Miliband "proud" of Welsh Labour's youth jobs record

 

Ed Miliband admits that the contents of his own bookshelves are sometimes a mystery to him.

I had expected to find a few philosophical textbooks in between a few weighty tomes that only a policy wonk would describe as a page-turner.

Instead, I found Michael Crick's biography of Sir Alex Ferguson - The Boss - amid less unexpected volumes. Ed Miliband is probably unique among Leeds United fans in keeping a book about the Manchester United manager in his office - "it's not in honour of our Manchester conference", he assured me.

Wales is now the only corner of the UK that has a Labour government so I used the interview to focus on its record. Could Ed Miliband name one area for which the Welsh government is responsible where Wales leads the rest of the UK?

"I certainly think when it comes to tackling youth jobs the Welsh assembly government (sic) led by Carwyn Jones is way outperforming the Westminster government, what they're doing, because they're, with Jobs Growth Wales, putting young people back to work - 4,000 young people a year.

"That's exactly what our conference is about, how do we rebuild Britain and how do we rebuild our economy so we get our young people back to work, we can tackle the standard of living crisis that people face and help small businesses. I think there's huge amount of learning we can do from what the Government is doing in Wales."

I pointed out that last month's official figures showed that the number of people aged between 18 and 24 claiming jobseeker's allowance has quadrupled in Wales during the last year - from 1,130 this time last year to 4,455 now.

The Labour leader said: "I think what you've got is a government in Wales which is fighting against and leaning against what the Westminster government overall is doing and I think within that they're making a big difference.

"And I congratulate what the Labour government in Wales is doing for youth unemployment, for enterprise, because, of course, we've got an economy that's been put back into recession by the Westminster government but you've got a government led by Carwyn saying, "look, that's not our agenda, we're going to try to make as much of a difference as we can and I think they're totally right to do it and I'm very proud of what they're doing".

With the Scottish Labour Party thinking of ditching its commitment to universal benefits such as free prescriptions, I asked Mr Miliband whether it giving millionaires in Wales free prescriptions was a sensible priority.

"I doubt we'll be able to afford free prescriptions in England but this is the point of devolution. And the point of devolution is that on a whole range of devolved issues people in Wales, local people, can make their judgements. They elect a government to do that.

"And you know, in a way I'm a politician who's very comfortable with devolution and different solutions in different parts of the country. What I know is that an economic strategy led from Westminster which was different would help Wales and I look forward, I hope after the next general election, if we win that election to be Carwyn's partner in helping the Welsh economy rebuild. I know that's what Carwyn wants to see too."

 
David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales Article written by David Cornock David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

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    Comment number 45.

    re43 alf-gweitha pawb a popeth

    welsh has been dead in cardiff and the rhondda for a very long time.Even people who say they can speak welsh-people like me who did the welsh education route-never use it with friends,never use it in work.Walk round anywhere in cardiff or the rhondda and you will be lucky to ever hear welsh;regardless of all the people who say they can use it

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    Comment number 44.

    Where Ed Miliband admitted ...

    "I doubt we'll be able to afford free prescriptions in England but this is the point of devolution."

    He, as a socialist, sidestepped probably the simplest social levelling tool available to him, the refining of universal health care so that the poor, though not poorest, do not have to consider the personal economic cost of their health, it's a missed opportunity.

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    Comment number 43.

    For how many decades has it been said the Welsh language is dead Ry'n i yma o hyd. We are still here. Will I be banned again now.

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    Comment number 42.

    re mab

    having a private education is no hinderance dear boy.It's opened up doors that a mickey mouse state education could never dream of doing.The good thing about private education is that the dross of humanity don't get to attend.There was such a huge difference between the state and the private that ur mind cld not comprehend.

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    Comment number 41.

    re40 john
    mab won't like it john.It doesn't fit in with his agenda of being a victim at the hands of the english.
    it won't fit in with the plaid script.The main reason I left Plaid was because of all the pathetic,english hating,welsh language fascist who hate freedom and love the nanny state.The problem for plaid is they scare everyone away,they deny reality and are utopianists.

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    Comment number 40.

    ... Land tax was used in England (this would be England and Wales) during the late 17th century, the main source of government revenue throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th century.

    Income tax, was introduced with the "Income Tax Act 1842", companies were taken out of the income tax net in 1965 when corporation tax was introduced.

    No trillions ....

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    Comment number 39.

    re mab

    so just because I don't want to force a dead language down people throats I'm somehow a welsh language racist!lol.Like i've said many times before,if people want to learn it then fine,that is their choice.It's people like you who are the racists Mab,the englisg hating,english blaming extremists.How many people wld u force out just cause they want no part of welsh?

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    Comment number 38.

    36: Forget the past and face repeating it in the future. I thought your fee paying private education taught you history but obviously not with 6K wasted on an empty vessel? Wales is suffering due to past & present political inaction. Also it doesn't help when it's people are subservient, belittle their own culture & nation's ability and are ignorant like you. Sad state of affair?

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    Comment number 37.

    36: Ever deluded? I am a re actionist not a extremist. It's you who's the right wing backwards Welsh Language Racist who initially used the Trojan guise of a nationalist ( I prefer welsh patriot) cause to then spout your disgusting hate filled filth when challenged. I think others will see who the real extremist is here and it's you! Privately educated....... says it all?

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    Comment number 36.

    re33 mab
    all u do is cling to the past,to a dead language and want to force u extremist nationalist agenga down the throats of us all.

    As a proud welshman,one who wants independence I don't see how looking to the past, at former tax recipts, will help us at all.Can you please explain how past tax revenue is going to help wales in 2012?
    or is this just another axe to grind against the english.

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    Comment number 35.

    32: (P/S) Oops.... just noticed that the name of the society first mentioned was slightly wrong but was called Cuffley Industrial Heritage not Cuffey ( missed out the L? silly me lol) which means something quite diffrent and will now be on your search record at your work fare agency. But do check out that societies info about the SW coal fields and challenge them. :)

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    Comment number 34.

    31: Seeing that your time is short and your job search is very important to you here's the link to the said information against my wishes just to keep you quiet. Email them saying that they're lying and your unlimited knowledge is greater.

    http://www.industrialheritage.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31:driving-south-wales-coal-mining&catid=10:driving-tours&Itemid=20

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    Comment number 33.

    32: Actually you're wrong and this site can accessed freely but maybe your workfare employment agency has a computer system that blocks searches not to do with Job Centre plus.

    31 Again you show your ignorance. I don't hate English people but I dislike the history of oppression of Wales which is a totally different. Again you prove over and over you're a Trojan Brit Nat with an agenda of hate.

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    Comment number 32.

    ... in work MG, unfortunately "Cuffey Industrial Heritage Organisation of south east Hertfordshire & north London " as an internet site is blocked, apparently there is a phrase used that is banned by the company web censors.

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    Comment number 31.

    re mabion

    let me guess this right;your looking at tax receipts from hundreds of years ago!

    lol-what use and good is that to us now?that money has long gone.
    Typical plaid loving,english hating,welsh extremist;always looking to the past so you can blame england!you and your ilk hold this country back with your extremist ideology.

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    Comment number 30.

    28: The silence is deafening JT?

    19: Sorry my little dumpling but facts are facts. Wales has been mining coal since roman times and in the 18th century started on a massive scale but I think 58 Million tonnes in coal equates to a bit of revenue assuming the Welsh paid tax in the 18th/19th/20th centuries or the barter system was still in place. One Cow for a ton of coal. Yeah right!

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    Comment number 29.

    28: John Tyler. Do you doubt the information of the Cuffey Industrial Heritage Organisation of south east Hertfordshire & north London who complied the facts then? Please with my blessing contact them and say that their information is wrong, that they're are lying and your knowledge is greater. Go on I dare you too oh great Midas!

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    Comment number 28.

    ... FYI, very little in the way of taxes was collected before recent times, before the last war; the assumptions made by MG are as factual as the myths of ancient Greece, the mythology of ancient Greece was at least interesting!

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    Comment number 27.

    22: 57+ million tonnes of coal was mined solely from the South Wales Valleys serving 1/3 of the Worlds supplies. Do you fathom how much monies in tax was paid to the treasury alone and you doubt my facts that Wales as a nation didn’t benefit from our resources then call me a Trojan Welsh patriot? This from a right wing Brit Nat Xenophobe & self hater. (P/S) External links are against rules!

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    Comment number 26.

    re-mab
    does loyalty equate to hating the english?
    does loyalty mean forcing the welsh language down the throats of those who do not want to?
    does loyalty mean bowing down to plaid as they know best?lol.Lets hope your hellish version of wales never comes about.

 

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