Friday, January 30, 2009

British workers strike in protest of foreign workers taking their jobs

When Gordon Brown made a speech on how he pledged that British jobs were for British workers back in June 2007, many within the British working class communities saw this with possible delight or possible suspicion.

Today revealed that 19 sites across the UK, British workers were protesting on how they are being sidelined for cheaper foreign labour from countries such as Poland, Portugal and Italy. Possibly due to the recession and credit crunch it is somewhat understandable that these companies may have to cut corners in areas to kept float in means whether redundancies or in this case replacing labour with cheaper labour.

This incident has a deeper hole than just labour and trade union issues, but with the general feeling that the working class especially the British white working class feeling abandoned by the Labour government. This general feeling causes many withing the working class to support and vote BNP and the tabloid press go on the crusade for speaking on half of the repressed working class.

Friday, January 09, 2009

The Sun paper sales drops below 3 million.

While most if not all of Britain's papers have seen decreased circulation in some form, due to the internet being a more efficient way to get the latest up to date news. The Sun strikes as the most affected in this drop, as quoted by the link above.
"The Sun posted the biggest month-on-month drop in circulation – down 4.81%, to 2,899,310 copies."

There are possible factors in why this has occured:
* More people are looking at The Sun website, in which with the internet is easier to provide with the latest news and updates.
* People are sick of the sensationalism and jingoism of The Sun in several areas such as Crime, the EU and terrorism.
* People generally tend to think of The Sun's journalism as medicore at best.

Despite the low price to buy The Sun (20-30p on weekdays), its not enough to combat the decrease in sales.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Predictions for 2009

As 2008 as been a hectic year in terms of politics and the recession and other things, what will be in store for the United Kingdom in 2009 A.D??

On the subject of the EU Elections, UKIP will probably make some increases in votes in certain areas, though not as much as in the 2004 EU Elections. The BNP may get 1 or 2 MEPs, but they will have to suck up to the other nationalist parties in the EU such as the Front National and Vlaams Belang.

On US Politics, When Obama officially enters the White House on 20th January 2009, there will be high hopes from all sectors of US society that change will come, though this will unlikely be anything big and Obama will probably not be re-elected come 2012.

On the economy, Im guessing job losses will continue throughout 2009, mostly occuring in the first half of 2009. The economy could start to grow back from the 3Q/4Q of 2009, but wont be back to pre-recession levels til late 2010/early 2011.

On Technology, The rumoured iPhone Nano may come out in Feb/Mar 09, though I would prefer to get an iPod Touch as I really have a mobile (SE K800i) . Also the netbook laptops will become more popular among the bargain hunter techies.


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