Last Friday the Herald published an opinion piece I had submitted arguing for a living wage. It was my 2012 aim to submit an op ed and I finally managed it, albeit two days into 2013 ;-)
TLDR; the main point of my argument is surely no one's labour is worth less than it costs them to produce that labour (i.e. to live). In the many comments on the article and conversations I've had with people online and off on this matter I have never encountered a proper refutation to this; indeed it's almost always ignored. Take for example this opposing opinion piece published in the Herald three days after mine.
It's been an interesting experience, writing for a different audience from The Hand Mirror and watching how the response has been almost completely divorced from the blogosphere. Not a single murmur on any blog that I've seen about the living wage discussion which has taken place quite heatedly on the Herald website across two opinion pieces now. I've had people take the effort to ferret out my council email address and send me their thoughts, and contact from people I haven't seen for years except vaguely online telling me their mother told them about it. Quite a different experience from the often hyper-critical environment online.
Finally, I want to give a big thank you to Deborah Russell of A Bee of a Certain Age and The Lady Garden, who inspired me to do this. I will be trying to do it again.