Over the coming months, Brexit will pose huge challenges for the country, and for the Labour Party. It is vital that we get our position right, and take the fight to the Tories. But to do this, we need to agree on the facts, and that means tackling some commonly cited myths within our party. It has often been argued by advocates of “Lexit” that a hard Brexit will allow a future Labour government to end austerity. That by leaving the single market and customs union and shaking off the shackles of Brussels we will have more freedom to invest in the economy. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now This is nonsense. The reality is that austerity in the UK has been a political choice, made by this Tory Government, and has nothing to do with the EU or single market rules. EU rules impose no restriction whatsoever on the level of public spending. Its … [Read more...] about I know a left-wing Brexit is a myth – I wrote the report on why it would never work
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For Gordon Marsden, the Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Skills, a growing enthusiasm for apprenticeships “makes sense”. Marsden, himself a graduate of New College, Oxford, where he studied history, acknowledges that a long-standing “obsession” with university has caused an “imbalance” in the United Kingdom’s employment market. And so the Labour MP for Blackpool South is a firm believer in the value of more flexible and vocational training. “We regularly take on apprentices in the constituency office,” he says proudly. “We’ve helped people to get their Level 3s and 4s in business administration.” As tuition fees have soared and rhetoric around education has been “narrowed”, Marsden says, there is now a situation in which there are more graduates than graduate jobs. The mistake made by successive governments of both parties, according to Marsden, was to allow … [Read more...] about Gordon Marsden: “Apprenticeships have got a pretty raw deal from the media”
SAVVY shopper Geri Saks, 30, has a full-time job but she earns more than £600 extra every year by referring her friends to shops she already uses. The London-based sales director, who's originally from Estonia, says she's been using referral schemes for a couple of years now. Geri is one of many people benefiting as more and more companies offer “recommend a friend” schemes, where you refer a pal to buy a service and you both get a cash bonus or freebies if they sign up. In fact, one single referral can you get up to £100 worth of rewards. Geri told The Sun she gets £50 back on makeup and between £50-£100 on clothes each month through referral fees, although the totals can vary too. “I spend a lot each month and loads of my friends shop at the same companies so we team up and refer each other,” she said. “Fast fashion brands are great for now, I’m a real advocate.” She recommends fashion brands such as Missguided and … [Read more...] about We make £600 a year by referring our friends and family to retailers we shop at
In the last few years, globalisation has come under renewed attack. Some of the criticisms may be misplaced, but one is spot on – globalisation has enabled large multinationals, like Apple, Google, and Starbucks, to avoid paying tax. Apple has become the poster child for corporate tax avoidance, with its legal claim that a few hundred people working in Ireland were the real source of its profits, and then striking a deal with that country’s government that resulted in its paying a tax amounting to .005% of its profit. Apple, Google, Starbucks, and companies like them all claim to be socially responsible, but the first element of social responsibility should be paying your fair share of tax. If everyone avoided and evaded taxes like these companies, society could not function, much less make the public investments that led to the Internet, on which Apple and Google depend. For years, multinational corporations have encouraged a race to the bottom, telling each country that … [Read more...] about How can we tax footloose multinationals?
James Forsyth 9 February 2019 7:20 AM 9 February 2019 7:20 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp ‘What would a Conservative manifesto say on Brexit?’ Many Tories consider this question a slam-dunk argument against an early election. But the party’s predicament is actually much worse. It is easier to work out what their manifesto would say on Brexit than on a whole host of other issues. The Tories are relatively united on Brexit, for the moment. Only eight of the party’s MPs voted against Sir Graham Brady’s amendment last month which authorised Theresa May to seek ‘alternatives’ to the backstop. So this would be the Tory position in a pre-Brexit election. In an immediate post-Brexit contest May would presumably seek a vague mandate to negotiate the best possible future relationship, leaving open what precisely that is. But what about everything else? Here it is much harder to see what the Tories would say. … [Read more...] about The Tories will struggle to win an election without a clearer domestic agenda