Voices on the Left: 5 leftist blogs to read this week
An overview of progressive news…
1.Poll gives Labor a head start on voting intention, economy and leadership –work list
LabourList reports how polls show Keir Starmer ahead of Boris Johnson in leadership and found Labor leads the Tories in terms of which party the public would support in a general election and who would manage the economy better .
The report is based on a Mirror poll which found 42% of people would back Labor to manage the country’s finances, compared to 36% who would prefer the prime minister and Rishi Sunak for the job.
Keir Starmer also has a net approval rating of +4 while Johnson is on -4.
2. When the algorithm is your boss –Tribune Magazine
A thought-provoking article in Tribune Magazine examines how algorithms have taken over the role of the professional managerial class.
Jamie Medwell recounts how an Amazon delivery driver was fired by the company’s algorithmic human resource management (HRM) system without any explanation. Medwell writes, “And while Amazon may be the most evangelical convert, he is far from the only one. A recent study revealed that 40% of HR departments in international companies use AI-based tools. »
Algorithms are also used to discipline workers.
The article calls for the democratization of technology in the workplace, “to be developed and applied only with input from those who understand and actually do the work.”
3. Rishi Sunak could become PM. Here’s what he doesn’t want you to know –openDemocracy
OpenDemocracy takes a closer look at Parliament’s wealthiest MP, Rishi Sunak, a favorite to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister. The article shows how a Prime Minister Sunak would be a “boon to the financial lobby”.
Experts say the Sunak has not been transparent with its finances and its track record in hedge funds raises questions about its commitment to fighting tax evasion.
The article also takes a closer look at Sunak’s privileged past, a subject he is keen to avoid, and the Chancellor’s extensive property portfolio.
4. Nearly a quarter of retirees fear having to choose between heating and eating before the energy bill increases –the morning star
The Morning Star looks at research from Age UK which shows that three-quarters of older people in Britain are worried about the rising cost of living and almost a quarter are worried about having to choose between heating or eating.
More than nine million people over the age of 65 are worried about rising costs, according to Age UK.
The survey also found that 43% said they would have to cut spending, go into debt or simply not be able to pay their bill.
The findings come amid soaring energy prices and a cost of living crisis for households across the country.
5. It’s not enough to ‘save’ the NHS – we have to transform it –Novara Media
Joanna Sutton-Klein writes for Novara Media about how we can transform the NHS after a decade of brutal cuts that saw the health service fall to its knees. The article argues that it is not enough to simply fix the problems facing the National Health Service, but that transformative change is needed that puts care at the centre.
“The search for efficiency must be replaced by a vision of abundance. The NHS should have plentiful staff, with enough time, opportunity and resources to care deeply for their patients and each other. Medical schools and all forms of health care worker training should be free and open to the public and clinicians,” Joanna writes.
The article also calls on progressives to “focus on building our own health centers” before demanding centralized change.
Basit Mahmood is the editor of Left Foot Forward
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