Saturday 25 November 2017

Brendan Keenan: Radical new thinking required if we're to create jobs we need

BICYCLES. That was the solution proposed by the British politician Norman Tebbit to the high unemployment of the 1980s. There was always a job somewhere if you looked hard enough.

Except there isn't always. Not even in a country as big as Britain. Now, 30 years later, it is easier to get on an aeroplane, and the scope for job-seeking is that much greater.

Perhaps it should be regarded as part of the economic natural law that people from a small country like Ireland treat the rest of Europe, and the world beyond, as their labour market.

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