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Op-Ed: No one gets ‘something for nothing’ says George Osborne

Manchester - Chancellor George Osborne stated recently that as of next April, no one will get something for nothing. He didn't mention that promise comes with a big caveat.

Op-Ed: Basic Income for Europe in 2014?

All governments are obsessed with controlling inflation and creating full employment. Both these ideas are based on false conceptions of economics.

Review: ‘The Prisoners’ Special

This four-part documentary series follows the fortunes and misfortunes of a number of young men and women who have fallen foul of the law.

Op-Ed: Does a higher minimum wage hurt or help?

People who should know better but don't are arguing for a higher minimum wage in the United States. What would this really accomplish, and what are the real alternatives?

Op-Ed: Tackling low risk offenders — A step in the right direction

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced a major shake up to the way in which low risk offenders are dealt. This is to be welcomed, but neither he nor anyone else in high places seems to understand the real problem.

Op-Ed: Prisoners rights and wrongs

Prisoners are at the bottom of the pecking order in Britain and everywhere else, but what rights should they have, or not, and how do we stop them going back once they have been released?

Op-Ed: How should we deal with Abū Qatāda — and other undesirables?

London - Abū Qatāda, the uncleric-like cleric who has been causing the British Government a headache for years, is out on bail again. Is there no way we can get shot of him and other undesirables like him for good?

Op-Ed: America doesn't need 12 million new jobs or Mitt Romney

Tampa - Mitt Romney has pledged to create 12 million new jobs if elected President, but does he really understand what jobs are for, or how they create wealth?

Op-Ed: Who Wants Workfare?

In the run-up to the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, one of the candidates has been making noises about workfare. So have many other people, a long time before that.

Op-Ed: Would Shakespeare be employable today?

What would William Shakespeare be able to do workwise if he were alive today? Or Irving Berlin for that matter? And why are our masters so concerned about the chimera of full employment?

Op-Ed: Who the Dickens was Major Douglas?

Next month sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. This year is also the 60th anniversary of the death of an even greater Englishman. But who was Major Douglas, and what is his legacy?

Op-Ed: How bonuses pay and benefits don't

Yesterday, it was reported that the European Parliament was planning to curb the bonuses being paid to bank staff, while a guest on a BBC news programme explained how benefit claimants are stuck in the poverty trap.

Op-Ed: How the London riots will benefit the economy

The riots that swept Britain recently are said to have cost around £200 million, but the government is looking on the black side; there are rich pickings to be made here that will benefit the economy no end.

Op-Ed: The unemployed and the unemployable

Hull - A brief, partial review of two recent BBC Television programmes, and some comment on the issues raised therein relating to petty offenders, poverty and social exclusion.

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