Gosh, this is interesting from Eoin

There are currently 2.5 million people unemployed. The government will, by logic, need to create 2.5m jobs to eradicate this by 2015.

I\’d not actually realised that only governments can create jobs.

5 thoughts on “Gosh, this is interesting from Eoin”

  1. The same thought struck me as I watched the last GOP Presidential candidate debate here in the US. The former governors were arguing who had created the most jobs. I found it depressing that no one stood up and said that they didn’t create any private sector jobs and that their only positive contribution, if that, was to possibly lessen the government drag on private business creating jobs.

  2. I once worked for someone who thought that the route to full employment was for everyone to work less efficiently so every role would need more staffing.

  3. Unimportant Quibbler

    Blue Eyes, your previous employer was not alone. From the BBC’s environmental correspondent:

    “One window of opportunity could be the financial mess in which Spain finds itself – not on the scale of Greece, but mentioned whenever the “who’s next after Greece?” question gets asked. Some of its economic indicators are around the European average, but 20% unemployment is anything but – the highest in the bloc, in fact.

    If research is showing that cutting fishing capacity would increase revenues, why not demand Spain trims its industrial fleet as a condition for economic aid? If that brings just one of the World Bank’s sunken billions into Spanish ports every year, that’s one less billion the rest of the eurozone would have to find.

    The other window is surely provided by that unemployment figure.

    An industry that favours big industrialised fleets with a powerful lobby over small-scale, artisanal operations is inherently less sustainable from an ecological point of view, because fishermen who do not have the capacity to move somewhere else when stocks are depleted are more likely to look after their fishing grounds.

    It’s also much worse socially. Globally, artisanal fishing snares less than half the world’s total catch, yet provides 90% of the jobs.

    So a switch from large-scale industrialised fleets to small-scale localised effort would create employment, as well as increasing the chances of creating a more sustainable industry – which in turn means more profits down the line.

    Sounds like a way to be a better friend to both fish and fishermen; but don’t hold your breath.”

    (Artisanal fishing = spear fishing, rod-and-line fishing etc, not going out in boats with big nets. His theory seems to be if we abolish 500 years of technological innovation and reduce productivity accordingly, this will help the Spanish economy by giving everyone jobs. Madness – but mostly because he doesn’t seem to grasp the knock-on effects of deliberately limiting productivity in a sector. )

  4. Unimportant Quibbler – What a brilliant argument from the BBC. But why stop there?

    If we ban tractors, combine harvesters, and artificial fertiliser it will create millions of jobs in the agricultural sector. Most of us could till the earth in daily backbreaking toil for a pittance just like our ancestors did.

    We could also go back to artisanal mining, with large swathes of the working class forced to eke out a living in horrific conditions down coal mines powered by human sweat and the horse.

    How about bringing back those charming 19th century artisanal factories so children could risk life and limb working as mule scavengers beneath the moving parts of water-powered textile mills?

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