27 September 2018 PhilosophyEquality Politicians of both Left and Right continue to champion meritocracy and equality of opportunity as if this were all that is needed to achieve a fair society. But rewarding people for their ‘merit’ may be creating a new class system based on arrogant, insensitive winners and angry, desperate losers, writes Peter Adamson When I was 14 years old, before and after school, I collected a canvas bag full of the Morning Post or Evening Post and set off for an hour or so of delivering them around the streets near my home. The first quarter mile was an uphill stretch common to two different rounds and in the afternoons I usually set off with the boy who had the other route. His name was Alan Young, and we soon we fell into the habit of stopping, at the point where our paths split, to sit on our bags of newspapers and share a cigarette. Had it not been for this little daily ritual, it is unlikely that I would have come to know Alan Young. … [Read more...] about The long read: the merit trap
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Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at Labour Party Conference today, said: Thank you for that welcome. I want to start by thanking the workers, the fantastic staff at the Conference Centre and hotels, the Labour Party staff who make this possible, and the people of Liverpool who have made us feel so welcome this week. And I want to thank my family, but in particular my wife Laura. Tu eres mi fuerza y mi apoyo. Gracias Laurita. And congratulations conference, to all of you on what’s been a great conference. A conference of a Labour Party that’s ready to take charge and start the work of rebuilding our divided country. This year we mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which saw eight million women getting the vote for the first time, along with five and a half million working class men. We now have more women members of the Labour Party than the entire membership, male and female, of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour conference speech: “We represent the new common sense of our time”
Michael B. Sauter, Samuel Stebbins and Evan Comen 24/7 Wall Street Published 12:13 p.m. UTC Aug 27, 2018 By several measures, the national economy is the strongest it has been in decades. The U.S. monthly unemployment rate now sits comfortably below 4%, and we are in the second longest period of GDP growth since World War II. In most states, unemployment has improved in recent years as well, but that is not to say every state economy is equally healthy. Some states are experiencing an economic boom, while others continue to struggle with job losses, poor GDP growth, and poverty. Economic vitality is as much about growth as it is about a state's ability to support its population -- with jobs, education, and economic opportunities. In turn, employed, better-paid, and better-educated residents contribute to economic growth. 24/7 Wall Street reviewed economic growth, poverty, unemployment, job growth, and college attainment rates to compare and rank state economies. The best … [Read more...] about Which state tops list for having the best and worst economies?
Boris Johnson says: 'Brexit dream is dying' as he becomes second Cabinet minister to quit in 24 hours MPs call for Theresa May to quit - but she vows to fight a vote of no confidence Runners and riders: Who could be Tory leader if May is ousted? Edwina Currie: I was there as the Thatcher government fell. The last days of a PM are dreadful Asa Bennett: Boris Johnson leaves government 'up Brexit creek without a paddle' Data analysis: May is losing cabinet ministers at astonishing speed Theresa May has appointed Jeremy Hunt as the new Foreign Secretary in the wake of Boris Johnson's resignation. Mr Hunt, the former health secretary, takes over after Mr Johnson accused Theresa May of killing Brexit, as he resigned and plunged the Prime Minister's leadership into crisis. The former foreign secretary told Mrs May the Brexit “dream is dying, suffocated by self-doubt” and accused her of raising the “white flag” of surrender to the … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt new Foreign Secretary after resignation of Boris Johnson
Samuel Stebbins and Evan Comen 24/7 Wall Street Published 11:53 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 Where Americans live can have a considerable impact on their quality of life. In some U.S. cities, everyday comfort and happiness is much harder to attain than in others. Quality of life is subjective, and difficult to measure. Still, there is a wide range of quantifiable factors that can impact quality of life in a given area. Affordability, safety, job market strength, quality of education, infrastructure, average commute times, air quality, and the presence of cultural attractions are just a few examples of factors that can influence overall quality of life. 24/7 Wall St. created an index with measures in eight categories -- crime, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure -- to identify the 50 worst cities to live in. Not confined to a single region, the worst cities span the country from the South to the Midwest and from New England to the Pacific coast. … [Read more...] about Least livable: 50 worst US cities to reside in