Posts Tagged ‘ Economy ’

Can We Get Rid Of All Those Reserved Parking Spaces, Then?

January 23, 2014 14 Comments
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Disabled people are being forced to shop online because of poor access in and around UK town centres and difficulties using basic but essential facilities such as changing rooms or toilets, a report has claimed. This report being compiled by..? The report, Short-changed, compiled by the muscular dystrophy campaign group Trailblazers, was based on the experiences of a 100-strong group of disabled 16-30-year-olds. Riiiight… The group has compiled a list…

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Good Luck With That Campaign!

April 4, 2013 8 Comments
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Cuts to legal aid are forcing the closure of almost a third of Shelter’s housing advice centres and compelling the Red Cross to abandon its assistance for family reunions, the organisations claim. Family reunions? Why the fiends! Wait. What sort of ‘family’ are we talking about here? The British Red Cross says the cuts will force it to withdraw expert help to those trying to bring their children into the United…

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The Right Way To Deal With Complaints And Protests…

December 20, 2012 3 Comments
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…and it’s ‘No surrender!’ for once: On Thursday afternoon, without any official notification, we found out through the press that the members of the Spanish branch of Animal Equality have been bombarding media outlets with a brash statement revealing their great triumph: Mugaritz condemned.[Mugaritz, an award-winning restaurant near San Sebastian, Spain, was fined for serving foie gras from force-fed ducks, bought from Momotegi, a local, unlicensed farm, which Mugaritz supports…

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It wasn’t me

August 19, 2012 9 Comments
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As I sit here in the Castle slowly dissolving into the sofa there is a thought running through what is left of my mind, and that thought is-I am getting more than a tad fed up with being blamed for all the ills in Blighty. And I suspect that many others of a similar age are of a like mind, because apparently baby boomers are guilty of the state of…

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Doomed To Failure, Then?

February 5, 2012 6 Comments
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Four community projects are to receive funding from Barking and Dagenham Council this year under its Innovation Grants programme. Ooooh, let’s have a look at them then! Based in Barking, the Recovery LinkUp Cafe will be a meeting place for people recovering from addictions. The project, which is being given £8,500 by the council, will recruit six volunteers and will run one night a week for 20 people, who will…

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No, We Aren’t Becoming More ‘Left Wing’…

February 3, 2012 3 Comments
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Penny Young has the unenviable task of trying to break the news to CiF readers that the UK isn’t becoming more left-leaning and sympathetic to those looking to live off the sweat of others: Why are David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith so confident that they can push through their welfare changes, capping benefits at £26,000, despite last’s night resounding rejection by the House of Lords? The answer might be…

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Cut your cloth according to your means

February 1, 2012 7 Comments
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Cut your cloth according to your means

There are two issues in this post and the first is the alarming rate at which political bloggers of our kind are either hanging up their boots or going into skeleton mode, just when there is more naughtiness than ever to expose and highlight. Knowledge spreads only through dissemination and so all you ladies and gentlemen are needed, not just to read what we say here but to write about…

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Cogitating at the Castle

January 22, 2012 9 Comments
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After what seems like an eon I have finally managed to collect the wherewithal to hang out up my tool, kick back and look forward to dossing around for what is left of my natural. And the thought at the forefront of my “mind” is ‘Where are we going?’, not in the geographical sense because I can’t afford go juice, train fares or bus tickets, and I still have to…

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Adam Smith

January 18, 2012 1 Comment
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Adam Smith

Thought this a most significant take on Adam Smith who, like all great ideas people who’ve influenced humanity, has been partly read and misread as has been people’s wont and their own prejudices: Smith saw economics as a branch of moral philosophy, and he saw capitalism as an ethical project whose success required political commitment to justice and freedom, not merely an understanding of economic logistics. The notion of classical…

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Employment and benefits

January 11, 2012 10 Comments
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I’m currently tied up in a series of one-day courses and while they need to be studied for, they’re also very interesting indeed and give a good overview of what’s in the pipeline re debt, employment and benefits [the latter two the area I've been working in]. While all of us sign a confidentiality clause, there are certain trends which can be spoken about. One of them is the really…

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Free enterprise itself is under threat

December 28, 2011 7 Comments
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Good stuff: The “real market,” Martin explains, is the world in which factories are built, products are designed and produced, real products and services are bought and sold, revenues are earned, expenses are paid, and real dollars of profit show up on the bottom line. That is the world that executives control—at least to some extent. The expectations market is the world in which shares in companies are traded between…

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It’ll end in tears. If we’re lucky.

December 13, 2011 1 Comment
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The stitch-up fiscal union proposed by Merkozy (cf. Élysée Treaty) is merely a relaunch of the existing Stability and Growth Pact but this time with the teeth and claws necessary to force compliance by defaulters like France weak economies like Greece, nations coerced or conned into the Euro by Franco-Germany and their pals in the Euroclub of gravy-train-riding elites, against the interests of the peoples of Europe’s nations. Whether F.U. goes through…

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The manpower crisis

December 11, 2011 5 Comments
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Alfin on the search for skilled workers: “There’s a tremendous shortage of skilled workers,” said Craig Giffi, a vice chairman of the consulting firm Deloitte. A recent survey it did found that 83% of manufacturers reported a moderate or severe shortage of skilled production workers to hire. More than half of U.S. employers report having a hard time finding people to fill some of their most critical positions. Quite a…

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Complain and be heard

December 4, 2011 26 Comments
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When I was younger I used to read the history books about Jews being transported in cattle wagons to the camps and from there to the gas chambers. It horrified me and I could never understand why they would all simply walk quietly and resigned to their doom. It made no sense and has puzzled me for decades. Lately though I am starting to understand why. They didn’t believe that…

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Can Cameron really be this stupid?

November 23, 2011 35 Comments
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Can Cameron really be this stupid?

Content warning – much like my last one this post has again been written under the influence of a descending red mist and contains more bad language and horrible oaths caused by the latest dribblings of the British Prime Miniscule. If my dog was called Cameron I would have to resist the temptation to punch him. Click for linky Dave? Do you think that this might possibly have something to…

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