Archive for the ‘British current affairs’ Category


It’s Fat Cat Tuesday – a national disgrace

January 4th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The UK’s top bosses will have made more money by lunchtime today than the typical UK worker will earn all year, according to an analysis that exposes the gulf between executives and the rest of the workforce. On “Fat Cat Wednesday” campaigners say that public anger with elites will intensify unless action is taken to […]

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“Stuck: How Labour is too weak to win, and too strong to die”

January 3rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This is the title of a report published today by the Fabian Society on the state of the British Labour Party. It is a sobering but fair analysis of the current challenges facing the party. The one paragraph summation is as follows: “The Labour Party is too weak to win the next election – whether […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (3)

December 21st, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This year, I am going to be a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. At the induction session for new volunteers, we were given some background information on the causes of homelessness: The lack of housing overall The lack of affordable housing The loss of a tenancy Lacking work and/or skills […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (2)

December 20th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This year, I am going to be a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. At the induction session for new volunteers, we were given some background information on the scale and nature of homelessness. Some 60% of the homeless say that they are lonely. Some 70% of the homeless say that […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (1)

December 19th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

For the first time in my life, I am about to become a volunteer. I have been accepted to do three shifts with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. Since this is my first time, at the weekend I attended a two-hour New Volunteers Induction Session at the Bloomsbury Baptist Central Church in […]

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So how is Jeremy Corbyn doing after his storming re-election as Labour leader?

December 12th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Some of my friends, and even some members of my family, have been enthusiastic  supporters of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party. They pointed out that Corbyn’s meetings attracted huge numbers and that many thousands were flocking to join the party. And, of course, in the recent leadership election, Corbyn was returned with […]

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What should baby boomers do to stay healthy?

December 9th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I am officially a ‘baby boomer’ because I was born between 1946 and 1964 (actually in 1948). According to a BBC news item, England’s chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has called on people aged between 50 and 70 to keep working to stay healthy. In a report on the health of the so-called […]

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How should the consumer voice be heard in company policymaking?

December 7th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

In her campaign to become leader of the Conservative Party and in her time as Prime Minister, Theresa May has talked of consumers and workers being on company boards and there is currently a Government consultation on corporate governance that looks tentatively at this subject. The consumer organisation Citizens Advice invited me to do a […]

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An excellent example of why a free society needs independent trade unions

October 28th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

GMB, the union for professional drivers, has won their case against Uber as the London Employment Tribunal has determined that Uber has acted unlawfully by not providing drivers with basic workers’ rights. GMB brought two test cases to the Central London Employment Tribunal on 20 July 2016 and it has decided that Uber drivers are […]

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So how is Jeremy Corbyn really doing?

October 11th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Clearly the guy is very popular with party members: he has just been re-elected leader by an increased margin, record numbers of new members are flocking to join the Labour Party, his meetings are packed out, and they are even organising a series of concerts in his support. What do members see in Corbyn? Somebody […]

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