The Freedom to Freelance

Sir – Osborne ought to drop guidance which effectively bans flexible working practices by limiting them to one month duration.

We believe individuals have a right to decide their own working practices according to economic realities. The Social Contract (which we never signed) was expanded to include all manner of privileges and obligations without our involvement, often before we were born. If we choose to abandon some clauses that reduce our market value then we should have that right.

The Chancellor’s administrative convenience cannot be made a justification to ban our lifestyle choices. Nor is it healthy to defy economic reality.



To associate yourself with this letter fill in this form before the Autumn Statement.

LATER: the first 13 names have been sent to the Guardian and the Daily Mail who covered the story when the policy was kited.


  1. I fear you are wasting your time – but I wish you the best of luck.

    Such things as the “Living Wage” (W.H. Hutt must be spinning in his grave) and the lack of control over government spending (getting all the political flack for being scrooge whilst government spending is actually incredibly high) have soured me on the Chancellor.

    I hope I am wrong – but I have little confidence in him.



  2. From wikipedia:

    ‘Osborne worked for The Daily Telegraph before joining the Conservative Research Department and becoming head of its political section. He was a special adviser to Douglas Hogg at the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and worked at 10 Downing Street as well as for Prime Minister John Major’s campaign team in the party’s unsuccessful 1997 general election campaign before becoming a speechwriter and political secretary to Major’s successor as party leader, William Hague.

    In 2001, Osborne was elected as MP for Tatton, becoming the youngest Conservative MP in the House of Commons. ‘

    I think the above C.V. explains the lack of any grounding in objective reality that seems common with much of the current lot. It probably explains how policy decisions such as the one in this piece end up being made.



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