Morning Star journalist John Millington interviews Robert Griffiths, a candidate in the forthcoming election in Cardiff, Wales. Grifftihs states the case for jobs and growth, for state intervention to use public funds to rebuild our industry and public services.
An air of predictability surrounds any new jobs figures these days and this week's take on the British economy by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is no exception.
It paints a bleak picture of the next 18 months. Unemployment is not set to "peak" until at least September 2013 and if it rises again next week, as the OBR predicts, it will be for the 10th month in a row.
Britain's unemployment rate (8.4 per cent) is the worst for 17 years but the OBR's latest forecast says it is due to rise to 8.7 per cent.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) analysis is equally gloomy.
Another 41,000 people under 25 are set to join those already unemployed - leading to the highest youth unemployment since records began.
The IPPR analysis also shows another 7,000 people over 50 will become unemployed. A total of 100,000 people will lose their jobs in the near future.
That's on top of three million officially unemployed - and recent TUC research suggests the true figure to be over six million.
It makes a mockery of the notion that scroungers need to get off their backsides and find a job. The figures speak for themselves - the jobs aren't there for people who are willing and able to work.
Suggestions on how to reduce unemployment and drag the economy out of recession have been floated by politicians, business people, trade unionists and even celebrities.
Most experts are agreed that bolstering Britain's ailing manufacturing base is key to helping raise demand.
Last month retail guru Mary Portas made an attempt to reinvigorate the manufacturing industry.
Starting her own production line of knickers that are 100 per cent produced in Britain, the TV programme about the project did throw light on the importance of goods being produced in this country and creating new skilled jobs.
However, it's pretty small scale. Britain will need to produce more than just underwear if it is to make a sustained recovery.
The Unite union has called for an interventionist industrial strategy from the government and cited business leaders and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, who endorse the plan.
On paper it looks good - jobs, investment and growth.
But is this Keynesian approach really going to help aid a recovery when Britain is shackled by the European Union and has little or no control over its own labour market?
One could even say that any such position is simply an argument for the return to profit of monopoly corporations without challenging the relations of production that keep workers systematically in a subservient position to big capital.
Perhaps that's why Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths believes that: "Only a public-sector programme taxing the rich and monopoly profits with a massive council-house building project and infrastructure development that will create a million more jobs" is what we need at the outset.
But with an uncompromising Tory-led government in power, talking does not appear to be a viable option. Neither does waiting for Labour to win the next general election.
Mr Griffiths argues: "We need the labour movement to build a militant campaign against unemployment - one that catches the imagination and draws in young people.
"It is also critical that there is a reinvigoration of unemployed workers' centres alongside trades unions, forming part of an anti-monopoly alliance. If we wait for private market forces to solve the problem, we'll be waiting forever."
Professor John Foster insists that the austerity programme can't be justified on economic grounds - it is being used as a "class weapon" against ordinary people and the labour movement.
"Public-sector cuts in the middle of a recession make no economic sense," he tells the Star.
"Osborne's economic policies are straight out of the 1930s. As elsewhere in the EU, mass unemployment is being used to break the trade union movement and create a low-wage economy.
"Every extra 100,000 people on the dole will increase the deficit by £1 billion and further worsen the crisis.
"The trade union movement must stand firm against the cuts in jobs, wages and pensions and build an alliance in favour of the alternative policies outlined in the People's Charter."