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A little model of the labour market.

JW Mason has an interesting discovery among the data. Specifically, it looks like the US data series for wages, normalised for shifts in the composition of jobs, is much less cyclical than the raw data. In other words, the business … Continue reading ?

New poll shows SNP will annihilate Labour — but the nation is still divided over independence

Scottish Labour is having no luck in denting the SNP’s support. ComRes/ITV News have released a new poll this evening, which shows a 19 per cent swing to the SNP across… Continue reading The post New poll shows SNP will annihilate Labour — but the nation is still divided over independence appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Miliband’s attack on profit is an attack on patients

Either Ed Miliband is struggling to understand the basics or his ideology is spiralling out of control. The latest Labour pledge: Labour would cap the amount of profit private firms can make from the NHS, Ed Miliband will say as he launches the party’s election campaign. He will pledge to halt the “drive to privatisation” […]

Labour’s London progress could be masking a bigger trend: the party’s putting on most support where it doesn’t need it

CON up 2 in London YouGov poll, LAB & LD up 1 – UKIP & GRN both down pic.twitter.com/l7YNd4Qi18 — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 31, 2015 The latest spate of London polls has been very positive for Labour with vote shares in the capital up 9% or more on 2010. It really does look as […]

AFL-CIO, CLC Denounce ‘Corporate Power Grabs’ Like ISDS in Trade Deals

On Monday, the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) reaffirmed their “cross-border cooperation in the struggle for people and planet-centered trade,” especially in three pending trade deals that would grant corporations “extraordinary legal rights” and power over each nation’s legal system.

Ed Balls gives speech in graveyard about Labour’s help for small business

This morning Ed Balls gave a speech promising to help small firms succeed if Labour get into power. However, with Balls keen to inspire voters Mr S is curious as… Continue reading The post Ed Balls gives speech in graveyard about Labour’s help for small business appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Enough! SNP Promises to End UK Austerity Measures - Deputy Leader

Stewart Hosie claimed that austerity measures introduced by the Conservative and Liberal coalition government, but backed by Labour, had led to an increase in child poverty and a growing dependence on food banks.

Revealed: How Labour’s election broadcast star supported Arthur Scargill’s Socialist party

Tonight Martin Freeman will take on a starring role in the latest Labour election broadcast. In the short film, the Sherlock actor says that for him ‘there’s only once choice’ and… Continue reading The post Revealed: How Labour’s election broadcast star supported Arthur Scargill’s Socialist party appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

UK Conservatives 'Pull Wool' Over Voter's Eyes Over NHS Funding – Clegg

Nick Clegg called on the leaders of the Conservatives and Labour, David Cameron and Ed Miliband, respectively, to "come clean" and tell the voters whether they will provide the funds to the NHS, and how they intend to do so.

Highs and lows of the minimum wage

‘The lesson of all this is that the economy is complicated and textbook economic logic alone will get us only so far’ In 1970, Labour’s employment secretary Barbara Castle shepherded the Equal Pay Act through parliament, with the promise that women would be paid as much as men when doing equivalent jobs. The political spark […]

Incredible Shrinking Man

The Guido Fawkes web site has come up with another great scoop which suggests that Labour MP Toby Perkins has become the 'incredible shrinking man' or that Ed Miliband has been staging some of his photo calls. Now that is funny and deserves...Show More Summary

UK Conservative, Labour Hide Impact of Spending Cuts – Official

The Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Alan Milburn accused both parties of "political expediency," as well of being stuck in their "comfort zones," and urged them to come clean.

Boosting female jobs: Nordic lessons for Japan and Korea

Japan and Korea need to encourage female labour market participation to counter acute labour shortages. This column argues that following Nordic countries’ experiences, it would be possible to achieve both high female labour force participation rate and fertility rate. However, this is only possible if supported by appropriate public and private sector policies.

Two more polls suggest Ed Miliband’s ‘Paxo bounce’ is sliding away

Ed Miliband so-called ‘Paxo bounce’ in the opinion polls is ebbing away. The polls out this evening have the Conservatives either level pegging with Labour or slightly ahead. Tonight’s latest from YouGov/The Sun… Continue reading The post Two more polls suggest Ed Miliband’s ‘Paxo bounce’ is sliding away appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

British Queen's Staff Threaten Industrial Action Over Pay - Labour Union

The UK labour union said that the staff at the Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle residence may take the first industrial action ever, after workers vote over a pay dispute next month.

Watch: new party political broadcasts from the Tories and Labour

Lucky viewers of BBC One this evening will have seen the Conservative party’s brand new political broadcast. Entitled ‘Securing a better future for your family’ — watch above — the… Continue reading The post Watch: new party political broadcasts from the Tories and Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Were the Tories’ dodgy figures designed to provoke Labour into making a statement?

Why are the Tories peddling what the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has described as ‘at best unhelpful’, which is the claim that households would be hit with a £3,000… Continue reading The post Were the Tories’ dodgy figures designed to provoke Labour into making a statement? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Britain’s Biggest Firms Criticize Labour Party for Advert on 'Brexit' Risks

UK companies criticized the Labour Party for publishing outdated quotes made by company CEOs about the Kingdom's risks of leaving the European Union.

Beware of politicians making false promises of easy welfare cuts

The Conservatives are promising to cut welfare spending by £12 billion over the next two years. But they still don't want to tell you how they're going to do it. In the first televised head-to-head between David Cameron and Labour leader...Show More Summary

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