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Jaguar Land Rover staff are being paid a full-time wage for a three-day workweek

But everyone is mad about it. WTF?

The company isn’t selling enough cars to keep its Birmingham factories open and thousands of jobs are on the line.

What it means: If you’re anything like us, you probably reacted to the news that 1,000 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) staff are getting a five-day weekend without a paycut by digging out your CV and looking up Car Making for Dummies on Amazon.

But it might not be as good a deal as it sounds. JLR said the reason for the cutback was to ‘review its production schedules to ensure market demand’, which is basically business-speak for ‘crap, we’re not selling enough cars’. If car sales don’t pick up, JLR will probably close some of its factories or lay off some of its workers. That could affect a lot of people: JLR has 40,000 UK staff.

So why is JLR struggling? Both the local Labour MP and a trade union representative blame Brexit. JLR sells about a fifth of its cars in mainland Europe, and has said that a ‘bad’ Brexit (by which they probably mean a no-deal one) could cause it to cut jobs and close factories.

Their reasoning is that without a free trade deal with the EU it’ll become a lot more expensive to buy car parts from the rest of Europe and sell cars there. But Bernard Jenkin, a Tory Brexiteer, says that’s just ‘scaremongering’ and that being free of EU regulation will help businesses in Britain thrive.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

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