1970s >> 1978 >> no-886-june-1978

Ignoramuses of the world, unite!

It is worth briefly noting a letter from Sir Keith Joseph in The Guardian of April 28. He quotes with approval Sir Harold Wilson’s dictum that “inflation is the mother and father of unemployment”. He merely complains that when he, Joseph, said the same thing earlier, Wilson clobbered him for it. It is well known to all but these ignorant politicians that the worst unemployment was in the ‘30s, when the figure approached three million. At this time there was not a hint of inflation, if anything there was deflation. It appears, therefore, that unemployment was born without a mother and father. These are the leaders whom the working class elect every few years. Could they possibly do worse, by thinking for themselves, instead?

Lew Higgins