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  • Steve Bell on Boris Johnson’s super league — cartoon
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  • The Guardian view on new climate goals: a destination is not enough | Editorial

    Bad decisions are harming the UK’s green credentials. Boris Johnson must get beyond targets if he wants be taken seriously

    The starting gun has been fired. With a pledge to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels, Boris Johnson’s government has begun the bidding process that will set the scene for the Cop26 climate talks. As Mr Johnson knows, November’s meeting in Glasgow is a chance for the host country and its leaders to shine. And so his government has taken the cue and announced a toughening of existing targets – in line with UK law and following advice from its advisers on the Committee on Climate Change – ahead of a virtual climate summit of 40 world leaders to be hosted by Joe Biden.

    In the coming days, countries including the US and Japan are expected to present their nationally determined contributions, or NDCs, as plans to cut emissions over the next decade are known. The world will soon know a good deal more about our prospects of avoiding catastrophic warming of over 1.5C. But distracting as the geopolitical scenario may be, in particular the extraordinary transformation of American climate policy since Donald Trump’s defeat, this is not the time to ease the pressure on Mr Johnson. Instead, it must be drastically ramped up.

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  • The Guardian view on the French left: dangerously divided and dysfunctional | Editorial

    Disillusionment among French progressives could open the door to a Marine Le Pen presidency

    It was less than 10 years ago that France last elected a Socialist party president, but it now seems like another age. The unpopular reign of François Hollande, who stood down after one term, was the precursor to an electoral implosion for the party of Jean Jaurès and François Mitterrand. In 2017, as Emmanuel Macron successfully redrew the political map from the centre, the Socialist presidential candidate received a humiliating 6% of the first-round vote. In the subsequent general election, the party’s presence in the National Assembly was reduced to a miserable rump of 30 MPs.

    “Things can only get better”, to use a phrase from happier times on the European left. But for French progressives, the danger is that they get even worse. A year out from the next presidential election, every opinion poll points towards another second-round duel between President Macron and Marine Le Pen. Accordingly, last weekend, the fractious forces of the left met to try to agree on a united front. But after inconclusive talks it seems likely that the progressive vote will be split between at least two presidential candidates: Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the radical left party La France Insoumise (France Unbowed), and whoever the Socialist party and the French Greens put forward. A first-round defeat for all concerned would be virtually guaranteed.

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  • Super League plan is a kick in the teeth for football fans | Letters

    This furore proves Labour was right to propose democratic control of football clubs in its 2019 manifesto, writes Mike Stein. Plus, letters from Glyn Ford, Dr Dominic Horne, Anthony Matthew and Steve Smart

    Barney Ronay is so right in highlighting that greed is the motivating force behind the plans for a European Super League, and is also at the heart of past and current Conservative politics and economic policy, from Margaret Thatcher to Boris Johnson (Power grab in a pandemic: how absence of fans gave greedy owners their chance, 19 April). It is not surprising that, faced with potentially damaging allegations of sleaze and greed, and upcoming local elections, the government has taken the high moral ground in fighting the plans.

    In response, perhaps Labour should remind all football fans: first, of its longstanding plans for democratic control of clubs, contained within its 2019 manifesto under Jeremy Corbyn; second, that these plans were – and still are – strongly opposed by the Conservatives as “illegally” transferring property rights from club owners; and finally, that the NHS and other major public services and utilities that have served us all so well during the pandemic wouldn’t have been created without transfers from private to public ownership.
    Mike Stein
    Pudsey, West Yorkshire

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  • Denmark would be a disastrous model for Scotland | Letter

    Susheela Math lays bare how the Danish government targets those of ‘non-western origin’ in a society that’s far from egalitarian

    One can only hope that the answer to Ian Jack’s question – “When will Scotland be like Denmark?” – is “never” (An independent Scotland could turn to Denmark for inspiration, 17 April).

    The perception that Danish people “pay more tax to live more equally [and] happily” may be common, but in reality how “equally” or “happily” depends on whether the Danes in question are lucky enough to be classified favourably by the Danish government. Denmark has issued artificial categorisations of “background”, with “western” including Australia and New Zealand, and those of “non-western background” including Danish-born descendants.

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Learning in the Modern Workplace

  • Modern Training Part 2 Online Workshop
    12 April – 7 May 2021 Modern training is not just about digitising current training events but thinking differently about what is appropriate for today’s workforce. There are two (4 week) workshops so you can take one or the other or both IN ANY ORDER. In the first we focus on creating fundamental training initiatives, […]
  • Modern Training Part 1 (Online Workshop)
    1 – 26 March 2021 Modern training is not just about digitising current training events but thinking differently about what is appropriate for today’s workforce. There are two (4 week) workshops so you can take one or the other or both. In the first we focus on creating fundamental training initiatives, whilst in the second […]
  • MWL Benchmarking Survey
    How modern is your organisation’s approach to workplace learning? In this final survey of this section we ask you which of the activities described on the Roles & Responsibilities page you have already implemented, are planning on implementing, or are not yet planning to implement. You can use this survey to benchmark your organisation’s L&D activities […]
  • MWL 2021: New roles and responsibilities
    In MWL 2021 Back to Basics we looked at the 3 key strands of work: (1) Promoting continuous self-learning, (2) Supporting continuous learning from the work, and (3) Modern Training. But this will not be the sole responsibility of the L&D function. Learning in the modern workplace is everyone’s responsibility – with overlapping roles – as […]
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    How FREQUENTLY do you learn from each of the 4 D’s of Learning? Please take the survey below which asks how frequently YOU learn from these 14 specified ways?