As hard as it is to believe this, but I, as a Conservative wish to say how right Jacqui Smith can be. Back at the end of August, the Home Secretary suggested that the recession would lead to an increase in crime. Well today, Jacqui Smith has been proved right after the Labour Government launched their new employment policy, stolen just months after it was unveiled by Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne.
As Guido Fawkes reports though, not all of the Government will be happy. Job’s(worth) Minister Tony McNulty slammed the plan, to give businesses £2,500 for taking on those unemployed for six months or more, when it was launched by the Conservatives, describing it as “desperate stuff” and “complete fantasy”. Chris Grayling, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary had this to say in response to the policy launch;
“We have been arguing for the Government to pay subsidies to employers who take on people who are out of work. We therefore welcome today’s announcement”.
I also welcome the policy as anything that will encourage businesses to employ more people is a good thing, especially when day after day we hear of more redundancies.
By May 2010 the Conservative Party will be able to implement their own policies, rather than simply being the Government by proxy as is the case at present.