Wednesday 13 December 2017

David McWilliams: Fresh thinking needed to cut growing dole queues


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.

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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