Since the sacked probation officers may not see things in these terms, it is worth examining the connection between productivity and these supposed benefits. Society certainly gets richer when it can produce more, but which members of society get their hands on those riches depends upon how it is distributed.
The nationalists are coming, and Labour are the ones to blame. For by them losing MPs in Scotland we may well be a step closer to the break up of the United Kingdom. Can anything happen in the next month to change that? Well I expect leaking the memo was an attempt by someone.
It is certainly encouraging that the recent vilification of the SNP and, by association, the Scots in the English media has been shown to be utterly misguided. Top marks to the First Minister for achieving that, at least in the eyes of the general public.
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It is no exaggeration to say that one of the most important choices we face on 7 May is between a freer, better press, fit for a modern democracy, and one that continues to be dragged down by corruption and dishonesty.
The unaware viewer might have been forgiven for thinking they had tuned into the gloomiest ever episode of Take Me Out. No likey? No votey. If only. ...
Though left wing supporters commonly advocate the Inheritance Tax, most strongly to those who support Marxist values, they ignore the fact that there is no moral ground supporting that it's morally acceptable. The highest earners are already taxed on their income as all earners are.
While politicos and pundits throw around statistics and debate policy, a great number of people are feeling right now the way I feel on match days - b...
When the perma-smug Paxman pressured Miliband over being a 'geek', and inferior to his brother, I wanted to hug the exacerbated oddball. Whether it was intentional or not, Paxman did Ed a huge favour in these final exchanges.
I had become yet another cog in a big political wheel and couldn't escape the feeling that I had cheated those I set out to help at the start of the campaign - the young and apathetic. They don't watch BBC Parliament on a random Tuesday afternoon while this was being broadcast or care if I'm lobbying behind closed doors.
Politicians and campaigning organisations attempt to engage my generation with simplifications and pop culture references, gimmicks to make politics more 'accessible,' as if the tit-for-tat and basic narratives of the main parties' election campaigning are too much for us. Wrong: it's not enough.
Walking home a few weeks ago, I saw a poster for a screening of the Skip Kite documentary, 'Tony Benn: Will and Testament'. This is a filmic obituary of this much-respected titan of the Left, with interviews and footage spanning his 50-odd years in parliament.
Miliband's announcement on Friday that he would cap profits which private firms make from hospital treatment at 5% and that Labour would end the requirement for all health contracts to be opened up to the NHS certainly sounds like a winning policy.
So after all the hype, the ads, the contorted build-up, the dozens of days of negotiations, the thousands of headlines, the millions of words of pre-match and post-match analysis, just over three million people bothered to tune in for the first 'big debate' agreed between the parties and the broadcasters. That is a shamingly low figure for all of us.
I suspect Thursday wasn't the best day of David Cameron's political life: first the Supreme Court ruled against him on his attempt to block publication of Prince Charles's private letters to government ministers (three cheers for the Supreme Court); then MPs voted against his attempt to change the rules to make it easier to get rid of the Speaker of the House of Commons (three cheers for independent-minded MPs). And then, after supper, Jeremy Paxman gave him a thorough, and distinctly uncomfortable, going over in the TV-debate-that-wasn't (three cheers for Jeremy Paxman). If Samantha was still up when he finally got home, she probably asked him if he's sure he wants the job for another five years.
The uncanny parallels that merge the two countries of Nigeria and Great Britain are truly mind-boggling. The historical coming together of both entities about three centuries ago has somehow resulted in a weird morphing of the most unlikely national psyches.