THE FOUR-DAY WORKING WEEK

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I have a little business, a start-up at this stage

And I employ four employees and pay a decent wage;

We work a steady 5-day week; right now, the business pays

But soon I’ve got to cut their time so each can work 4 days,

But not reduce their weekly pay; so if we want to thrive

And turn out goods just like before I’ll have to take on 5.

But this will raise my wages bill by 1/5 more in costs

The profits that my firm now makes will at a stroke be lost.

“Oh no they won’t” the numpties cry “cos in this Brave New Age

Your productivity will rise offsetting the fifth wage”.

“It might rise in cloud cuckoo land” I say that that’s a myth

And even if it wasn’t would it improve by 1/5?

But even if this was achieved then still the logic fails

Cos would the extra goods produced translate to extra sales?

If not then I must swallow hard to take this bitter pill

By raising all my prices by 1/5 to just stand still

And risk the loss of customers because my increased price

They can’t afford so hence they leave which won’t be very nice.

For now I have no business – we foreclosed it at this stage;

And also no employees who likewise have no wage.

◄ TWO NATIONS

THE OLDER I GET THE BETTER I WAS ►

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John Coopey

Sat 30th Nov 2019 08:49

Norfolk and Wagga Wagga - I am truly a universal phenomenomenomen.

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poemagraphic

Fri 29th Nov 2019 23:22

LOL thats the trouble with lisdecksee a Don

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Don Matthews

Fri 29th Nov 2019 22:14

It wasn't ' psephology' he studied Po it was 'pepsichology'. He just got his letters mixed up....

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poemagraphic

Fri 29th Nov 2019 21:02

Look John, You have reached 'sleepy hollow'...

If you can reach Nor-folk you can reach everybody, everywhere!

Po

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John Coopey

Fri 29th Nov 2019 19:43

Thanks Po. I try to spread myself fairly through my worldwide fan base.

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poemagraphic

Thu 28th Nov 2019 17:26

J.C. You are a shining light in the poetry world, there is no way, no where you can hid that light... we all sit in your shadow

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John Coopey

Thu 28th Nov 2019 12:27

Ah, Po. I keep well hid that I am secretly a right clever sod!

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poemagraphic

Wed 27th Nov 2019 19:05

Psephology!! Crumbs John, I have never, in my whole life, ventured down that road. It is not just a road less travelled, it is a road most of never heard of, let alone know where it is.

Po

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John Coopey

Wed 27th Nov 2019 10:23

Sound thoughts, MC and P.O.
This election is like no other I have ever seen, The issue of Brexit has cut through traditional partisan loyalties like no other before it. Traditional Labour seats look vulnerable to the “Conservative/Brexit” alliance, Tory seats could fall to Lib Dem’s in Remain voting areas. The phenomenon of tactical voting is likely to affect once solid constituencies.
My dissertation over 40 years ago was a study in psephology in my own constituency of Ashfield, where the outcome was bi-partisan and predictable. It won’t be now.
Exciting times.

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poemagraphic

Tue 26th Nov 2019 21:03

M.C. Now and again I read a poem, or comment here that I earnestly wish, with all of my heart I had written...

You say... "I recall that it was WSC who remarked that democracy wasn't perfect but it was preferable to all the alternatives on offer.

Voting is a personal choice but it should be an informed one as far
as humanly possible. Too many are ignorant of what has gone before and what is faced in the future and both need proper consideration above and beyond just the "I like him/her" term of
reference.

Politics is no game for saints and those with one foot
in the gutter and the awareness of how life is and can be are likely to be of more use to improving its reality than the high-minded dreamers and despisers.

Now: That is wisdom!

I am not intending to 'guess' or second guess this
Po

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 26th Nov 2019 13:35

I recall that it was WSC who remarked that democracy wasn't perfect but it was preferable to all the alternatives on offer.
Voting is a personal choice but it should be an informed one as far
as humanly possible. Too many are ignorant of what has gone before and what is faced in the future and both need proper consideration above and beyond just the "I like him/her" term of
reference. Politics is no game for saints and those with one foot
in the gutter and the awareness of how life is and can be are likely to be of
more use to improving its reality than the high-minded dreamers and despisers.

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John Coopey

Sun 24th Nov 2019 08:55

Po - I had a conversation once with Daughter No 2 who said she wasn’t going to vote because she didn’t understand the issues. I told her it was important she did. “Men have died for your right to vote” I said. “They’d Be dead now anyway” she said.
On a serious note, I have little advice to anyone who wishes not to vote. I myself have spoiled my ballot paper before. But if you don’t vote, don’t moan about your lot afterwards.
In one sense your vote is insignificant, in another the most fulfilling act you will ever contribute to society. As the Dalai Lama said “If you think you are too small to make a difference in this world, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito”.
As to who to vote for - do what we all do. Guess.

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poemagraphic

Sat 23rd Nov 2019 16:12

John I am totally unaware of who can really deliver, what our wonderful country really needs right now. Let alone what that actually is.

I am about to enter half a century of voting rights... I have voted twice in my whole life.

Serious question to you JC, and any other folk who understand what we need to prioritise Not withstanding past events, who can the average person look to, to sort the Nation out?

I refuse to watch the telebox or read the snooze papers.

I asked recently, a fellow poster here at WOL a similar question... based upon some information from our past that left me speechless.
So much of our countries political history is unknown by the majority of people eligible to vote now.

Perhaps for the very first time in my whole life, I feel we, as a United Kingdom have never been so divisive.

I can not believe that anybody would think that a four day working week would ever work, under Corbys method at any rate.


Tim very interesting post BTW.

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John Coopey

Sat 23rd Nov 2019 13:33

Yes Brian. Time was I was charging £500 a day to tell companies what I thought. Fellow Facebook travellers don’t appreciate the value they’re getting out of me. FOR FREE!
Thanks, Po. Bland electoral promises should always stand scrutiny.

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poemagraphic

Sat 23rd Nov 2019 12:20

I loved the audio file John.

Your voice really does your words justice my old pal.

Great piece of poetic wisdom
Po

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Brian Maryon

Sat 23rd Nov 2019 12:01

Yeah, you did well out of that didn't you John...

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John Coopey

Sat 23rd Nov 2019 11:31

Thanks, Tim. I will check it out.
On another front I could never dis the work of that valuable contributor to society, the management consultant, having pinched a lucrative living for 20 years advising companies of the bleeding obvious.

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Tim Ellis

Sat 23rd Nov 2019 10:30

Witty poem John, but I’d like to recommend a book to you: Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber. It’s very popular and quite influential in leftist thinking at the moment. I was listening to it on audio last week, since although Graeber is clear that gardening isn’t a bullshit job, much of the work I do is mechanical and repetitive and I can perform it just as well while concentrating on a book about economics on my headphones. His thesis is that a good half of the work people do today is completely pointless, of no benefit to society and has been invented merely to keep people busy. John Maynard Keynes in the 1930s predicted that by now people would only need to work only 15 hours a week to keep society functioning because mechanisation would have made most jobs redundant, and as he usually turns out to be, Keynes was essentially correct except he didn’t foresee that society would absorb the redundant workers by creating a vast structure of managers, assistant managers, assistant assistant managers, consultants, marketing departments etc etc. I don’t agree with everything in the book but it’s an entertaining and thought provoking read.

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John Coopey

Fri 22nd Nov 2019 15:16

If I was running the Labour Party, Graham, there would be a few casualties.
Brian - I do see myself as soft left but I cannot buy into some of the barm-pot nonsense they come out with. And Tracey who?
Also, thanks for the Like, Dorothy.

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Brian Maryon

Fri 22nd Nov 2019 15:07

John, I always took you for a leftie...but the penny seems to have dropped.

BTW off at a tangent...just watching Classic Corrie and who is in it? Tracey Brabin, looking a lot happier than she does now!

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 22nd Nov 2019 14:14

JC you've already got the right initials. I think you should be running Labour. Brilliant financial analysis in poetry form!

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