Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Zeroing in on employment dignity

Interesting penultimate comment in the Guardian(!) article on the increasing use of “zero hour” contracts:

So what happens now? In one sense, a controlled experiment is under way. If the free marketeers are right, then companies such as Sports Direct will thrive while Tesco will not. Similarly, those countries that have “flexible” labour markets such as the UK will do better than those countries that cling on to social democratic values.

The implications of this are actually quite frightening.

It would seem that the Guardian has subscribed to the idea that you measure a country by looking at its corporations rather than looking at its people.

Perhaps that was what was mean when Napoleon said we were a “nation of shopkeepers”.   As long as the corporations that keep the shops are OK the rest of us can go to hell in a hand-cart.

Of course it is easier to measure the health of corporations (profits, shareholder value, etc.) than the health of the actual people, but I am sure it is not incompetence of laziness behind this attitude.  I suspect that our “Lords and masters” (the phrase becomes ever more relevant again) are only interested in the corporations.


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