August 13th, 2014

Unemployment Falls to 6.4% – Figures in Full


There were 30.60 million people in work, 167,000 more than for January to March 2014 and 820,000 more than a year earlier.

The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate), was 73.0%. This was higher than for January to March 2014 and for a year earlier.

There were 2.08 million unemployed people, 132,000 fewer than for January to March 2014 and 437,000 fewer than a year earlier.

The unemployment rate continued to fall, reaching 6.4% for April to June 2014, the lowest since late 2008. The unemployment rate is the proportion of the economically active population (those in work plus those seeking and available to work) who were unemployed.

Via ONS.


  1. 1
    Shooty* says:

    Does it include the social group that one might refer to as “The Peaceful Postal Voters”?”

  2. 2
    RomaBert... says:

    Doesn’t feel like it, this cost of living crisis is hitting the workers hardest! :)

  3. 3
    Joe Public says:

    Zero hour contracts.

  4. 4
    What I don't understand says:

    Why does Milliband, Harman, Balls, etc still have jobs?

  5. 5
    Red Miliband says:

    Yeth yeth yeth, but what about the cotht of living cwithith???

  6. 6
    Vince Cable says:

    2 million unemployed workers.
    We obviously need to import more

  7. 7
    Stan Butler says:

    Great news, but average earnings fell by 0.2%.
    I’ll see if Blakey has any overtime going..

  8. 8
    Lefty wankshaft says:

    If we don’t import workers from abroad who is going to pay for the unemployed?
    Hah got you there rightie.

  9. 9
    Joe Public says:

    Immigrants working for less than the minimum wage and living 12 to a room.

    Roma selling the Beeg Issue. Yep, it’s all go in thriving Britain.

    Pity you can’t bring a family up in London for £120kpa according to some Tory twat.

  10. 10
    madasafish says:

    Read Ed Balls in 2010:

    He forecast unemployment to rise.

    And he is still Shadow COE.

  11. 11
    Winston says:

    No doubt Labour will say wages aren’t rising, but being in a job is better than been on benefits

  12. 12

    Far be it for me to accuse Guido of ingenuousness, but at the same time the unemployment figures were released, so was the average earnings index, which showed a fall in earnings of 0.2%. More people are working for less reward. Not so good, is it?

  13. 13
    Ed Miliband says:

    oh fucking hell, this is just my luck

  14. 14
  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    The figures are meaningless unless you include those on ESA/Incapacity Benefit in each year too
    The only people claiming unemployment are those working on the black.
    All the long term unemployed are on ESA.

  16. 16
    Durango The Merciless and Loving! says:

    How many of us here remember the (1979?)Tory poster “Labour Isn’t Working”? Unemployment had just reached one million and rising. We now have unemployment at two million. I could end all unemployment by tomorrow morning, anyone guess what I’m hinting at. Well done that pupil at the back of the class, the answer is of course to stop all unemployment payment. As a stop gap I am willing to start by having the US system introduced, six months of unemployment benefit after which it stops because it is assumed that you have found a job. Tough medicine but it would work!

  17. 17
    Yasser Araffat Burger says:

    You forgot zero hours contract, bedroom tax, NHS not safe in Tory hands, not being more shouty to Israel, hitting poorest the hardest – do keep up, sweetie

  18. 18
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    0.2% by gum. On twenty grand a year that would be about a loss of about two quid a month after tax. Hardly back to the dark days of the Great Depression.

  19. 19

    There is something else fishy about the unemployment figures, and it is not the government who are in the frame for once.

    Seems that employers may be not being completely honest about what their actual employment demands are, or salaries need to go up:

    Vote UKIP :-D

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Guido Fauxkes lol. Government echo chamber lol.

  21. 21
    Executive Summary says:

    Zero Hours Contracts …

    Service Sector Economy …

    Millions of imports …

    Out of touch Politicians …

    Lib Dems in effective power …

    No prosecutions for Labour fucktards …

    Cameron …

    Sucking EU cock …

    *slow hand clap* for the ‘New Conservatives’

  22. 22
    Yasser Araffat Burger says:

    Well, it is good unless you’re some commie, cheaper for employers to take on staff dontcha know – only way to earn more money is get skilled so it’s only kids educated under Labour who have to take minimum wage jobs as the NUT taught them nowt.

  23. 23
    The Real Tragedy says:

    Mostly unemployable. Poor motivation/discipline and poor skills.

  24. 24
    Old fart says:

    It’s happening and there is no going back.
    A young working lad in a non skilled job can’t afford a roof over his head and with three months wages going on insurance can barely afford to run a car either.
    The days of bicycle and lodgings have returned.

  25. 25
    George Osborne says:

    mmmmmmmmmmmm….more tax…..lovely!!!!!!

  26. 26
    Ed Balls says:

    Hold on, hold on, these numbers are pretty big and are coming in thick and fast.

    Slow down a bit, I cant get my socks off that quick to work them out.

  27. 27
    Jason Smith says:

    It’s a fraud, they have no idea how many people are unemployed, only numbers claiming benefits.
    One of the features of our current problems is that large numbers of the middle class are out of work, people who have too much savings to be entitled to much benefits, so they don’t bother signing on and run their savings down instead.
    We have lots of people working freelance, working much less of the year than they would prefer, indeed many working hardly a few weeks a year.
    We have lots of people who have retired early simply because they cannot find any work.
    What exactly would you expect with mass out of control immigration? Work visas being printed in vast numbers for Indian nationals to come in with skills already in oversupply? And so on? Of course Brits are being displaced from the jobs market.

  28. 28
    Never trust or vote for Labour Councils/MPs says:

    (1) Unemployment benefit map shows party political divide (The Guardian, Thursday 26 January 2012):

    ‘Twelve of the 15 seats with highest percentage of claimants are held by Labour, while lowest claimant areas are mostly Tory or Lib Dem seats’.

    (2) Coalition v shadow cabinet: whose constituencies are worse hit by unemployment? (The Guardian, Wednesday 16 March 2011):

    ‘New research shows Labour MPs harder hit than Coalition members when it comes to unemployment in their constituencies’.

    (3) Hard-working families forced to pay extra £528 extra on council tax bills to cover £2.4BILLION debt left by people who refuse to pay (Daily Mail, 12 January 2014): ”9 out of 10 worst councils for collecting council tax are Labour-run”.

    (4) Labour councils ‘sitting on cash’ as services are cut (The Telegraph, 17 Apr 2011):

    ‘Labour councils are cutting local libraries, nurseries and other public services while sitting on reserves of hundreds of millions of pounds, the Conservatives have claimed.’

    (5) Labour’s ‘secret plan for a 10% death tax’ raid on the estates of Middle Britain to fund social care for the elderly (Daily Mail, 15 February 2010).

    “Ministers are considering plans for a ‘death tax’ raid on the estates of Middle Britain to fund social care for the elderly. Labour is said to have carried out secret polls to see if voters would stomach a 10 per cent levy on their estates when they die”.

    “It means that the families of middle income earners with estates worth £500,000 could be hit with a £50,000 extra tax bill when their relatives die, on top of inheritance tax”.

  29. 29
    Handycock the Pervert's Pervert says:

    I have been unemployed for over 40 years and been doing very nicely out of it thank you. A system where someone with no education whatsoever, never had a proper job, can be an MP, drawing over £200k a year in salary and expenses and spend 7 months in the Priory Clinic, at taxpayer’s expense, at a cost of £700 a day, with a villa in Spain, cannot be all bad. A good advert, I might also say for the Brotherhood, as is the Co-op and the very Reverend Flowers. Whoopee! Boaz.

  30. 30
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Ed how are you managing to cope with this fall of 0.2% in your wage. Yesterday you were getting £2000 for a weeks work and now your only getting £1998, this truly awful.

  31. 31
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    Yes you would have to work 4½ minutes overtime per week to plug the catastrophic loss of 0.2% in your earnings.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Fucking idiot.

  33. 33
    Ed Balls says:

    You thick fucking righty thats 0.1%. The answer should be £2,098 after benefits.

  34. 34
    Fire 'Worker' (Painter & Decorator Designate) says:


  35. 35
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    Think MPs managed to escape paycuts.

  36. 36
    The Growler says:

    It is good to hear that unemployment is reducing, but of course that is not not the same over the country, there are pockets of stubborn unemployment and it becomes worse as you progress further away for London. What gets me is why anyone is really unemployed in London, if no work in one borough there is the borough next to it.

  37. 37
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Your right it is bollocks.

  38. 38
  39. 39
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    In most countries the unskilled are out in the fields or begging in the street. In the UK they get bicycles, board and lodgings. Don’t know how lucky we are. Our ‘poor’ are millionaires compared to the poor in the Third World.

  40. 40
    Joe Public says:

    Yes dork? And when that mounts up over time, like Stamp Duty, inheritance tax, top rate of tax, VAT.

    They all stay static or rise (whichever suits the government) and they all add up, or did they not teach you addition at school?

  41. 41
    Gordon Brown says:


    Now finish him.

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    “Unemployment Falls to 6.4% – Figures in Full”
    Were Shakespeare alive today, and commenting on current social mores. Would his “What’s in a name” need to be rephrased slightly, to deal with this sort of propaganda driven (Election-Ho!) delusion? Perhaps then becoming, “What’s in the definition of employment? Do no-hours contracts count, or not? Might that not depend on what one wants to prove sir?”

  43. 43
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    It’s good news for the UK economy, something we never had under Labour, but will the two Eds find a way to spin this as a disaster? I mean, how long will it take them to do so?

  44. 44
    10% tax rate replaced by bennies says:

    Oh how naive, sweet but still naive.

  45. 45
    New Labour Socialist says:

    We are against market forces except when it comes to the jobs market.
    A native Brit will just have to get used to the fact with more workers coming from abroad employers have more choice these days.

  46. 46
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    Dork? Fuck off.

  47. 47
    The Growler says:

    Geedes is the Master’s soundbox (like the body of a classical guitar amplifies sound), but it is no good preaching to the converted.

  48. 48
    Ed Miliband says:

    ‘Ordinary people are Hit Hardest by the Cost of Living Crisis’

    Whats not to like?

  49. 49
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    As tinfoil has gone up by 1.2% I am suffering a cost of living crisis.

  50. 50
    Nigel would wipe the floor with Milicock in a debate says:

  51. 51
    A Typical Labour Voter says:

    Yes there is more choice these days granted. This is why I choose not to work.

  52. 52
    Inspector Blake says:

    BUTLERRRR! Get that bus out!

  53. 53
    Lounging in the sun, Dave Cameron says:

    I’m mostly unemployable and I got to be PM!


  54. 54
    Old fart says:

    Of course I know things could be worse and they probably will be by the end.
    For a start In the old days Britain didn’t have so many excitable ethnics around.
    That’s sure going to liven things up when times get tough.

  55. 55
    The Growler says:

    They are voted into those positions, by people that do not know them, that is why I have my doubts when asked to vote for one person before another, because I do not know them, apart from a bit of written verbiage on the election pamphlet.

  56. 56
    Nick Clegg says:

    The Liberal Democrat Party is all inclusive, we even welcome perverts like Mike Handycock in to our ranks and when he disgraces himself and the Party we threaten to expel him and then do nothing about it. If you want to be a member of a political party that is all inclusive, join the Liberal Democrats.

  57. 57

    Learn to use a calculator , Gordon’s got one on expenses he’s never used.

  58. 58
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Where’s Blanchflower who predicted unemployment would hit 5 million?

    What a mong :-)

  59. 59
    A cyclist says:

    + bicycles are eco friendly, cost zip to run and keep you fit.

    Win win win!

  60. 60
    Mabel Thorpe says:

    But what do we do about this C*NT

  61. 61
    David Miliband says:

    My brother is a calculating bastard maybe he can help.

  62. 62
    Cinna says:

    Whilst I have a lot of sympathy for that point of view, the intention of “business leaders” banging on about the difficulty in finding “skilled” labour is merely a smokescreen to make the case for yet more immigration.

    There are sections of society that will not be happy until anyone who can trace their British ancestry back more than three generations are, in effect, untermenschen.

  63. 63
    Ed Miliband's Parasite Party (for shirkers, not workers) says:

    Not working is not a choice, it is a right!

  64. 64
    ISIUK says:

    I am sharpening my scimitar for the day. Real soon Inshalah.

  65. 65
    Diana Abbott says:

    Dem unemployed in London is mostly from I community

  66. 66
    BBC News says:

    2011 – unemployment goes up. Here’s a rent-a-quote Labour MP to tell us it’s all bad news and how terrible the jobs crisis is for ordinary hardworking people and how out of touch the Tories are

    2014 – unemployment goes down. Here’s a rent-a-quote Labour MP to tell us that it’s actually not all good news and how terrible the jobs crisis is for ordinary hardworking people and how out of touch the Tories are

  67. 67
    Ed Miliband's Parasite Party (for shirkers, not workers) says:

    “Long-suffering hard-working ordinary people are hit hardest by the evil baby-eating out-of-touch Tory Toffs’ cost of living crisis.”

  68. 68
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    So the lowest rate of unemployment in the last 40 years was achieved under Ted Heath’s Conservative government.

    Then we joined the EEC/EU and it’s been downhill ever since :-(

  69. 69
    South of the river commuter says:

    After my 15 mile cycle ride into the centre of London I sure feel refreshed and ready for the day.

  70. 70
    Hard Hitter says:

    Unemployed scroungers are being hardest hit by this economic good news.

  71. 71
    David Cameron says:

    I still believe Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.

  72. 72
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    The Tories should sue The Labour Party under the Trades description act for misleading voters.

    They should rename themselves The Layabout Party :-)

  73. 73
    The Critic says:

    Before we get sucked into the spoon-fed good news:

    Unemployment stood at 2.46 million in the first period after this Government came to power. It has now fallen to 2.08 million. Yet a million new jobs have been created supposedly? Couple with the increase in self-employment, those sums don’t seem to add up.

    The number of people unemployed over 12 months was 796,000 in August 2010 and after four years of welfare reforms, workfare and sanctions aimed at this group the number has actually risen.

    Savage cuts/getting people back to work? These numbers do not reflect that rhetoric.

    It comes as no surprise that when the political classes intervene, very little actually happens in practical terms. Whichever way you vote,nothing will change.

  74. 74
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    You are assuming that the total workforce has remained static.

    A lot of new jobs have gone to newly arrived immigrants.

  75. 75
    boredhousehusband says:

    a few violent men I know are really struggling in this climate.
    Local muscle is more expensive than cheap Eastern Euro muscle

    The Hardest Are Being Hit Hardest

    but there’s always the free owls

  76. 76
    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    Can I see the month on month income tax receipts alongside that chart please.

  77. 77
    Durango says:

    Your debating method is of a high standard… typical socialist!

  78. 78
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    When I was young some people said I was lucky because the bin men came to my house twice a week.

    The only problem was those people who complained about seeing a bin man once a week all had nice gardens.

    My house had no garden and a small back yard with an outside toilet and that is my point see

  79. 79
    B. Serious says:

    Oh dear seems like you forgot to mention the reduction in average earnings…during what is billed as a “recovery”. Suspicious eh?

    The unemployment figures are being fiddled with lots of people being forced off benefits into very low wage or no wage jobs.

    The rise in employment is no surprise given the huge numbers migrating into this country prepared to work for a pittance and sleep in a bed in a shed.

    The only way this “recovery” can continue is through mass immigration to provide spurious GDP “growth” (in absolute not per capita terms), to fuel a low economy, to increase company profits (through an ever-present reservoir of labour) and through creating huge demand for construction of housing. Meanwhile, the country’s cultural and constitutional integrity is being placed in jeopardy and the so-called recovery is bound to self-implode at some point.

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    Where's my fucking owl says:

    With figures as good as that I am surprised there has been no emergency recall of Parliament.

    Dave the Bulldog would wipe the floor with Miniband.

  81. 81
    Chucku Umana says:

    Tru dat, dem young’ns is blud clart lazy bredgerins smokin weed and ting…

  82. 82
    David CameraOn says:

    OK, cameras off? I better rush off to that emergency Cabinet Committe on the growing UK Jihadi threat.

  83. 83
    Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

    And this ends a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party.
    In an attempt to show how unbiased the BBC is, the other Party Political Broadcasts will be televised in the 3am to 4am slot.

  84. 84
    David Cameron says:

    Don’t worry about that. As Leader of the High Tax Party I’m always working to increase taxes…

  85. 85
    Super-Rich Must Be Mollycoddled says:

    OK, what do you do when children start turning up at school starving?

    And why are you so keen on punishing the idiots at the bottom of the food chain,but not the idle sons and daughters of the superrich?

    I also could wipe out unemployment over night – by providing useful paid employment for all our citizens.

  86. 86
    Mark Carney and his Flying Circus says:

    Do not be so stupid.

    If there is an emergency recall of Parliament it will cost the taxpayer £2,587,987.98p in additional MP expenses.

    If the MPs come back the likes of Oxfam and the Red Cross Will be raiding the emergency fund for £500m for aid from the Emergency Fund which Dave will make out will not be costing the taxpayer anything extra.

    Best to leave well alone and let them all plot away for the Party Conference season.

    It will be a lot cheaper

  87. 87
    An awkward bastard says:

    But although he is only a fucking parrot he does worry.

    Now thanks to George Osborne we have a truly independent OBR and this information should be available at the end of an ipad.

  88. 88
    Mrs Mark Carney says:

    That reminds me I have not had any expenses yet this month .

  89. 89
    Self Employed and earning less than the minimum wage says:

    I still apply for at least six PAYE part time jobs a week.

  90. 90
    Make this man PM says:

    “I also could wipe out unemployment over night – by providing useful paid employment for all our citizens. ”

    Brilliant. Go on then.

  91. 91
    Mark Carney and his Flying Circus says:

    I would not worry too much because come April 2015 the Unemployment Rate will be minus 2.5 % !

  92. 92
    Alan Turing says:

    Are these stnargimmi sreggin ?

  93. 93
    Make this man PM says:

    120k + 25k for the Mrs as secretary plus expenses plus freevfood and subsidised restaurants and bars and free second home allowance of over 2K per month.

  94. 94
    Ed Balls says:

    Hang on: I reckon I can count a 0.2% reduction by clipping my fingernail.

  95. 95
    Mike Newland says:

    The unemployment figures are hugely fiddled, Why does anyone trust them?

    The real question is by what per cent hours of work in total have increased.

    Falling ‘official unemployment’ tells you nothing.

  96. 96
    Shmuel says:

    Oy Vey!

  97. 97
    Shmuel says:

    Hello Shlomo!

  98. 98
    Shmuel says:

    ITYM the Knesset.

  99. 99
    Will says:

    Walking round balham today most of it seems to be alive with builders working hard doing up houses etc. try getting your house done up and my building friends are all busy and not on small jobs. Also I have seen more newer cars parked on my street and loads of delivery drivers around so yes london is booming. The problem is that labour did not do enough for the north when it was in power 97- 2010 and took the votes in bradford etc for granted rather than trying to improve the locals job skills.

  100. 100
    Durango The Merciless But Loving! says:

    They’ve tried 100% tax rates (sequestration of all property) to provide work and revolutionise society at various locations and at different times ( surely even you can think of examples!) it ALWAYS ends in catastrophe/collapse. Of course Socialists/Nazis keep looking for this magic button to press that’s labeled “employment creation” but the only button they end up pressing is failure. The stopping of all unemployment benefit (phased in over say 3/4 years) is tough medicine but it will work. Our debt crisis is fixed and our economy will grow.

  101. 101
    Gorblimey says:

    0.2% of £20000 is £40, or 77 pence a week. Not exactly a lot, is it?

  102. 102
    Duty pedant says:

    Fewer. Less applies to uncountable things. Less unemployment, fewer unemployed.

  103. 103
    David Cameron says:

    Like Fewer Immigrants then?

  104. 104
    Eds Spad says:

    Work in Bedroom Tax somewhere and it’s a winner.

  105. 105
    Eds Spad says:

    Oh and drop the working bit.

  106. 106
    Seen elsewhere says:

    According to Allister Heath

    … earnings have fallen by 10-12 % in real terms since before the financial crisis

    (Britain’s economy needs creative destruction — on Guido’s blog, under “Seen Elsewhere”)

  107. 107
    D. Lammy says:

    … an’ getting fat an’ lazy on dem rice an’ pea.

  108. 108
    Mark Carney and his Flying Circus says:

    if you stand back and let your pay lag behind inflation you are not going to get anywhere fast unless your income is tenfold plus your expenses.

  109. 109

    Yes. But stiff. Of course, if you make the unemployed register as, say, SELF-employed, to qualify for non-starvation, that certainly adds greatly to the balance between the figures. Another irritation, now though, is the number of economically inactive retirees coming back onto the Registers due to effective sequestration if their incomes from interest rates management.
    Going to have to find a lot of jobs for the wrinklies coming back like the gothic “undead” – previously economically buried but now putting the ill-educated school-leavers out of jobs.

  110. 110
    Brother Reverend Flowers (former Co-op) says:

    Jahbulon Handy.

  111. 111

    I heard as ow you are leading a load of cobblers, which are going to be dropped on the Arabs around Gazza (WTF does he need cobblers for?). And you have sent 3 MRCA bombers to go and sort out the refugees hanging around Mt. Symphony. This seems a bit ‘arsh on a group which if they did it ‘ere and planted a load of caravans, calling themselves Roma Irish, you would have taken 10 years £50 million costs and moved them 200 yards down the road before doing it all over again.
    I arst you, can we afford to be so inconsistent. If we can drop one lot of cobblers on less people than camped out at a local pop-concert, you can start dropping water-bombs on folk having an away-day. I did like their concern that they might ‘urt someone but isn’t that what bombing people is supposed to do?
    When my Uncle chucked his wife off Blackpool Tower, t’ judge sent him to prison because it were a Bank Holiday and she might have hit someone. Ah suppose the same idea applies, and they’ll be waiting until everyone has gone away or died?

  112. 112
    BBC - Labour Says, Labour Says says:

    We do not want or like good news from the nasty Tory Party
    So while we recognize that the unemployment figures are down WE at the BBC will keep on about wages going down and getting our tribal Labour comrades to give us people we can interview every day on the fact that they cannot make ends meet.
    Raise the red flag.

  113. 113
    PIE watch says:

    As are news items that don’t fit in with the BBC Breakfast, Six o’clock and News at Ten agenda.

    All funded by extortion.

    Fuck ‘em.

  114. 114
    Joe Public. says:

    I am the REAL Joe Public – get your own moniker you lazy so and so.

  115. 115
    metaltrack says:

    Employment rate is 73.0%
    100 – 73 is 27.

    Keep it under your hat. I thinks unemployment is 27%.

    Just saying. I wish these bastards would stop fiddling the figures.

    Employed or unemployed. Thats all there is. Put the strawman of “long term sick”, “in education”, or imprisoned off the books.

    100-73 = 27.

  116. 116
    Joe Public. says:

    Again this is not the REAL Joe Public but a Liebore Troll who is too ignorant to think up his own moniker.

  117. 117
    metaltrack says:

    Ahe,… “minus 0.2% increase”.

    Didn’t you learn anything from your ex-boss?

  118. 118
    Joe Public - The real one. says:

    He wrote that 4 years ago and he has now changed his ways and mind going against many of his statements.
    SHALLOW Chancellor is his more likely title.

  119. 119
    Two Ed's are NOT better than one. says:

    We have got the BBC and our think tanks working on it.

  120. 120
    Labour Council = Disaster. says:

    That’s what Labour Councils/MPs do. They neglect and exploit the areas they are suppose to properly govern. But instead they have turned each are into a third world hostile place with crime, unemployment, debt, migrant overpopulation, poorer school, hospitals, housing, welfare depedency, ugly council home blocks, council tax rises/debt

    For example most parts of London, some parts of Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford, Liverpool, Luton, Brighton, Stevenage, Glasgow, Sunderland, Middlesborough, Reading, Stoke-on-Trent, Rotherham, Doncaster, Blackpool, Sheffield etc.

  121. 121
    UKIP for 2015 says:

    Unemployment figures are pretty irrelevant imo, when half the population is working part-time, subsidised by tax credits, family tax credits, child benefits and reduced council tax bills.

    The government would have everyone in the country working 5 hours a week, subsidised by benefits and then claim no-one is unemployed ffs.

  122. 122
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    It has never been in Labour’s electoral interests to increase real prosperity in it’s heartlands (or anywhere really). More productive wealthier people equals less Labour votes (that is why prosperous areas don’t vote Labour). Keeping people dependent on public money for their main income, means Labour keep their votes.

    That is why Labour MPs oppose fracking in Northern areas. It will mean more wealth and private sector non-unionised jobs undermining the influence of their dependent voter base.

  123. 123

    Yerst, until my 42 metric tonner accidentally bumps into you. At that point, unfortunately, several immutable laws of Physics combine to make your remains and the very expensive piece of aluminium, steel, and that dinky little camera on your rather useless piece of rubbish called a “helmet” totally inseparable. After that, you are going to set off a lot of metal detectors on your way to the mortuary.
    Didn’t Saint Boris warn you about the down-side. “Two wheels good, ten unstoppable”.

  124. 124

    Is “Slow hand clap” a sort of low-powered Spad or just another murky disease that friendly men give each other?

  125. 125

    Unfortunately, the Action would invite a counterclaim the it is the Conservative Party who are guilty of misrepresentation and/or fraudulent behaviour in holding themselves out as The Conservative Party.

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    Who said that the Capital Taxes Office of HMRC are going to wait for you to die? It is clear that refusing to die is deliberate Tax Avoidance and, therefore not playing the game, although the CTO did ask for it to be made illegal which The Lord Chancellor wholly endorsed until someone told him the difference between “avoidance” and “evasion”.
    The CTO said that, in that case, they saw no reason to hang around and would take up strategic driving of HGVs around London killing cyclists. They pointed out that like Vultures, they couldn’t hang around waiting for a fucking drought every 50 years to get a good meal. The PM said that he liked the idea but that he could see a problem with The ECHR. He wondered if there was any way of being a bit more “selective”, and only bumping off (sorry) the unwary, rich pillocks who weren’t MPs. The Lord Chancellor said his Spad said that we were going to make Trusses unlawful, so we could knock anybody over.
    In the end, the COBRA meeting decided that as there will be a tidal wave of income when Ebola catches on as a means of legitimate anti-avoidance behaviour by Capital Taxes Offices around the World. The PM said he would be looking for volunteers to go for an extended holiday at the taxpayers’ expense in Liberia. There might be a K in it and favourable death duty treatment.
    The bleedin’heart Liberals just wanted to impose Death Duties before people died until someone pointed out that we do that already, it’s called Income Tax but so many people avoid paying it and save it up. This persuaded the Liberals that just killing people was much more effective than waiting for the bastards to die.

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    The purpose of flooding Economies with money before vital Elections so as to pacify the electorate is very well known. Macmillan let the cat out that bag when he said those famous words “you’ve never had it so good!” because politicians know that a happy other doesn’t upset the applecart. Blair and Brown did it three times until the money machine blew up. It still isn’t working and public borrowing and reckless spending through the housing market is back on the road in time for next May.
    The same thing works in Europe, with money being swilled around from Country to Country in anticipation of their Elections. It’s the Bouncing cheque going around various “Countries” so as to keep their situation in place.
    It worked for Heath only for so long. In those days, there wasn’t an International Money Market and it did matter when we had a Balance of Payments deficit and Gnomes of Zurich terrified Governments. Now it’s all about “Demand stimulation”, the “perpetual motion” machine that Mad Mac Brown prophesied had banished “Boom and Bust”.

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    that s to be the ukip employment policy then is it ?

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    Who Cares Anyway says:

    Is it true that fall of just over 130,000 roughly matches the number of benefits claimants on sanctions and therefore removed from the figures as a result?

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    Anonymous says:


    Ian Duncan Smith ( unemployable in the real world – but employable as a Minister apparently) said that once you had your foot on the employment ladder your wages/earning would increase year on year.

    My paper round pays £25 /week and if austerity continues and inflation increases, by year five of the ladder my £25 might only buy me £15’s worth of goods in 2019.

    With me and my girlfriend Chelsea wanting to buy a house in London in the near future has Ian Duncan Smith got any answers as to how we do this on a shrinking wage?

    Come to think of it will this apply to all the people ( including adults) if wages fall further behind inflation bearing in mind that interest rate rises are inflationary too.

    Also I thought I heard Mr Carney let slip that a lot of GDP growth had gone to the bosses and not the workers – hence the fall in the proportion of the alleged growth that the wage earners get due to the fact that the bosses have nicked most of it in profits.

    No wonder he looks worried. He has to jack up interest rates BEFORE the election. Don’t worry – the City of London will be introduced to less cheap money bit by bit.

    Unless it all goes off in The Ukraine and Iraq of course?

    The only protection of minorities going on with ISIS ( re-branded as IS- the Islamic State in order to scare the Christian schmucks or non muslims ) is the protection of FINA / MOBIL/ CHEVRON/etc. It is noticeable that the US the French and the British appeared to get the most active as this Frankenstein monster lumbered towards their oil property.

    Best send the bad lads back to Syria where they were intended to be.

    You all fall for it every time don’t you?

    Heaven help you in the future wehn you find out.

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    Demetrius says:

    Both LabConLib/Press/Media, have been lying about the amount of people who are unemployed for years.

    What no government has ever done is to publish any accurate audit accounts of the amount of money unemployment benefit is actually costing the British taxpayer, including what immigraints are receiving in other benefit hand outs.

    Benefit spending accounts have always been top secret information….period!!

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