Unions have a pretty bad reputation. They are often stereotyped as protecting lazy and bad workers, as well as causing unemployment other inefficiencies. However the many benefits of unions are often ignored. These include increased morale, productivity and equality. Continue reading “The Benefits Of Unions”
There is a lot of debate over the minimum wage. An internet search of the topic will return with almost unanimous condemnation of it. It is blamed for unreasonably pushing wages too high and causing unemployment. It is decried as a major cause of economic problems rather than the solution. However, these arguments are based upon over simplified ideas and graphs. Now, most of them look nice and are easy to understand, but they should be judged on how well they describe the real world. The simple fact is they don’t really. Continue reading “The Advantage Of The Minimum Wage”
It is often claimed that this recession is hitting all of us. It is said that the rich suffer just as much as anyone else, if not more. It is argued that we all must make a sacrifice as we are all in this together. However this simply isn’t true. In fact this crisis is resulting in even further increases in the gap between rich and poor. Inequality and poverty are rising to even higher heights. Austerity is making the poor suffer the most while leaving the rich untouched. Quite simply the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. Continue reading “Rich Get Richer – Poor Get Poorer”
Recently I was sitting in my economics lecture trying to figure out what to do about the banks so that we never have another financial crisis. After much thought, I came to the conclusion that banks are too important to be left to the bankers. The only way to avoid future financial crisis and massive bank bailouts is to nationalise the banks. Now I’m no out-and-out Communist driven by ideology alone. I don’t believe in one size fits all, in that everything should be privatised or nationalised, rather it depends upon the situation. Listen to my explanation with an open mind and you might find a certain logic in this seemingly drastic proposal. Continue reading “Nationalise The Banks”
The policy of banning drugs has failed. It is time to face the facts and legalise cannabis (also known as marijuana). This would have numerous benefits. It would deprive criminal gangs of their main source of revenue. It would raise large amounts of revenue for the government. It would ensure the safety and health of users is protected. It would free up large police resources and ensure they are focused on more serious crimes. There would be minimal negative effects as cannabis in its natural state is not a dangerous drug. People should be free to make choices about their lives and live with the consequences. Continue reading “Legalise Cannabis”
Prague is a fantastic city bursting with spectacular sights. It is a well known tourist destination and for a very good reason. It’s a great place to go sight-seeing or to relax with a pint of its excellent beer. There are so many amazing buildings that something that would be impressive in another city would get ignored in Prague. From the towering Churches of the Old Town to the majesty of the Royal Palace to the splendour of the Charles Bridge to the deep history of Communism, Prague truly is a sight to see.
In a hut in Auschwitz a group of Jewish prisoners pray to God to save them from the gas chambers. However others condemn God for abandoning them. The prisoners decide to have a trial to see if God broke his covenant to protect the Jewish people. This is the plotline of an engrossing film, God On Trial. The hour and half long film gives a balanced debate with both sides presenting good arguments. They are essentially grappling with the age old question, why does God allow bad things to happen? Continue reading “God On Trial”
Ljubljana is a charming city that often feels more like a small town. It is easy to settle into its many cosy streets or have enjoyable strolls along its river lined with impressive Austrian style buildings. It will entice you with its appealing and welcoming feel. Not far away is the jaw dropping splendour of Lake Bled, which is an absolute must for all travelling through Slovenia.
The Croatian coast is one of the most beautiful sights I’ve seen as is the attractive city of Split, with its promanandes along the waters edge. Hvar is a beautiful peaceful island where you just want to relax and let the world pass you by. As this was towards the end of my journey, I was rushing from place to place and only got a brief look at these wonderful places, so this is another photo post.
If I had the name one city my favourite on my trip it would be close but I’d say Dubrovnik. It is simply jaw-droopingly amazing. It’s so beautiful it’s no wonder the Old Town was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. However I was quite sick during my stay, probably due to the heat (it was around 35-7 degrees all day long), so this post will have less words and more photos.