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devolutionof the work programme - can this be linked with jobs campaign in future?

Is there any way that proposals can be drafted for how the proposed devolution, under the Smith Commission, of the work programme for those in receipt of JSA or ESA can be used to actively support those seeking work and raise skills/self esteem - possible link to jobs campaign?

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the new scottish leader's policies

Just saw kezia on newsnight Scotland. Was enthused to hear her policies on education! She wants to minimise the gap for poorer children, in educational attainment. My suggestion would be, to follow the educational funding model brought in by new labour.

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inequality

Heard on radio 4 this morning, that the tuc (I believe ), did a survey and they found that, the "pay gap" between the average worker, and chief executives, has risen by 158 times! Strange how, when wage rises among average workers go up, there is talk of inflation, detrimental to the "economy", but exhorbitant rises for chief execs seem to not affect inflation! Why not create a "pay ratio" as advocated by will Hutton, who is not regarded as a hard left voice!

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consumerism

I do not view capitalism in terms of left and right. I see it as a"tool", and like all tools can be manipulated, and in essence, I perceive it to be "neutral". In our current version, worker's wages have stagnated, and people don't have the spare funds to participate in the "consumer society"! This is illogical, and infact, is supported by the fact, that people are encouraged to take on credit/debt, to enhance their ability to spend! This is an insidious method of capitalism-financialised capitalism! Which inevitably leads to "boom and bust"! I believe in a form of social capitalism, and that wealth created, should be distributed fairly, for the good of all of society. A smarter form of "socialism". If that is not too contentious in our "neoliberalist"- age! It irks me to hear tory mp, after mp, ridicule labour with the phrase: " bankers paying less tax than their cleaners"! This is stain on labour, and they should do much better than this! I am not a rabid Trotskyist, militant, in any sense. But capitalism has been the sole preserve of the "right", and we must use this "tool", to create: "a more just,and fairer society"-for all!

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