Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Compare and Contrast: Unemployment edition

"Good rhetoric catches the spirit of the times, not extreme but forensic, resonant with what's happening – the million young people without jobs, the rising debt wasted on unemployment instead of constructive investment. This peacetime crisis needs a lick of warlike fire."
Polly Toynbee, 28 August 2012, in full hand-wringing mode.

"Even if unemployment reaches 3 million, that still leaves 90% in secure jobs. Most people will suffer not at all in this recession: on the contrary they will do well as prices fall and the real value of their earnings rises."
Polly Toynbee, 25 November 2008, in let-them-eat-cake Brown boosterism mode.


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