Newsweek Scotland: Birthdays, Christmas and a Shrinking Economy
I was wondering what to write about this week because I've been a bit obsessed with personal stuff, namely how to cope with TWO little girl birthdays in one week and how I'm going to get through Christmas having made, as yet, no plans to speak of. Nor having any money to speak of.
But then maybe that IS the point of this week...the economy. After all, we had the High Pay Commission pointing out the stratospheric pay rises in the boardroom which are unrelated to performance, the Coalition Government wants to make it easier for smaller companies to sack staff and next week the public sector goes on strike to protect pensions. Meanwhile there is no sign of growth in the economy and incomes and jobs are shrinking. So we will talk to Simon Lee of Hull University and to Nik Darlington, a free market blogger.
We find out if things really are very different in Germany where they monitor company performance closely and where they have workers councils who are consulted by law. Should we boost our output by trading more with Brazil? If you're thinking coffee, you're out of date. We speak to a man in the know in Rio about the rich pickings on display. He will meet up with a Scottish trade delegation heading there next week.
We wonder if it's true the lights will go out if we don't get the balance of our energy policy right and get an historical perspective on the Claim of Right which some seem to think came into being in 1988 at the Constitutional Convention.
We go on holiday with Thomas Cook and get an inside view of forced marriage.
Join me tomorrow at 8. Now where's that present list?