So the latest figures are out and we have nearly a million young people Not in Education Employment or Training. Yet we have well over a million recent immigrants from Eastern Europe and elsewhere who have no problem finding jobs and contributing to the economy. What is going wrong in Britain that so many young people are unable to find a job, why is more than one in five unable to do something productive with their lives?:
- Entitlement and dependency, the socialist state has destroyed people’s attitudes, there is no stigma to being a parasite on taxpayers. In his inaugural address John F Kennedy said: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. Unfortunately in Britain too many people have been indoctrinated with the opposite attitude.
- Our failed education system does not prepare people for productive jobs in the real world. Too many young people are, quite simply, unemployable.
- It is too difficult for employers to employ people. Successive governments have rained legislation on employers to the point where it acts as a huge disincentive to taking fresh staff on, from health and safety through political correctness and on to socialist dogma there are many reams of legislation that need to be undone.
- It is too difficult for employers to get rid of people. Employers continually need to adapt their businesses to the changing world, but stupid legislation prevents them doing that. If it was easier to get rid of staff then employers would be vastly more willing to take them on in the first place.
- Stupidly restrictive planning laws and zoning, especially the golden calf that is the green belt. This suppresses the huge building sector of the economy, stops businesses expanding and prevents people living where it is best for the economy.
- Lack of geographic mobility. There is no incentive for a dependency culture youth in Newcastle to get on his bike to the South East where he could find a job. There are estates where the vast majority of inhabitants for several generations have never engaged in productive employment. And under socialist dogma this is perfectly acceptable, just keep on throwing money at them.
- Government failure to look after SMEs (Small and Medium sized Enterprises). These small businesses are the biggest employers in Britain but they lack the political clout of big business so politicians ignore them. Yet the SMEs are the most flexible, versatile and adaptable businesses. They could very quickly and easily create growth and employment if they were just allowed to. Their main problem just now is a total dearth of available finance, even for well established, well managed, profitable businesses.
From the above you can see that the main cause of the NEET problem is politicians and their actions, especially the post war Labour government who put the socialist state in place and the Blair/Brown disaster that looked like it was trying to legislate the SME private sector out of existence. There are seven points above, each of which need to be addressed by the government. If they did so the economy would grow rapidly and unemployment would drop very quickly indeed.