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Once the voice of the more civilised wing of the party, the think-tank is now firmly in the Let’s Get Nasty Again tendency

IoS letters, emails & online postings (11 November 2012)

It is pleasing to see the Labour Party inching towards a stronger policy on the living wage (Ed Miliband exclusive interview, 4 November), but disappointing that the movement is so small. If this is a "central part" of Mr Miliband's vision, then enforcing a living wage clause in Whitehall contracts and "naming and shaming" big companies are rather small steps.

'Courtroom chaos': Government accused of endangering justice by using cut-price courtroom interpreters

Britain’s leading translators today accused the government of endangering justice with a cut-price private contract for courtroom interpreters, which is “dangerous to the interests of public safety."

Almost 1.2m low paid people could see benefits reduced under new government scheme

Almost 1.2m low paid people could see the state handouts which top up their wages reduced unless they work longer hours, according to report published today.

'62% of Britons are reluctant to tip', says survey

Most Britons begrudge paying tips, regardless of the quality of service they receive, according to a survey.

Consumer Rights: 'My mum's bosses won't release her final pay packet'

A bereaved child must gather evidence he's entitled to his mother's wage and employing a tenant

Having a job is no guarantee of escaping poverty in modern Britain

Getting a job is no guarantee of escaping poverty in modern Britain, according to a new report by Oxfam, as new Government figures are expected to show a rise in the “working poor” today.

Marine Le Pen's National Front may win seats for the first time

Hollande braced for 'worst nightmare' in elections

President's austerity plans are in jeopardy as the hard left is set for a strong showing

US think-tank hails Hong Kong as 'world's most free economy'

Hong Kong has the most free economy in the world, thanks to a combination of light regulation and the embracing of laissez-faire economic policy, according to the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing, US-based think tank.

Laurie Penny: You can't bully people into non-jobs

There is nothing wrong with stacking shelves unless it's for £1.33 an hour

Dominic Lawson: It's not about money. It's about work

For the mentally disabled work can bring not just a sense of having a purpose and a role, but an end to profound loneliness

Humala victorious as Fujimori concedes

The left-wing former army officer Ollanta Humala has won Peru's bitterly contested presidential elections after his hard-right rival Keiko Fujimori conceded defeat.

Leading article: The Chancellor has elected to pick a fight

In a speech to the Institute of Directors this week, George Osborne took aim at the "costly impact" of Britain's employment regulations. The Chancellor promised that the Government would publish a "wholesale review" of this area of the law. This will apparently look at the unlimited penalties applied to discrimination in employment tribunals and aim to "simplify" the administration of the minimum wage. It will also "review" those regulations that guarantee the existing pay and conditions of workers when their employer is taken over and "reform" the consultation period for collective redundancies. These are all vague words. And it is unclear what the implications will be.

Minimum wage is on the rise

The national minimum wage is to increase by 15p to £6.08 per hour from October. The below inflation rise of 2.5 per cent, which matches the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission, was criticised as "modest" by TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

Annual immigration cap comes into force

Firms should look to hire unemployed Britons as the Government's annual immigration cap for workers from outside the EU comes into force today, Immigration Minister Damian Green said.

Former clown messes up Brazilian vote

A clown who won a seat in Brazil's Congress by a landslide has stayed true to his former profession by messing up his first vote.

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