Deliveroo’s UK director of corporate communications said that France – a country in which the gig-economy platform has been fined for abusing workers’ rights – is “the most progressive example” of gig economy regulation. He made the comments during a Labour Party conference fringe event on Monday about how to “deliver a progressive gig economy”
Nine days before this weekend’s election, Brazilian leftist firebrand Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva posted a picture of himself on social media. Smiling from ear to ear, both his hands stretched out to the camera, the former president reminded voters that the final countdown is on. It’s a meme-worthy image, with the joke lying in the fact that Lula, a former metalworker,
Over the last hundred years, Italy has often offered a glimpse into our political future: Mussolini before Hitler, Berlusconi before Trump, and populism before it was fashionable. We can only hope that this election proves to be less prophetic. The results from Sunday are bleak: a landslide victory for the far right, collapsing turnout, and the ongoing absence
From Dominic Cummings’ cosy texts to Laura K, to Boris Johnson having The Telegraph’s editorial board on speed dial, the cohort of journalists who make up the ‘Lobby’ have long got a bad rep. But is mainstream political journalism really in terminal decline? With independent and alternative media on the up, is a redefinition of ‘political journalism’ on the
With inflation hitting double digits, Britain is entering a period of industrial strife unseen in recent decades. Yet, while resistance from the likes of the RMT has captured the public imagination, Keir Starmer has attempted to distance himself – and his party – from the labour movement. Is a stand-off between the trade unions and the party they
Yesterday the GMB trade union joined the Conservatives in support of fracking, insisting that it “offers part of the solution to the energy crisis.” General secretary Gary Smith acknowledged the importance of climate change but dismissed full electrification as pie-in-the-sky. “The idea that the future is going to be all about electricity, or that we’re
The government attacked trade unions and benefits claimants while giving tax cuts to the rich and letting bankers’ bonuses soar, as chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced his mini-budget on Friday. On strikes, Kwarteng told parliament, “At such a critical time for our economy, it is simply unacceptable that strike action is disrupting so many lives. Other
The Labour party has been criticised for allowing corporate “greenwashing” events to take place at its conference while blocking members from voting on green policies. The conference, held in Liverpool from Sunday, will reportedly use the slogan “fairer, greener future” as an attempt to counter the rise of the Greens. However, it will also play host to events
Around 28.5 million people watched the Queen’s funeral on Monday. Whilst fewer than the 31 million who tuned in to the 2020 Euros final, the past fortnight has served as an important reminder about Britain: there are large numbers of people who adore our unelected head of state. Worse still, polling suggests that monarchism may be a symptom of a deeply anti-democratic
Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor is famous for lots of things. His marriage to and divorce from Diana Spencer. His worryingly sausage-like fingers. Tampongate.  He’s equally well-known for being an outspoken environmental advocate. In 1970, the then-Prince of Wales made his first major speech on the topic in which he warned of the impact
The beach holds an almost spiritual status for Italians. It’s where millions flee during the (increasingly hot) summer months, old friends meet, volleyballs fly over bronzing bodies, and all practice the time-honoured Italian tradition of dolce far niente – literally, sweet to do nothing. It’s also where refilling your water bottle might cost you
At the writing of this piece, the final votes are being counted in the Swedish general election. Barring the unexpected, the right-nationalist bloc – made up of the Liberals, Moderates, Christian Democrats and Sweden Democrats – will be declared the winner by the slimmest of margins and will hold a majority of just one seat in parliament. This
Many details regarding last week’s police shooting of Chris Kaba, a young musician and expectant father, are still unknown or uncertain.  But what we do know is this: Kaba was driving in south London. The car he was in was identified by a police Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera, which alerted police that the vehicle was linked to a previous “firearms
There was a boy at my school in Belfast who used to sing a Protestant song on St Patrick’s Day every year. I don’t remember all the lines, but the chorus went something like: “You can celebrate St Patrick’s Day, you can dye the river green, but when the day is over you’re still governed by the Queen.” I don’t remember this song because it was unusual or transgressive
A protester has been charged with a breach of the peace after being arrested during the accession proclamation of King Charles III in Edinburgh. The woman was holding a sign saying “Fuck imperialism. Abolish monarchy.” The 22-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday during the accession proclamation of King Charles III in Edinburgh. Police Scotland say the
Just 22% of voters were reportedly pleased with Liz Truss’s victory last week – chief among them, perhaps, are proponents of nuclear power. Following in the footsteps of her predecessor – who just pledged £700m for a new nuclear plant in Suffolk, and blamed high bills on previous prime ministers’ hesitance to back nuclear – Truss
We are constantly told that we are witnessing unprecedented innovation in Tech. We are told our problems will be solved by apps, electric cars or space exploration. Is this innovation truly liberating? Or does it serve to outsource labour and further consolidate power and money in the hands of the few? Ash Sarkar talks to Paris Marx about Public Transit, Elon
There are several versions of the British monarchy. The version we often see is the monarchy of pageantry and tradition, philanthropic visits, weddings, babies and funerals. Another version is associated with the state: the opening of parliament, the monarch’s weekly meeting with the prime minister. A crucially overlooked way to understand the monarchy,
Sir Richard Colville once declared that “If there comes a time when the British Monarchy ever needs a ‘public relations’ officer, the institution of monarchy in this country will be in serious danger.” Despite this grim forecast, the remit of Royal Communications – the branch of the private secretary’s office responsible for all official communications
After months of uncertainty, the government has finally acted on rising domestic energy prices, pledging £150bn over the next two years to partially freeze domestic energy prices. We should be clear this is a direct result of campaigns like Don’t Pay, which has nearly 200,000 pledges to refuse bill increases in October. After Liz Truss spent all summer saying
Student housing portal UniHomes claims its “mission is to take the stress out of student living”. But right now, many of their customers are feeling pretty stressed out. UniHomes has said that it will jack up its prices for existing customers after cash-strapped students signed contracts on the understanding that prices wouldn’t fluctuate. UniHomes aims
When the first coronavirus lockdown was announced in March 2020, there was no question that an eviction ban would follow it – and so it did, four days later. Even cold-blooded Tory ministers realised that to allow evictions at the height of the pandemic was both unethical and unsafe: not only could bailiffs and displaced tenants spread the virus, but it
Part of a concerted effort to revive Sheffield’s post-industrial spaces, the Cutlery Works offers diners the chance to pair sushi with craft beer in a disused factory on one of the city’s oldest manufacturing sites. The “hub for everyone’s inner foodie” claims to be the largest food hall in the north of England, with 14 stalls
“You are enough”, “it’s a wonderful day to dump him”, “you don’t owe anyone anything”. In the canva-designed space between influencing and feminism, these are the rallying cries of young women sick to the hind teeth of the demands placed on them by gender. Recent years have seen a revived focus, driven by feminist-tinged content creators, on the burden of emotional
A property tycoon is continuing his quest to gentrify London by closing down pubs and other community assets that could make more money as luxury flats. The Junction is one of the only places in south London where you can watch live jazz for free most nights of the week – but not for long. It was reported recently that the venue in Loughborough Junction is not
“When companies will suck the literal soul from you, I refuse to give them anything more than what is required,” says Eddie, 35, from Yorkshire. Eddie says he has quiet quit almost every job he has ever had – including working as a mechanic, as a runner for the BBC and ITV, in distribution warehouses, in supermarkets and in fast food shops. Whilst working
When Liz Truss made the final two in the Tory leadership race, many laughed. It’s not hard to see why: until recently, Truss was most famous for talking about cheese and becoming a meme. In mid-July, YouGov data suggested that just 19% of voters felt favourably towards her. She seemed like a joke. Yet the joke has stopped being funny. The eccentric rightwinger
This week sees the start of four days of strike action by Royal Mail workers. The first is on Friday, with further strikes on 31 August and 8 and 9 September. Things are unlikely to end there, however, with members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) voting for a further four days of action in the coming weeks.  Eight strike days will hammer the Royal Mail’s
In January 1989, two weeks before Ayatollah Khomeini issued the fatwa that sent him into hiding and ultimately led to his stabbing in Chautauqua, New York earlier this month, Salman Rushdie was auctioning a signed copy of The Satanic Verses at a small fundraiser in Highgate. The event was no gathering of the literary elites but instead organised by sociologist
Ahead of strike action, journalists at Reach PLC, Britain’s biggest regional publisher, say low pay has forced many into debt – while chief executive Jim Mullen banked £4m last year. Journalists at the likes of the Daily Mirror and Daily Express allege colleagues have been pushed into bar work as a result of low pay, as over 1,000 editorial staffers prepare
It’s cleaners all the way down! How can we care for each other within a system that doesn’t care about us? In this episode, Nadia Idle, Jeremy Gilbert and Keir Milburn get to grips with birth, death and all the social reproduction in between. When did we start putting our elders in care homes instead of our own homes? What happens when childcare is socialised
Amazon has been hit by walk-outs and strike action across the globe in protest at poor pay and conditions, as inflation hits economies everywhere. After wildcat strikes in the UK following a pay offer that amounted to a real-terms pay cut, workers in the US, Turkey and Germany have staged strike action and protests over the last fortnight. Workers walked off
On 8 July, the man who ruled the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa for nearly 40 years died quietly in a private Spanish hospital after a prolonged illness. José Eduardo dos Santos – colloquially known as Zedu – was the president of Angola between 1979 and 2017. During his time in power, Angola went from a newly-emancipated Portuguese colony
On 12 June, Apsana Begum broke. A self-described survivor of domestic violence, her mental and physical health ravaged by what she called “a sustained campaign of misogynistic abuse and harassment” culminating in a trigger ballot process overseen by friends of her ex-husband, the MP for Poplar and Limehouse was admitted to A&E and signed off work the