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Living wage, not minimum wage

The UK national minimum wage is keeping thousands of UK workers living in poverty and not letting them meet their most basic needs.

As of 1st October 2012 the national minimum wage rose by 1.9% to £6.19 which does not keep in line with the rise of inflation (2.5%, August 2012), so workers on the lowest pay are actually even worse off than they were last year. Someone who works 35 hours a week on the new minimum wage is still only earning £216.65 before tax. Read the rest of this entry

Coalition is likely to split before the next general election – According to senior Tory MP

The Liberal Democrats and Conservative coalition government has had many difficulties to overcome since the 2010 General Election. The cracks are starting to show and a number of people, both in and outside of Westminster, have predicted that it will break down before the 2015 General Election.

Graham Brady, senior Tory MP and Chairman of the Conservative Backbench 1922 Committee has become the latest person to doubt the life expectancy of the coalition. Read the rest of this entry

Invisible Children are the wrong NGO to support in the fight against Joseph Kony

I woke up this morning to find my Facebook and Twitter feeds full of links to a video which was made by a charitable NGO called Invisible Children (IC). This video was produced to increase awareness of the war crimes committed by Joseph Kony.  As most people will now know, Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) a guerrilla group which were once based in Uganda but who have now moved on to a number of different countries in Central Africa.

The video outlines the fact that Kony and the LRA have committed countless war crimes and crimes against humanity including, murder, rape as a weapon of war, torture and the use of child soldiers in combat.  The main aim of the video is to increase awareness of Joseph Kony and the LRA and to lobby the US government into military action against the LRA. READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY

Workfare programmes; slave labour or a helping hand into the job market?

The government’s work experience schemes which are designed to help people stop their reliance on benefits and get back into the job market have been highly criticised recently and have been likened to modern day slave labour.  Critics have blasted them for forcing people to work for big corporations such as Tesco for free.

One source of confusion when debating whether or not these schemes are worthwhile and morally right is the fact that there is more than one scheme.  There are a number of different schemes; each tailored to a different group of people and some are mandatory, some are not.

To fully understand the workfare programme, one must be able to clearly see the facts regarding each scheme. READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY

Cantona’s bid in the French presidential election was a publicity stunt; but how successful would he have been if he was serious?

This morning Eric Cantona admitted that he wasn’t running for presidency and his announcement was purely a publicity stunt to highlight important issues. But, what if he had run, how far would he have got?

Former Manchester United and French national team captain Eric Cantona declared yesterday that he intended to run in the upcoming French presidential election.  However this morning after much excitement it was revealed that it was a publicity stunt to highlight the housing crisis in France. READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY

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