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  1. The world has many teachers. Maybe too many kids are listening to (and misinterpreting the message of "new life").
  2. *looks out window* *birds singing* *sun shining* *general calm, affluence and serenity* I suppose it's what you choose to open your eyes to. Or where you choose to live... (and I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination).
  3. Technology is always a double edged sword. It can be used for liberatory and oppressive purposes. The good thing about the internet (at the moment) is that it still has a decentralised structure of control and ownership. Of course, there are people who want to change that, but we won't make the same mistake in handing too much power to too few people as we did in the "real world"... will we?
  4. Of course, and as standards of living/working are raised, so are expectations. It is cruel for any government to shower public workers with all manner of unsustainable privileges and benefits, only for those privileges to be stripped back when the bubble bursts. Naturally, to the individual worker, it feels like a loss, when in reality it should have never been such a gain in the first place. The same can be applied to the housing benefit cuts. People were offered unsustainable entitlements and now they are forced to leave their homes. I predict a(nother) riot. ---------- Post added 17-04-2013 at 14:14 ---------- Time for the UK to take some lessons from the German model.
  5. Succinct and the crux of the matter. And I share your admiration for the companies you mentioned. Our economy, worker-employer relationships and, dare I say, worker productivity would be in far better shape if more companies had the ethos of those you mentioned. As for inflation, we ought to be asking the simple question of why it is occurring at the level and rate it is. There are plenty of economists who will enlighten us on that matter, if we choose to listen to them and not politicians. Like many of our economic problems, it all goes back to how the monetary system operates. The need for monetary reform cannot be overstated.
  6. Probably not the cheapest, but I had my last set of boots fitted by etyres. They fit them on your driveway for a very reasonable price all in. My mate works for a market research company in the tyre industry and gave them the thumbs up.
  7. Perhaps because, due to the rate of inflation caused by the perpetual printing of money being funnelled through what can only be described as a constipated commercial banking system, governments know it's just another bubble that will inevitably burst. Unless of course they change how banking is done in this country. The Green Party actually want to phase out minimum wage in favour of two more holistic solutions - a basic citizens income funded predominantly by a Land Value Tax and incentivise more democratic workplaces, which I have a feeling will have a close resemblance to Germany's understatedly successful codetermination laws.
  8. Cynical I know, but do you not think that minimum wage is merely a "sticking plaster" fix to a much greater problem of too little co-determination between workers and employers? I often wonder where all these minimum wage jobs are. The new Aldi opening near me is to pay £9 per hour for shop workers. Many unskilled jobs pay over minimum wage, voluntarily (perhaps because they realise they will attract more work and more loyal employees by offering competitive wages). As a student I never found it difficult to find a job paying more than minimum wage. Yes, there are of course minimum wage jobs out there, but I'd be very interested to see the statistics on whether minimum wage jobs have increased or decreased over the years since the NMW was brought into law. There is also the issue of minimum wage discriminating against low skilled workers with little experience (especially teens). A forward thinking worker may wish to gain on-the-job experience, but if an employer deems their labour to be worth less than the cost of minimum wage, they must engage in charity to employ them, or turn them away. Most businesses are not in the position to offer such charity, so the applicant, who is simply trying to better their situation, becomes unemployable by no fault of their own. The fact that there is overwhelming number of employers offering considerably more than minimum wage for unskilled work suggests that if the law were gradually phased out, there would not be the "race to the bottom" that many of its supporters fear. As someone who supports labour rights, I think minimum wage is little more than an attempt to appease worker discontent while continuing to uphold the same privileges for the corporate class. I mean, it's not large corporations who are really affected by the minimum wage, it's small, fledgling businesses, so it's not beyond any stretch of the imagination that large corporations would actually be wholly in favour of such laws.
  9. Yes, but are they worth minimum wage? I suppose only an employer can answer that one.
  10. Another way of looking at it is that your skills/experience has to be at least worth the minimum wage to an employer or you won't be employable.
  11. There's a crucial distinction to be made between Green left and Labour "left". The Greens place less emphasis on the state and more on decentralised, local institutions. It's a more libertarian type of "left wing". See: http://www.politicalcompass.org/ukparties2010 Labour are anything but center outside the linear political spectrum (which is inadequate).
  12. She might claim the shopping as grief management therapy.
  13. You can't buy me with your money, but you can "buy" me with your drive and ambition, even if you're skint today. For me, that's one of the most attractive traits in a woman. I'm sure no self respecting modern man or woman wants to be kept by their partner, but often we need the reassurance that whoever we choose as our life partner has at least some shred of determination to make their future more secure and prosperous.
  14. A little less corporatism, don't you mean? Capitalism is a broad idea in theory. At the extremes, you can have capitalism that favours a few elite interests (the type you find in countries with large states) or capitalism whereby state privilege/intervention is stripped back and businesses are free to compete based on their ability to produce and co-operate rather than exploit privilege.
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