BBC been pushing the “Living Wage” agenda all day I see. Listened to Stephanie Flanders earlier as she was very disingenuous on the issue. She dismissed concerns that this “Living Wage” would actually cost jobs by comparing the critics of it to those who forecast that the equally socialist construct of a minimum wage would cost ” a lot of jobs”. She subtly avoided sharing with us just HOW many jobs the minimum wage cost nor, for that matter, where private business would FIND the extra cash demanded by the “workers”.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someone
Bookmark the permalink.

26 Responses to THE LIVING WAGE…

  1. Alex says:

    What’s the old saying? Socialism works until you run out of other people’s money.


  2. Mice Height says:

    Yes, the BBC’s much loved mass-immigration policy did wonders for private sector wages didn’t it!?


  3. chrisH says:

    Oh, it`s a Labour thing from Blairs day…and so is not to be questioned or defended…it just is.
    The BBC money tree continues to pay for Stephs New York shop for Christmas…and therefore she has plenty time to wonder why others don`t do just the same.
    Let Ed look into it….and let`s not create any unpleasantness with talk about costs and figures…


  4. Ben says:

    If legislation outlaws certain contracts of employment made voluntarily between two parties then how can it not result in a higher level of unemployment. This is precisely what the national minimum wage has done – prevent some who would work from working.

    Why is this so difficult to understand? If Flanders had an ounce of common sense she would balance her report with genuine questions of whether the national minimum wage is to blame. But as ever the so called balanced reporting from the BBC is nothing more than shallowness and lip service.


  5. john in cheshire says:

    Does anyone remember Maya Even, from the Money Programme? She was useless (used the technique of short skirts to distract the viewer from what banalities she spouted ) and Ms Flanders is a clone of the same type. Is there any information that shows how these people actually get their jobs?


    • Sir Throcken says:

      I believe it is that old method known as “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. Lets face it Ms Flanders really does struggle on the ‘what you know front’ so it must be her connections that got her the job. The two Eds, the Labour Party and the BBC. Now surely there’s no connections going on there.


  6. Norman says:

    Please head over to the Telegraph they have an interview with that reporter you love to hate.
    Some of the comments below the line are killers!


    • Norman says:

      I posted this because he talks about his own living wage!


    • Backwoodsman says:

      Ah, you beat me to the good news.
      Very depressing that the Telegraph, which used to be a decent paper, would publish a sycophantic puff piece like this.
      The only reassuring part, are the 136, nearly uniformly hostile comments, which follow the Al bowen fantasia.


    • Guest Who says:

      The premise seems to be that he’s the ideal choice not through impartial professional competence, but being based outside the UK and wasn’t in a variety of dubious rooms.


    • Sit Trev Skint MP says:

      Wasn’t Jeremy away on holiday when the Arab Spring kicked off?


      • Span Ows says:

        yes, classic…knows his territory so well. Or…conspiracy theorists might say he was tipped off that the shit was really going to hit the fan…when it wasn’t so bad he came back.


    • Span Ows says:

      Read the caption under the photo:

      ““I am a defender of the BBC. It gets a lot of stick, which is not deserved. We do journalism that no one else has the will or resources to do. Despite big cuts, we still produce a lot of incredible stuff,” says Jeremy Bowen”

      Let’s break that down:

      “I am a defender of the BBC.” Of course, who else would pay you for the shite you dish up.

      “It gets a lot of stick, which is not deserved.” LOL. It deserves far MORE!

      “We do journalism that no one else has the will or resources to do.” You got that right! Huge stories are ignored and that takes a LOT of will. The resources mean you SHOULD cover them but usually something trivial takes precedent.

      “Despite big cuts, we still produce a lot of incredible stuff,” Cuts. cutz, CARTTZZZ. Not. And incredible, yes, in the literal sense i.e. unfuckingbelievable!


  7. Colonel Blimp says:

    best summation of the issue is from Tim Worstall

    “It is not that wages are too low. The minimum wage is almost exactly what they say that poverty level is. It is that taxes on the poor are too high. Which is an easy problem to solve, something well within the government’s power. Stop taxing the poor so much.”


  8. Dinsdale says:

    I know most of you understand why the “living wage” argument is flawed. But i do have a good book recommendation for anyone interested in real economics.

    totally free, how’s that for value?


  9. George R says:

    BBC-NUJ omits its complicity in Labour Party’s mass immigration ‘policy’ as cause of low wages and high unemployment in UK.

    “At last, the chance to make your voice heard on immigration”

    By Sir Andrew Green of ‘Migrationwatch’ (Nov, 2011).


  10. Hey there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any
    issues with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended
    up losing months of hard work due to no backup.
    Do you have any methods to protect against hackers?


  11. This paragraph is really a fastidious one it assists new web visitors,
    who are wishing for blogging.


  12. Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to
    new posts.


  13. Why visitors still make use of to read news papers when
    in this technological world the whole thing is available on


  14. Nice blog here! Also your web site loads up fast! What web host are you using?
    Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol


  15. What’s up to all, it’s in fact a nice for me to visit this website,
    it consists of helpful Information.


  16. I am not positive where you are getting your information,
    however good topic. I must spend a while studying much more or working out more.
    Thanks for excellent information I was in search of this
    info for my mission.


  17. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.