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Nicola Smith's Articles

Challenging nightmares

11 Sep 2008, by in Society & Welfare

Theresa May has accused Harriet Harman of living in a dream world, and engaging in class warfare. Ms Harman’s crime is recognising that class inequalities have a significant impact on life chances. Apparently this rhetoric belongs 20 years in the past – presumably becuase social class no longer makes much of a difference to any…

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Turning a blind eye to the best advice

10 Sep 2008, by in International

Cycling low-skilled temporary migrant workers in and out of the country, refusing them opportunities for settlement, is not a sensible way to run an economy – it reduces efficiency and increases costs for employers. Unfortunately this OECD position contradicts the opinion of the Home Office, whose new points based system will prevent many migrants with…

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Some home truths about trafficking

04 Sep 2008, by in Working Life

Research undertaken by Eaves on London’s sex industry – and the experiences of the women who can be trafficked into forced prostitution – is chilling. Some women valued at £15 a go, and recognition from male purchasers that the prices are so low they may be buying sex with slaves:

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A Conservative committment to fair employment?

28 Aug 2008, by in Labour market, Society & Welfare, Working Life

The World Health Organisation has reported that it is within the possibilties of public policy to reduce health inequalities within a generation. A key part of their proposed solution is ‘Fair Employment and Decent Work’. Given the Conservative Party’s recent interest in highlighting the ongoing inequalities in UK health, I look forward to hearing their…

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