Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Miliband Bribes Voters with £7.45 per hour?

Man of the people Ed Miliband has come up with a new rouse to woo potential voters to vote himself and his acolytes into power at the next general election. He has decided that it would be a good wheeze to replace the concept of the,"minimum wage," with that of, "the living wage." At present the national minimum wage for someone over 21 years of age is £6.19 per hour. The present living wage for an individual is apparently calculated at £7.45 per hour outside London and £8.55 per hour in the capital.

Undoubtedly this will be seen as a dashed good idea by many thousands of people, particularly school leavers or those about to leave school shortly. It is noteworthy that he does not appear to consider that age should have any impact on the , "living wage," as it does with the, "minimum wage rate." It seems that he is proposing a flat rate or if not then he hasn't seen fit to enlarge on his proposals at this stage. Maybe however the detail will come out after the event if this rather unprepossessing (as many would describe him), individual should ever gain office.

I wonder how Mr Miliband thinks that small employers will be able to afford a pay increase of up to twenty percent for some employees and then of course deal with the demands of other employees to maintain pay differentials? I feel sure that the Trade Unions would not want pay differentials eroded. Of course it would be nice if we could all vote ourselves a pay rise courtesy of Mr Miliband, but the country and employers have to be able to afford it and we as individuals have to merit it. 

Is a concept which includes a weekly allowance for alcohol and for social and cultural activities truly a "living wage,"which everyone should have of right?

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