"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, 23 January 2011

Sunday Round-up

Who's been a busy boy?  Close Protection Officer had affair with Johnson's wife AND his constituency secretary.
Doing a Gordon Brown    Cowen clings on for dear life - resigns as leader of Fianna Fail but remains as Taoiseach.
Lord Strathclyde has been playing away from home   The most startling revelation is Strathclyde's full name:  Thomas Galloway Dunlop du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith.
Brown asks Met to investigate.  He thinks his phone was hacked.
More tabloids implicated in phone hacking  Calls for further police investigations  over fears phone hacking was widespread practice.
One political diary I would buy   Coulson kept a record.
Salmond plans 'raid' on BBC licence fees  Cash needed to fund Scottish Digital Network.
Stagflation rears its head  Stagnating growth & rising prices mean we're caught between a rock and a hard place.
GMO is the way forward  UK Chief Scientist and govt adviser warns the world faces "a perfect storm" of issues that could lead to widespread food shortages and public unrest over the next few decades.
RE should be part of core curriculum  Church protests at omission saying compulsory RE will fight islamaphobia.
Facing Portuguese jail for criticising lawyer  An English woman who complained to legal regulatory body is charged sith criminal defamation.  "She has been charged ... under Article 180-1 and 184 of the Portuguese Criminal Code, which allows for more severe sentences where the alleged defamation is against certain public officials or lawyers."
Big Five banks make £24bn profit  City to pay out £7bn in bonuses as Ed Balls pushes for another bankers' bonus tax of £3.5bn.
'Don't privatise our woodlands'  Coalition under fire over plans to sell off English forests.
The cost of delving into our private lives Govt spends £30m on surveys to find out if we're all equal.
The disappearance of weekly bin collectionsr  More councils switch to fortnightly collections despite Eric Pickles.
Still troughing  MPs use 2nd home allowance to circumvent new rules.
Undercover sex: a policeman's perk  "Sex was a tool to help officers blend in, the officer claimed, and was widely used as a technique to glean intelligence. His comments contradict claims last week from the Association of Chief Police Officers that operatives were absolutely forbidden to sleep with activists."
BBC left-wing bias 'in their DNA'  Peter Sissons has written a book.
First hideously white, now hideously middle-class  BBC controller says programming doesn't cater for blue collar workers.
Govt could invoke 1839 law against strikers  "Section 54 of the Metropolitan Act 1839 and Section 28 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, which make wilful obstruction of a thoroughfare an offence"

In brief:
Osborne in the soup over ski-ing holiday
Thousands say goodbye to the Ark Royal
A good deed never goes unpunished
Tunisian  police join protesters
South Sudan votes to secede
My disappointment of the week

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