Thursday, 3 September 2009
Tories...slow off the mark...again!!
Where have Paul Rogers and Dylan Jones Evans been with their blogs challenging whether unemployment in Wales is up or down? These figures were challenged on this blog 3 weeks ago, here, here and here. It is however disingenious of the two Tories to blame the One Wales coalition for these figures as neither the Department of Work and Pensions or the HMRC who produce these figures are devolved responsibilities. It is the Westminster Government who define Economically Active and Inactive and who constantly redefine these terms to serve their own purposes and to make comparing data virtually impossible. Now I have a pretty good recollection of the Thatcher Government and I'm sure that her government redefined terms around unemployment so as to reduce the total numbers...being sick looks better than unemployed doesn't it. The Tories are past masters at hiding bad news by spinning the statistics and the professor knows that very well.
Posted by Plaid Gwersyllt at 08:25