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David McWilliams: Fresh thinking needed to cut growing dole queues

Published 10/03/2010 | 05:00

One of the saddest and most revealing books I have ever read was written about the Great Depression. 'The Unemployed Man and His Family' was written by an American academic called Mirra Komarovsky.

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She interviewed 59 white men who had lost their jobs in the depression and tried to assess the impact on their families.

I read it when I was in university and it has stayed with me for the past 20 years. If you want to know why unemployment and the reduction in unemployment -- not the banks, the bondholders or some secondary issue to do with the financial markets -- has to be the cornerstone of our economic policy, read it.

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