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Gordon Brown: We Risk Wasting An Entire Generation

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http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/gordon-brown-we-risk-wasting-an-entire-generation-2219867.html

Lack of work and skills lies behind many of the current regime-challenging protests. We must fund a future for the disaffected young

No one watching the demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, and now, Algeria, Yemen, Iran and Bahrain, can be in any doubt that protest is wearing a very youthful face. Everywhere we see the demand for human rights, for democracy and for an end to corruption. But there is also an economic dimension to the protests, the consequence of endemic unemployment and crushing poverty.

Two-thirds of Egypt's population is under 30, and these young people make up 90 per cent of the country's unemployed. Youth unemployment has hit 30 per cent in Tunisia. It is even higher, 45 per cent, in Algeria. By 2020, there will be an estimated 50 million young Arab workers without jobs.

Across Africa, too, there is an employment catastrophe. The continent will soon to be home to one in every four of the world's young people, but already 80 per cent of them are either out of work or on a family income of less than 75p a day. The number of young people around the world without work reached 81 million in 2010 – the highest level in two decades. Young people account for 44 per cent of its unemployed. The International Labour Organisation says that another 1.7 million youngsters have vanished altogether from official figures, no longer visible on unemployment registers.

As we learnt from last week's UK unemployment figures, developed countries are also being hit hard. The industrialised world had 12 per cent youth unemployment in 2007. Now it's 18 per cent. Almost half of all young people are out of work in Spain, and more than a third in Ireland. In the United Kingdom, America and Europe, one in every five young people are looking for a job.

One of the most ominous aspects of this situation is its immutability. The fragile recovery in the global economy is doing little to change it. Youth unemployment has become a structural problem. The headline figures, however shocking, do not tell the human or economic cost of youth unemployment: the tragic waste; the damage to families and communities; the colossal financial burden on societies. Lost wages in the economies of the Middle East and Africa are costing those continents around 7 per cent of their GDP.

The headline figures also fail to reveal the way in which unemployment threatens peace and security, the way it is callously manipulated by extremists to fuel turmoil.

Young people today can see and hear the experiences of other youngsters across different continents through mobiles and computers. They know that their prospects are no longer in step with their aspirations and their prospects are bleaker than those of their parents. And they are vulnerable to the messages articulated by fanatics.

In these circumstances, it seems obvious that the issue of youth unemployment cannot be ignored, obvious that we need immediate action across every continent.

Yet as I write this, the issue is not on the agenda at international conferences or on the table at our global institutions. Business leaders and politicians have not come together to find answers.

The Global Campaign for Education is to publish a report on the future of the world's children and teenagers which will suggest practical ways in which we can bridge the "opportunity gap" that they face today. World leaders must place this report at the heart of economic policies formulated to drive global growth. And it is time for the world to consider additional steps, too.

First, it's axiomatic that your chances of finding a job rise with your skills. That is true in every corner of the world. So it is wrong to go on denying educational and vocational opportunities to children and young people. We need quality learning for every child in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and we do this by turning the World Bank's Fast Track Initiative into a global fund for education and opportunity.

For our young people in the West we need measures that either encourage them to stay in education or, if their aspiration is to start work sooner, we have to help them gain the essential training and experience they need to meet the challenges of a global jobs market. Such vital support would be in the spirit of a deficit reduction plan that enhanced growth rather than undermined it.

More of his drivel at the link, if you can take it.

All of this from the man who helped skill up the youth in the UK by giving them ever larger debt on both a personal and governmental level.

And Gordon why are there so few opportunities for jobs, could it be globalisation and the need for every greater corporate profits?

Having been PM and Chancellor for over a decade, doesn't this reflect badly on your policies in the UK?

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Some people are going to party when Thatcher dies. Not me.

However, when that **** Brown kicks the bucket, I'm going to party like there's no tomorrow.

Brown makes me want to punch walls with my bare fists

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http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/gordon-brown-we-risk-wasting-an-entire-generation-2219867.html

More of his drivel at the link, if you can take it.

All of this from the man who helped skill up the youth in the UK by giving them ever larger debt on both a personal and governmental level.

And Gordon why are there so few opportunities for jobs, could it be globalisation and the need for every greater corporate profits?

Having been PM and Chancellor for over a decade, doesn't this reflect badly on your policies in the UK?

:lol::lol::lol: Maybe its me that isnt normal

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He's only been out of power for 9 months and he's already disclaiming any responsibility. Incredible.

Goes with the territory. As soon as you're out, everything's the Other Lot's fault.

Quite astonishing from a party that knowingly allowed NEETs to mushroom even during a boom, and deliberately fostered the dumbing down of educational standards.

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Check out the comments below the article folks. It's not just posters here that despise this horrible, horrible f*cking b*stard.

That's in the Independent too.

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He's only been out of power for 9 months and he's already disclaiming any responsibility. Incredible.

Even when he was in power he was disclaiming any responsibility. Remember the "global crisis, that started in America"? Repeated in this same order by all Labour politicians, over and over again? "On message"?

That was not coincidental. that was the official Labour spin on it.

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Whatever the case, I don't think the youth in this country are anywhere near boiling point (yet).

I have a few friends on Benefits and they are not very angry at all, they sit at home playing consoles and can still afford to pay for games a £60 a pop. I can't afford such luxuries and I work for a 'living'.

I think it will take many more generations of theft and lies to generate a social revolution like the Arab countries are currently experiencing in the UK; it will also require political parties which are for the man at the bottom with real objectives and leadership, i.e. real political force and agitation which we really do not have.

Regarding Mr Brown, I think he resolutely believes that he didn't destroy a generation; his belief is that he 'saved' them.

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Regarding Mr Brown, I think he resolutely believes that he didn't destroy a generation; his belief is that he 'saved' them.

I think you are right. Mrs ToW thinks that too. That is why she said:

"the man should be sectioned".

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Once again the great man absolutely Nails it, its quite sad that someone who is likely in hindsight to go down as one of the greatest political visionaries of the last 3 centuries, not forgetting the same man who almost single handedly solved the global economic crisis was chucked out of office on the basis he was physically imperfect in having a glass eye

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First, it's axiomatic that your chances of finding a job rise with your skills. That is true in every corner of the world. So it is wrong to go on denying educational and vocational opportunities to children and young people. We need quality learning for every child in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and we do this by turning the World Bank's Fast Track Initiative into a global fund for education and opportunity.

So why is graduate unemployment so high?

We cant all be lawyers, doctors, accountants.

Most jobs dont even require the intelligence of a monkey.

All that we need to happen is govt get off our backs.

Newsnight did a nice little segment on North Korea a couple of months back. The one dynamic part of the country was unofficial street markets.

Unemployment isnt a high in the more developed parts of Africa as it seems. If youre unemployed there, you starve. A massive amount of those >40% 'unemployed' will do cash in hand business. Taxis, street vendors/traders etc. Capitalism in action. Theyre rioting because of inflation caused by GOVERNMENTS giving bankers free money to speculate with is hurting them.

Its just they dare work for themselves rather than rely on McStalins tractor production programs. Being the vile control freak he is, he cant stand this.

If people like Gordon disappeared, most of our problems would too.

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Good post from that article here.

Youth unemployment in Germany fell to 6.5% last year.

The Germans still have a fully functioning apprenticeship system giving young people the skills they need. Only 25% go to university. The young people I meet speak good English and have a real skill. Sensible immigration policies and a falling birth rate mean there is no population explosion here.

If Britain had followed similar policies, things would be very different now.

Theres almost an inverted snobbery with the left in this country. That somehow if you dont go to university you're less of a person. That skilled trades are below us, and only eastern block immigrants should do such lowly work.

Worse, the sheeple have bought it. That a piece of paper with a few letters after youre name guarantees you a job. Might do, except for the fact every other bugger has the same piece of paper as Gordon packed them all of to university as well.

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First, it's axiomatic that your chances of finding a job rise with your skills. That is true in every corner of the world. So it is wrong to go on denying educational and vocational opportunities to children and young people. We need quality learning for every child in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and we do this by turning the World Bank's Fast Track Initiative into a global fund for education and opportunity.

So why is graduate unemployment so high?

We cant all be lawyers, doctors, accountants.

Most jobs dont even require the intelligence of a monkey.

All that we need to happen is govt get off our backs.

Newsnight did a nice little segment on North Korea a couple of months back. The one dynamic part of the country was unofficial street markets.

Unemployment isnt a high in the more developed parts of Africa as it seems. If youre unemployed there, you starve. A massive amount of those >40% 'unemployed' will do cash in hand business. Taxis, street vendors/traders etc. Capitalism in action. Theyre rioting because of inflation caused by GOVERNMENTS giving bankers free money to speculate with is hurting them.

Its just they dare work for themselves rather than rely on McStalins tractor production programs. Being the vile control freak he is, he cant stand this.

If people like Gordon disappeared, most of our problems would too.

Absolutely right.

This is all about him looking through the microscope the wrong way round.

If all the youth in Malawi were educated as doctors or lawyers the place would be in a worse atate than it is now.

It's all about the market providing opportunities at the price they re needed where they re needed, whether doctor or baker or candle-stick maker

This is fundamental and Brown will never get this into his head. Totally MisMcGuided McTwerp

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Good post from that article here.

Youth unemployment in Germany fell to 6.5% last year.

The Germans still have a fully functioning apprenticeship system giving young people the skills they need. Only 25% go to university. The young people I meet speak good English and have a real skill. Sensible immigration policies and a falling birth rate mean there is no population explosion here.

If Britain had followed similar policies, things would be very different now.

Theres almost an inverted snobbery with the left in this country. That somehow if you dont go to university you're less of a person. That skilled trades are below us, and only eastern block immigrants should do such lowly work.

Worse, the sheeple have bought it. That a piece of paper with a few letters after youre name guarantees you a job. Might do, except for the fact every other bugger has the same piece of paper as Gordon packed them all of to university as well.

I agree with almost all your points. Just a small detail: Yes, NET migration in Germany is indeed very small, yet, it is a little higher than ours. Data from the CIA Factbook: http://www.indexmundi.com/g/r.aspx?c=gm&v=27 . The main difference is that you don't have the British tabloids there.

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Some people are going to party when Thatcher dies. Not me.

However, when that **** Brown kicks the bucket, I'm going to party like there's no tomorrow.

Snap, have a special bottle laid down for whichever of Blair or Brown pops his clogs first. If they go on the same day it will be tricky to know which to celebate first but on balance it is Brown.

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Goes with the territory. As soon as you're out, everything's the Other Lot's fault.

Very true but he's now claiming that territory for his very own. In that connection he's taken the cake.

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Two-thirds of Egypt's population is under 30, and these young people make up 90 per cent of the country's unemployed. Youth unemployment has hit 30 per cent in Tunisia. It is even higher, 45 per cent, in Algeria. By 2020, there will be an estimated 50 million young Arab workers without jobs.

So as the population in Egypt is so young obviously most people affected there will be young. Similarly Tunisia, Algeria etc. Even so there were a lot of picures of the not so young demonstrating as well.

From that he can't conclude that it's a problem only affecting the young and extrapolate that to being a worldwide problem for all young. The problem affects the whole population of Egypt etc young and old.

Where it does affect the young a lot is in the UK (although even there in reality it's not only the young as many in older generations are affected as well) in a country with an ageing population. He mentions it briefly but glosses over it in trying to rule the world.

Yet as I write this, the issue is not on the agenda at international conferences or on the table at our global institutions. Business leaders and politicians have not come together to find answers.

The Global Campaign for Education is to publish a report on the future of the world's children and teenagers which will suggest practical ways in which we can bridge the "opportunity gap" that they face today. World leaders must place this report at the heart of economic policies formulated to drive global growth. And it is time for the world to consider additional steps, too.

Doesn't he realise in the above that the second paragraph contradicts the first paragraph. Of course the report likely won't be looking in the right places as well.

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