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UKIP and the Tories: Snog, Marry, Avoid?

It’s the day after the night before, and the real story of the 2013 local election is that UKIP are now a serious force to be reckoned with. Gaining 139 council seats, they’ve bypassed the Greens in terms of councillors in one night. It seems, for the time being, UKIP are here to stay.

This, of course, presents a conundrum for Conservative Party, with many pundits claiming  the party is haemorrhaging votes to the new darling of the right. What is the best way for the Conservatives to deal with the ‘Kippers? They have three options available to them; snog, marry, avoid…

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The Living Wage: Killing business?

Happy Living Wage week! How are you celebrating? You’re not? What a surprise. Whilst most people could probably have a guess at what the Living Wage Foundation is lobbying for, thanks to its largely self-explanatory title, let’s just take a moment to clear up what it actually means. The Living Wage is a minimum wage that aims to provide a level of income that accurately reflects the cost of living, currently £8.55 in London and £7.45 in the rest of the UK (why it is fair to have different wage rates in and out of London, but regional pay in public services is a no-go for the left is a baffling hypocrisy that will not be examined here). For the purpose of this blog, we will be using non-London figures for a 21 year old worker doing 35 hours a week in the current tax year.

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