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The Truth about Immigration was more of a narrow discussion



Nick Robinson’s documentary, The Truth about Immigration, disappointed on many levels. Not least the narrowness of the issues it covered.

Like so many complex issues, it is almost impossible to ascertain the absolute truth in a clearcut fashion. Ideology, belief, background and experience all shape our version of the truth. Everything is connected, and a narrow discussion of immigration helps those with strong prejudices about a single issue, but does not enlighten anyone.

Anything that involves interviews with politicians seeking re-election is likely to stray as far away from the truth as possible.

Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, makes a valid point that we have failed to have a mature debate about immigration since Enoch Powell’s oft-misquoted but appalling all the same, ‘rivers of blood’ speech.

Fear of being branded a racist has pushed prejudice underground. Far better people are open about their prejudice and challenged openly on views which the majority find offensive.

The massive miscalculation on numbers coming after Poland’s accession has coloured the debate. Many poor communities were radically altered by immigrant workers, and were rightly aggrieved.

That said, our inability to have a mature debate about anything serious is endemic, from climate change to immigration, the role and mix of public/private sectors to our continued membership of the EU.

National newspapers have become viewspapers, where the commentator’s dogmatic opinion trumps the expert’s balance-of- probability facts. A country with relentless outrage-porn newspapers like the Daily Mail and the Sun is never going to have a mature debate.

A press that conflates immigration with asylum seekers, benefit cheats with those on in-work benefits (while ignoring tax avoiders like their parent companies and proprietors), cannot be trusted to lead the debate.

Some would say you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. But we agree with the stronger view that you’re not entitled to your own opinion on something about which you know little to nothing.

A far more useful and intelligent contribution to this febrile debate would have been a rigorous investigation into the cost-benefit analysis of immigration. Get those analysts with real credibility and expertise (i.e. not politicians) to thrash out the facts.

Is immigration:

– an economic cost or benefit? On the upside are tax revenues and a workforce who pick up the slack in the boom years and return home afterwards. On the downside is the extra unplanned and regionally unequal burden on welfare, housing, health and education

– a social cost or benefit? On the upside are different cultures enriching our society, cuisine, arts and, let’s be honest, gene pool. On the downside is a rapid change for unprepared communities, who weren’t consulted

– needed over the long-term? On the upside, we can import a working age population from Europe to support a growing dependent population in the UK. On the downside, this means an increased population on an island that some feel is already too crowded

It is impossible to fix the truth on a subject without some consensus on the facts that frame the debate.

Immigration, per se, isn’t a problem unless you dislike foreigners. The issue is the pressure on community cohesion going through rapid change and the strain put on already stretched health, education, housing and policing sectors.

If we can establish that there is a net economic benefit from immigration, we simply need to ensure resources are appropriately distributed to address increased demand.

If we establish a net cost, then we can focus our border control on ensuring we allow in, and give residency to, only those people with the skills we need.

Disliking foreigners is an issue of intolerance and prejudice, not truth. Read the comments under national and regional newspapers, or attend any gathering of freely speaking British people, and there will often be a barely disguised undercurrent of xenophobia (and misogyny if the group is male).

We try to dress this prejudice up in more acceptable language, but in the words of the Avenue Q song, “Everyone’s a little bit racist, sometimes.” Openly accepting humans’ evolved distrust of the ‘other’ and of change is a step toward dispelling the fear.

So what were the politician’s suggestions from Tuesday night’s documentary?

Economically suicidal five-year bans, nasty ‘go home’ campaigns, unachievable caps and platitudinous greater understanding of the communities most affected were the prescriptions dreamt up to address immigration by our political leaders. These might please some hysterical headline writers to varying degrees, but they do nothing to address the underlying issues.

Far from the truth, this was more white noise about immigration.

Further reading:

UKIP’s Nigel Farage: ‘there are more important things than money’

Creating a financial enlightenment

We need Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats and nationalist parties that get sustainability

Capitalism’s woes will not be solved by 16th or 19th century economic theories

Economic reform requires fighting spirit and humility. We can learn from Mandela

Simon Leadbetter is the founder and publisher of Blue & Green Tomorrow. He has held senior roles at Northcliffe, The Daily Telegraph, Santander, Barclaycard, AXA, Prudential and Fidelity. In 2004, he founded a marketing agency that worked amongst others with The Guardian, Vodafone, E.On and Liverpool Victoria. He sold this agency in 2006 and as Chief Marketing Officer for two VC-backed start-ups launched the online platform Cleantech Intelligence (which underpinned the The Guardian’s Cleantech 100) and StrategyEye Cleantech. Most recently, he was Marketing Director of Emap, the UK’s largest B2B publisher, and the founder of Blue & Green Communications Limited.


How Going Green Can Save A Company Money



going green can save company money
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What is going green?

Going green means to live life in a way that is environmentally friendly for an entire population. It is the conservation of energy, water, and air. Going green means using products and resources that will not contaminate or pollute the air. It means being educated and well informed about the surroundings, and how to best protect them. It means recycling products that may not be biodegradable. Companies, as well as people, that adhere to going green can help to ensure a safer life for humanity.

The first step in going green

There are actually no step by step instructions for going green. The only requirement needed is making the decision to become environmentally conscious. It takes a caring attitude, and a willingness to make the change. It has been found that companies have improved their profit margins by going green. They have saved money on many of the frivolous things they they thought were a necessity. Besides saving money, companies are operating more efficiently than before going green. Companies have become aware of their ecological responsibility by pursuing the knowledge needed to make decisions that would change lifestyles and help sustain the earth’s natural resources for present and future generations.

Making needed changes within the company

After making the decision to go green, there are several things that can be changed in the workplace. A good place to start would be conserving energy used by electrical appliances. First, turning off the computer will save over the long run. Just letting it sleep still uses energy overnight. Turn off all other appliances like coffee maker, or anything that plugs in. Pull the socket from the outlet to stop unnecessary energy loss. Appliances continue to use electricity although they are switched off, and not unplugged. Get in the habit of turning off the lights whenever you leave a room. Change to fluorescent light bulbs, and lighting throughout the building. Have any leaks sealed on the premises to avoid the escape of heat or air.

Reducing the common paper waste

paper waste

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Modern technologies and state of the art equipment, and tools have almost eliminated the use of paper in the office. Instead of sending out newsletters, brochures, written memos and reminders, you can now do all of these and more by technology while saving on the use of paper. Send out digital documents and emails to communicate with staff and other employees. By using this virtual bookkeeping technique, you will save a bundle on paper. When it is necessary to use paper for printing purposes or other services, choose the already recycled paper. It is smartly labeled and easy to find in any office supply store. It is called the Post Consumer Waste paper, or PCW paper. This will show that your company is dedicated to the preservation of natural resources. By using PCW paper, everyone helps to save the trees which provides and emits many important nutrients into the atmosphere.

Make money by spreading the word

Companies realize that consumers like to buy, or invest in whatever the latest trend may be. They also cater to companies that are doing great things for the quality of life of all people. People want to know that the companies that they cater to are doing their part for the environment and ecology. By going green, you can tell consumers of your experiences with helping them and communities be eco-friendly. This is a sound public relations technique to bring revenue to your brand. Boost the impact that your company makes on the environment. Go green, save and make money while essentially preserving what is normally taken for granted. The benefits of having a green company are enormous for consumers as well as the companies that engage in the process.

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Report: Green, Ethical and Socially Responsible Finance



“The level of influence that ethical considerations have over consumer selection of financial services products and services is minimal, however, this is beginning to change. Younger consumers are more willing to pay extra for products provided by socially responsible companies.” Jessica Morley, Mintel’s Financial Services Analyst.

Consumer awareness of the impact consumerism has on society and the planet is increasing. In addition, the link between doing good and feeling good has never been clearer. Just 19% of people claim to not participate in any socially responsible activities.

As a result, the level of attention that people pay to the green and ethical claims made by products and providers is also increasing, meaning that such considerations play a greater role in the purchasing decision making process.

However, this is less true in the context of financial services, where people are much more concerned about the performance of a product rather than green and ethical factors. This is not to say, however, that they are not interested in the behaviour of financial service providers or in gaining more information about how firms behave responsibly.

This report focuses on why these consumer attitudes towards financial services providers exist and how they are changing. This includes examination of the wider economy and the current structure of the financial services sector.

Mintel’s exclusive consumer research looks at consumer participation in socially responsible activities, trust in the behaviour of financial services companies and attitudes towards green, ethical and socially responsible financial services products and providers. The report also considers consumer attitudes towards the social responsibilities of financial services firms and the green, ethical and socially responsible nature of new entrants.

There are some elements missing from this report, such as conducting socially responsible finance with OTC trading. We will cover these other topics in more detail in the future. You can research about Ameritrade if you want to know more ..

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Report contents:

What you need to know
Report definition
The market
Ethical financial services providers: A question of culture
Investment power
Consumers need convincing
The transformative potential of innovation
Consumers can demand change
The consumer
For financial products, performance is more important than principle
Competition from technology companies
Financial services firms perceived to be some of the least socially responsible
Repaying the social debt
Consumer trust is built on evidence
What we think
Creating a more inclusive economy
The facts
The implications
Payments innovation helps fundraising go digital
The facts
The implications
The social debt of the financial crisis
The facts
The implications
Ethical financial services providers: A question of culture
Investment power
Consumers need convincing
The transformative potential of innovation
Consumers can demand change
An ethical economy
An ethical financial sector
Ethical financial services providers
The role of investing
The change potential of pensions
The role of trust
Greater transparency informs decisions
Learning from past mistakes
The role of innovation
Payments innovation: Improving financial inclusion
Competition from new entrants
The power of new money
The role of the consumer
Consumers empowered to make a change
Aligning products with self
For financial products, performance is more important than ethics
Financial services firms perceived to be some of the least socially responsible
Competition from technology companies
Repaying the social debt
Consumer trust is built on evidence
Overall trust levels are high
Payments innovation can boost charitable donations
Consumer engagement in socially responsible activities is high
Healthier finances make it easier to go green
37% unable to identify socially responsible companies
Building societies seen to be more responsible than banks….
….whilst short-term loan companies are at the bottom of the pile
Overall trust levels are high
Tax avoidance remains a major concern
The divestment movement
Nationwide significantly more trusted
Trust levels remain high
For financial products, performance is more important than principle
Socially conscious consumers are more concerned
Strategy reports provide little insight for consumers
Lack of clarity regarding corporate culture causes concern
Consumers want more information
The social debt of the financial crisis
For consumers, financial services firms play larger economic role
Promoting financial responsibility
Consumer trust is built on evidence
The alternative opportunity
The target customer

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