"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, 17 January 2010

Sunday Round-Up


French takeover bid for more British power plants. Government-subsidised GDF Suez is in talks to buy out International Power.  "The company [GDF] has appointed Rothschild, BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs to work on the structuring of a cash-and-share bid. "

Gordon Brown & No. 10: Weak, brutish & dysfunctional. The Sunday Times has seen interviews given to the institute that are considered too frank for inclusion in the final report, Shaping Up: A Whitehall for the Future, due out tomorrow. Lack of focus in the Treasury is also criticised. However, soppy Brits have given 'Underdog' Brown a 10-point increase in his personal ratings, suggesting that the Hoon/Hewitt incident may, perversely, have boosted his popularity.

Three things we'd never have guessed: Quangos fleecing the taxpayer;  Immigration has hit low-paid Britons, and Inaccurate data - criminalising the innocent.

More from Peter Watt, former General Secretary of the Labour Party: Donorgate, sick children as props, & Project Cake. "He wandered round the big open-plan room with a weird fixed grin on his face, shaking hands with the staff and saying ‘Thanks for everything you do’ over and again...It was all very wooden and embarrassing, especially when he forgot who he’d met and ended up shaking some people’s hands twice. They were forced to go through the whole ritual again, pretending they’d not met him just a few minutes before."

Despite the self-centred haggling and backstabbing, Brown offers election role to Blair.

Alastair Campbell writes to 'clarify' remarks made to Chicot Inquiry:  “Reading the bald words on the page gives the wrong impression of what I thought I was saying in response to what I thought I was being asked.”

Straw's 'Secret & Personal' warning to Blair on Iraq:  "The document clearly implies that Blair was already planning for military action even though he continued to insist to the British public for almost another year that no decision had been made." The Sunday Times asks the question we're all thinking: So why didn't you quit?

Not content with out-sourcing call centres to India, now it's the turn of NHS patients. "A two-way agreement would make it easier to guarantee high-quality treatment, good follow-up care and deal with malpractice or clinical negligence."

One-liners:
Baroness Uddin not fit for purpose
Intensive pre-election image makeover for Brown.
More protests looming.
110%?
Why London can't be used as a model for the rest of the UK.
Obama in trouble.
Treating privacy lightly.
Prospective Parliamentary Candidates?
I knew it!

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