Daily View 2×2: 25 January 2010

by Stephen Tall on January 25, 2010

Happy Monday morning, everyone. Let’s get straight down to business …

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here’s are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

  • “Change”: deliberate, disingenuous, dangerous deception (Jock Coats)

    There can be no “change” whilst the wheels of State rumble on. Changing how the State is run for a few years does not alter the fundamentally evil reasons for which “State” was invented and which it continues to pursue, inevitably.

  • Broken Britain is sadly a reality for many (Lisa Harding)

    Whilst I don’t always agree with most of the comments of my Conservative friends, I am drawn to admit that their comments that society in Britain is broken in some ways is actually more accurate than some of us would like to admit.

Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.

2 Big Stories

The end of the recession is officially here

No matter that the economy is groaning under the weight of debt, with a public sector jobs squeeze still to come, the worst recession in 90 years ends tomorrow. Here’s how The Independent reports it:

The worst recession since the 1930s should be officially declared over tomorrow. Economists are almost certain that the Office for National Statistics will reveal that the UK’s economy grew by about 0.3 per cent in the last three months of last year, leaving Britain the final major economy to have emerged from recession. Gross domestic product (GDP) is 6 per cent below its 2008 peaks.

An apparent rush to the shops to beat the increase in VAT on 1 January, the Government’s vehicle-scrappage scheme, and a revival of exports are thought to be boosting output. The widely anticipated announcement will mark the end of 18 months of continuous economic decline that has cost the economy £100bn in lost output, and has seen 1.3 million workers made redundant and 50,000 families lose their homes through repossession. Last year was the worst year for the British economy since 1921.

Carry on working, says Equality and Human Rights Commission

The BBC reports:

People should be allowed to work beyond the age of 65 and with more flexible hours, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said. In the UK a worker can see their employment end at 65, even if they do not want to retire.

The commission wants ministers to scrap the retirement age, saying it is out of date and discriminates against people who want to carry on working. The government has promised a review of the law.

A long overdue end to outdated discrimination? Or yet another way of exacerbating inter-generational inequality, with younger people finding it harder to get their foot on the job ladder?