"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, 24 October 2010

Sunday Round-up

Iraq: The War Logs
The 'social cleansing' of London
Representatives of London boroughs told a meeting of MPs last week that councils have already block-booked bed and breakfasts and other private accommodation outside the capital – from Hastings, on the south coast, to Reading to the west and Luton to the north – to house those who will be priced out of the London market.
Cameron bans Warsi from Global Peace & Unity event
The London-based conference is aimed at improving community relations, yet critics have pointed out that a number of speakers who are due to appear have justified suicide attacks and promoted al-Qaida, homophobia and terrorism.
Privatising English woodland
Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, will give the go-ahead to sell half of the 1.85m woodland acres run by the Forestry Commission ... Laws dating back to Magna Carta are likely to be rewritten to allow the woodland sale.
Three new quangos for the EU
Hundreds of staff are currently being recruited for three new bodies being set up to oversee banking and financial institutions in the wake of the credit crunch, and their creation has raised fears in the City of London of damaging new regulation.
£204m for space project and £670m subsidy of pro-European documentaries
Nigel Farage, frontrunner to lead the UK Independence Party, last night described the draft budget as proof that Brussels had lost touch with reality. He said: “The idea of sending eurocrats into orbit has its charms but £23million extra for space research is bizarre.
New poll: Labour 2 points ahead
The poll shows support for Labour at 37%, with the Tories at 35% and Lib Dems at a lowly ten. It puts Mr Miliband ahead of Mr Cameron for the first time since the lead he enjoyed in the afterglow of his Labour leadership victory last month.
The return of David Laws
"David Cameron wants him back, Nick Clegg wants him back and I am certain David himself would like to return. Everything is in place but they need to get the inquiry out of the way first."
Clegg: the permanent Deputy Prime Minister
It is the closest any senior member of the Government has come to saying the two parties could be linked permanently – or merge.  Mr Maude is one of Mr ­Cameron’s closest advisers. His comments will fuel suspicion among Right-wing Conservatives that the Prime Minister sees the Coalition as part of a long-term strategy, not a short-term fix after the Election result.
1/3rd immigrant 'brain surgeons' in unskilled jobs
The full research, based on a sample of 1,184 tier one immigrants out of more than 18,000 given visas in 2009 is to be published this week by the UK Border Agency. It was the first detailed look at how Labour's policies had operated.

One from last Thursday:
Hardliners call for deaths of Surrey Muslims
Islamic extremists have started openly calling for the destruction of a controversial Muslim sect in a major escalation of sectarian conflict within British Islam, an investigation by The Independent has revealed.

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