Yes, Work Must Pay

by Chris Napier

Over the past few days, I’ve seen a lot about the government wanting to change the way that it treats long term illness with reference to things like fit notes, sick pay and benefits assessments.

Some of the ideas floated seem positive and some seem negative, but the overwhelming narrative is the promotion of the idea that work is fundamentally healthy and that being out of or away from work for extended periods and living off benefits is not good for you.
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The Activist Trap.


Chris Napier

Political involvement is a strange thing. Invariably, you get involved because you care, because you’re passionate about a cause or an ideology, about making the world better in some way. While of course, there is considerable disagreement between parties as to what that entails, at the end of the day you are willing to give up your time and energy to convince people to vote a certain way, to put pressure on government and politicians to adopt certain polices and do the less obvious work that supports all of that.

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