“"Those who fail to learn the lessons from the mistakes of history are condemned to repeat them".
Osborne obviously didn't study economics or history, we are repeating the thirties, I only hope we do not end up repeating the early forties too.”
“I would like to see legislation that would limit the multiple the highest paid person in an organisation to the lowest paid to say twenty times the lowest salary, therefore if the lowest paid worker receives a salary of ten thousand pounds a year the highest paid employee would get a maximum of two hundred thousand a year.
This would give organisations a real incentive to increase the incomes of the lowest paid within that organisation. I think the ex boss of Greggs has arrived at a similar conclusion.
As to benifits, I think the government should be the employer of last resort, if someone is unable to find work within a three month period they should be employed by the state towork in the community for the equivilant number of hours at minimum statutary pay tot he money they would receive in unemployment benifit.”
Magpies View on Dec 9, 2012 at 02:35:39
“I've been banging the 'employer of last resort' argument for a while now - so I totally agree with that principle, but I think it should be for a maximum working week, say 30 hours. The Government has at least £7 billion pounds to fund several trials of this policy, unless you cut 'workfare' and add the money used to provide free labour for business to the 'Employer of Last Resort'.
As for pay disparity I'd start with a maximum initial ratio to be reduced over time to a target so starting at a rate of 1:20 and being reduced to 1:5 with an added right that the workforce can sue executives personally for negligence. I'd also ensure that pay rises are in absolute terms rather than percentages,”
x1x on Dec 8, 2012 at 22:58:27
“Move to Cuba - you'd love it there”
MelRoy on Dec 8, 2012 at 21:21:02
“I'm not sure how to accomplish it, but study after study shows that the UK has the biggest income disparity in the industrialised world after the U.S., and the reason why we and the US have such big income disparities is because employers are paying slave wages.
In fact, I would like to do away with our benefits system and find another model because the one we have is corporate welfare. Housing benefit, council tax benefit and working tax credits for people working full time and earning only £16k a year - and then paying tax and national insurance on it is on average £13,000 a year. If it costs £26,000 net a year to survive in London, that's about £40,000 a year in salary under the current tax structure.
Now, the Swiss manage it - they have low unemployment and low taxes but high wages and they don't even have universal healthcare (although private healthcare is not as expensive as our NHS in real terms) and housing is cheaper. What do the Swiss have that we do not? A highly skilled, highly educated workforce, meaningful exports and they are not in the EU. We operate on an 1899 model (with tweaks over time but it's basically the same model - the Rowntree "basket of goods" model.”
Tori Elmquist on Dec 8, 2012 at 20:33:32
“or at least limit the top tier pay to 20 times the average for the lowest 50% of employees including all workers working over 17 hours per week.”
Ari Blake on Dec 8, 2012 at 19:57:20
“I agree OC and would include the gross wage of the lowest paid part-time employee.”
“At what point do we consider this country to be adequately populated?
How do we arrive at this figure and what means should we employ to acheive it?”
emillio12 on Dec 9, 2012 at 03:55:05
“Adequately populated but by whom? The haters of all things christian and western, the haters of everone or anyone who has a skin twenty times paler than theirs, or perhaps those English speakers who cannot get a job because of immigrants, the majority of whom speak Polish or Albanian? This country hase ceased to belong to the people whose ancestors in the near past, fought long and hard to remain free from terror. Now we face daily threats of violence because of our indiginous language and colour of our skin. Just what would our fathers and grandfathers say of Britain now if they had the chance to return and speak thier minds? I think they would say; 'just what did we sacrifice our lives for?'”
Dec 8, 2012 at 01:41:53
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“No not in the same way as Stalin and Hitler, for a start you need to put him back in his own time, compared with what he was up against he was a far better man. He was offered the crown and declined it. The main incident that is given as an example of his genocide is Drogada and even doubt has been cast on that recently by none other than an Irish historian. ”
Dec 7, 2012 at 15:31:58
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“He was not really a religious fanatic, a puritan christian certainly. He was tolerant of other religions apart from Roman Catholicism, he allowed the Jews to return.He didn't believe he was god but a servant of god and sought to do what he thought god wanted of him. He valued the truth and it was Charles the firsts duplicity that sealed his fate rather than Cromwells desire to remove the king as head of state. In his time he was no worse than any other military leader and better than most in terms of genocide. Had he lived longer we would have had universal free eduction in the seventeenth century rther than the nineteenth. He was no monster, definately the best head of state this country ever had. ”
“Housing benifit seems totally bonkers to me, why not spend the money on building council houses rather than paying the money to private landlords. £25000 a year in housing benifit is more than most people earn. 4 years of housing benifit at this rate would build a house in most areas of the country and if someone lived in rent free from then on it would still save the cost in housing benifit, if the tenant paid rent then it would bring in a net gain and reduce the housing benifit budget.
Doesn't anyone study basic arithmatic or pursue logical thinking?”
seandobson201 on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:02:00
“They don't need to do that,there are something like one million empty, derelict or abandoned properties in the UK,these should be brought back into use.”
madeinscotland on Dec 2, 2012 at 21:31:03
“because the so-called "social housing" is given to less than deserving public figures. Bob Crowe, the General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) for example. Despite his six-figure pay package, more than five times the average salary, Bob Crow lives in a subsidised council house whose rent is about £150 per week lower than the market rent.
And we wonder why we have so many homeless despite having all that social housing.”
“Ultimately yes, News Corp may have made him electable and may be sitting on information that if released would damage him but it is those who vote for him that put him in power.
If he loses the confidence of those who vote for him, whether through damaging stories from Murdochs merry men or by his faiure to regulate the media the effect will be the same. At the moment Dave is between a rock and a hard place. Hopefully in the end it is the electors that will hold sway.”
“It would appear that Mr Cameron is still under the influence at the very least of Mr Murdock.
Lord Levesons' suggestions were measured, balanced and fair, further safeguards to the system he has proposed could include an annual review of how the system is working sunset clauses or other review procedures.
A free press is vital but so is a responsible one. We elect our governments and they are responsible to us for their actions, there currently is no obligation for the press to act responsibly and little for them to even act legally, there is certainly no accountability.
The victims of the excesses of an iresponsible press deserve better than the dodgy deal Mr Cameron is proposing, he must think again, he owes the elctorate a greater debt than that he owes to News Corp.”
seandobson201 on Dec 1, 2012 at 13:03:08
“"A greater debt than he owes to News Corp." Do you think so?”
“Religion is the problem, destroying the religions would stop the people being destroyed.
Maybe it would be better if the money that was spent on supplying the Palestinians with armanemts was spent on food and the infastructure, Possibly even finding them room in a less crowded area in the middle east for a state, would save more lives than giving them more weapons.”
“Of course you can amend the constittution, that is why you have a second amendment, it amended the constitution. Anyone with an ounce of sanity would amend the constittution to rescind it. Sanity seems to be a rare commodity.”