Smirks all round – and, as usual, blame the system’s victims


Philip Hammond in his autumn statement

“The productivity gap is well known, but shocking nonetheless,” Hammond said on Wednesday. “It takes a German worker four days to produce what we make in five, which means, in turn, that too many British workers work longer hours for lower pay than their counterparts.”

For obvious reasons he fails to mention the causes of higher productivity in Germany:

  • their industrial democracy, recently spurned by Theresa May
  • better education
  • better healthcare
  • better housing and
  • efficient transport

And of course no admission is made of the condition of productive workers on whatever type of British ‘shop floor’:

-the huge income disparity between them and the parasites who are highly paid for directing – and misdirecting – them,

-the corporate political nexus which has allowed the wealthiest to escape due tax payment

-and the poorer social services, education, healthcare, housing and transport provision.

Many will expect most of Mr Hammond’s investment fund for housing, infrastructure and innovation projects to find its way into the pockets of the usual suspects – corporate beneficiaries.


Radical change is needed – and advocated by many, including Steve Schofield, in a new website,  to address these “grotesque inequalities”.