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Letter: Where are the jobs?

Sir - It is good to hear that Peter Hain is concerned about the effects of long-term unemployment on people and families, but I was disappointed to hear him say that full employment should be aimed for in a generation! What on earth has his Government been doing since 1997? We were promised jobs for all by Mr Blair and all we got was lots more unsocial hours minimum wage jobs that were filled by the huge influx from Eastern Europe.

Gordon Brown really does need to start doing something more now about creating secure well-paid jobs for all that want them. Can he really expect any higher turnout at the next election than the last when all he can offer to those stuck at the bottom of the social pile is complicated tax credits for people in jobs where the employers claim they can only afford the minimum wage.

Blair and his Chancellor, Brown, did precious little to tackle poverty, so he now faces a formidable task in achieving anything concrete before the general election. WJ DEAN, Castle Crescent, Swansea.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 18, 2007
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