In years to come will I be recalling the details to my grandchildren of the day I sat a few feet away from the Prime Minister this morning, as he mapped out ‘once and for all’ the future relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe? Only time will tell on that one.
Now that’s a spectacular early Christmas present for the Chancellor, and more importantly for more than 80,000 people, who are no-longer listed as being out of work.
Right now, as we finally seem to be emerging from recession, we are perhaps more reliant on entrepreneurs than any time in recent history.
The unemployment figures are in, but before we start celebrating, we need to address youth unemployment by getting back to basics and instil a work ethic that makes them effective contributors to their employers’ business and the UK economy.
Employment levels maybe stabilising, but youth unemployment remains high and is one of the biggest threat to the UK economy’s future. We have to give them the skills for the future because if we don’t charge our economic batteries by training young people now they’ll go flat. Without skilled people powering our economy, we won’t have the energy to drive the country forward.
I’ve been calling for a government-backed business lending bank for ages so you will forgive me if I’m now becoming a little frustrated that, after such a promising announcement, the actual details of how it will work, who will be eligible, and even how much money it will have to lend out, are still not available.
When the new Business Minister Michael Fallon declared that the Government would make it easier to fire workers, I thought my birthday must have come early this year.
The Bank of England reckons the economy will be flat lining again with its growth forecast being cut to close to zero. It has fuelled debate for new measures to stimulate the economy, but what happened to all the cash that has already been thrown at the banks to get the country moving again?