As far as Thatcher was concerned, the problem for Britain was that the citizen had become too far separated from the operation of the market. This separation had created a gap that had been filled by the influence of the trade unionism and socialistic thinking that was responsible for the descent into the anarchy of the trade union power of the 1970s.
No or bad work experience can have long term scarring effects leading to long spells of unemployment, dissatisfaction in the workplace, the inability to build a career and a general cynicism about employers and employment. Even an adherent to ‘household economics’ should recognise the long term economic cost of failing to provide work and good quality vocational education and training that includes work experience.
Dictionary definition of “foot soldier”: “…a dedicated low level follower…” Michael Murray: email@example.com; FaceBook: Michael Murray London Contents: (1) “How did it get like this in the Labour Party ?” (2) Labour Party an “unincorporated association”: its relevance. (1) “How did it get like this in the Labour Party ?” The April “Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier,” dealt … Continue reading Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier
Eamon Dyas With the perpetual existence of a virus more deadly than flu now part of society’s deadly repertoire the impact will inevitably lead to a fall in the average life expectancy. It is extremely unlikely that the COVID-19 jab will be an effective way of preventing this. Is this not a part of the … Continue reading Bodies piling up — The War on Covid
Britain is a democratic republic with a hereditary monarch as ceremonial head of state. It has been a republic implicitly since the 1688 revolution. It was an aristocratic republic in the 18th century, a bourgeois republic in the 19th century, and it is a general democratic republic in the 20th century. No political tendency of any substance has bothered its head about the monarchy for two hundred years.
Brendan Clifford [This reprint from Labour and Trade Union Review July/August 2002 deals with the question raised in the biography by Andrew Adonis ‘Bevin, Labour’s Churchill’, reviewed last month.] — “The immediate straw-that-broke-the-camel’s-back was the repeated refusal of the Jewish settlers in Palestine to be grateful for British protection and to conform to the plans … Continue reading Bevin, The Anti-Semite
By Manus O’Riordan Dr Jim Moher's biography, Walter Citrine: Forgotten Statesman of the Trades Union Congress, was profiled by its author in the March issue of Labour Affairs. On 24 March a book launch was held, in the form of a Zoom meeting, for which 160 people pre-registered and 120 attended, including myself. The launch was chaired … Continue reading Citrine Biography Book Launch Report
Parliament Notes QE, or printing money, is capitalism’s cunning plan to overcome economic and financial crises. In the massive economic crisis of the 1930s, the US state financed public works with money it hadn’t ‘earned’ from taxes. The economies of the US and Europe have practised it since to avoid the worst disasters of the 2007/8 financial … Continue reading Quantitative Easing, or “How will you pay for it?’
By Gwydion M. Williams Never Mind the Football: Feel the Money Prince Phillip: Old Man Dead and Missed By Few Autonomy: Britain’s Variable Moral Absolutes Genocide: More Variable Moral Absolutes Snippets Last Exit From Afghanistan New Right Covid-19 Blight Never Mind the Football: Feel the Money I was never much of a football fan. My father … Continue reading Notes on the News
This is an extract from the Welsh Labour Party’s Manifesto for the forthcoming Senedd Elections. The extract concerns vocational education and the labour market, issue that Labour Affairs covers in some detail. In contrast to the policy vacuum that the national labour party seems happy to tolerate, Welsh Labour are focusing on issues of interest … Continue reading Welsh Labour Party Election Manifesto May 2021
Putin’s reply to Biden calling him a killer, on Russian television, 18 March 2021 Putin To Biden: Despite All Attempts To Stop Russia's Development, They Will Have To Reckon With Us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO6ptqMSVzU The Western media reported half of this reply; read the complete transcript here. ‘As for the statement of my American colleague, we really, … Continue reading Putin’s Reply to Biden
Labour Affairs is not a lone supporter of industrial democracy or alone in remembering the Bullock Report. Here is another writer, from the former Lucas plant, and, below, writers from the Institute for Employment Rights. "The Labour Governments policy not to extend democracy into the workplace was taken at the time when workers started to take … Continue reading Industrial Democracy 2021
National Debt is an Irrelevant Statistic - Editorial The unifying framework of Sunak’s budget is that the size of the national debt is a critical concern. Hence, he has done the minimum possible to get the country through the next 6 months while sending a clear signal that there will be a return to austerity and increased unemployment … Continue reading National Debt is an Irrelevant Statistic – Editorial