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Afternoon folks, welcome to The Daily Politics on Friday. The

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Government unveils a one billion pound Youth Contract, but how many

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of the over one million unemployed young people will it help get back

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to work? I'll be speaking to the Employment Minister. 12-hour delays

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predicted for passengers at Heathrow, on top of school closures

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and cancelled hospital operations. How costly and disruptive will next

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Wednesday's co-ordinated strike action be? And how a squeeze on

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incomes, tax credit cuts and the rising cost of childcare are a

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turn-off for some women voters. We're going back 20-30 years, where

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it is a presumption that women will And with me today are writer and

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broadcaster David Torrance and former political editor of the

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Observer Gaby Hinsliff. Welcome to you both. First this morning, more

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dire predictions about the impact of next week's co-ordinated strike

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action by members of public sector unions. Bosses at Heathrow are

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warning of 12-hour delays as border staff walk out - sounds like a

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pretty typical day at the airport to me. Most schools are predicted

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to be shut, with many parents having to take a day off work to

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look after their children. The strike is also likely to hit the

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NHS, where agency staff are being drafted in and some non-urgent

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operations are being postponed. Yesterday the Government warned the

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action would cost the country as much as �500 million - a figure

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contested by the unions. So, David Torrance, it is a day not to fly

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into Britain if you're a normal passenger, and if you're a suicide

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bomber, probably a good day to fly in. Absolutely, what I find

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interesting in this is tracking public opinion. The Daily Mail

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today says, is this something of really big? -- is this the

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beginning of something really big? It suggests there is a war fund to

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cater for several strikes after this one. Will public opinion put

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up with one strike, let alone several? That is the question.

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Although there is one strike planned for next Wednesday, it does

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not change anything, the question is, will the unions do this again

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and again, and if so, which way will public opinion go? Lots of

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people will put up with one day's disruption, a lot of people will

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have some sympathy, actually, with have some sympathy, actually, with

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public sector workers, and will feel, fair enough. But if it goes

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on and on, will people blame the unions, or will they blame the

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Government for not negotiating it to a peaceful settlement? Our TV

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screens are full of riots in Athens and Rome, Portugal had a one-day

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strike this week, Tahrir Square is up in flames again... The general

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attitude might become a we do not want to go down that road. Yes,

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absolutely. And there is a sense that the trade unions are out of

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touch with reality. Public opinion polls demonstrate that most Brits

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accept that some sort of austerity measures are necessary. So if they

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continue to go on strike after this one, there will be that disconnect

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between what is reasonable and what Well, here's a radical idea. If

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some of next week's striking public sector workers don't want their

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jobs, there are plenty of unemployed young people out there

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who just might be interested. No, that's not government policy - yet.

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But the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has been setting out plans

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this morning to create 400,000 work and training placements. Last week

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youth unemployment reached the youth unemployment reached the

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toxic figure of 1 million. There were 1.02 million unemployed 16- to

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24-year-olds between July and September. That means almost one in

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five young people who are looking for jobs can't find one. Figures

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released yesterday also show the number of NEETs - young people not

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in education, employment, or training - has risen to over 1

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million. That does not include students. Acutely aware of the need

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to act, the Government has promised �1 billion across the UK for a

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Youth Contract to tackle youth unemployment. The hope is to

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provide at least 410,000 new work places for 18- to 24-year-olds This

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would see firms being given a subsidy of more than �2,000 for

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each unemployed young person they take on for six months. Firms would

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also get �1,500 for every apprentice they employ. And there

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will be cash, too, to subsidise 250,000 work placements lasting up

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to eight weeks. The Government hopes this will silence critics who

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accuse it of inaction - and more importantly that it will stem the

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tide. I'll be talking about the Government's plans in a moment with

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the Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, and Labour's Stephen

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Timms. But amongst all this doom and gloom, there is apparently some

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good news, because a survey out today suggests that there's been a

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significant increase in the number of young people escaping the

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competitive jobs market and starting their own businesses. I'm

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joined now from Liverpool by Nikki Hesford, who runs a business called

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Hesford, who runs a business called Miss Fit UK. Thanks for joining us,

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I understand you ended up running your own business because you found

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your own business because you found it hard getting a job with the

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company. Yes, in April 2008 I was looking for a job in financial

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services, going to interviews, and finding that after 35 interviews,

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they were all, thank you for applying, but somebody else has got

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the job. That was even jobs in �9,500 a year. I had a degree, but

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I was not able to get the job. There were 15, 20, 30 people going

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for a minimum wage receptionist job. There was just too much competition.

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Even though I was more than qualified. You said that tax

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credits were important to you go as a single mother, allowing you to go

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out to work - have you had any other help from the Government?

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There have been some small local grants for starting the business, a

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couple of 1,000 pounds here and there. They have been useful. But

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the tax credit has been brilliant, because it enables you as a single

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parent to have something coming in whilst your business is perhaps not

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making anything, to start with. The tax credits will also pay for the

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child care so that you can get your business off the ground. Now, or

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and employer, what is the quality of the labour market like, the

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quality of people? It is quite difficult. We also have a family

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restaurant, as well as Miss Fit UK. We have been trying to find waiters

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and waitresses and chefs for the past year, and we have been unable

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to find people suitable for the job. We're finding that a lot of people

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like initiative. There is a sense of entitlement, a lot of people, I

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am entitled to this or that. It is difficult to get a strong work

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ethic. Just little things like appearance, timekeeping, you would

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think that people would be nailing these things, but yet people are

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continuing in the Lake for jobs, or they do not turn up, or they do not

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come in on Mondays, people do not seem to have the heart and soul to

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do a job. Good luck with your business. And joining us now are

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the Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, and his Labour Shadow,

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Stephen Timms. Chris Grayling, this �1 billion scheme would not have

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happened without the Lib Dems, would it? That's not true, this is

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a coalition programme. We have been looking at it for some months, we

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put the plan together in the department. It is an extension of

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the schemes which were already in place, doubling the size of the

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existing work-experience scheme... Wasn't it like getting a vegetarian

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to going to a kebab shop? That's simply not the case. So, the Lib

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Dems are wrong to claim the credit for it? Mr Clegg has been out and

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about this morning... That's natural, when you have an important

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announcement, either the Prime Minister or the Deputy Prime

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Minister will go out and announce it. We are a team. So, you do the

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work and he takes the credit. Inevitably, one all the other will

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want to play a major part in a big announcement. Oh, yes, we have seen

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that. Where is the money coming from? You will have to wait until

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the Spending Review or until the Autumn Statement next week. I

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cannot pre-empt what will be announced. But is it additional

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money? I am not going to respond, I'm afraid. The Autumn Statement

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will set it all out. Will the money be coming from tax credits?

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still not going to answer that one, I'm afraid. I hope you will be

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impressed when the statement comes out by the range of measures to

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deal with unemployment. You will have to decide if you're happy or

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sad on Tuesday. Can we just get it clear, 4,000 new jobs are not being

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created by this �1 billion. Within that figure, it includes 250,000

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work-experience placements for up to, and I say again, up to eight

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weeks, that's not a new job. work experience scheme has proved

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enormously successful, since we launched it in the spring. More

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than half the young people going through that scheme have been

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getting off benefits and into work. It is by far the most cost-

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effective scheme that we have seen in the country in recent years. It

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really works, and if you have something that works, you should

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build on it. Stephen Timms, you must be happy, this job creation

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scheme is not unlike yours, and it will probably just as useless as

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yours. It is very welcome, the fact that the Government has recognised

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finally that something needs to be done. It is a tragedy that we had

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to get such awful youth unemployment figures before the

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Government acted. The Future Jobs Fund did not work, either. Well, it

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did, of course. This announcement underlines what a serious mistake

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it was for the Government to scrap the Future Jobs Fund just after the

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election. There's lots of detail we do not yet know. It seems that a

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lot of it is about eight-week work experience placements. I would be

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interested to know, is the money which is supporting employers going

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to go direct to the employers, or is it going to go to the work

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programme? I think it is likely to go straight to the employers. We

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will sit down with the CBI and others to work out whether we make

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payments through the national insurance system or through

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different means. But this is a support mechanism for employers

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when they take someone on. It is a cash incentive. One of the point I

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should make, you would believe, listening to the Labour Party, that

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somehow unemployment have rocketed in the last few monks amongst the

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young. At the time of the general election, there were 930,000 young

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people out of work, that figure has increased to just over one million,

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but the idea that this is somehow a creation of the coalition is for

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the birds. Long term youth unemployment is up 86% since

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January. That is not the case. The previous government buried young

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unemployed people on something called training allowance and other

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schemes, so the figures did not show the true picture. If you take

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a like-for-like comparison, there has been very... Change in the

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number of people, young people, unemployed for six months. The fact

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is, yours is a variation of the other scheme. They're both much of

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a muchness. Your version was the expensive one, but within a month

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of it coming to an end, when your time of subsidised work came to an

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end, 50% of young people were back on the dole, it didn't work. 50% of

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them, however, were in work, including young people who had been

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out of work for a long time. does not show how many were

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unemployed again after six months, or after one month. The Future Jobs

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Fund broke the mould. If you speak to young people, a lot of people

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say it changed their lives for the better. It is very welcome that

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after this very long time, the Government is trying to make up for

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some of the damage it don't. -- it did. Youth unemployment rose

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consistently under Labour from 2004 onwards. 2004 was not the recession.

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Unemployment among young people rose every year from 2004. The

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recession did not start until 2008. You were asking about the Future

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Jobs Fund. That was introduced in the recession, and it was

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successful in bringing youth unemployment down. Since it was

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stopped, it has rocketed again, but it is welcome that the Government

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is finally addressing this. If it is true, as the Government said

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this morning, that the Deputy Prime Minister made a proposal on these

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lines to the Cabinet in January, why has it taken almost a year?

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did you scrap one interventionist scheme which does not work, wait a

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long while, to introduce another one that probably will not work?

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The Future Jobs Fund paid �6,500 to give a young person a six-month

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work experience placement, with nothing to follow. The crucial

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difference was the minimum wage. What we are doing is supporting,

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through the package we have announced today, and through

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increased apprenticeships, the start of long-term careers. These

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are real jobs in the private sector that will lead somewhere, not a

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six-month temporary work placement, to massage the unemployment figures.

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You do not know that. One thing we do know is that it does not pay in

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this country now to be out of work and to be 25 or 26. Actually, the

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work programme, and I am encouraged by the early stages of that, is

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delivering personalised support to young people of all ages. Your

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subsidy stops at 24, like all of these schemes, having unintended

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consequences. If I'm an employer faced with two youngsters, 24 and

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25, I will take the 24-year-old, because I get the subsidy. It is

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Bye-bye 25-year-old, is that not We are unashamedly helping the

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youth, because they are in a difficult position, they need

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experience, but how can they get it? Thatcher had the YTS. The it is

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the same idea, a subsidy for a job. I am old enough to remember when

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the coalition didn't believe in subsidised jobs. They felt that

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they didn't need the state to come in all heavy-handed. So what we are

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going to see next week is a return to this idea that the Government

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was quite scornful of. I remember Gordon Brown doing some of these

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measures at his height. We are Isaac -- we are either reaching a

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point were the previous government was right, or that they were wrong

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and this is going to be wrong again. Having said that, I think there is

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a me to be said young people doing something rather than being

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unemployed. But it is a gamble on a quick recovery. What is your take?

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I am rather cynical about all of these schemes. It did bring to mind

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the YTS of the 1980s. Governments have to be seen to be doing

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something, and they accept the political reality of that. But in

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truth, what reduce his youth unemployment is a healthy, vibrant

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economy on the whole, and not targeted assistance. We see from

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continental schemes that once the period of assistance has come to an

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end, they go back on the dole. Let's not be parochial here. Europe

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is awash with the schemes. You go to Spain, Germany, Italy, France,

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governments are awash with the schemes, and unemployment among

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young people there is even higher than it is here. They haven't

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worked. But we are not creating an artificial scheme for short-term

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work. What we are doing is in some devising employers. -- giving

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employers incentives. This is about creating long-term jobs, not about

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creating temporary job placements that massage the unemployment

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figures. How is it not temporary of the subsidy runs out after six

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months? We are giving the employer the incentive to take a chance on

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someone without experience with a financial boost, and that is what

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this is about. It is not simply about a short-term job creation

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scheme. If employers get a subsidy to employ somebody, they will take

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it. Yes, and we want them to! doesn't mean long-term employment.

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Time will tell. We have been talking a lot about

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potential cuts to tax credits, but the Minister gave nothing away

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there. You'll have to tune in to the Autumn Statement live here on a

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Daily Politics special on Tuesday. The squeeze on household incomes is

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one of the factors said to be losing the Government the support

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of women voters. They're getting tax credits cut, they go to the

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shops and see how high food prices are. They are not happy.

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Karen Miller lives with her husband Darren and therefore kids. They

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both work full-time, and spent almost �5,000 a year on child care.

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But with their tax credits cut from �90 to �20 a week, Karen says it

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may not be worth working. I always believed, growing up and working my

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way up through the work chain, that I would be better off, that I would

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be able to afford those luxuries. And not to be able to afford those

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luxuries is really quite shocking. We do have to consider whether it

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might be worth one of us not working. The Government's not about

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to reverse cuts the tax credit any time soon. But one MP thinks that

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you could cut a red tape and get a cheaper alternative. Eggs -- for

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example, in a small village or town where it is hard to get to work, a

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mum who is staying at home and looking after her own children

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might be able to look after her friends' children as well without

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having to go through all the Ofsted red tape. It is a popular idea in a

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country with one of the world's most expensive childcare systems.

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But the ride Down side to cheap childcare. It is about having well-

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trained qualified staff who understand child development, so

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that the children and not sitting there doing nothing but getting

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some input to help them learn. would rather pay for my daughter to

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go to a childminder. She gets such a lot in terms of early education.

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But I know that when she goes to school, she will be able to learn

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at a faster rate than children who haven't had that social skill input.

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And Karen has a message for politicians hoping they can win

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over the women voters. I want to work - police tell me. I really do

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think that we're going back 20 or 30 years to where it is a

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presumption that women will stay in the household, and all that work on

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equality has gone out of the window. Kate Conway reporting. Chris

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Grayling is still with us. At a time when living standards are

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being seriously squeezed because prices, particularly of essentials,

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are rising so much more than wages, which are static, more and more

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families, both parents are having to go out to work, which makes

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child care all the more important. But child care is getting tough, as

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we have seen in the film. It is important, and you have to put in

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context the changes we have made to tax credits. We inherited a system

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row you're paying tax credits to people who were earning �50,000 the

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year, and in tough times, you have to draw a line as to how far up the

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income scale you can provide support. But by looking at the

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introduction of the Universal Credit, what we're doing for the

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first time is allow women are going back to work working just a few

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hours a week to claim credits for child care in a way that wasn't

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possible previously. So we have unashamedly said we cannot do

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everything for everyone, but we have strengthened support for

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people at the bottom end of the scale. I take the difficulties,

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because you have got no money because you have spent billions on

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a job scheme, but what would you say to people who want to work,

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they have to work because they are the squeezed middle, but they can't

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get the child care. What would you say to them? We are providing

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through the tax credit system support for child care. That hasn't

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changed. But equally, we have got to recognise that in difficult

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times financially, there are limits to how much we can rely on that. It

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was a hard decision to say that we cannot use tax credits to support

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people earning more than �50,000 per year. A lot of the people you

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took that away from think of themselves as the squeezed middle

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two. Is this one of the reasons why the Conservatives have a problem

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with women? I think it absolutely is. The change happened since April,

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meaning that you can now claim back less of your child care then you

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could, for a lot of mothers who were only just thinking it was

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worth working and may be feeling a bit guilty and torn about working,

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you reach a point where you are paying to work. You do start

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resenting the Government at that point. They are feeling forced to

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go back and look after the kids, even if that is not what they want

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to do, and it feels like the Government wants women to be in the

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home, and I don't think that is what the Government intended. The

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result is either women working, or black market child care, cash-in-

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hand to a neighbour because it is cheaper. Do you think they are

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encouraged to do that? Child care has gone up above-inflation this

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year, and wages have not risen. What do you think? I have now taken

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child care, I am a single man of 34 x man but I think it is intriguing

:24:34.:24:44.
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that David Cameron seems to be now week with women voters. You are

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Alex Salmond's biographer, aren't you? I am, and he has appeared on

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Mumsnet and various interviews. It was a PR exercise, essentially. I

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wonder if David Cameron might be considering an appearance on

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Mumsnet and women's hour. I think we can definitely say that that

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might happen! Is it just economically impossible to allow a

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child care to be tax deductible? There are a number of things. If

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you look at the various ideas and pressures and suggestions, that is

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one of the ideas, and of course there are -- people argue for that.

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But we are dealing with a very difficult financial position. There

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are many things that people might argue we should do, but our real

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task right now is to maintain stability in the economy. If we

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were to let rip and allow borrowing to rise again in the way the Labour

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Party seems to want us to do, the consequence would be that we would

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end up with the kind of financial pressures that we are seeing in

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other European countries. We do not want to go in that direction.

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have a women problem, don't you? think it is up to us to win the

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support of voters, both male and female, over the next three-and-a-

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half-year us to demonstrate that we are listening. We hear that mantra

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every day. Thank you very much, Mr grayling. Time now to see what else

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has been going on in the last seven days. It is the week in 60 seconds.

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David Cameron and Nick Clegg got to boost the House market, so as a

:26:28.:26:32.

couple, they went house-hunting. is vitally important to build more

:26:32.:26:38.

houses. In Egypt, protesters returned to Tahir Square, demanding

:26:38.:26:43.

that the military stand down immediately. Westminster hard nut

:26:43.:26:47.

Ed Balls reveals he has a softer side when he told an interviewer

:26:47.:26:51.

that he cries at the Sound of Music and the Antiques Roadshow. Figures

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showed that net migration into 1010 was at a record high, a quarter of

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a million more people came to the UK then left.

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The Leveson Inquiry has been hearing evidence, some of it

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dignified, moving and shocking, plus a string of celebrity

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witnesses who pitched in with a few lighter moments. You told me

:27:11.:27:16.

backstage you are going to bowl me straight balls. If these are

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straight balls, I would hate to see your googlies. And unstoppable

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problems already facing the eurozone, the last beret maker in

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France said it could close within days.

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When the Germans cannot sell their debt, and the French can't make

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their berets. Then I think we are all in trouble! That is it, Jo will

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be here on Monday, and joined Jon Sopel on Sunday For the Politics

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