First, the labour market is more precarious. It is impossible to overstate the impact this has: I spoke to a number of people, right across the payscale, from delivery drivers to corporate senior managers, who would not even give me anonymous quotes in case their employers could be identified. Next there is what Cole describes as the “pervasiveness of the market-based mentality of the self” – where even your private life and intimate moments are packaged as part of Brand You, and there is a pressure to maximise every minute. And last, “all of that is made possible by mobile phones, mobile technology and email”, says Cole. “It’s a trio of doom.” … [Read more...] about Where did the weekend go? How work stole our Saturdays and Sundays
EU signs off negotiating mandate and says it is 'ready' to begin trade talks France won't be 'blackmailed' into bad deal, minister warns Call for Tom Watson's peerage to be blocked over paedophile ring claim Sign up for our exclusive Brexit Bulletin Subscribe to The Telegraph, free for 30 days Downing Street has said the UK will never accept rule-taking from Brussels, as the EU’s demands for a level playing field were rejected. … [Read more...] about Downing Street rejects EU’s level playing field demands as trade talks set to start on Monday
Owners of capital may lose out in this relationship if output does not increase across the board (it is unlikely to in social care for example) – and more people may have to be hired. But we shouldn’t see this as a bad thing. There is more than enough wealth in our economy to begin the transition to a four-day week immediately, and if that means some degree of redistribution of wealth (in the form of working time), then that is a choice we can collectively make – and it will require some policy change to ensure its success. The New Economics Foundation has called for the four-day week to be negotiated and institutionalised in rights gradually, in a way that is responsive to economic and industrial change. … [Read more...] about Why the four-day week could help solve Britain’s inequality problem
Our community’s history of antiracist struggle in Britain can show us another way to confront these issues. When Indian migrants first arrived in Britain in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, they joined forces with recently arrived African-Caribbean migrants to form a unified “black” community of resistance. They responded to state neglect, racial violence and racist policing with a range of radical self-help initiatives, run through organisations such as the United Coloured People’s Alliance, the Black Liberation Front and the British Black Panther Movement. This is a story of community and class solidarity based on shared resistance. It should be recovered to prepare us for the fight ahead. … [Read more...] about How did British Indians become so prominent in the Conservative party?
Yes, Michel Barnier seeks to inflict maximum damage on Britain with minimum side-effects for the EU. Yes, protecting the single market is a vital strategic goal. But the EU’s ultimate ambition goes further – it wishes to retain as much influence as possible over as many aspects of British sovereignty as possible, from our immigration policy to our laws. … [Read more...] about A chilling logic lurks beneath the EU’s farcical Brexit strategy