers in their regions

    Actually that might not be too bad. But instead of creating new Polys that the Labour Party will simply turn into even lower than Third Rate universities, she needs to turn some of the Third Rate universities into Polytechnics. Britain has a whole raft of allegedly tertiary institutions that I for one have never heard of and hope to never again. Time to make them revert to what they once were and end the farce of trying to teach sociology to illiterates.

  3. Note that this is The Grauniad forecast of what she will say at a Cabinet meeting, not a factual account of what she has said. It wants more government intervention so that it can get paid to advertise all sorts of admin jobs created thereby.
    If she wants to encourage the acquisition of skills by providing some funding to meet the gap between the value of the output school-leavers less training costs and minimum wage, and delegate running the scheme to the lowest possible level, rather than burden it with a mountain of bureaucrats then that sounds a good thing. If it means restrictive practices and a dsozen new versions of ASLEF holding the employers and public to ransom then that is a bad thing.
    The guilds were a conspiracy against the laity but at least they would be an improvement on some of the so-called universities since they had a vested interest in maintaining quality standards and so ensured that the apprentices learned something before they were let loose on the world..

  4. At the moment she is playing dress-up as Thatcher 2. Brexit is the area we see most of this–but we have yet to see if that is carried thro’ properly.

    At heart she is BluLabour in the manner of Camoron.

  5. This will naturally prompt bleating from the handful of free marketers who are ideologically opposed to Brexit that it would never have happened if we had stayed in.

    Which is possibly true. But trying to shut down arguments and policies you don’t like by letting a supranational body outlaw them is basically a white-flag.

  6. Theresa “the state is a force for good” May is a pillock.

    She’s fine with raising council tax whilst we piss away 20bn in foreign aid.

  7. “At the moment she is playing dress-up as Thatcher 2. Brexit is the area we see most of this–but we have yet to see if that is carried thro’ properly.”

    Maybe she thinks she Thatcher 2, but I doubt it; she’s more Heath than Thatcher and this policy confirms it.

  8. I don’t see anything suggestive of guilds here. Out of her five chosen sectors:

    • Nuclear industry: £92.50/MWh for Hinkley Point covers that already.
    • Low-carbon-emission vehicles: £4,500 per electric car covers that already.
    • Life sciences: plenty of grants and picking of winners happening already.
    • Industrial digitalisation: if it’s such a good idea, why aren’t companies already doing it? There’s no shortage of consultancies ready to tell them how to do it; and just look at their excellent track record in the public-sector.
    • The creative sector: ahh, this’ll be where most of the largesse gets spaffed. Trendy? Check. London-based? Check. Highly visible output? Check. Guardian Brownie-points? Check.

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