"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Sunday Round-Up

A 'What-the-heck's-going on-it's-four o' clock-in-the-morning Edition'. Still, at least it's early this week:

The Sunday Times seems to have the best of it this week - the rest is all doom, gloom & stupidity as usual.
Snap election? Supporters of a March election believe calling it then would demonstrate that Brown was not waiting until the last moment to go to the country because he was afraid of the voters.
Bye-bye higher-tax payers. The burgeoning exodus threatens to deepen a £178 billion black hole in the public finances and leave middle-class voters with higher taxes for years to come, figures obtained from Companies House reveal.
Balls' climbdown that isn't a climbdown. It has emerged that the staff who make the vetting decisions have been instructed that they should not assume someone is innocent simply because they have been acquitted by a court.
Employees at the safeguarding authority have been given guidance telling them they can bar someone from working with children or vulnerable adults on the basis of other information such as police records, unsubstantiated allegations and character analysis, even if they have been legally cleared of wrongdoing.
Terror suspects had been vetted & cleared for security work. Critics said the case highlights serious flaws in the system for vetting overseas applicants for the permits. Foreign migrants do not need to have their applications counter-signed by a British referee. Officials privately admit they do not even attempt to make checks on applicants’ address histories in Pakistan.
The blunder occurred despite ministers’ promises to tighten up the system two years ago after it emerged that the SIA had allowed more than 7,000 illegal immigrants to work as security guards. One had even been allowed to guard the prime minister’s car.

Finally, one from the Mail on Sunday: Smirko Bercow finds his scapegoat. ‘IPSA will be up and running in due course and some staff from the Commons Resources Department will join it – but by no means all. I am not anticipating that the most senior staff from the Resources Department will be joining IPSA. Repeat, I am not anticipating that the senior staff will join.’


1 comment:

  1. "they should not assume someone is innocent simply because they have been acquitted by a court."

    Which is what I have always thought to be the most worrying aspect of the ISA.

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