There has been a number of good article and things firing around of late. So it seemed to make sense to shove them up here.
Firstly there is an interesting article, spotted by Will about how right-wing politics has taken ownership of popular cultural issues to defend the interests of a rich minority. Will reckons it “puts what I guess we already knew in quite a concise way,” but takes issue with one bit in it: “The media colludes in this by focusing on ‘benefits cheats’ while ignoring massive tax avoidance.”
He argues instead, “The main focus on benefit cheats has been coming from DWP, with their huge advertising and media campaign. They are the ones putting out the press release every time someone is convicted. Apparently their anti benefit fraud campaign has cost £6million. I’m sure if they put the same publicity effort into tax avoidance the media would follow them.”
Next up, I read a rambling and cheery read about John-Lewis and whether it could be progressive a model for other companies.
It is owned by its employees – or partners – who have a say in how it is run, and receive a share of the profits. Surely this the way every organisation should be run…
Generally I find it puzzling how the left has almost nothing to say about how companies are organised. Business is arguably the most significant organising force in our society, yet we are always chasing the state to change things.
Finally, last week’s Guardian Politics podcast I found a real cracker, speculating on the (crucial) issues that will be left out of all the election campaigning.
If anyone stumbles into anything else of interest, do stick it up.