Ben Simmons: Christmas presents, consumerism and mulled wine socialism
Common Weal volunteer Ben Simmons is making an ethical call for action this Christmas - and offering shoppers an alternative
SCOTLAND, like literally the whole world, is a direct democracy. Kind of. Bear with me.
For those of you with election fatigue I bring the bad news that we have been voting every single day, have done so forever, and will continue to do so until someone figures out a better system. And we get we what vote for in spades more or less right away.
Ben Simmons: Why a Basic Income could be the answer to the big pension problem
CommonSpace columnist Ben Simmons makes the case for a radical redesign of the welfare system and how we view it
AT THE recent Scottish Independence Convention conference, Jim Stamper of Pensioners for Yes gave an excellent account of the challenges facing the independence movement when it comes persuading pensioners to vote for change.
Ben Simmons: Have we procrastinated ourselves into political hysteria?
CommonSpace columnist Ben Simmons says we should free ourselves of the online chains and take back control of our clicks
LIKE the rest of you, I am never far away from hitting that Facebook bookmark when I am meant to be working. It is the gift and the curse of office work that, as long as we occasionally grimace and frown, it is impossible for our bosses to determine thoughtful endeavour from idle stalking of our social circle.
Ben Simmons: Get over hating the Tories, it’s time to show some love
CommonSpace columnist Ben Simmons says telling someone they're scum probably won't win them over
AND we’re off! We knew it was coming. We watched the reporting and misreporting of polls, we bought our Yes2 mugs and made our guests drink out of them, we imagined Nicola striding about her war room sticking pins in a map of Scotland and now the moment has arrived. #ScotRef is on.
Ben Simmons: Are you brave enough to publish your salary?
CommonSpace columnist Ben Simmons says there are things men can do to play their role in closing the gender pay gap
#GENDERPAYGAP is trending today on Twitter so let’s talk salaries. Why is it so awkward to tell people what we earn?
Ben Simmons: Basic income could increase divorce, and that’s a good thing
Ben Simmons: A stressful workplace is a failed workplace
Writer and campaigner Ben Simmons says the effects of stress in the workplace should be taken more seriously
YOU see it a lot in job advertisements - "Do you enjoy working in a high-pressure environment?"
It would be interview suicide to say: "No, actually, I hate feeling stressed. It makes me spend all my time thinking about how stressed I am instead of actually doing anything and it makes me want to finish the task rather than do the task well."
Ben Simmons: Would you quit your job for £13,000 a year?
Campaigner Ben Simmons gives his take on the UK Government's new cap on benefits, which started this week
UNEMPLOYMENT sucks, trust me. I recently changed careers and spent eight months looking for work.
It was the worst time of my life and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone - except most of my former colleagues and our Tory government.