Tuesday, 17 December 2019
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Now the GE is done and dusted, and with MP’s returning to Parliament today to begin being sworn in, we’ve locked the GE Thread last night, and you can now use this one for any Westminster related stuff.

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1 year ago
An absolute beauty to start the thread-oh the irony. Labour risks staff strike if senior Corbyn aides stay

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/labour-risks-staff-strike-if-senior-corbyn-aides-stay-kbn0hd092
1 year ago
An absolute beauty to start the thread-oh the irony. Labour risks staff strike if senior Corbyn aides stay

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/labour-risks-staff-strike-if-senior-corbyn-aides-stay-kbn0hd092


Rather than trading barbs with you I'm going to try finding if there's any common ground we agree on. I accept the principle that someone like you gets more pay than me because you took risks I didn't. That by itself is fair. But I think there should be a minimum standard of living that every workers gets, regardless. Just enough for them to comfortably live with the basics and maybe a very small amount left over for the odd treat. If you are working hard, even if it's in a minimum wage job, you deserve to be able to afford to eat and live and get by. I think that's what minimum wage laws intended to do, but it hasn't really worked out and that's what the living wage is trying to address. I get the feeling that for all we disagree about capitalism and socialism, if we look into the finer details we might agree on more points than we realize.
1 year ago
Jesus Christ, Kessler. Give it a rest.
1 year ago
I think Kessler failed their exams at school and now its everyone elses reponsibility to make up for that.
Of course, defining standard of living is hard, Sky, Netflix, XBox etc.
1 year ago
I don't necessarily mind what he's got to say, but he's worse than NS at hijacking every thread with the same ole bollocks at the moment.
1 year ago
He's got one hell of a chip on his shoulder
It wouldn't matter how high the minimum wage and/or universal credit limit were raised to, there will always be a percentage of the population who claim they can't manage on what they get, be it not being able to afford the latest IPhone, Sky package or whatever. And, as has been explained on here countless times before, if these are increased it will cause a ripple effect where everybody will (with justification) want more, until the businesses they work for become unviable.
It is this feeling of entitlement that gets me - he/she has that, why shouldn't I.
Maybe dig a bit deeper, and see the sacrifices these people have made, whether it is through education, hard graft, making the right decisions, luck or more likely a combination of these. It is basically about taking responsibility for their futures and not waiting for someone to do it for them.
1 year ago
Of course, defining standard of living is hard, Sky, Netflix, XBox etc.


I agree. Which is why it's important to talk about it and see what everyone else has to say so we can work out what we think is a fair minimum for everyone to have. I know that Laffy supports profit sharing schemes and I think he also said he wants people to get a living wage. Those are both principles that I agree with, I think the only disagreement is in the detail of how to implement them. The problem I have with people saying oh just get a better job, is that it doesn't address the root problem of that job not paying enough. If I can't pay the bills on minimum wage then I can go and get a better job, but then whoever takes my old job is also going to have the same problem. That job needs to be done, someone has to do it. Are we saying that we expect people to do those jobs, but we don't think think they deserve enough money to pay the bills?
1 year ago
It wouldn't matter how high the minimum wage and/or universal credit limit were raised to, there will always be a percentage of the population who claim they can't manage on what they get, be it not being able to afford the latest IPhone, Sky package or whatever. And, as has been explained on here countless times before, if these are increased it will cause a ripple effect where everybody will (with justification) want more, until the businesses they work for become unviable.


The ripple effect wouldn't be as pronounced as that. For example what justification would someone on £30k or more a year have for wanting even more?


It is this feeling of entitlement that gets me - he/she has that, why shouldn't I.


I think that everyone who works hard is entitled to a comfortable standard of living. I just can't understand the mind of anyone who thinks otherwise. How could anyone feel such hatred towards other people that you don't think they deserve to be able to afford even a basic lifestyle?
1 year ago
All this talk about going out and earning it. The way I see it, anyone who works hard in any job has already earned the right to a comfortable standard of living. They aren't expecting something for nothing, they have already earned that. The problem is they are not being given what they have worked for.
1 year ago
The Prime Minister earns £800k a year from Murdoch and the Barclays in addition to his ministerial salary plus expenses. I have a sense of entitlement because my taxes pay the thieving [censored] while he's acting on the orders of others. How can you expect people to behave morally when the Prime Minister is a paid marionette of billionaires? Corbyn wanted to stop extra Parliament earnings, crazy Marxist that he is.
1 year ago
Of course, defining standard of living is hard, Sky, Netflix, XBox etc.


I agree. Which is why it's important to talk about it and see what everyone else has to say so we can work out what we think is a fair minimum for everyone to have. I know that Laffy supports profit sharing schemes and I think he also said he wants people to get a living wage. Those are both principles that I agree with, I think the only disagreement is in the detail of how to implement them. The problem I have with people saying oh just get a better job, is that it doesn't address the root problem of that job not paying enough. If I can't pay the bills on minimum wage then I can go and get a better job, but then whoever takes my old job is also going to have the same problem. That job needs to be done, someone has to do it. Are we saying that we expect people to do those jobs, but we don't think think they deserve enough money to pay the bills?


Unless you are willing to clearly define in numbers what you suggest is ' reasonable standard of living ' and what this includes with costs, could I suggest you drop the whole subject, it is now becoming very boring.
1 year ago
The Prime Minister earns £800k a year from Murdoch and the Barclays in addition to his ministerial salary plus expenses. I have a sense of entitlement because my taxes pay the thieving [censored] while he's acting on the orders of others. How can you expect people to behave morally when the Prime Minister is a paid marionette of billionaires? Corbyn wanted to stop extra Parliament earnings, crazy Marxist that he is.


Well given the rules for quotes, where is you evidence to support this accusation? He did get £275k from the Telegraph, however if this still applies is a question.

https://richest.mp/facts?id=317

Or is it just more Marko BS ?

While scrutinising the list check out Bercow's income and paymasters........
1 year ago
The Prime Minister earns £800k a year from Murdoch and the Barclays in addition to his ministerial salary plus expenses. I have a sense of entitlement because my taxes pay the thieving [censored] while he's acting on the orders of others. How can you expect people to behave morally when the Prime Minister is a paid marionette of billionaires? Corbyn wanted to stop extra Parliament earnings, crazy Marxist that he is.


Can you provide a reference for that claim of 800K?
1 year ago
I have already told Kess that there should be a safety net-call it universal income, which is the minimum anyone should get, whether employed or not.Beyond that,telling employers what to pay and whom is fraught with difficulty.

I would urge all of you to read The Future of Capitalism-I think even Marko would agree with the thrust of it but it goes a long way towards explaining why Labour have totally lost the plot with their disconnected ideology
1 year ago
The issue with concept of a minimum wage has always been that it becomes the maximum wage for millions, even those working in a profitable company.
1 year ago
Oh, just to add, for some reason Corbyn has not listed this years income, I wonder why ?

"Jeremy Corbyn’s income as leader of the opposition isn’t listed on the official documentation for 2019 governmental salaries, so his figure is an estimate based on his last tax returns."

https://richest.mp/facts
1 year ago
The unemployment rate has just been announced at 3.8%. That means an employment rate of 96.2%.

Hard to believe so I went on the Office for National Statistics site.

It says the number of people in employment is 32.78 million.
Broken down that is:
27.67 million in paid employment.
4.73 million self-employed
1.29 million unemployed'

Some interesting statistics on that site:
https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/employmentintheuk/september2019
1 year ago
Johnson: £160k tennis match did take place (with Russians)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43448559
1 year ago
That’s why full employment is so attractive/-it gives choice to the employee and rising wages.

I hadn’t heard that Marko had changed sex but there you go.We are a broad church in the Tory party
1 year ago
I have already told Kess that there should be a safety net-call it universal income, which is the minimum anyone should get, whether employed or not.Beyond that,telling employers what to pay and whom is fraught with difficulty.

I would urge all of you to read The Future of Capitalism-I think even Marko would agree with the thrust of it but it goes a long way towards explaining why Labour have totally lost the plot with their disconnected ideology


I'll get a copy and have a read over the Christmas period.
1 year ago
Boris Johnson made an extra £800,000 in last parliament

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/02/boris-johnson-made-extra-800000-last-parliament-11253790/?ito=cbshare

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/


Thats true but now he cannot. But don't let that affect your narrative that he is a mendacious, skiving buffoon,
1 year ago
I have already told Kess that there should be a safety net-call it universal income, which is the minimum anyone should get, whether employed or not.Beyond that,telling employers what to pay and whom is fraught with difficulty.

I would urge all of you to read The Future of Capitalism-I think even Marko would agree with the thrust of it but it goes a long way towards explaining why Labour have totally lost the plot with their disconnected ideology


I'll get a copy and have a read over the Christmas period.


But the minimum would become a maximum with no premium to workers
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