Clean for the Queen?

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full employment by Metatone (4.00 / 2) #1 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 02:23:26 AM EST
Disappointing that the Res. Foundation (not surprising given their Tory affiliations, but disappointing given their pretensions) takes the "employment" figure at face value without inquiring into underemployment. Many part-time workers have been surveyed as wanting more hours but unable to get them. So just counting them as "employed" isn't accurate. And there are more part-time workers than ever before in the UK labour market.

Lessons from the EU referendum... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 02:54:21 AM EST
good read, thanks.

The remark about being willing to burn the town to save it seems particularly interesting relative to the struggles inside the Labour party.

One commenter raises the influence of Farage and I think it does highlight some dynamics.

  1. He has a weird charisma and some level of "charismatic leader" does help.
  2. That said, it's the fundamental friendliness of prominent media owners to Brexit that helped get Farage the ongoing oxygen of publicity for the "long trench warfare campaign." It's not at all clear that you can have the same kind of success without that media support.

Equating the EU with neoliberalism by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Mar 15, 2016 at 01:33:18 AM EST
Seems a bit of a stretch? I mean, the EU is a pretty concrete thing, legally and physically. You can literally go to its office.

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It's probably immigrants by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #4 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 07:34:56 AM EST
who don't love the land like the doughty English who've lived there for thousands of years.

So by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 10:52:50 AM EST
You've signed up and we'll see you out and about in your Clean For the Queen Hi-Vis vest and purple rubbish sack soon?
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Custer by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Mar 09, 2016 at 11:18:59 PM EST
Not sure that article is all that surprising.  Custer's reputation in the public eye wasn't as an Indian hater but rather was as an arrogant idiot blowhard.

I was also put off from the first sentence as "Red Indian" is an offensive term on par with the controversial "Redskins".   Best to stick with the new "Native American" or older "American Indian".
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everyone remembers Little Big Horn by wumpus (4.00 / 3) #7 Thu Mar 10, 2016 at 10:07:53 AM EST
Fewer remember that Custer's victory in Gettysburg let the Union fight on Cemetery ridge and lead to Picket having to charge uphill (and ending Confederate hopes for victory). My guess is that Custer's top sergeant got him drunk and took over that day.


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It's interesting by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Mar 15, 2016 at 12:55:48 AM EST
There are so many parallels with Clean Up Australia, right down to the nationalist branding, that it seems it must have been an inspiration. The differences are striking too though - Clean Up Australia started as a civic organisation and all sort of community groups like scouts and corporations were involved - one of the big Australian banks was a sponsor for many years and their employees would get out on the ground with rubbish bags and gloves.

The government involvement came only as cheerleading and facilitation. The Hawke government was pushing through various economic liberalising measures, which was causing upheaval. But they weren't following an austerity policy. In fact they increased unemployment benefits during the transition, even though unemployment was up at 10%+.

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