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Now Toil Like Chinese Peasants, Says Multi-Millionaire Jeremy Hunt

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Whoops! The mask over the Tories' neoliberal intentions appears to have become somewhat dislodged this evening.

But why wasn't this cultural ambition declared openly - line one, paragraph one - in the recent general election manifesto? :lol:

As Rowena Mason reports, speaking at a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference, Hunt strayed from his brief to defend the government’s tax credit cuts of up to £1,300 for some of the poorest workers in the UK. Hunt told his audience that reducing tax credits was not just about saving money, and when asked whether the pace of the cuts should be slowed, he said: “No. We have to proceed with these tax-credit changes because they are a very important cultural signal. My wife is Chinese. We want this to be one of the most successful countries in the world in 20, 30, 40 years’ time. There’s a pretty difficult question that we have to answer, which is essentially: are we going to be a country which is prepared to work hard in the way that Asian economies are prepared to work hard, in the way that Americans are prepared to work hard? And that is about creating a culture where work is at the heart of our success.”

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/oct/05/hunt-tax-credit-cuts-make-britons-work-like-chinese-or-americans

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So he wants people to work like those in America???

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/when-you-cant-afford-sleep/380128/

If it’s a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, Sam McCalman wakes up in his tiny one-bedroom apartment in Flatbush well before the nearest Starbucks opens for business. He catches the 5 a.m. bus to the John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., he works there as a wheelchair attendant, gently rolling disabled and elderly travelers from gate to gate. Between clients, he is not permitted to sit down.

After a 30-minute break, he starts his second job wrangling luggage carts for Smart Carte. At 10 p.m., his shift is over, and he takes the B15 or B35 back to Brooklyn. He often falls asleep on the bus—so much so he frequently misses his stop and has to walk the last few blocks back home. By the time he crawls into bed, it’s nearly midnight. Four and a half hours later, it’s time to do it all over again.

McCalman immigrated from Guyana, a small country that borders Venezuela and Brazil, in 2010. His mother was already here, and he describes himself as the kind of guy who always wanted to come to America. It presented “a better opportunity to do something,” he said.

He got the wheelchair job a few months later, and picked up the second in 2013 when he realized he needed some extra cash. A series of exes bore him four children—two of whom still live in Guyana—and he sends them a total of $400 each month. He also owes $900 a month for the packed, non-airconditioned apartment, which is decked out with religious iconography and vinyl-covered white furniture.

We met on a Monday, his only day off. By Tuesday afternoon, he can hardly wait for Wednesday, when he only works one job. Between the two jobs, he brings home $500 a week.

http://www.mensfitness.com/styleandgrooming/fashion/30-percent-of-american-workers-are-sleep-deprived

Millions of Americans do not get enough sleep every day, putting them at risk of injuries and a whole range of health problems, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2010 survey of over 15,000 adults showed that 30 percent of workers—40.6 million—sleep six or fewer hours a day. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours a sleep, although there is “no magic number,” meaning many people may be getting far less sleep than they need. More than just an inconvenience, lack of sleep can increase the likelihood of workers being injured on the job. Tired workers may also be a hazard for the public, especially in jobs like commercial driving. Twenty percent of car crashes involve drowsy drivers. In addition, diseases like obesity, depression, heart disease and diabetes are all linked to sleep deprivation. Night shift workers are also particularly at risk, with 44 percent not sleeping enough, compared to 28.8% of people who work during the day. These types of jobs are common within the transportation, warehouse and healthcare industries. Other sleep-deprived groups include those holding down more than one job or working more than 40 hours a week, widows, divorcees and recently separated partners. The CDC report offers advice to employers on ensuring that their employees are well rested. This includes adjusting night shift schedules and limiting the number of nights in a row worked. Employees are encouraged to go to bed at the same time each night, avoid large meals before bed, skip reading or watching TV in bed, and set up a relaxing environment in the bedroom. Dr. Michael J. Breus, a sleep expert and clinical psychologist, told WebMD that two signs indicate that you may be sleep deprived: falling asleep within 10 minutes of going to bed; and hitting the snooze button more than twice.

Everyone should be working more than one job and getting no sleep or family life.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/15/americans-are-trading-sleep-for-work-and-its-literally-killing-us/

Did you try to catch up on sleep this weekend? You're not alone. More than one third of American adults report getting less than 7 hours of sleep on weekdays, and many of them try to sleep extra-long on weekends to make up for it.

This isn't a particularly healthy way to live -- insufficient sleep is associated with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a host of other physical ailments. Drowsy driving causes around 80,000 automobile accidents every year, 1,000 of which are typically fatal.

The simple reason for shortchanging sleep on the weekdays? Work. A team of researchers examined nearly 125,000 responses to the American Time Use Survey to calculate two things: first, how much sleep we're getting, and second, what we're doing instead of sleeping.

Only the rich can afford to sleep.

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And that is about creating a culture where work is at the heart of our success.

What work? My colleague and the owner of the business we work for aren't taking a wage this month so that I get paid. They have worked for months at a time abroad and all of us are willing to do whatever work we can.

So how does that explain the finacial situation of the firm?

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Do we actually make anything to warrant comparing us with the Chinese?

Tax credits got out of control, however, it is policy that has resulted in a nation being hollowed out, at war with itself and valuing the acquisition of imaginary wealth through massive debt. When you look at what life's all about, you soon reject any work yourself to death ethos. Hard work sadly is for the masses not the pontificating elite.

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There is another irony here, in the 1980's the rich got tax cuts and given money to work harder, in 2015 the poor aren't working hard enough and to encourage them to work harder they need money taking off them.

The rich get tax cuts the poor get tax credit cuts.

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So he wants people to work like those in America???

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/when-you-cant-afford-sleep/380128/

http://www.mensfitness.com/styleandgrooming/fashion/30-percent-of-american-workers-are-sleep-deprived

Everyone should be working more than one job and getting no sleep or family life.

Really sad there are millions of people in that situation, particularly in the U.S. It never ceases to shock me when I go to the States about how common second jobs are (just chatting to bar staff etc.). Being British, I am obviously intrigued but the way it is generally described is as if its perfectly normal (like they don't know anything else).

I had hoped we had moved on from people working like slaves for their poverty but not so. The most amazing thing about the U.S is that these "poor" people by enlarge think they live in the greatest country in the world and that they have a good deal. Its no wonder their conditions don't improve.

Edited by SillyBilly

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What work? My colleague and the owner of the business we work for aren't taking a wage this month so that I get paid. They have worked for months at a time abroad and all of us are willing to do whatever work we can.

So how does that explain the finacial situation of the firm?

Who knows? Maybe they should sell their houses and their companies.

The world doesn't owe anyone a living.

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This is why idiots like Hunt should stay well away from Welfare reform.

Its not the people who would of been working in the factories (or shipyards,mines etc etc) that are claiming tax credits.Its the girls/women who have their children but refuse to live with them because tax credits are a better (and safer) option than someone who can only secure a 0 hours contract in a warehouse.Put those (mainly men) back in factories paying in todays terms £30k a year with houses at £60k and a lot of the drivers of the tax credit problem go.

Putting up the tax threshold and increasing wages is the right thing to do while cutting tax credits,but having the mid range jobs destroyed over 30 years was a huge part of the growth of welfare.

Hunt doesnt seem to be able to think about the big picture and if i was Cameron id sack him.

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Really sad there are millions of people in that situation, particularly in the U.S. It never ceases to shock me when I go to the States about how common second jobs are (just chatting to bar staff etc.). Being British, I am obviously intrigued but the way it is generally described is as if its perfectly normal (like they don't know anything else).

I had hoped we had moved on from people working like slaves for their poverty but not so. The most amazing thing about the U.S is that these "poor" people by enlarge think they live in the greatest country in the world and that they have a good deal. Its no wonder their conditions don't improve.

Did you actually read the article? He has a second job because he has four children through a series of different women. If you want to do that, I don't think it's such a great thing, though it is your choice. However, the idea that someone else should pay for it, is absurd.

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He could be saying that because knowingly he knows people already working long hard hours will be worse off if he gets his way of higher inflation (increased prices) to errode the countries debt.....greater productivity requires a country and a world to purchase it, not only that but purchase it cheaply.....that is not going to happen. People openly see those doing little being paid far more because of who they are, not what they do...a living wage, quality of life means there are not enough hours in the day, so it won't matter how long or hard, it is still unachievable........forever catch up.

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Hunt seems to be missing the point somewhat. Conservatives never used to worry out outcomes, so long as the basic landscape of opportunities was in place, the work would get done. If he thinks Britons are not working as hard as before then he ought to be looking at degradation in opportunities as his first port of call. The fact that housing is on average unaffordable to normal workers, partly a direct result of his party's silly price-pumping policies, is totally unrelated to this I'm sure.

Edited by Cry and Regret

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Er, tax credits is 15h to 24h dossy work, subbed with me tax money.

So do you pay less tax now?

Or is your money just paying for huge corporate tax breaks instead?

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Over production Jeremy!!! China will be the last country to be held up as benchmark over the next few years.

Better and smarter

Not working longer and harder for $hit nobody wants.

I'm now more convinced than ever that these guys are being deliberately thick.

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So do you pay less tax now?

Or is your money just paying for huge corporate tax breaks instead?

No it's working single mums that's dragging the country into $hit, not corporates legally avoiding £6billion a year each in tax.

You see according to Tories, receiving £2k a year in WTC a year is theft and a threat to our standard of living. Whilst avoiding billions in tax is entrepreneurship.

They can't drum the deficit and live within our means mantrai whilst ignoring what isn't going into the pot.

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No it's working single mums that's dragging the country into $hit, not corporates legally avoiding £6billion a year each in tax.

You see according to Tories, receiving £2k a year in WTC a year is theft and a threat to our standard of living. Whilst avoiding billions in tax is entrepreneurship.

They can't drum the deficit and live within our means mantrai whilst ignoring what isn't going into the pot.

It's worse than that.

All making single parents go out to work a few hours more for low wages is going to achieve is... a higher childcare bill.

The state takes £50 WTC from parents working 16-24hrs with one hand, and then offers them £130 toward childcare costs with the other.

Deliberately thick?

Would have to agree.

Edited by byron78

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No it's working single mums that's dragging the country into $hit, not corporates legally avoiding £6billion a year each in tax.

You see according to Tories, receiving £2k a year in WTC a year is theft and a threat to our standard of living. Whilst avoiding billions in tax is entrepreneurship.

They can't drum the deficit and live within our means mantrai whilst ignoring what isn't going into the pot.

Agree with the work better and smarter bit......but don't tar all single mothers with the same brush.....every single mother has a single father, in some cases the fathers are just as irresponsible as the mothers, in fact some fathers expect the state to pay for the upbringing of the kids sometimes by several mothers that they brought into the world....

Very many single mums and dads are working full time and supporting their kids solo.....a job not everyone could or would do.

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It's worse than that.

All making single parents go out to work a few hours more for low wages is going to achieve is... a higher childcare bill.

The state takes £50 WTC from parents working 16-24hrs with one hand, and then offers them £130 toward childcare costs with the other.

Deliberately thick?

Would have to agree.

You couldn't make it up.

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