PMQs review: Miliband attacks on the economy

Cameron mounted a robust defence, but the Labour leader landed some blows over today's unemployment

Predictably, today's PMQs focused on today's dismal unemployment figures. Ed Miliband opened by referencing the 80,000 increase in people out of work, asking: "Is the British economy out of the danger zone?" David Cameron conceded that the results were "disappointing" and emphasised the government's Work Programme and Enterprise Zones.

However, Miliband had a lot of ammunition. Slamming this as "spin", he pointed out that unemployment among women and young people has risen under this government, blaming specific cuts to benefits and schemes. Later, he hammered slow private sector job growth and rising public sector unemployment, concluding: "This government is the byword for complacency". In response to these criticisms, Cameron said that there had been a rise in private sector jobs, but was unable to offer any substantive counter-argument or solution, except that cuts were necessitated by Labour's legacy.

Miliband also criticised George Osborne for failing to come up with a Plan B for the economy, going for some cheap laughs with a reference to Osborne's alleged past involvement with a call girl specialising in domination. "The Chancellor of the Exchequer has lashed himself to the mast. Not for the first time perhaps," he said, in an uncharacteristic comment which showed the Labour leader's confidence, although it lowered the tone somewhat.

Cameron gave as good as he got, implying that Britain could have been Greece had it not been for his austerity programme, and attacking Miliband's position on spending cuts: "Yesterday, he said that you can't spend your way to a new economy, is that his position today?" However, today's figures handed Miliband victory on a plate, and his continued emphasis on the government's inaction was effective. Returning to youth unemployment figures at the end of the session, Miliband pointed out that they are at their highest since the 1980s, saying: "He's just like all others -- he thinks that unemployment is a price worth paying."

This is an effective attack-line -- and a perception that Cameron will have to work against -- as joblessness mounts.

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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The section on climate change has already disappeared from the White House website

As soon as Trump was president, the page on climate change started showing an error message.

Melting sea ice, sad photographs of polar bears, scientists' warnings on the Guardian homepage. . . these days, it's hard to avoid the question of climate change. This mole's anxiety levels are rising faster than the sea (and that, unfortunately, is saying something).

But there is one place you can go for a bit of respite: the White House website.

Now that Donald Trump is president of the United States, we can all scroll through the online home of the highest office in the land without any niggling worries about that troublesome old man-made existential threat. That's because the minute that Trump finished his inauguration speech, the White House website's page about climate change went offline.

Here's what the page looked like on January 1st:

And here's what it looks like now that Donald Trump is president:

The perfect summary of Trump's attitude to global warming.

Now, the only references to climate on the website is Trump's promise to repeal "burdensome regulations on our energy industry", such as, er. . . the Climate Action Plan.

This mole tries to avoid dramatics, but really: are we all doomed?

I'm a mole, innit.