Winnie the Pooh on Johnson, Hunt, Owl and Rabbits

JOHNSON AND HUNT IN EXETER TODAY TO SPEAK (BUT NOT LISTEN TO) PARTY FAITHFUL

From a correspondent commenting on Johnson and Hunt talking, but not lustening to, their sycophantic supporters in Exeter today:

With thinking and listening seemingly in short supply within the corridors of power – these quotes from the Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A. Milne came to mind . . . . .

“Owl,” said Rabbit shortly, “You and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest—and when I say thinking, I mean thinking—you and I must do it.” A.A. Milne

The “gig” economy and “high employment” figures

…”Workers’ rights have failed to keep pace with the dismantling of the nine-to-five working week as Britain’s gig economy has more than doubled in size over three years to account for 4.7 million workers, the TUC has warned, in a study conducted with the University of Hertfordshire. “Huge numbers are being forced to take on casual and insecure platform work – often on top of other jobs,” said Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress. “But as we’ve seen with Uber too often these workers are denied their rights and are treated like disposable labour.”

Overall employment in the UK has reached a record 32.75 million following a boom in job creation since the 2008 financial crisis. But economists believe employment is also increasingly precarious, putting pressure on living standards. Poverty while in work has increased, alongside the use of food banks, and average wages after inflation remain below the level recorded before the 2008 crash. The government promised to boost workers’ rights after a landmark review of the gig economy but Brexit has left that process stalled, and unions and Labour say the measures do not go far enough. …

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/28/friday-briefing-gig-economy-making-jobs-ever-more-tenuous?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

East Devon Alliance Councillor Paul Arnott gets good review for “Windrush” book

“… Paul Arnott’s book shows that this trip from the Caribbean to Britain was by no means the only significant voyage it made. Originally known as the Monte Rosa, the German ship started life in Hamburg in 1931, and wasn’t rechristened until a year after being captured by the British as a war prize at Kiel in 1945. The designation of SS Empire Windrush was “optimistic as the British Empire referred to was shrinking by the month”.

Arnott paints a rich portrait of life on board the cruiser in its heyday, where passengers were fed pancakes with cranberry sauce and sardellenwurst – pork sausage meat to which anchovies had been added, (“to the British palate this might seem a surprise choice”). The ship took Germans, many of them Nazi-leaning, who decided to escape the Depression for a new life in South America, thereby helping create, in Argentina, one of the most fascist regimes outside Europe. In the 1930s, membership of the Nazi party was obligatory for merchant seamen, so on arrival in Buenos Aires men would raise their right arms in salute. It brought the German ambassador to Argentina in 1933 who disembarked wearing full SS uniform, announced that he came bearing personal salutations from Adolf Hitler, and led the waiting crowds in singing Deutschland über Alles. …”

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/28/windrush-ship-through-time-paul-arnott?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other