Over the last month much has been said about rising unemployment and my MP has joined those who think something should be done.
Like all those who have spoken before, he too has not given any constructive ways of bringing new industries and jobs to Barnsley. When I met him earlier this year we discussed High Speed Rail 2 which would create permanent jobs in the U.K. Maybe I could help those who say something should be done but don’t know what to do. Wind farms are popping up all around Britain but these are imported. Why not build a state-of-the -art factory to manufacture wind turbines ourselves in the Dearne Valley?
It would create permanent, skilled work. Finance? Cut or stop the £250m foreign aid we give to Somalia – this should get us started.
Northern Rail is using old rolling stock which is beyond its intended working life. Why not build a factory which can produce new rolling stock in Barnsley? It could be financed from the £185m we give to Burma in foreign aid.
Everybody in this country has a TV but how many are built in Britain? Wasn’t the last factory in Wales closed down last year? Let’s build a factory to produce TVs in the Dearne Valley. This could be financed from the £70m rising to £350m foreign aid we give to Zimbabwe.
We could open a coal mine with its own power station to ease the energy crisis and use the latest clean technology designed in Britain instead of importing most of our coal. This could be financed from the £46m to £90m we give to the Yemen in foreign aid.
When the banks needed money the government printed billions for them and called it quantitative easing. In the above cases on jobs it could be called Employment Easing. I am surprised that nobody thought about this before as so far we give away £8.4bn every year. This does not include Europe.
•My figures for the amounts of foreign aid and the recipients were taken from the Daily Mail October 20, 2011.