Clegg has evidently no more respect for the electorate than the Tories, whose election strategy appears also enshrined in the belief that the voters are mugs. As a consequence,therefore, it is totally impossible for any of us to recall that it took almost three years of coalition-inspired austerity before any pennies dropped, and Clegg uttered those infamous words, stating that it was time to "hardwire fairness into government policy"!
Clegg`s accomplice, Danny Alexander, will not be alone with "breathtaking hypocrisy" prominent in their thoughts, and one can only opine that, even if forming a government takes "a lot longer" after the election, the time will be well spent, as long as the duplicitous Lib Dems are excluded.
The proposal by Ed Miliband to allow workers on zero-hours contracts to `convert their contracts into a regular job after only three months instead of a year` is praiseworthy, but what does the fact that employment law specialists are already warning that bosses will sack staff `just before the right to a full contract kicks in`, tell us about attitudes prevalent among businesses today? (Give zero-hours workers regular contracts after 3 months-Miliband,01/04/15) It appears that workers are merely exploitable material, there to be used and cast aside, so that the companies` policies of profit-at-all- costs can be continued.
Typically the CBI director-general, John Cridland, is not content with describing Miliband`s idea as `demonising flexible contracts`, and, naturally, `ẁide of the mark`, but even threatens the probability of `a return to day-to-day hiring`. How much longer can we allow company bosses to hold the country to ransom like this? Whilst the Tories want to return government spending to levels last seen in the 1930s, business clearly wants employer/worker relations to re-visit the Victorian era!
Cridland would serve the economy`s interests far better if he instructed his corporate chiefs to pay all of their workers a living wage, to demonstrate much greater restraint in relation to their own renumeration, and, of course, pay the correct amount of corporation tax, which, he should not need reminding, is around 18 percentage points below the rate paid by companies in America!