We cannot hope to achieve full employment and sustain it until we have mastered inflation.
Denis Healey 20/10/1976
It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job. It's a depression when you lose your own.
Unemployment is bigger than a political party. It is a national danger and a national scandal.
You can have a wages policy imposed by mass unemployment.
The right to work is a slogan which should be accepted by every democracy.
It would be wrong to suppose that a higher level of mobility would lead to a major reduction in unemployment.
Lord Young of Graffham 08/11/1986
He didn't riot. He got on his bike and looked for work and he kept looking until he found it.
Norman Tebbit 15/10/1981
On his father
The high level of unemployment is evidence of the progress we are making.
Nicholas Ridley 26/01/1981
There is nothing inevitable about rising unemployment.
Margaret Thatcher 19/04/1979
Yes, I can give you exaqmples of companies where employees have struck themselve out of jobs. And I have to say tothem, don't blame your unemployment on me. It's your fault.
Margaret Thatcher 05/05/1981