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Never let it be said the Western Morning News shirks from the big questions.
David Miliband kindly briefed members of the regional Lobby this morning on a report by the Commission on Youth Unemployment, which he chairs.
The report characterises youth unemployment as an “emergency”, and calls for a part-time job guarantee for those on the welfare-to-work programme for a year and a new national programme to work with teenagers.
Doubtless bored of being probed about his brother and future Labour leadership ambitions, the commission’s findings prompted another question: what did he think about “Oasis guitarist” Noel Gallagher’s remarks on there being a stronger work ethic under Thatcher (although it was in spite of, not because of Maggie T, he was at pains to point out later).
At first, the question got what it deserved.
“Did you just say Oasis guitarist because you thought I was so old I wouldn’t know who it was? Very diplomatic of you.”
Anyway, it was clear the former Foreign Secretary wasn’t quite up to speed with the latest musings from the former (mea culpa) Oasis guitarist in the Mail on Sunday.
“We were brought up under Margaret Thatcher. There was a work ethic — if you were unemployed, the obsession was to find work. Now these kids brought up under the Labour Party and whatever this Coalition thing is, say, ‘Forget that, I’m not interested. I wanna be on TV’.”
But what about the broader point? Mr Miliband said.
“The Co-op has advertised 800 apprenticeships and they had 64,000 applicants. That’s one example. There’s a hell of a lot of youngsters out there with get-up-and-go. Many of them would have been rebuffed in previous applications for apprenticeships, and they are desperate for the opportunity to show what they are capable of. I think we’ve got a much bigger problem of youngsters with aspirations but no opportunities to match them then we do youngsters with opportunities but no aspiration. Can you find a youngster who is de-motivated and thinks they’re owed a living? Of course you can find someone. But that’s not the point.”
He doesn’t seem to quite agree with Noel’s analysis, then