What does this actually mean?

The Labour party is committed to tackling the scourge of low-paid jobs, raising the minimum wage to a true living wage of £10 per hour and creating over a million good jobs. With our shadow secretary of state Rebecca Long-Bailey, I’m developing and championing Labour’s challenge-led, mission-oriented and values-driven industrial strategy that will create a high-skill, high-wage, high-productivity economy.

Difficult to work out really:

Chi Onwurah is the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central

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28 comments on “What does this actually mean?

  1. They will tackle them all right. By legislating low paid jobs out of existence and dumping hundreds of thousands of people out of the workforce permanently.

  2. At this stage in the game, how can they believe their own drivel?

    Just who is going to create those jobs?

    People like me who are denigrated by this type of politician? No, only the State. Non-jobs at the highest cost.

    Jobs, as Tim says so frequently here, are a cost. If I need people, I ‘buy’ them. If there are lots available, they are cheap. If there aren’t, they are more expensive. Ok, a bit simple but basically accurate.

    Telling me to pay more than they cost has only one outcome. And I’ve been there and I ain’t going back.

    You want higher salaries? Stimulate economic activity.

    ‘challenge-led, mission-oriented and values-driven industrial strategy that will create a high-skill, high-wage, high-productivity economy’

    That last sentence is absolute boll*cks and tells me the gal has only ever been an employee.

    Unleashing the power of the innovative individual (or group of individuals) is the only way to achieve real, lasting (or, dare I say, sustainable) improvements in the economy and living standards. The evidence is everywhere around us. The lesson was hammered home in the 20th century with, as Ecksie regularly and correctly points out, over 100 million dead as a testament to central planning and authoritarian ideological bullsh*t.

    Also, according to Wikipedia (her entry was written by a sychophant and needs to be fact-checked) the lack of female engineers imposes serious economic losses (or summat). Toy shops are genderised and therefore a problem. I can see where that is going….

  3. The fundamental intention to “create a high-skill, high-wage, high-productivity economy” is hard to disagree with. So credit to him for at least getting the question right. Unfortunately he fails at the answer: neither raising the minimum wage nor wasting paper on an “industrial strategy” will improve productivity.

  4. “create a high-skill, high-wage, high-productivity economy”

    OK, but the main thing holding that back is the still-dismal state education system.

  5. It would be better to have a mission-led, values-oriented and challenge-driven industrial strategy? S’obvious.

  6. @bilbaoboy: “That last sentence is absolute boll*cks and tells me the gal has only ever been an employee.”

    A public sector employee, at that.

  7. Andrew M,

    I know we have to be careful nowadays but looking at the photo in the Guardian I think Chi is a she.

    Julia,

    According to the article she worked for Northern Telecom, which became Nortel, and then disappeared up its own hubris. I did some consulting for them a few times. Some very good engineers in their day but the rest of the organisation was a bureaucracy so she got some good training.

  8. ‘BAME workers comprise 58% of the cleaners, bus drivers, caterers and other subcontractors working for big tech firms, but only 10% of the core tech workforce.’

    Where are the damn editors? WTF is a BAME?

    ‘Today, over 1 million people in the Bay Area are on low-wage jobs that pay only $18 an hour’

    Only? Wut? That is a very HIGH wage.

    ‘Well below the living wage of $22 an hour.’

    As defined by whom? A foreign SJW busy body?

    Notice that Bay Area employers are able to attract and retain 1 million workers at $18 an hour. There is no reason to pay them more; there is a fiduciary responsibility not to.

    There are 1 million workers at $18 an hour who are still alive. So it must indeed be a living wage. 1 million is surely an adequate sample size.

  9. Its just a Fancy Dan nancy way of restating the Venezuelan Battle Cry “Get them rich bastards” without actually saying the words.

    And thus attempts to avoid bringing to mind the real consequences delivered by that slogan to Venezuela’s theft-positive voters.

  10. The Labour party is committed to tackling the scourge of individual employees in IT happy to negotiate their salary individually and not have some Scouse far-Left extremist union rep fuck it up for him.

  11. Gamecock

    BAME = Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities. Used to encompass Irish back in the days of Thatcher. Now encompasses Poles, Czechs – basically anyone who can be used to extract taxpayer funding…

  12. @ Tim
    What it means is that JK Rowling votes Labour so too many Labour Party apparatchiks have been reading her books. The Labour government will make “strategic investments” which will magically cause the private sector to innovate (invent new products and processes).
    Meanwhile retail, hospitality and agriculture must redesign jobs so that they require high skill levels and cannot be automated out of existence. So all the low-skilled workers and those whose hard-earned skills have become redundant due to technological progress (cathode-ray TV repairman, for instance) are completely unemployable except in government-sponsored make-work schemes.

  13. BiND,
    Fair point, Chi is (probably) a she. In my defence, there was no photo of her on the article.

    Now that I’ve actually read the piece, why on Earth is the MP for Newcastle blathering on about worker/employer relations in California? I suspect that the good folk of Newcastle would happily have the “problems” of Silicon Valley.

  14. ” mission-oriented and values-driven industrial strategy that will create a high-skill, high-wage, high-productivity economy”

    While importing hundreds of thousands of low skills low productivity workers from all around the globe………….

  15. Looks like someone got a Buzz-word Bingo set with a hyphen extension pack for Christmas. Very sad.

  16. As somebody said in an earlier thread, these idiots use a definition of “productivity” that doesn’t actually take account of any of the actual costs of production.

  17. “BAME = Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities”

    And a unforgivable mutilation of language and logic.

    Minority is a noun, not an adjective; ethnic is an andjective, not a noun; the correct english is “ethnic minority”.

    And black and asian people ***ARE*** ethnic minorities, so the correct english is, again, just plain simple “ethnic minority”.

  18. “challenge-led, mission-oriented and values-driven” – This pablum would be perfect in the corporate board-room PowerPoint projection. Do Chi’s adversaries arrive at their goals without any challenge, mission, or values? Do they pull everything out of a bodily orifice? No, every plan reflects an observed problem, goal (“mission”) and set of values, even if not stated so pompously.

    The real problem is that the typical “value” of Chi, her shadow boxer, and her adversaries is election, re-election, or comparable self-promotion.

    jgh – You are neglecting the need that the acronym be easy to pronounce.

  19. And black and asian people ***ARE*** ethnic minorities, so the correct english is, again, just plain simple “ethnic minority”.

    All too true. But you overlook the fact that in many of these areas the ethnics are no longer a minority.

  20. @ dearieme January 31, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    “They could always move to the People’s Republic of Shitholia if they don’t like it here.”

    I suspect they like the idea of Shitolia so much they are trying to recreate it here.

    DP

  21. It is the very same low paid folk who set the base level for wages, by the choices they make when they are spending their own money. It doesn’t matter what they are producing, whether it’s oven chips, hair conditioner, toilet rolls…
    They demand their own produce to be priced at a level to pay them twice as much per hour, as the folk who produce the stuff they then buy.
    It’s a revealed preference that tells us that you can not, in reality, buck the market. Even setting some fantasy baseline for the hourly wage for unskilled labour, will backfire immediately as those very same labourers find they can’t get the cheap supplies they depend on, and then all lose their jobs to machines.

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