David Cameron was absolutely right to ask Gordon Brown about the inquiry into the death of Baby P at Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon. Brown’s response was utterly disgraceful. If asking for an independent inquiry into what seems an avoidable death is playing party politics then I’m sure most people in the country will want to play party politics. Cameron got very angry and rightly so. The computer generated images of the injuries to Baby P are enough to make anyone’s blood boil and for the PM to reply in the way that he did shows how out of touch with reality he really is. Most people in the country would want an independent inquiry and thereafter people held to account. Dismissing this as party politics was a disgrace.
David Cameron this morning set out the Conservative party’s proposals for dealing with rising unemployment by giving employers a £2500 tax cut in the national insurance they pay for each person they recruit who has been jobless for three months. The effect of this proposal would create 350 000 new jobs and be worth £2.6 billion to employers and is funded out of the money that would otherwise be spent on unemployment benefits.
This is a funded tax cut that helps businesses and equally important gets those people unemployed for a short period back into work. Cameron has understood that short term unemployment very quickly turns to medium then long term unemployment with the inevitable effect that skills acquired are lost and the attractiveness of that employee to potential employers diminishing with time.