There's meritocracy and then there's the brand we have in the UK. I call it 'pseudo meritocracy' and this is why.
For every fickle citizen who seems to have a shorter memory than a 'Masterchef' judge, there is somebody else who has a memory like an elephant.The media barons tell politicians their skilled fake news cycles and puff pastry issues can obscure the truth, bury history and make big important things – like giving the green … Continue reading Voter Forgiveness
Why Can’t Labour MPs be Seen on Picket Lines?
Following the recent sacking of a Labour MP, Sam Tarry for attending an organised strike, another opposition MP, John McDonnell asks in a piece for the Guardian today (here) , what has happened that the Labour party can no longer be seen to stand up support labour. “New Labour” is the answer that springs cynically … Continue reading Why Can’t Labour MPs be Seen on Picket Lines?
No more ‘silly season’? Has news reporting in the summer changed forever?
Has the 'silly season' of news gone forever? If it so, what will replace it?
1% For NHS Staff is Insulting. But What About Care Workers?
A furore has built in the wake of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s dispiriting budget last week, where NHS staff have been promised a paltry 1% pay rise following the hardest year ever faced by the health service. Questions among staff are now being asked; Where’s our thanks? Where’s the solidarity? Where’s our bleedin’ money? But these … Continue reading 1% For NHS Staff is Insulting. But What About Care Workers?
DailyAudio: More or Less with Tim Harford
Daily Audio looks at the Radio 4 show that debunks the UK government's own statistics. More or Less - it's all about the numbers.
Wales – Sex festival during Covid pandemic
A departure from our usual content with this exclusive report.
In debt thanks to Universal Credit. The story of Alex and Sandra.
Today's story is about Sandra and Alex, a working couple in debt because of their brief reliance on Universal Credit... It's time for a look at the UK Government’s new benefit system and its effect on full-time workers. For those that don’t know, Universal Credit is the UK Government’s grand plan to roll a whole … Continue reading In debt thanks to Universal Credit. The story of Alex and Sandra.