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  • in reply to: John Lewis to Change? #242206
    james19
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    I worked for them, Waitrose, John Lewis Partnership, as it was then. Just like every company, each year profits are used to invest in the business. As has been said before, profit share was generally 2 weeks pay. We all knew that 2% of the company is owned by a secret shareholder?
    I also worked for CO-OP retail (as it was). For it to claim the CO-OP was ‘socialist’ when the emphasis is on the bottomline. Never heard before: sales were up year on year, but profits were down?
    The coop food store near where I worked went on strike over pay, my then manager, quipped: “they’re all women just working for pin money“.
    Food for thought…pun intended

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    in reply to: French crisis #242157
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    Millions could be taxed at higher rate than Rishi Sunak

    Mike Clancy, the general secretary of the trade union Prospect, said: “Prospect members doing the right thing, paying their tax and working exceptionally hard to keep government functioning are having to strike because their pay has fallen so far behind inflation. It will be galling for them that the prime minister pays a significantly lower effective tax rate than they do.”

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/9eb08c80-d322-11ed-b5c3-54651fc826e9?shareToken=72e693fc8f687fcc57201d939d836959

    in reply to: Creating Fear #242084
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    OMG

    What is this government, Braverman on?
    She says the high court found Rwanda safe?
    It has to be said she sounds more like Churchill with his: wailing Jews in Nazi concentration death camps.
    I don’t wish my enemies harm…..I’m seriously beginning to think that the knife attack and murder of Tory MP* karma….what goes around comes around. As with Trotsky you play with fire
    *gone and forgotten

    The Suella Braverman insists Rwanda is safe for migrants https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-65153807

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    in reply to: French crisis #242036
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    Just seen this?
    Not read it

    Headline front page

    Pension blow for people in their 40s:work until your age 70

    https://app.inews.co.uk/full_page_image/page-1-1412/content.html

    in reply to: French crisis #242025
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    The French anti pension rise riots from 62 to 64, may have spooked the UK government. The proposed Tory plan to raise the UK pension age to 68, at which time to be eligible to receive the state pension is to be delayed until after the general election..

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2023/mar/30/decision-on-bringing-forward-uk-pension-age-rise-to-68-delayed-until-after-election

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uk/decision-on-bringing-forward-uk-pension-age-rise-to–delayed-until-after-election/ar-AA19gUXB?ocid=sapphireappshare

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    in reply to: French crisis #241880
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    Emmanuel Macron criticised after slowly taking off expensive watch during interview about pension changes
    Mr Macron, whose opponents have long-accused him of being a president of the rich, was being interviewed as violent protests and strikes take place across France.

    While another watch wearer is also in the news, former world boxing champion Emir Khan, who was robbed of his £72,000 timepiece in Leyton, East London.

    https://news.sky.com/story/emmanuel-macron-criticised-after-slowly-taking-off-expensive-watch-during-interview-about-pension-changes-12841955

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    in reply to: French crisis #241874
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    Should l start a new thread? Strike brings Germany’s public transport to holt

    Strike brings Germany’s public transport network to halt https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-65083774

    in reply to: Cost of living crisis #241553
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    No Tory money tree….£4bn for the 1%

    in reply to: Another Bank in Crisis? #241547
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    in reply to: Creating Fear #241456
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    This…

    in reply to: Creating Fear #241453
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    One tweet on Twitter…

    2016 – Lets take back control

    2023 – Lets blame Gary Lineker

    Revealed: child refugees will be detained or deported under small boats plan

    Senior Tories condemn ‘sickening’ plans which would allow unaccompanied minors to be held, in U-turn on past legislation

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/mar/11/revealed-child-refugees-will-be-detained-or-deported-under-small-boats-plan?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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    in reply to: Tyre Nichols beaten to death by police officers #240347
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    James19 does point out that the officers were black, thus:

    He was beaten by officers like Rodney King.

    The beating wasn’t the undoing of Rodney King, but the compensation he was awarded. He was found stuffed full of drugs at the bottom of his own swimming-pool.
    The moral being: it don’t do to give poor people shed loads of dough.

    Are you for real? I will be contacting the moderator as I am considering deleting my account. I don’t need a troll responding to my posts.

    I didn’t mention it because it wasn’t relevant… they were cops, colour doesn’t come into it.
    If cop’s break the laws then victims are rightly entitled to compensation. What happens after they get compensation, is irrelevant.

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    in reply to: Music #240195
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    There were a number of anti Vietnam war songs around at the time.

    One of my favourites, What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye.

    I didn’t actually know it was actually anti war at the time just loved the track, in fact I bought album, not actually knowing what any of the other tracks, (one of many)it was my very first one.
    This from the track on Apple:
    When Marvin Gaye brought the title track of 1971’s What’s Going On to Motown founder Berry Gordy, Gordy reportedly said it was the worst thing he’d ever heard. The music was too loose, the lyrics too political. Too political? Gaye countered. This is the 1970s: You’ve got the Vietnam War; you’ve got growing poverty and systemic racism; you’ve got an environment under threat. Even Elvis was singing protest songs (1969’s “In the Ghetto”)—why couldn’t Marvin Gaye?

    The album’s genius is in its lightness. Songs drift and breathe; performances feel natural, even offhand—Eli Fontaine’s saxophone part on the title track, for example, was recorded when Fontaine thought he was just warming up. As Sly & The Family Stone channelled their anger into into bitter funk (1971’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On), Gaye sublimated his in lush string sections and Latin percussion—signals not just of musical gentleness, but cultural sophistication. Even in the face of bleakness (the addiction portrait of “Flyin’ High [In the Friendly Sky],” “Inner City Blues [Make Me Wanna Holler]”), he floats.

    The revelation is that political music doesn’t have to be confrontational—it can be mellow and inviting too, the province not just of radicals, but the same mixed, middle-class audiences that had been buying Gaye’s albums all along. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, and as Gaye seems to say on What’s Going On, you don’t have to be a hippie to be worried by what you see—you just have to be human.

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    in reply to: Burt Bacharach dies 94 #240192
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    Moo. Thank you

    in reply to: Music #240169
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    TWC Interesting point. Not a fan of the musicals…? Might watch it now?
    I was thinking about Ali in my other thread in reply to Chelmsford…

    Ali famously said: no Vietnamese ever called me the n’ word.

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