So… Why does the Daily Express hate the EU?

The <em>Daily Express</em> doesn’t like The EU.

Yesterday, the paper contained this story: "EU attempts to brainwash children with ‘sinister Soviet-style propaganda'."

It makes you wonder, what other reasons does the the Daily Express hate the European Union?

Oh, let me count the ways. 

Here is a list of the all the reasons why the Daily Express hasn’t liked the EU in the last two years.

All of these are headlines from their front page alone.

The Daily Express doesn’t like the EU because…

…it includes Germany
GERMANS PLOT TO CONTROL ALL OF EUROPE (21st Jun 2012)
WE MUST STOP GERMANY NOW (8th Jun 2012)

… they are betraying us
SCANDAL OVER EU BETRAYAL (25th Oct 2011)

… they might start a war
GERMANY WARNS OF WAR IN EUROPE (27th Oct 2011)

… they like to increase the price of things
EU FORCE NEW RISE IN PRICE OF PETROL (28th May 2012)
MORTGAGES TO SOAR IN EURO CRISIS (22nd May 2012)
EU WANTS TO PUT UP YOUR MORTGAGE (24th Jan 2012)

… they will raise our taxes
FURY AT NEW EU TAX ON BRITAIN (5th Jan 2012)
NEW EU TAX RAID ON BRITAIN (30th May 2011)
NEW EU TAX BOMBSHELL (8th Apr 2011)

… they ruin our holidays
NEW TAX SLAPS £450 ON FAMILY HOLIDAY – EU MEDDLING BLAMED FOR RISE (30th Dec 2011)

… they like our prisoners
PRISONERS TO BE GIVEN THE VOTE – FURY AT NEW RULING FROM MEDDLING EURO JUDGES (23rd May 2012)

… they like migrants
BATTLE TO KEEP OUT EU MIGRANTS (5th Mar 2013)
EURO COURT DROPS BRITAIN IN IT AGAIN – ASYLUM SEEKERS CAN STAY (22nd Dec 2011)

… we don’t like their migrants
79% SAY WE MUST BAN EU MIGRANTS (30th Jan 2013)

… they will make their migrants take all our benefits
MIGRANTS MUST GET BENEFITS, ORDERS EU (13th Oct 2012)
GO TO BRITAIN FOR BENEFITS SAYS EU (14th May 2012)

… they will also make migrants take all our jobs
EU WANTS MIGRANTS TO TAKE OUR JOBS (15th Nov 2012)
MIGRANTS RUSH TO GET OUR JOBS (31st Oct 2012)
WORKERS ARE BEING FIRED FOR BEING BRITISH (14th Oct 2011)
EU CHEATS US OUT OF JOBS (9th Jul 2011)

The EU are also ruining our economy…
£100BN WIPED OFF OUR SHARES (21st Jun 2011)

… they are taking over our banks
EU PLOT TO TAKE OVER OUR BANKS (13th Jun 2012)

… they are taking over our courts
EU PLOT TO TAKE OVER OUR COURTS (11th Jan 2013)

… they are increasing the price of our food
NEW EU PLOT TO TAX OUR FOOD (14th Apr 2011)

… they are ruining our pensions
NEW EU TAX WILL HAMMER PENSIONS (15th Feb 2013)
EURO RULES RUIN PENSIONS (1st Aug 2012)
EURO CHAOS TO WRECK PENSIONS (24th Jul 2012)
EUROPE TO RUIN BRITISH PENSIONS (24th Apr 2012)
NEW EU RULE WRECKS PENSIONS (15th Mar 2012)
EU RAID ON OUR PENSIONS (1st Oct 2011)
EU MIGRANTS TO GET BRITISH PENSIONS (13th Jul 2011)
NEW EU RULE TO WRECK PENSIONS (26th Apr 2011)
NEW EU LAW RIPS US ALL OFF (2nd Mar 2011)
MADNESS OF EU PENSION RULING (28th Feb 2011)
NEW EU LAWS TO HAMMER PENSIONS (31st Jan 2011)

… they will slash our house prices
EU RULES TO SLASH HOUSE PRICES (12th Nov 2011)

… they hate the British £
GERMANS DECLARE WAR ON OUR £ (19th Nov 2011)
FURY AS THE £ IS BANNED (3rd Sep 2011)

… they are fining us
NOW EU FINES BRITAIN £250,000 EACH DAY (25th Jan 2013)

… they will take VAT on our new houses
NOW THE EU WANTS 20% VAT ON NEW HOUSING (3rd Nov 2012)

… our economy is too good for them
BRITAIN’S ECONOMY TOO GOOD FOR EU (27th Oct 2012)

… and their economy is tanking
DEATH OF THE EURO (17th May 2012)
THE EURO – IMF SAYS IT COULD COLLAPSE (18th Apr 2012)
DEATH OF THE EURO (11th Nov 2011)

You are also paying for it…
OUTRAGE AS EU BILL TO SOAR BY £1.5 MILLION (7th Dec 2012)
ANGER AT BRITAIN’S £37M A DAY EU BILL (30th Oct 2012)
YOU PAY £6,000 A YEAR TO BE IN EU (15th Sep 2012)
NOW YOU PAY £750 A YEAR TO BE IN THE EU (25th Jul 2012)
YOU PAY £500 TO RESCUE GREECE (22nd Feb 2012)
WE MUST PAY £30BN TO BAIL OUT THE EURO (15th Dec 2011)
FURY OVER BRITAIN’S £50M A DAY EURO BILL (24th Nov 2011)
NOW WE ALL HAVE TO PAY £1400 (5th Nov 2011)
£15BN SCANDAL AS GREEKS BEG AGAIN (9th May 2011)
YOU PAY £400 FOR NEW EU BAILOUT (25th Mar 2011)

… and they are crap with the money we give them
CROOKED EU WASTED £89BN IN ONE YEAR (7th Nov 2012)

… they keep insulting us
EU MAKES FOOLS OF BRITAIN AGAIN (21st Nov 2012)

… they lecture us on human rights
CAMERON: WHY EUROPE MUST STOP BULLYING BRITAIN OVER HUMAN RIGHTS (26th Jan 2012)

… they are killing our pets
TEST DRUGS ON PETS SAYS EU (19th Jun 2011)

… they will kill off the entire country
EU PLOT TO SCRAP BRITAIN (4th May 2012)
EU WANTS TO MERGE UK WITH FRANCE (2nd May 2011)

… they brainwash our children
EU BRAINWASH OUR CHILDREN (18th Jan 2012)

… they are seeking revenge
SECRET EU PLOT TO STITCH UP BRITAIN (20th Nov 2011)
EU PLOTS REVENGE AGAINST BRITAIN (13th Dec 2011)

… they are corrupt
PLOT TO ‘RIG’ YOUR EU VOTE (21st Mar 2011)

… they hate our water
EU SAYS WATER IS NOT HEALTHY (18th Nov 2011)

… you pay for their cosmetic surgery
SCANDAL OF EU MEDICAL PERKS – TAXPAYERS PAY £3M BILL FOR MEP’S COSMETIC SURGERY (7th Mar 2011)

… we export more than them
PROOF WE DON’T NEED TO BE IN EU – BRITAIN NOW EXPORTS MORE (19th Jul 2012)

… they make us use their flag
BRITISH TEAMS FORCED TO WEAR EU FLAGS (14th Jul 2012)

… they never work
EU MADNESS – DIPLOMATS GET 24 WEEKS OFF EVERY YEAR (29th Mar 2012)

… and when they do work they want lots of money
GREEDY EURO MPS DEMAND PAY RISE (17th Feb 2012)
NOW EU DEMANDS MORE OF YOUR MONEY (13th Sep 2012)

… and they don’t like plastic bags
EU BANS PLASTIC BAGS (26th Mar 2012)
DAFT EU WANT ALL SHOPPING BAGS MADE ILLEGAL (19th Jan 2012)
BAN SHOPPING BAGS SAYS EU (20th May 2011)

But we are fighting back…
SPEND EU CASH ON OLD AGE CARE – SAY SENIOR TORIES (4th Jan 2013)

The Daily Express thinks that we want to leave…
56% WANT US OUT OF EU (28th Jan 2013)
GIVE BRITAIN AN EU REFERENDUM (17th Jan 2013)
NOW 56% OF VOTERS WANT TO QUIT EU (19th Nov 2012)
BRITAIN STANDS UP TO BULLYING GERMANS OVER EU BUDGET ROW (23rd Oct 2012)
NOW EU DEMANDS REFERENDUM (26th Jun 2012)
NOW 80% DEMAND VOTE TO QUIT EU (12th Jun 2012)
GERMANS BEG US TO STAY IN THE EU (20th Dec 2011)
VICTORY IN NEW FIGHT TO QUIT EURO (26th Nov 2011)
THE GREAT EU REVOLT (24th Oct 2011)
75% SAY: ‘QUIT THE EU NOW’ (22nd Oct 2011)
VICTORY IN BID FOR EU VOTE (17th Oct 2011)
VICTORY IN BID TO QUIT EU (3rd Oct 2011)
EUROPE: MASSIVE DEMANDS TO VOTE (1st Aug 2011)
373,000 SAY NO TO THE EU (1st Feb 2011)

…And apparently we will soon get to leave!
BRITAIN WILL GET EU REFERNDUM (23rd Jan 2013)
WHY THIS FRIDAY IS D-DAY FOR REFERENDUM (15th Jan 2013)
CAMERON: I CAN IMAGINE BRITAIN LEAVING THE EU (18th Dec 2012)
END OF EU IS UNSTOPPABLE (11th Dec 2011)
TOP TORY HINTS AT EU VOTE SOON (5th Nov 2012)
BRITAIN WILL GET EU VOTE (10th Oct 2012)
BRITAIN’S FIRST STEP TO EU EXIT (16th Oct 2012)
NEW PUSH FOR VOTE TO EU EXIT (17th Sep 2012)
GIVE US THE VOTE TO LEAVE THE EU NOW (2nd Jul 2012)
EU VOTE A STEP CLOSER (1st Jun 2012)
BRITAIN SNUBS EU BAILOUT (8th May 2012)
BRITAIN CLOSE TO EU EXIT (10th Dec 2011)
BRITAIN TOLD ‘YOU CAN QUIT EU’ (15th Jul 2011)
NEW HOPE TO GET OUR OF EU (15th Mar 2011)
NEW CHANCE TO FORCE EU VOTE (30th Jul 2011)
GET BRITAIN OUT OF EU NOW (3rd Mar 2011)
BRITAIN IN THE EU: THIS MUST BE THE END (11th Feb 2011)

Oh… and they want us to leave as well.
NOW EVEN THE EU WANTS US TO LEAVE (10th Nov 2012)

So does the Daily Express like the European Union?

No. They don’t.

I’ve also written about the Daily Express and their obsession about the weather, which you can read about here and the year 2011 through the eyes if the Daily Star.

This post first appeared on Scott Bryan's blog and is crossposted with his permission. You can find Scott on Twitter as @scottygb.

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There's nothing Luddite about banning zero-hours contracts

The TUC general secretary responds to the Taylor Review. 

Unions have been criticised over the past week for our lukewarm response to the Taylor Review. According to the report’s author we were wrong to expect “quick fixes”, when “gradual change” is the order of the day. “Why aren’t you celebrating the new ‘flexibility’ the gig economy has unleashed?” others have complained.

Our response to these arguments is clear. Unions are not Luddites, and we recognise that the world of work is changing. But to understand these changes, we need to recognise that we’ve seen shifts in the balance of power in the workplace that go well beyond the replacement of a paper schedule with an app.

Years of attacks on trade unions have reduced workers’ bargaining power. This is key to understanding today’s world of work. Economic theory says that the near full employment rates should enable workers to ask for higher pay – but we’re still in the middle of the longest pay squeeze for 150 years.

And while fears of mass unemployment didn’t materialise after the economic crisis, we saw working people increasingly forced to accept jobs with less security, be it zero-hours contracts, agency work, or low-paid self-employment.

The key test for us is not whether new laws respond to new technology. It’s whether they harness it to make the world of work better, and give working people the confidence they need to negotiate better rights.

Don’t get me wrong. Matthew Taylor’s review is not without merit. We support his call for the abolishment of the Swedish Derogation – a loophole that has allowed employers to get away with paying agency workers less, even when they are doing the same job as their permanent colleagues.

Guaranteeing all workers the right to sick pay would make a real difference, as would asking employers to pay a higher rate for non-contracted hours. Payment for when shifts are cancelled at the last minute, as is now increasingly the case in the United States, was a key ask in our submission to the review.

But where the report falls short is not taking power seriously. 

The proposed new "dependent contractor status" carries real risks of downgrading people’s ability to receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. Here new technology isn’t creating new risks – it’s exacerbating old ones that we have fought to eradicate.

It’s no surprise that we are nervous about the return of "piece rates" or payment for tasks completed, rather than hours worked. Our experience of these has been in sectors like contract cleaning and hotels, where they’re used to set unreasonable targets, and drive down pay. Forgive us for being sceptical about Uber’s record of following the letter of the law.

Taylor’s proposals on zero-hours contracts also miss the point. Those on zero hours contracts – working in low paid sectors like hospitality, caring, and retail - are dependent on their boss for the hours they need to pay their bills. A "right to request" guaranteed hours from an exploitative boss is no right at all for many workers. Those in insecure jobs are in constant fear of having their hours cut if they speak up at work. Will the "right to request" really change this?

Tilting the balance of power back towards workers is what the trade union movement exists for. But it’s also vital to delivering the better productivity and growth Britain so sorely needs.

There is plenty of evidence from across the UK and the wider world that workplaces with good terms and conditions, pay and worker voice are more productive. That’s why the OECD (hardly a left-wing mouth piece) has called for a new debate about how collective bargaining can deliver more equality, more inclusion and better jobs all round.

We know as a union movement that we have to up our game. And part of that thinking must include how trade unions can take advantage of new technologies to organise workers.

We are ready for this challenge. Our role isn’t to stop changes in technology. It’s to make sure technology is used to make working people’s lives better, and to make sure any gains are fairly shared.

Frances O'Grady is the General Secretary of the TUC.