"These figures show a significant slowing in the rate of increase of unemployment"
A fucking what in the what of what? What's that supposed to mean, Jim?
Unemployment went up by 88,000 during the three months to August to 2.47 million. And, yes, that's not as much as it went up by in the three months before that, but it's not exactly fucking boast-worthy is it? its still going to top 3 million according to, well, everybody except Jimmy.
However, some other data released at the same time seems to have been missed. Lost amidst the fog of Trafigura and Jacqui fucking Smith's troughing, no doubt.
Luckily, CF's eagle eyes spotted the other, shall we say, interesting figures.
Where, pray, have the job losses been? Well, the private sector shed 230,000 jobs between March and June. And how many jobs were lost in the public sector during that period, would you think? Nearly a quarter of a million 'normal' jobs lost, how many from the taxpayers' payroll? How many?
The answer isn't 'None'. Oh no. That would be ridiculous.
In fact, it's worse, far worse than none. In that same period, the number of public sector workers rose by 13,000.
Dear God. Unbe-fucking-lievable. And, and , it doesn't stop there. From the same set of figures:
"public sector workers received a pay rise of 3.4 per cent in the three months to August compared a pay rise of just 1.5 per cent for employees in the private sector"
For fucks sake. If this was a satire, it would be derided as excessive. But no, tragically, this is fucking real.
This bastard, fuckwitted government is still, in the face of huge recession, and a mounting debt that our great-great-grandchildren will struggle with, creating more jobs in the public sector. More seats on the gravy train.
And, not only that, they're giving those in that sector, with their jobs-for-life and their gold-plated fucking pensions, above-inflation pay rises too.
Gordon 'desperate' Brown would doubtless have us all believe that the 3.4% increases went to "nurses 'n' teachers","teachers 'n' nurses", but you know what? They fucking didn't.
No, they went to the endless pen-pushers and prod-noses who sit on the hundreds of fucking Quango's that blight this country, sucking the liberty and the cash from us all.
They went to all the Outreach Co-ordinators, Diversity Managers, Community Space Challenger Co-ordinators and Enviro-Crime Enforcement Officers that sit around all day thinking of more ways to ruin our day.
Gordon Brown incessantly accuses the Tories of being the party that would make "slashing" cuts. If and when CallMeDave takes the reins, Gordon warns us he'll make "deep, savage" cuts in the public sector.
You know what? The sooner the fucking better.
Bring it on.
++UPDATE++ : Anonymous, in the comments, below, asks:
"CF, Can you please supply the link(s). I don't doubt you but I would like to spray the links over every fucking blog I can find."
Why, it would be a pleasure: have a look at City AM or the Telegraph. or any of the 389 other stories on Google news. Or, better, just link here, to this post, on this blog. Why wouldn't you?