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Help me find work by liking this Facebook post

So, dear followers, I know I’m a terrible blogger and I never post updates. But please would you do me a 5 second favour and support my new initiative Ethical Project Management by liking this Facebook post.¬† You could be helping me get my CV in front of the perfect employer.

Thank you ūüôā



Game over for UKIP?

Hey UKIP, this is awkward!

Quite possibly my favourite newspaper headline ever.¬† Awkward reading for UKIP supporters indeed – conclusive proof that recent immigrants pay more into the UK economy than they take out.¬† Not only that, but hidden at the bottom of this article is the equally important detail that a recent IPSOS Mori poll found that Brits believe there are twice as many immigrants as there really are.¬† In reality it’s only 13%.

Incredible how quickly propaganda spreads and how deeply ingrained it can become in the psyche.¬† Sadly it’s still much easier to mobilise people around hate than around hope.¬† I’d settle for mobilising them around reality!¬† It’s our responsibility to share the facts just as widely and they circulate their propaganda.¬† Let’s discredit UKIP and banish them to the dustbins of history alongside the BNP.



An A to Z of ethics

Ok… in order to give my blog a bit more structure I’m thinking of writing an A to Z of ethics, tackling one topic from each letter of the alphabet.¬† What do you think?¬† Good idea?¬† Suggested topics?

More importantly any techie types can tell me how I add an A to Z index on the site that would like to this?  Thanks.

The return of Dickensian Britain: 90,000 children to face Christmas without a home

Astonishing. “The economy is on the mend”, “We’re all in this together” etc. And yet what’s really booming is homelessness and reliance on foodbanks. Ever get the feeling you’re being lied to?

Pride's Purge

(not satire ‚Äď it‚Äôs the UK today!)

The number of homeless families has almost doubled during the last 3 years of our so-called economic recovery.

That means over 90,000 children will spend this Christmas without a home.

Meanwhile, this is what our newspapers are telling us:

front pages booming britain


Mind you, to be fair, most of our newspapers are owned by billionaire tax exiles who don’t even live in the UK.

So what would they know?


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Wages “grotesquely low”, say Green Party

I’m cautious about publicly supporting politicians. I was burned after supporting the Lib Dems last time, and Labour before that. I don’t really trust them not to throw their principles in the toilet at the first whiff of a cabinet pay cheque. But, so far, both Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas of the Green Party have remained refreshingly consistent.

Here’s another the reason to like these people – the launch of their living wage campaign which aims to get all workers above a perfectly reasonable ¬£10 an hour.

More on their website:


What Maslow’s hierarchy of needs tells us about government policy

As part of #NaBloPoMo I’m attempting to re-launch my blog, publishing one post per day during November.¬† For some of those, I’ll be re-posting old content – this is one such post, inspired by Russell Brand talking about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in his book Revolution.¬† What he said very much echoed my point here, that it’s becoming increasingly impossible as a result of government policy for many to progress beyond the bottom tier of the pyramid.¬† This was first published on 26th April 2012.


Maslow’s¬†hierarchy of needs is a theory on human motivation which describes the stages of¬†development¬†we go through¬†in order to reach our full potential.

The theory is most commonly expressed (though not by Maslow himself) using a pyramid with our most basic needs at the bottom.  The theory goes that these basic needs must be met before the individual will be sufficiently motivated to achieve secondary or higher level needs.

Those on low incomes or in insecure employment are focussed on the bottom two tiers Рthe physiological needs (decent food, clothing and shelter) and safety/security (both personal safety and financial security).

21st century UK government policy¬†has been heavily weighted against those on low incomes and especially those whose income is wholly or primarily derived from welfare benefits.¬† I say UK government policy as opposed to Tory policy¬†because the wave of welfare reform began under Labour and we should be careful not to allow history to erase¬†any of Blairite¬†Labour’s¬†failings solely because the ConDem coalition¬†later sank to previously unthinkable lows.

The policies weighted against those reliant on welfare income include changes to housing benefit, council tax benefit and disability benefits that have already been implemented.¬† Housing benefit is now paid according to the number of bedrooms the government think you need, so if you have a spare room and lose your job you’re in trouble because there’s not even a grace period for those tied into contracts.¬† Evictions are beginning to pick up pace.¬† Under 35’s only get a shared room rate because they don’t deserve even a one bed flat.¬† And amazingly plans to¬†end housing benefit altogether for the under 25’s¬†were¬†revealed this month.¬† There is also the pending benefits cap scheduled for April 2013 which the¬†Department of Work¬†& Pensions’¬†own impact assessment suggests will affect a further¬†67,000 households; bear in mind this is¬†after all the other cuts to benefit those households have suffered.

The general political theory is: make life harder for those on benefits and they will be motivated into work.¬† Let’s forget for a moment the lack of jobs in a¬†failing economy and the fact that¬†many of these benefits supported people already¬†in¬†work and focus solely on how¬†the¬†plan¬†stacks up against a motivational theory so widely recognised it appears in¬†hundreds of¬†leadership books, a theory familiar to students of Psychology¬†and Business Studies.

Well, I’m not a psychologist but¬†Maslow’s theory seems to suggest¬†welfare¬†reform is¬†highly unlikely to help get people into work.¬† Even if there¬†are enough jobs available to meet the needs of the swelling ranks of the unemployed plunging people into deeper poverty may make people less able to find and keep stable employment.

Employment and financial security appear on the second level of Maslow’s¬†hierarchy, meaning you’re only likely to effectively work on those areas if the bottom of the hierarchy¬†is reasonably well taken care of.¬† These are your physiological needs, including food and sleep.¬† So you need somewhere decent to sleep and enough money left for food after that.¬† This is about all a single person can hope for on benefits, and their place to sleep may well be threatened by housing benefit shortfall.¬† These most basic needs – full housing and council tax benefit plus the amount government determined was the minimum you need to exist on – were previously covered for the jobless, giving them some space to work on the next level (gaining employment and more financial security).¬† Focussing on job hunting is difficult when you’re worried about homelessness.¬† Spending any¬†money¬†on travel to interviews and looking presentable is also difficult when your income doesn’t cover your rent.¬† Government has made it harder for people to get into secure work.

Government and sections of the press also repeatedly call for these same people to set better examples for their children (level 3) and show more respect for others (level 4), presumably¬†failing¬†to realise that every regressive policy they’ve implemented makes it more unlikely the lives of those at the bottom¬†will improve.¬† This means¬† the social problems neo-conservatives associate with the underclass will worsen too.¬† Perhaps that’s why some council’s are already looking to export their urban poor north.

Ethical Times : the re-launch

After many months of silence, my ill-fated ethics and politics blog Ethical Times will re-launch on November 1st for #NaBloPoMo aka “National Blog Posting Month”.

To subscribers, thanks and sorry for the recess.¬† Stay tuned…

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