Glad to see that Nick Clegg has surpassed himself and his party with a universally stupid idea. Apparently he wants to reverse the VAT cut immediately and introduce a paid three month intern scheme for 18-24 year-old who are not in work, education or training - i.e. on the dole.
How it will work is that that these 18-24 year-olds to be paid £55 per week to do it, and the businesses taking them on would be obliged to help them search for a permanent role. Spot the two glaring idiocies? First, that on the basis of a 35 hour week the interns will be on £1.55 per hour; and second, the businesses will be obliged to help them search, not provide, a permananet job.
This is going to be just like the sticking plaster called the "New Deal" which provided businesses with dirt cheap employment without any requirement to provide ongoing work after the time period. Before the New Deal it was called YTS.
Same old, same old.