The state of the nation (part one)

I am sick to the ‘brack’ teeth of the Eaton Mess that is the Brexit debate. ‘Broris’ stance is pure ‘brollocks’. All he wants is his former classmate Dave’s job, he doesn’t really care whether brexit happens or not.

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There is a lot of talk of ‘sovereignty’ in the E.U. debate.  Of leaving the E.U. in order to regain our sovereignty – defined by the Oxford dictionary as ‘supreme power or authority’.  It might be worth thinking for a moment as to how this supreme power may be used should we break free of the unelected Eurocrats who are said to be running our country like a puppet state.

Let’s start with democracy.  We have essentially a two party, first past the post electoral system.  In the 2015 General Election UKIP received 3.9M votes (12.7% of the share) but only one seat in the house.   We have a majority conservative government on 36.8% of the vote.  Under proportional representation (used for EU elections) UKIP would have secured 83 seats making them the third biggest party ahead of the Lib Dems and SNP.  election-2015-proportional representation  Would…

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What polices could mitigate/avoid income inequality?

In the UK the April 2010 Equality Act imposed a duty on Government Departments when drafting legislation to take into account any potential impact on inequality.  Great policy, it’s a shame that it took the Labour government so long to formulate!

 

Only month after this act was passed into law, the Labour government was replaced by the Con-Dem coalition.  That new government then scrapped the public sector equality duty component of the 2010 act, before it was intended to come into effect (in April 2011).

 

The Scottish government has stated that they plan to re-introduce this duty.

 

https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/nicola-sturgeon-plans-revive-legal-duty-public-bodies-reduce-inequalities?platform=hootsuite

 

This of course is only one such possible policy measure.  The OECD outlines several possible policies:

 

http://www.oecd.org/social/in-it-together-why-less-inequality-benefits-all-9789264235120-en.htm

 

Eliminate gender inequality in employment.

Promote good quality (permanent, full time) jobs with opportunities for staff development.

Reduce labour market segmentation (by improving the ability of workers to move between different occupations, different areas and different industries).

Provide training, and re-training, throughout the working life of the workforce.

Redistributive taxation and state benefit policies.