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A firm message to bosses: don't change things for the sake of it

If there's anything we've learnt over the past six months is to not take our so-called 'healthy job status' for granted. As the lockdown has resulted in companies not receiving enough income to survive and the government's furlough scheme falling short in helping struggling businesses, unemployment rate has increased to 4.1 percent from 3.9 percent in July. Meanwhile, 2.7 million are claiming benefits (August 2020), a 120 percent increase from March. Soon, we'll find out the greater picture of how the pandemic has impacted people's economics once new figures are released in October and November.But I'm not going to dwell on people losing their jobs which was deemed, sadly, inevitable. I'm going deeper into those who have lost their perfectly safe jobs; those who have done nothing wrong apart from the fact that their bosses decide a change of personnel is needed, and today. I wouldn't like to think this is a common occurrence, but there have been…
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The future of our young people has never looked so uncertain

In 2015, I argued that a Conservative government would never find a way to woo young people when they were excluded in key investment announcements and cut life-saving services. Fast forward five years and the Tories continue to find ways to really peeve off our youth. What has the government done this time? In my eyes, the ministers are guilty for trying so hard to say to students that they're on their side, to then achieve the total opposite. When the Covid-19 pandemic began, it was clear that the health and education systems were to be severely tested. Thankfully, for the time being, the NHS has gone through the past six months without feeling overwhelmed or in a position of collapse. Of course, the Health Service faces challenges over the coming months, with a possible second spike of Covid-19 cases, an expected backlog of mental health and cancer referrals and the start of flu season, which killed more than 20,000 people in the UK last year.But it has been our schools that ha…

The chance to dodge the career assassination bullet

The concept of a celebrity career assassination isn't new, and when they happen, it shocks the masses. However, unlike the general definition of an assassination - that they happen in a flash - those that include the livelihoods of household names are tortuous. Thanks to social media and the 24/7 news cycle, you'll never hear the end of the downfall of the rich and famous, and there is little that the individual(s) involved can do to stop it.Over the past few weeks, we've seen three highly influential figure that have seen big exposures with their names written all over it - but are they to blame, or is this the classic case of 'death by association'? The three I'll profile here in this instance are Rupert Murdoch, Meghan Markle and Ellen DeGeneres.In the case of Rupert, no matter how many times people have tried to assassinate his career, the Aussie remains one of the most powerful media moguls in the business. Nobody will ever overtake the level of influence …

Celebrate thinking differently to our heroes

How would I feel if I discovered Michael Parkinson supported the UK to leave the European Union? How would I feel if I discovered Jeff Stelling worshipped Nigel Farage? And how would I feel if I discovered Carol Vorderman wanted people to 'go back to where they came from'?

I've chosen these hypothetical questions for a reason, as I put three individuals I've admired most of my life against issues I fundamentally disagree with. I ask these so I am able to picture the predicament those are finding themselves in at the moment. JK Rowling, creator of Harry Potter and considered a hero to many, has been absolutely vilified by some who once idolised her - purely on the basis that she has contentious views on a debate which is anything but straightforward.

The debate was on specific issues around the transgender community, something that will be discussed time and time again. I don't want to dwell so much into the transgender debate itself, as my knowledge base on it is …

Integrate society to prevent deaths of the innocent

While the world should be prioritising on defeating coronavirus, racism returns with a vengeance to dominate global headlines and cripple communities. The shocking death of George Floyd, in the hands (or knees in this instance) of a police officer on 25th May, has provoked widespread anger and demands of justice - justifiably.

The anger has come in the form of riots at large US cities such as Minneapolis, the city where Floyd passed away, as well as protests across the country, and abroad; London, Berlin among other places expressing solidarity. Social distancing rules have been thrown out of the window in place of a collective showcase of anguish.

The fact that this is a racially aggravated murder cannot be overlooked. Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $20 note to purchase food, a relatively minor crime in retrospect. Pleading his innocence to police officers, instead of being given a caution, Floyd was restraint by one of the officers, using his knee on the victim's neck…

Coronavirus exposes Britain's independence struggles

If you look at the situation in most countries around the world, coronavirus (Covid-19) is largely controlled and a sense of normality is returning (with some magic social distancing sawdust sprinkled on top). In Germany and South Korea, football is back, followed by other countries over the coming weeks. Across the Mediterranean, borders are opening so people can consider going on holiday without needing to quarantine afterwards. And China has opened its factories once more. Of course, the virus is still around and, as I write this, the Americas, as well as parts of Asia and Africa are suffering pretty badly, notably the United States and Brazil.

Another country that is still enduring this virus to a catastrophic effect is the UK. The country has been in an official lockdown since mid-March, and while there are some signs of a decrease in the daily number of cases and deaths, plans for the next steps are proving to be a real problem. This is laid bare thanks to the complicated, conf…

In a crisis, every country needs a Merkel

By the end of next year, Angela Merkel will no longer be Chancellor of Germany, and I'll be one of many who will be genuinely sad to see her go. In 15 years as the biggest cheese in European politics, Merkel has almost single-handedly taken over the role as Leader of the Free World, which I argued was up for grabs in 2018. It is difficult to deny her influence on the world stage and by her departing from it, will leave a big hole in global politics.

Merkel has been Chancellor since 2005 and led her Party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to four general elections wins (federal elections, as they're called in Germany). Certainly, she had to rely on other parties to form a majority government, but it was always 'Mutti', as she is affectionately known (translated, 'mummy'), who would wear the trousers.

Merkel is often trusted to lead the way on the biggest issues. Since 2005, every time there has been a global crisis, it is Merkel that has to step up when oth…