Underpayment of NLW appearing to be a contentious issue for some employers.

Whilst I do not support those employers who wilfully avoid paying the National Living Wage (NLW) of which their are many I do have issue with naming and shaming when it raises contentious issues as I have found out today in the local press.

Today’s newly released report from the low pay commission names and shames 180 employers and in the main SME’s for breaching the NLW, fine many will say having read the report but it seems all is not so clear cut.


I have read of one employer perceived in doing exactly that in the report but then I went to the local paper to see all was not as it appeared, indeed this employer was paying the NLW but was also making deductions for loans that this company had been making to its employees to help them out and thus took there pay below the NLW.

This was a new start SME with little to no support from the Govt or able to afford an accountant.


Maybe this employer should have paid the NLW so as not to be caught out by the Govt and then with the employees consent had the loans paid back via direct debit but then hindsight is a wonderful thing.

But lets also remember whilst the Govt carry out this name shaming project they are no saints themselves as they carry out their austerity agenda and take on employees via internships for no or little pay.





One UK International Shipping Companies View on Corbyn’s Brexit Speech – ParcelHero

ParcelHero supports calls for customs union

Signing up to a permanent customs union means no new tariffs on UK- EU goods and ends the threat of new red tape and border delays, says international parcel shipping expert ParcelHero.

The Labour Party’s decision to back Britain remaining in a customs union with the European Union (EU) after Brexit has received a broad welcome from the international parcel price comparison site ParcelHero.

In a speech today at Coventry University Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘We have long argued that a customs union is a viable option for the final deal. So Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe and to help avoid any need for a hard border in Northern Ireland.’

ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says: ‘Without getting into party politics, as an international company that ships thousands of parcels a month to the European Union, we strongly support Britain remaining in a customs union with the EU.’

Says David ‘Membership of a customs union means we will continue to share external tariffs with all EU member countries post Brexit – meaning no new tariffs and taxes between the UK and EU, and no border delays and complicated Customs Invoices just to send parcels and goods to France or Germany.’

Says David: ‘Britain currently shares a common set of tariffs with EU on imports from outside the EU, for instance there is a 10% tariff on cars and a 2.7% duty on golf clubs from outside the Union. Continued membership of a customs union with the EU will end the threat of new tariffs and taxes being imposed on UK exports to Europe and visa-versa. This means British goods won’t suddenly become far more expensive and uncompetitive in Europe, and EU-manufactured products won’t suddenly go up in price for British consumers.’

David says signing up for a permanent customs union is very different and less contentious than continued membership of the Single Market. ‘A customs union is not at all the same as the Single Market, which used to be known as the Common Market. While a customs union is about what happens at the borders of the EU, the single market is about free movement of goods and services within the European Union. The Single Market applies not only to goods, but also services, investments and people.’

Explains David ‘It is the Single Market which requires the free movement of people within the European Union, to allow for the exchange of services such as plumbing. That is likely to be far more of an issue with Brexit voters than border tariffs.’

Concludes David: ‘We hope that all sides come to realise that remaining within a customs union with the EU doesn’t go against the spirit of the nation’s vote in favour of Brexit and won’t impact on discussions around immigration or remaining under EU legal jurisdiction.’

You can see ParcelHero’s free webinar on how to minimise the impact of Brexit at https://www.parcelhero.com/…/e…/will-business-survive-brexit

ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, is available to supply unique written comment or for interview. David is available at david@parcelhero.com or on 07772 055748.

After the past week of innuendo and untruths by MSM they now need to take a look at themselves.

After the past week of smears aimed at Jeremy Corbyn in the right wing press which has by now been thoroughly debunked and caused Corbyn to instruct a solicitor and release a stern statement to mainstream press and media it is now time that the mainstream press and media take a look at themselves.

I say this because they are not only fueling right wing fanatics but also harming themselves, their print reader base is already falling and that can only continue when public are feed the same old baloney.

They are losing touch with public thinking the very public that is their very survival and indeed the MSM needs to come together in a meeting and rethink their strategy as their interests are best served with working with Corbyn and not alienating him.

The majority of the public are crying out for real change and the kind of policies that Corbyn offers and a reset of Government and if the press and media carry on as they are they will be left out in the cold.

The Tories are falling to pieces with no policies and the ones they do have they are rolling back on to try and appease the electorate which simply will not work because after over 2 years of Corbyn being leader the public have seen they can have better far better than the hogwash May is offering.

So press and media you have a choice you can either accept the changes that are coming and get onboard to help form the next Govt and it’s policies or you can take the wrath and hits to your income

With the birth of social media the MSM no longer have carte blanche over the articles they print and are often through citizens research often debunked within a matter of hours which in turn breeds negativity in MSM and thus the falling print count and thus I have to ask what has happened to journalistic research which used to be fairly good but now stands at a zero point score as we have seen this week in all it’s nasty glory.

The choice is yours.

Corbyn the Spy! – Translated article from the CZECH iROZHLAS.

Corbyn could not cooperate with the StB even if he wanted to. The boss of our residence was a British agent, says the scientist

A new witness of former StB officer Ján Sarkocy, who claims that the laborer’s boss conscientiously worked and took the money, joined the State Security in the case of the collaboration between Labor chief Jeremy Corbyn and State Security. But this is rejected by the Director of the Security Services Archive Světlana Ptáčníková. According to her, he would have a totally different bundle. The former member of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Radek Schovánek, also rejects Sarkocy’s words for the iROZHLAS.cz server.

“If he was a Corbyn agent, he should have a bundle led in another category. These are volumes of order four, that is, their numbers start at four, “Ptáčníková said.

She explained that the agent’s management had its exact rules, and when someone got it, it was transferred to a different type of volume. The former assailant’s allegations are in direct contradiction with archival materials.

The archive director said on Thursday that Corbyn probably did not know who he was meeting with. According to her statements, “it does not seem to me that she knew she was dealing with a witness”.

According to the UK issue of The Sun, the StB of the British Politics describes as a man with a negative “relationship with the United States and the current policy of the conservative government” that Thatcher had at that time, and his attitude to the Eastern Bloc was referred to as “positive” also about his alleged support of the “Soviet peace initiative”.


Former agent StB Sarkocy claims that Corbyn collaborated consciously with the Czechoslovak State Security (StB) in the 1980s and received money for it. He told reporters on Friday. At the same time, he confirmed earlier information that he had repeatedly met with Corby during his diplomatic post in London.

“He was (Corbyn) recruited. He also received money for the money, “Sarkocy said, even if he did not give the money himself. He added that Corby had” won “StB now a prominent member of the Labor Party, and that Corby’s recruitment was” under the protection of Russia. ”

“All of the information we received not only from him, but also from one supporting resource to make it verifiable, was rated in Moscow as” the leader. ” What we could not do was to do the Russians, “said Sarkocy, a 44-year-old living near Bratislava, for example. Corbyn, for example, attended twice a year a reception at the Czechoslovak embassy.

The content of the information Sarkocy did not specify. He only exaggerated that he knew what Britain’s then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher would have for breakfast, for lunch and dinner, and what clothes he would wear.

He added that perhaps Corby’s collaboration with the StB was not just money and that he had met him more than three times, as was the case in the past.

He also pointed out that the StB was interested in Corbyn, also considering his contacts with the family of the South African apartheid warrior and later President Nelson Mandela.

Asked if Corbyn knew he was talking not only with a diplomat but also with a StB member, Sarkocy replied that at that time there was no doubt that Czechoslovak diplomats were working for the StB.

Bad bondage

The claim is a ridiculous slander and is totally untrue. This was stated by a spokesman for the British opposition leader. Sarkozy’s description of the events is not credible and has more holes in the story than “a bad film about James Bond.”

“Jeremy was not an agent, intimate contact, an informant, or an associate of the Czechoslovak intelligence service. These statements are a ridiculous slander and absolutely untrue, “said the spokesman for the UK’s most powerful opposition party, referring to the statement by the head of the Czech Security Services Archive Svetlana Ptáčníková.

“How the former Czechoslovak agent Jan Sarkocy describes his encounter with Jeremy was untrue 30 years ago, it’s untrue now and it’s absolutely untrustworthy,” said Corbyn’s spokeswoman. “His account of events has more holes in the story than a bad movie about James Bond, “he added.


“From my experience, and from the knowledge of State Security documents, that testimony is not true. I would like to know what evidence Mr Sarkocy has put forward for his statement, “Radek Schovánek told iROZHLAS.cz.

“There are no such documents in the Security Archives. Moreover, it is not so long ago that the Constitutional Court in Slovakia decided that testimonies of State Security officials are untrue. In fact, Mr. Sarkocy was not confined, so he can not talk about what he was doing there. If he did, he broke the oath, “adds Schovánek, saying that Sarkocy was not an agent but a cadre.

Corbyn said Corbyn could not cooperate with StB in the late 1980s in London even if he wanted to. “At that time, he was a representative of the resident Vlastimil Ludvík, with the name Pantůček, and he was a top agent of British intelligence, who informed the British party about everything Czechoslovak residences did. Undoubtedly, I have contacts with Mr. Jeremy Corbyn, “he said.

“So if Mr. Jeremy Corbyn even took some money by chance, like no evidence in the archive, it was undoubtedly under the control of British Intelligence. And, for example, in the 1960s, in the case of John Stonehouse or William Owen and others, when British Intelligence learned that they had cooperated, they had disappeared from political life. If the British side knew that Mr Corbyn had worked with the StB in the 1980s, he would no doubt have disappeared from politics in the 1990s and never appeared, “he said at the end.


Why ‘Hard Brexit’ threatens war

TheCritique Archives

by Martin Odoni

The European Union has every right to run out of patience with the United Kingdom over its meaningless negotiating position on ‘Brexit’, including the decidedly indecisive stance on the fate of Northern Ireland. Sure enough, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is drafting a formal ultimatum for the British Government to make a decision on what Northern Ireland’s relationship with the Republic of Ireland will be after Brexit. The lack of clarity or conviction from the British so far in negotiations has probably been the biggest sticking-point in the whole process, and is doubtless maddening to many in Brussels.

However, I am going to offer a rare moment of sympathy – or at least understanding – to our embattled Prime Minister, Theresa May, and her Brexit Secretary David Davis. In truth, the Conservative Party as a whole has brought the logjam on itself, but however one might…

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Oh Dear Real Democracy is coming under attack

I knew this would happen but I never thought the Labour Right Wing imposters would stoop so low as actually discriminate against the leader to make a very weak point

That’s right they used his age as a reason why Jeremy Corbyn should not lead us into the next Govt, they say by the time the 2022 term comes to an end in 2027 he will be 78 years old and thus too old to lead the nation as Prime Minister.

This is gutter stuff and discriminatory as the Equality and Human Rights Commission states under age discrimination:

The Equality Act 2010 says that you must not be discriminated against because:

  • You are (or are not) a certain age or in a certain age group.
  • Someone thinks you are (or are not) a specific age or age group. This is known as discrimination by perception.
  • You are connected to someone of a specific age or age group. This is known as discrimination by association.

Age groups can be quite wide (for example, ‘people under 50’ or ‘under 18s’). They can also be quite specific (for example ‘people in their mid-40s’). Terms such as ‘young person’ and ‘youthful’ or ‘elderly’ and ‘pensioner’ can also indicate an age group.

If age was really a barrier do tell me why we have Judges well above retirement age and also lords in the House of Lords indeed if that was the case we could have a right clear out

The Independent should withdraw or amend there article as they should not be seen to foster such discrimination.

Jeremy Corbyn will himself know when he has had enough and when it is impacting on his health no one else should make that decision for him and right now I for one welcome his leadership in transforming the party for the betterment of the many.



Corbyn, Brexit and you #FBPEers

Sorry #FBPEers you have got it all wrong the key is not Corbyn it is Theresa May and the Tories they have to go in 2018 and that is where your allegiance should lie.

I keep reading all manor of attacks on Corbyn why is that ? he never called the Referendum and more importantly he is not in Govt, yes the Tories own it lock, stock and barrel but you lot are giving them an easy ride when it is only they who can u-turn.

They of course will not as they could not give two monkeys what we or any other party think, brexit is not for us it is for them the establishment only and will see it though even if that means lying to citizens.

But we can carry great weight if only you #FBPEers would see it and join the fight to oust the Tories in 2018.

That is the number one goal not only for Brexit but all manor of domestic policy they have messed up.

Get them out then we can all move on by backing Labour in the next election why do I say this? simples Corbyn from 2015 has always ran his campaign as the Peoples PM and thus restoring real democracy to the people and listening to what we have to say so yes we can work with him and Labour on brexit because just as the tories are headstrong on brexit and will not budge Corbyn has to follow through with his campaign promises so we have more hope in stopping it.

So whilst you all attack him he is in fact in the right position in the centre able to move whereas the Tories and libdems have already dug there corners and unable to move.

Corbyn has also not just got brexit on his plate but a possible election too so has to tread carefully and not blow it too soon.

So please citizens can we kick the tories into the long grass first and that is the first and foremost aim for us all get rid of them as too many citizens are suffering right now before we have even left and then work from that position with Labour onboard for the best outcome.