“Is life in the UK really as bad as the numbers suggest? Yes, it is”

Jan 21, 2023 | In the news

In films, the lives of seemingly random characters often coincide, entwine and lead to a (in my favourites, at least) happy ending. So here are some random quotes, facts and stats from my reading this week: ‘In 1516 Thomas More described the ideal health-care system, where “hospitals are well supplied with all types of medical equipment and the nurses are sympathetic. Though no one is forced to go there, practically everyone would rather be ill in hospitals than at home.” ‘Downing Street has warned health ministers they will have to find savings from their own budget if they want to offer NHS workers more money in an effort to end the growing wave of strikes’. ‘Last year, £2.6bn of bonuses were paid to London investment bankers, the bailout of the banks in 2008 cost an estimated £137bn and the Bank of England has to date spent £895bn on its programme of “Quantatative Easing’”, buying government debt, often termed “printing money’’’.  Oh, and ‘Trains in northern England are less reliable than in war-torn Ukraine, figures show’. Just saying. And hoping for a happy ending.

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“The working-from-home illusion fades”

“The working-from-home illusion fades”

Are workers working from home more or less productive than those catching the 7.02am to London Bridge every day? ‘Probably sitting at home in their bleedin’ jim-jams’, said someone recently of a less-than-helpful call centre employee, the assumption being that, were they surrounded by colleagues and with a manager cracking the whip, he or she would have sorted his energy bill more efficiently.