Youth unemployment

Want babies? Get a job, lose the Lycra – and other fertility tips

3 November 2014 7:45

Did you know that one in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving? That’s roughly 3.5 million not very…

A brief history of biker gangs at war – Islamofascist Iraq edition

15 October 2014 8:21

America and Britain are still fumbling for policies to deal with nationals joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.…

The death of student activism

22 May 2014 16:00

Oxford students heard this morning that, after a three-day referendum, our student union, OUSU, will be disaffiliating from the National…

You know you’re a European when…

22 May 2014 13:14

Today’s European election is not just a matter of deciding who gets to represent my made-up region in Brussels’ toy…

The Budget must address the cost of living – especially for the young

17 March 2014 11:40

Transport It is ruinous travelling by train these days. Have you tried it? My advice: don’t. Aside from re-nationalising the…

Labour’s welfare worries exposed by one cheeky headline. The Tories should exploit this

20 November 2013 10:54

The Telegraph carries a story under the title ‘Labour: We’ll scrap benefits for under 25s’. This has sent Labour supporters…

Elizabeth Bennett reads her letter from Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Tory battle of the letters intensifies

31 January 2013 18:11

It’s the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice this week, so perhaps it’s the passionate letter from Darcy…

The Dalkey Archive Press responds

21 December 2012 12:43

Following my last post about the Dalkey Archive Press advert for unpaid interns I received an email from publisher John…

Private sector growth pushes employment to new record high

12 December 2012 13:07

The number of people in work in the UK hit 29.6 million in August-October – the most ever — according…

Jobs figures show a move in the right direction

17 October 2012 11:22

Recently, we’ve been used to the economic figures being either bad news or mixed news. So today’s employment stats come as…

A messy end to a Royal era

21 August 2012 15:38

Who said posh youths don’t riot? Head down to South Kensington tonight for some Bullingdon-style antics: the nightclub Boujis is…

Let’s get to work getting our veterans back to work

6 July 2012 13:00

The cutting of 17 army units by 2020 was never going to be popular. It is over-dramatic to suggest we…

Why this government is not down with the kids

29 June 2012 8:45

Hardly a day goes by without more bad news on youth unemployment. The latest figures on NEETs (a horrible de-humanising…

The war against the young

24 June 2012 14:30

At the time of the student protests, I laid out in the Observer the demographic facts that push unscrupulous politicians…

A significant moment for the minimum wage

19 March 2012 14:03

Here are some numbers for you: the adult rate of the national minimum wage will be raised, this October, by…

Labour miss out the details

16 March 2012 16:16

Labour’s launch of its new youth jobs policy has been rather overshadowed by Harriet Harman’s inability to explain the costing…

Unemployment’s high, but at least it’s stopped rising

14 March 2012 14:41

So, new jobs figures out today. Which do you want first: the bad news, or the kind-of-alright news? The bad…

How can employment and unemployment go up at the same time?

15 February 2012 11:36

The employment level has risen since the election, according to today’s figures — albeit only slightly, from 29.0m to 29.1m.…

The bias towards migrant workers

24 January 2012 10:19

Why are you never served by a Londoner in a London branch of Pret A Manger? I asked thisin the…

Cutting immigration won’t help youth unemployment

9 January 2012 17:18

Reading the papers today, you could be forgiven for thinking that MigrationWatch’s new report was a smoking gun against immigration.…