"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, 6 June 2010

Sunday Round-up

Salary AND pension for public servants  800 public sector bodies, including government departments, councils, NHS trusts, quangos and police authorities, were approached under FoI laws but only 200 responded.
Surveillance culture is becoming endemic  BT says it is merely acting as a fly on the wall to "listen and engage with our customers".
Some of Labour's laws to be scrapped  Pickles & Clarke to detail which laws and schemes will be ditched.
Ken Clarke's 'Good Samaritan' law   Householders who confront burglars are to be given greater rights to defend their families and homes.  Clarke will also examine the idea of increased legal protection for have-a-go heroes and passersby willing to "apprehend criminals."
Scargill investigated over running costs of Barbican flat  Another socialist piggy with a sense of entitlement.
Ofsted says schools sideline Christianity  "...too many teachers are both ignorant and embarrassed about Christianity and are frightened of causing tension in multi-faith schools."
Defence SpAd has links to US intelligence  Can former US Army Captain with links to CIA serve two masters?
The epiphany of Ed Balls  The wages of British workers were forced down because the Labour government failed to restrict immigration from eastern Europe.
Demise of the euro predicted, again   "Greece will certainly default on its debts, and it is an open question whether Greece will experience some form of revolution or coup – I'd put the likelihood of that over the next five years as around one in four."
Councils still haven't got the message  Weekend Explainers, Access to Nature Officers, Walking co-ordinators still being sought.
Brown cut Cameron's salary   On Brown's orders, the Prime Minister's remuneration package was cut from £194,000 to £150,000, but this was done with such stealth that no formal announcement was ever made.
The golden parachutes of ex-Ministers  A Cabinet Office spokesman said it was open to ex-Ministers to refuse the £1.2m pay-offs if they wished - don't hold your breath.
The undercover reporter & Surrey Social services  A manager in the department advises that it is important to close cases quickly so that social services will not be blamed if a child subsequently dies.
Each week nine dairy farmers sell up  As recently as three years ago, Britain was self-sufficient in milk. Now we import 1.5 million litres a day, mostly from Holland and Denmark.
Charlie Skelton's Bilderberg Blog  "You have a heart under your badge, you have a brain under your hat. You are the ones we will be drinking with after the football, not the ones up the hill!"

UPDATE:  Two from yesterday which I can't see in today's papers

Inquiry into Dr David Kelly's death to be re-opened

Caroline 'Conflict of Interest' Spelman backs GM foods for Britain


  1. I borrowed "The undercover reporter & Surrey Social services" for my NDS blog.


  2. You're welcome ACO - that's a particularly nasty story. The whole department sounds as if it should be re-structured from the ground up. Unfortunately stories like this are probably not just restricted to Surrey. I look fwd to the Ch4 prog. tomorrow - let's hope it can bring changes.


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