Taking back too much control

There is a clause 7 in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill that seems to have been little mentioned. It states “A Minister of the Crown may by regulations make such provision as the Minister considers appropriate to prevent, remedy or mitigate— (a) any failure of retained EU law to operate effectively, or (b) any other… Read more

Zero Hours or Zero Cash?

Matthew Taylor’s report on the so called gig economy seems worryingly conservative. He seems quite happy with zero hours contracts although as I always point out this transfers the onus of success from the swashbuckling capitalist onto the employee, who is rarely entitled to the rewards for success, but seems firmly gripped by the system… Read more

Croatia, the EU and Grenfel Tower

Amid the bewildering discovery that Surrey seemingly has higher skyscrapers than London – at least based on the heights of their respective fire services’ hydraulic platforms we now discover that the EU also played a role in the disaster and one which does not show it in a good light. In order to comply with… Read more

Fire safety as an “optional extra”? (the case of modern day office space)

With the Grenfell Tower disaster still fresh in our minds, and daily reports of the steadily increasing number of tall buildings clad in material that fails to meet fire safety standards, it’s understandable that the more general issue of fire safety and regulation has rightly become something of a talking point…. Read more

Safeguarding the Position of EU Citizens living in the UK and UK Nationals living in the EU

The loss of the freedom to live, work and study. We often see posts, usually from those living in the UK, which talk about freedom of movement throughout the EU in terms of economic migrants or how it mainly benefits the neoliberal corporations, giving them a cheap source of labour. There’s a much bigger dimension… Read more