Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Labour's loans and contracts scandal
Minerva and the Government angrily rejected any links between the financial support and the planning approval.............................................
Last month Rod Aldridge announced that he was standing down as executive chairman of the technology company Capita after a commercial backlash to the revelation that he had made a £1 million loan.
Capita has won billions of pounds of contracts in the public sector.Weeks after making the loan, Mr Aldridge — who has not been nominated for an honour — was made the head of Gordon Brown’s youth community service scheme, which he and the Chancellor will launch with Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Falconer on funding
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Labour Lords a-leaping
Monday, April 17, 2006
The EU's crippling cost
And what are we getting in return? Our Parliament is hobbled, our countryside ruined, our fishing grounds plundered, our businesses asphyxiated with regulation. Even in his own terms, as a pro-European, what did Mr Blair get in return for handing away our taxes? Did the French agree to reform the Common Agricultural Policy? Did the net recipient countries express their gratitude to Britain? Of course not.
We made some disobliging remarks about the Prime Minister's negotiating skills at the time, but don't take our word for it. Listen to how he was received in Europe. Le Parisien declared that "Chirac won the match against Tony Blair on the British rebate". Welt am Sonntag commented: "Tony Blair began the EU presidency as a tiger and ended it as a doormat".
The amount of this money returned directly to all Britain's political parties with elected MEPs is an absolute disgrace, especially considering the absence of any democratic or real legislative role assigned to the so called European Parliament.
Equally unacceptable should be the fact that much of the funds actually spent on real projects often further fall within the non-democratic gift of Europe's political establishment, themselves subject to appointment and control by the often corrupt national party machines of the member states, of which corruption Britain's two main parties now seem to appear at the head.
The rest of the national media this weekend nevertheless seem surprised at the reported rise of the BNP! How can that be?
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Unfit to Govern
” New Scientist Freedom Threatened
If you left a swab in the refrigerator in its sheath like that, it would dry out and you'd lose all your virus
An unnecessary evil Daily Telegraph Leader (Filed: 13/04/2006)Economic incompetence UK alone among G7 to see rise in jobless
By Edmund Conway, Economics Editor Daily Telegraph (Filed: 13/04/2006)
Unemployment is rising faster in the UK than in any other major developed country, it has emerged, as Britain's jobless total rose to the highest level in two and a half years.
April 11 (Bloomberg) -- Britain's trade deficit was unchanged at a record level
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Ungoverned in Europe
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Political funding scandal
To this the answer is that almost half their gross revenue already comes from the state. At Westminster opposition parties receive £5.5m a year for parliamentary offices, including aides, researchers and spin doctors. Since 2000 a further £2m has been added for “policy development”, whatever that means. MPs get gyms, discounts, freebies and trips galore. They are civil servants and pay no Vat. Their travel is free and their second homes (and in the case of some ministers, third ones) are subsidised. They recently voted themselves pension plans of stupefying generosity.
The parties also get an estimated £80m of free letter post, conference security and television propaganda. Even Sinn Fein gets £584,000 a year in cash for “parliamentary allowances”, despite refusing to turn up or even take the oath of allegiance. The money is described as “an act of goodwill”.
Read the whole column and seethe!
Friday, April 07, 2006
Common Sense abandoned in Britain's Courts
Court hands sisters over to mother's lesbian lover By Nick Britten (Filed: 07/04/2006)
Two young sisters at the centre of a bitter custody battle were taken from their biological mother yesterday and sent to live with her former lesbian lover following a landmark court ruling.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Pointers for Britain's future governance from the EU
Democracy in Danger
"We're teetering on the brink of an elective dictatorship" By Simon Heffer (Filed: 05/04/2006)'Blair's inner circle and its ferocious grab for power' "From forcing through ID cards to the erosion of parliamentary scrutiny, a determined clique is hijacking our democracy " Jenni Russell Thursday April 6, 2006