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Simon Sapper

Expert on labour relations, good governance and civil liberties

Director, Makes-You-Think, Low Pay Commissioner, Trustee Royal College of GPs, and Unions 21, Board Member at Liberty, lover of loud shirts, writer and broadcaster. Husband, father, trade unionist, charity trustee, Brentford FC supporter. Expert on good governance and membership based organisations.
Is Labour's Gain Is The Unions'

Is Labour's Gain Is The Unions' Pain?

Tim Roache of the GMB summed it up well. "We no longer look like the members we need to recruit. And more of the same is not an option. It isn't "one more heave"". He's right. We need to be different. We need to be daring. We need to be brave. Frankly, what's the alternative? What's left to lose?
12/09/2017 16:10 BST
Awkward But Key Questions On Stadium Safety

Awkward But Key Questions On Stadium Safety Standards

According to the Football Association - the national governing body for the game in England - "there is one aspect of the English game that continues to set the standard and makes us the envy of the international football community".
21/08/2017 14:57 BST
Taylor Is A First Step, Not Last

Taylor Is A First Step, Not Last Word

It will not cure the ills of our gig economy. This is because power and choice will still be firmly distributed in favour of the employer or enterprise, rather than the newly established Dependent Contractor.
10/07/2017 17:10 BST
Queen's Speech Debate Must Tackle Our Tax

Queen's Speech Debate Must Tackle Our Tax Reticence

The electorate has, in effect, said the current trajectory of government policy is unsustainable. The terrible attacks and tragedies in Manchester and London have further raised awareness of the value and cost of key public services. There is an opportunity to build a consensus and change the narrative on public services, social good and taxation. Our politicians need to take it.
21/06/2017 13:15 BST
The Sporting Quality Of

The Sporting Quality Of Mercy

To be frank, it was a bit of mismatch. Our young defender against a bigger, faster, wilier centre forward. There was no lack of effort, determination or tactical nous from our man though. He was just coming off slightly second best most of the time.
09/05/2017 11:40 BST
All Gig Economy Workers Do Not Play Same

All Gig Economy Workers Do Not Play Same Tune

The future workforce of Britain - where the jobs of the future are going to be and what they are like - has been spotlighted by a new report. And the findings will surprise you.
20/03/2017 15:27 GMT
Budget 17: Tax Is The Biggest Elephant In The

Budget 17: Tax Is The Biggest Elephant In The Room

But the bottom line is that the government needs money to run public services and things that the private sector either can't or doesn't want to do. That money comes predominantly from taxation in one form or another. To have turned taxation into the most sacred of all sacred cows is an act of supreme folly and self-delusion. We cheat ourselves by not talking about tax or condemning those who do.
09/03/2017 15:27 GMT
Rucking Hell, Eddie, You're Having a

Rucking Hell, Eddie, You're Having a Laugh

England rugby coach Eddie Jones has spoken out against the tactics used by opponents Italy in Sunday's international match. He said, variously, that "wasn't rugby", that "fans were cheated" and that they "should get their money back."
01/03/2017 12:26 GMT
Friend Or Foe? Truth Or Dare? Social Care Tax Row Takes New

Friend Or Foe? Truth Or Dare? Social Care Tax Row Takes New Twist

David Hodge has grabbed our attention and deservedly so. We know that social care needs to be better connected to health care. We know that government should take a lead in both encouraging integration and ensuring adequate funds are available. But residents cannot wait for someone to blink first or be reshuffled/voted out of office.
24/01/2017 12:59 GMT
Devolution And PR: The Antidote To Brexit

Devolution And PR: The Antidote To Brexit Poison?

With the current UK government elected by less than 25% of the electorate, with the centre left arguably firmly shut out of politics, and with the scope to establish the most effective voice at Westminster somewhat stymied by SNP-reduced Parliamentary airspace, this could be a perfect storm set to break over the next couple of years.
12/12/2016 12:24 GMT
Why May Must Say Yes To Worker

Why May Must Say Yes To Worker Directors

In this era of post-truth left-behind politics, worker directors would seem to be a straightforward win-win issue. The PM has a choice to make here; I hope she makes the right one.
29/11/2016 13:05 GMT
Safe Spaces And The 'Right' To Be

Safe Spaces And The 'Right' To Be Offended

I think you can't and shouldn't vaccinate or insulate yourself against being offended. But in these highly insecure times, you can't be surprised if people try. Safe spaces are surely a symptom more than anything else.
28/09/2016 12:37 BST