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 Second Brexit referendum could lead to social unrest and embolden the extreme right
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First hour: news review: with Green councillor for Ashley Jude English – Average UK worker is earning £680 a year less than a decade ago as low-paid jobs drive rise in employment, think tank claims: The average British worker is earning nearly £680 a year less than they were a decade ago as low-paid jobs have replaced many of those lost in the recession, a think-tank claimed today. Unemployment in the UK might be at a 40-year low of 1.36million – but the report suggests those in work are earning £13 a week less on average than before the recession precipitated by the 2008 financial crisis. The Resolution Foundation observes that more than two million more people have found work since unemployment peaked in that slump – more than half of which are from the poorest third of households. – Property asking prices slump £7k in a month and expert says sellers now need to make more ‘substantial’ discounts to entice buyers. Asking prices fell by £7,218 between July and August to £301,973. But they are still higher than last year, having risen by 1.1%. Major drag came from ‘more subdued’ market in London and the South East. The housing market continues to show signs of a slowdown as asking prices dropped 2.3 per cent over the past month, according to new figures. The average listed home fell £7,218 between July and August to £301,973, dragged down by sharp declines in London, according to Rightmove. The property portal, which has 90 per cent of all estate agent listings on its website, played down the price fall saying it was ‘seasonal’, although it is steeper than the 0.9 per cent fall recorded this time last year. – Labour MP says second Brexit referendum may lead to social unrest. Barry Gardiner says politicians must honour the promise they made to voters in 2016. A second referendum on Brexit could lead to social unrest and embolden the extreme right, a member of Labour’s shadow cabinet has said. The shadow international trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, said that even though he thought Brexit would make the UK poorer in the short and medium term, it would be wrong to try to stop it by holding another referendum because that would appear undemocratic. His comments were immediately criticised by strongly pro-European LabourMPs who argued that dismissing a second referendum on these grounds was illogical. Gardiner told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that, although he supported remain, it was important for politicians to honour the promise they made to voters in 2016 that how they voted in the referendum would decide this issue for good. Although Brexit would be damaging economically, there was “more to this than simple economics”, he said. “If you then say to people: ‘We did give you a vote here and we, the remainers, lost the vote, but because you were stupid enough to do what you wanted rather than what we wanted … we’ll give you another chance to get it right,’ that undermines the whole principle of democracy in this country.” He went on: “You never give as much succour to the extreme right as when you cut off the mechanism of democratic change. “If people want to be able to achieve change through democratic means, if they feel that that is being denied to them, they then turn to other, more socially disruptive ways of expressing their views, and that is the danger here.” – Members of the Satanic Temple used a statue of the occult deity Baphomet to protest a Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock, Arkansas. The 8.5-foot-tall statue, which depicts the winged half-goat, half-man, with two children at its side, was briefly installed in front of the State Capitol building on Thursday as a symbol of free speech and plurality of beliefs, organizers told NPR. It was also meant to protest the explicitly Christian values promoted by a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds, in keeping with the Satanic Temple’s belief that religious displays should not be placed on public property. “We have as little interest in forcing our beliefs and symbols upon you as we do in having the beliefs of others forced upon us,” Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves said during a rally Thursday, NPR reports.

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