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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Should the old bale out the young?

People over the age of 50 could be forced to pay over £300 more in national insurance each year in order to fund…

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Capitalism will eat itself

George Monbiot says that in order to save the planet we must destroy capitalism. Fair enough; but if I were Mr Monbiot I wouldn’t worry too much about capitalism; it is already self-imploding. Go to the supermarket and robots have replaced humans, Amazon is replacing the high-street and the best jobs available for graduates are based on zero-hour contracts; meaning no safety net, no guarantees, but the government can massage the employment statistics. It has been running at all-time lowest rates since, well, forever. Essentially, robots are replacing humans, unemployment is going to increase exponentially and retail/business interests are being consolidated, resulting in increased profits for the very, very few. Amazon is trying to be the most efficient seller of all time; selling goods as cheaply and quickly as possible, utilising AI to employ as few humans as possible, whilst selling to as many people as possible. The problem with this business plan is that the unemployed tend not to spend much money; nor do…

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Better Call Saul: workplace drama?

Do you watch Better Call Saul? It’s quite satisfying; to watch the current season (4), you log onto Netflix, click on ‘search’ and…

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Mental health

MPs have recently been taking a small break from the swirling plughole of Brexit to debate mental health first aid in parliament. Research…

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What did we learn about the gender pay gap this year?

Well, firstly, that an awful lot of firms with 250+ employees, didn't bother supplying their figures. And then that eight out of 10…

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The internet has killed advertising

Gore Vidal once said: “Advertising is the only true art form left in the Twentieth Century.” It may have been true once, but…

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AI: A snooper’s charter

Dozens of UK business owners are using artificial intelligence to scrutinise staff behaviour, minute-to-minute, by harvesting data on who emails whom and when,…

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Don’t bother giving feedback

In their book, Nine Lies About Work, Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall, make a startling claim, with implications far beyond the workplace: they…

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The destruction of Earth is a crime that should be prosecuted

Polly Higgins is a barrister who has devoted her life to creating an international crime of ecocide. This means serious damage to, or…

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