Wednesday, 19 April 2017

You can't trust Theresa May in the general election | Owen Jones talks...

A MSM insider tears apart a BBC news report on Labour's free school meal...

Saturday, 18 March 2017

gig econonomy skewing employment figs.

Research published today shows 4% of UK working adults aged between 18 and 70 are working in the ‘gig economy’, and nearly two-thirds of them (63%) believe the Government should regulate to guarantee th basic employment rights and benefits such as holiday pay.
That means approximately 1.3 million people are engaged in ‘gig work’ according to ‘To gig or not to gig: Stories from the modern economy’ a new report from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.
The report is based on a survey of 400 gig economy workers and more than 2,000 other workers, as well as 15 in-depth interviews with gig economy workers.
The research also found that, contrary to much of the rhetoric, just 14% of respondents said they did gig work because they could not find alternative employment. The most common reason for taking on gig work was to boost income (32%).
Overall, gig economy workers are also about as likely to be satisfied with their work (46%) as other workers in more traditional employment are with their jobs (48%).
However, there were concerns raised by some workers interviewed for the report about the level of control exerted over them by the businesses they worked for, despite them being classified as self-employed.
This is supported by the data, as just four in ten (38%) gig economy workers say that they feel like their own boss, which raises the question of whether some are entitled to more employment rights.
Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: “This research shows the grey area that exists over people’s employment status in the gig economy. It is often assumed that the nature of gig work is well-suited to self-employment and in many cases this is true.
“However, our research also shows many gig economy workers are permanent employees, students, or even the unemployed who choose to work in the gig economy to boost their overall income.
“Our research suggests that some gig economy businesses may be seeking to have their cake and eat it by using self-employed contractors to cut costs, while at the same time trying to maintain a level of control over people that is more appropriate for a more Traditional employment relationship.

Friday, 17 March 2017

spartacus respnds to green paper

Spartacus responds to Green Paper
The Government's failed policy to 'get disabled people into work' by a mixture of sanctions, enforced training and benefit cuts (sometimes known as the Employment & Support Allowance) is now being reviewed with the intention of introducing new reforms and creating closer links between the DWP and the NHS.
You can read the Government's intentions in their Green Paper here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/work-health-and-disability-improving-lives/work-health-and-disability-green-paper-improving-lives
Sadly disabled people and independent advocates have found that policy in this field very poor. Often negative assumptions about disabled people seem to driving policy-makers into establishing very harmful systems. The Centre for Welfare Reform has itself published many different reports outlining:
The dodgy research behind the so-called biopsychosocial model of disability
The ineffectiveness of the Work Programme
The dangerous assessment processes which seem to encourage suicide
The underhand cuts in income that target people already on low incomes
It is not surprising therefore that many are dubious about the next round of reforms. The Spartacus Network, the leading research group powered by disabled people, have consistently provided some of the best ongoing analysis and criticism of Government policy. The Network has now turned its attention to the Government's latest thinking. Sadly they find:
"No-one is ignored in this Green Paper; the elderly, the unemployed, the sick and carers are all potential units of productivity."
"What we found was truly shocking. In a Green Paper, touted as being mitigation for the cuts to the sickness benefit ESA, there was very little evidence that the cuts would be mitigated at all. Instead the Green Paper outlines yet another series of Work Programmes, using many of the familiar Prime Work Programme providers, supported by many of the same community and charity organisations as sub-primes."
You can read the full Spartacus Network report at:
https://spartacusnetwork.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/smokescreen-response-to-green-paper/

Thursday, 9 February 2017

climate change deniers REALLY?

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (methane, carbon dioxide, etc.) let visible light pass through, but absorb infrared light
This causes the earth to heat up.
The warmer atmosphere emits more infrared light, which tends to be re-absorbed
Since the industrial age began around 1750, atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased by 40% and methane has increased by 150%.
Such increases cause extra infrared light absorption, further heating Earth above its typical temperature range (even as energy from the sun stays basically the same).
Energy that gets to Earth has an even harder time leaving it causing Earth’s average temperature to increase–– producing global climate change.
Emissions are measurable. Temperature changes are measurable. The effects are measurable.
They lead to the same conclusion. 97% of scientists agree. The standouts have ties to fossil fuel industries. TRUMP WILL 100%
MAKE THINGS WORSE REOPENING MINES AND CURBING RENEWABLE S 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

TORY CLAIMS TO ECONOMIC COMPETENCE IS LAUGHABLE

A Tory MP was too late deleting this online post, revealing a secret at the heart of his party [IMAGE]

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Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski was too late deleting a post on Twitter, revealing a secret at the heart of his party.

The secret

The Conservatives are prudent with national finance, while Labour spends way too much… Right? Well that’s what Kawczynski himself seemed to believe when he tweeted this graph showing the national debt since 1995:
The graph shows a sharp increase in national debt after the taxpayer shouldered the financial crash for bankers in 2008. Then, the Conservatives came to power and David Cameron assured us:
So though this government has had to make some difficult decisions, we are making progress. We’re paying down Britain’s debts.
But since the Conservatives took power in 2010, there has been a steady increase in government borrowing, as the graph shows. Under six years of George Osborne, the UK national debt increased by over £555bn.

The secret goes back through history

The idea that the Conservatives are good with the economy and that Labour spends too much is often taken as a given. It is repeated by politicians and amplified by the mainstream media. Kawczynski’s belief was so strong that he posted a graph of the national debt assuming it would tell such a story. Realising the reality is actually the opposite of the rhetoric, the MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham swiftly deleted the tweet.
But the graph doesn’t tell the whole story. Osborne actually proportionately increased debt by more in five years than every Labour government in history combined.

How?!

Well, the evidence shows that Labour not only borrows less, but also repays more debt. Economist Richard Murphy showed this through data on borrowing per year from 1946/47 to 2016.
This chart shows each party’s record on borrowing since WWII:
As the chart shows, the Conservatives have borrowed nearly twice as much as Labour. The party’s record on repayments doesn’t look too good either:
The chart shows Labour has repaid over five times as much as the Conservatives since 1946-47.

The lesson

The underlying lesson here is that cutting public spending, like Osborne did severely, can actually pile on more debt. Calculated public investment facilitates economic activity and brings greater returns in the long term.
It’s no wonder Kawczynski deleted that tweet. It exposed the con at the heart of the Conservative Party.
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