A spokesman for Javid says the minister had “zero involvement” with the memo. Jasson describes it as “a faux pas by a guy who got carried away”. That guy was Riordan Roett, a leading expert on the continent, who the bank maintained was a consultant whose memo did “in no way represent the views of Chase”. The US-based economist says that Roett personally assembled and ran the desk’s research team in New York. “I think we have all grown from that era, from the idea that top-down leadership is better,” he says of the memo’s anti-democratic tone. “The instinct was: we don’t want these leftists coming in.” Roett, who is now a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, replied to my email with the words: “Past history!” … [Read more...] about What Thatcherite union buster Sajid Javid learned on Wall Street
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This is the essence of Zapatismo, and explains much of its appeal: a global call to revolution that tells you not to wait for the revolution, only to stand where you stand, to fight with your own weapon. It could be a video camera, words, ideas, "hope" - all of these, Marcos has written, "are also weapons". It's a revolution in miniature that says, "Yes, you can try this at home." This organising model has spread throughout Latin America, and the world. You can see it in the anarchist squats of Italy (called "social centres") and in the Landless Peasants' Movement of Brazil, which seizes tracts of unused farmland and uses them for sustainable agriculture, markets and schools under the slogan "Ocupar, Resistir, Producir" (Occupy, Resist, Produce). These same ideas were forcefully expressed by the students of the National Autonomous University of Mexico during last year's long and militant occupation of their campus. Zapata once said the land belongs to those who work it, their banners … [Read more...] about The unknown icon
Rough sleeping is the traumatic, health-destroying tip of the homelessness iceberg. It is also the most visible form of this social ill, one that crashes uncomfortably into the sightline of the comfortable and secure as they go about their business. Street sleepers are, as one Tory minister once allegedly put it, the people “you step over when you come out of the opera”. … [Read more...] about Britain’s rough sleepers are only the tip of the homelessness iceberg
It won’t be until the results of next month’s official homelessness count are published that the true picture of what is happening on Britain’s streets will emerge. But evidence from homeless charities, hostels, outreach teams and shelters across the country suggests demand for their services is rising just as temperatures are starting to fall. Last winter, at least 78 homeless people died on the streets and in temporary accommodation, according to figures compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism – a national total that is likely to be a significant underestimate. … [Read more...] about Why are so many people sleeping rough on Britain’s streets?
Despite concerns about how they are used, in the US fitness trackers have been adopted by employers to try to improve employees’ health – corporate sales are one of the fastest growing parts of Fitbit’s business – and at least one insurance company has offered a discount to people who allow it to monitor their trackers. It is yet to happen in the UK, but Malcolm Tarling, a spokesman at the Association of British Insurers, said this could change “when the health benefits become better established”. … [Read more...] about Fitness trackers enjoy healthy sales despite lack of evidence they work