11th April 2013 Pious Lies

The busi­ness of earn­ing your daily bread is really sad and weari­some. Peo­ple come up with the most pious lies about work. It’s just another abom­inable form of idol­a­try, a dog lick­ing the rod that beats it: work.” (Luther Blis­sett, 2004 [2000]: Q. Arrow Books: 28). Recent sto­ries about work have got me think­ing about…

7th April 2013 When Work Intensity ‘Goes Up To Eleven’

Have you ever been attacked by some­one whose life you were try­ing to save? Have you ever been asked by the police to iden­tify human remains? Taken a phone call from some­one try­ing to save their dying child? Prob­a­bly not, but this is all part of pro­fes­sional life for many peo­ple work­ing in Britain’s National…