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Politicians just don't get it: the change in employment is the biggest story around

Chancellor Philip Hammond and Prime Minister Theresa May listen to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell speaking in the House of Commons, London, after the Chancellor told MPs that the Government will not proceed with the increase in National Insurance contributions for the self-employed set out in the Budget. 
Chancellor Philip Hammond and Prime Minister Theresa May listen to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell speaking in the House of Commons, London, after the Chancellor told MPs that the Government will not proceed with the increase in National Insurance contributions for the self-employed set out in the Budget.  Credit: PA

A majority of people working in the new “gig” economy – that infamously unregulated conspiracy for exploiting the unemployed and desperate – are engaged in it by choice, and are more likely to be satisfied with the income that they receive than other kinds of workers. And furthermore, according to last week’s report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, they are as likely to agree as to disagree (36 per cent to 35 per cent) that “the gig economy should not be regulated and companies should compete to offer workers fair pay and benefits, even if it means less income and job security for people”. Imagine that. There is a considerable tranche of the population that wilfully chooses freedom.

Of course, if offered the siren inducements that Big Government and Big Unions are inclined to dangle – like, say, paid holiday time and employment protection “rights” – they wouldn’t...

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