Horsemeat, Papal resigns and Korea is flexing its nuclear muscles.…

Posted 12 Feb 2013 by Walaa Idris

…what a week and it’s only Tuesday.

However, two things caught my eye today. First the Cait Reilly case, the university graduate who won her Court of Appeal claim that requiring her to work for free at a Poundland store was unlawful. That got me thinking about two things, one we now have a legal precedent on voluntary work – if it is not the employees’ choice it is can be deemed unlawful. That means, parents, educators and a huge host of learning and mentoring providers will be very reluctant to help/nudge/ or even recommend volunteering to young people. The second if working in Poundland for Job Seekers Allowance is unlawful then what do we call jobs? They both are a form of working to earn, don’t they?

The other thing that caught my eye is this Telegraph article, about the Top Ten books borrowed by MP from the House of Commons Library in 2012. The top two books are – How to be an MP, by Paul Flynn and How Parliament Works, by Robert Rogers. I was surprised, because one, you would think by 2012 those who fell into the job by accident by then they would have a pretty good idea it is all about. And two, why did it take them two year to want to learn about the job, or realised they don’t know anything about it?

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