Ed Miliband is an idiot

The last Labour government helped to create new markets for thousands of British companies and more than a million new jobs in the green sector.

The next Labour government will give business certainty to invest so we can create another million such jobs over the next decade.

Jobs are a cost. That’s one million more costs you want to add to our power generation system.

Idiot.

12 thoughts on “Ed Miliband is an idiot”

  1. Jobs are also voters’ incomes. And as we have not yet reached the post-capitalist nirvana in which all the work is done by robots (including designing and building the next generation of worker robots), much less worked out how the spoils will be divided once we get there, most people want a secure job and the income that goes with it.

  2. Never mind all the ‘new green jobs’, what about the jobs that are lost (or not created) because consumers have had £3bn/yr extracted from their household budgets via their higher energy bills?

  3. bloke (not) in spain

    “Jobs are also voters’ incomes.”
    We’ll yes, BiG. But voters would need to to know there was a net increase in jobs=incomes. Hard to see where it comes from if you’re subsiding/diverting investment. The opportunity cost has to be jobs lost elsewhere in the economy.
    If this needs government to do it, it probably doesn’t need doing.

  4. “The general election means 2015 is a critical year for Britain. It is also a critical year for the world on climate change”

    After 25 years of “critical year for the world on climate change,” one can only yawn.

    It’s dead, Ed.

  5. “most people want a secure job and the income that goes with it.”

    Well, they’d better get some skills then.

    Working in a shop, or a cafe or in a cinema is a shitty paid job that’s insecure and always was. The record shop I worked in hired 15-16 year old kids. The job I did took about 20 minutes to learn to do and I got paid £10 a day in the mid-80s. If that’s all you’ve got the skills for, you’re competing with 15-16 year old kids who are working for money for fags and booze (I guess weed and top-ups today).

  6. A million jobs, say £30k pa each including pensions, employer NI etc. I’m sure Ed claims they are skilled jobs.
    So that’s £30 billion in additional costs to add to energy market/housing costs. What’s that, 6p on the basic rate of income tax?

  7. @b(n)is,

    The guy who gets a green job supported by the government knows where his loyalties lie. The guy whose marginal job ceases to exist because of the greenwash can’t be so sure that it’s the government’s fault he is out of work.

    This is key to politics – a “net overall loss” can so easily become a net gain (in votes) to the rulers. Just look at Greece for a further example. Where even the sensible commentators don’t seem to understand that GDP going down 25% isn’t really going down 25% when most of that 25% was only ever the spending of other peoples’ money that – it turns out – could not be financed long-term. Still the politicians will create this net loss though, in chasing votes.

  8. So Much for Subtlety

    The Stigler – “Working in a shop, or a cafe or in a cinema is a shitty paid job that’s insecure and always was. The record shop I worked in hired 15-16 year old kids. The job I did took about 20 minutes to learn to do and I got paid £10 a day in the mid-80s. If that’s all you’ve got the skills for, you’re competing with 15-16 year old kids who are working for money for fags and booze (I guess weed and top-ups today).”

    Someone who would probably agree with this is Mike Rowe. Sad to say he is virtually the only person I know who talks sensibly about jobs and skills. At least consistently. He has something on just this subject:

    http://profoundlydisconnected.com/ofw-minimum-wage/

  9. SMFS – Mike Rowe is a proper dude. Would make a great politician except that his intellect and innate decency would stop him every being a politician.

    As the CAGW – We still have the Climate Change Act on the books, whihc mandates us to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050.

    As I have noted elsewhere, I’m not sure how we achieve this without going to live in caves.

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