From Guido http://www.order-order.com/ McNulty Slams Brown's "Desperate" Golden Hello Jobs Plans Gordon Brown's Job Summit at the Science Museum in London will announce plans to pay employers "golden hellos" of up to Â£2,500 for recruiting jobless people. What does the DWP's Jobs Minister, Tony McNulty, say about the plan? Press release Tuesday 11 November 2008 For immediate use Tories making headlines on the hoof - McNulty Tony McNulty MP, Labour's Employment Minister, responding to the Tory announcement on unemployment said: "This is desperate stuff from the Tories, who continue to scrabble around trying to find a coherent economic policy. "There is no way they can get 350,000 new jobs out of these proposals. There are too many restrictions being applied, the incentive is too small and many of these 'new' jobs will simply displace other people seeking work. "In addition, the Conservatives just cannot pay for this tax cut - it is misleading of Cameron to say he can pay for getting the short-term unemployed back into work by using figures of savings you would make from the long-term unemployed. "Osborne's judgment is wrong yet again. They are making headlines on the hoof and they will be found out. "They need to make their sums add up - particularly at such a difficult time for the global economy." ENDS Editor's notes: 1. Their figures on how many jobs would be created are complete fantasy. The Tory plan assumes that an employer would create a new job for someone unemployed for more than a year for just Â£2500. The Tories have failed to take account of the displacement of workers who would have gotten jobs anyway. Currently 60% of people come off job seekers allowance within three months - this number would drop dramatically under Conservative proposals as employers would be incentivised to overlook people who have been out of work for 13 weeks or less. The sharper among you will point out that this is a Tory plan he is criticising as a "complete fantasy" and "desperate stuff". So what will McNulty say about the plan now the government has lifted it lock, stock and barrel? McNulty's Shadow, Chris Grayling, welcomed the chance to implement his policy by proxy "I think it is the right step to take. But it is ironic ministers are walking around saying the Conservatives are a do nothing party, then adopting our policies." Ouch! UPDATE : Some bloggers copy party press releases, some blogs are copied by party press offices... CCHQ at 10.38 sent out a press release quoting McNulty's above November attack on what is now government policy. Wonder where they got that idea? Guido also caught an old friend of ours - TCH Guido's Geoff Hoon story from earlier last week has made it to the Mail on Sunday, where it is used to illustrate the hypocrisy of the political class. Hoon bought his daughter private tutoring in interview technique to successfully give her a better chance of winning an Oxbridge place at a time when Brown is, we learn from the Observer, bringing back Alan Milburn, to "undertake a review of obstacles faced by poorer children seeking to enter careers such as law, medicine and the media" in order to promote social mobility. Chris Grayling hits Hoon on the head, "Time and time again we see double standards from Ministers. They want to change the rules to make it tougher for everyone else while enjoying all the perks for themselves and their families." Guido understands that Hoon desperately tried to kill the story with a threat to go to the Press Complaints Commission for breach of privacy. Guido thinks politicians (and candidates) should not be allowed to claim privacy protection, all their behaviour as public office holders and aspirants should be subject to scrutiny in the public interest. We need to know if they are hypocritically extolling one law for us and another for themselves. Which of course Hoon is guilty of here without a doubt, just as Gordon was when he got private dental treatment.