"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 February 2011

Sunday Round-up

UK to allow GM animal feed   "Importing animal feed containing GM feed must at present be authorised by European regulators. But a vote on Tuesday in favour of the scheme put forward by the EU's standing committee on the food chain and animal health would overturn the EU's "zero tolerance" policy towards the import of unauthorised GM crops."
Councils sit on £billions of reserves while slashing jobs & services  "Of England’s 388 authorities, 165 have savings equal to more than 20 per cent of total expenditure – the scale of budget cuts facing most councils.  Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show more than 50 have nest eggs of over £50million, while the top 10 have over £100million."
The handbook for first-time Ministers   "But their training materials also reveal that David Cameron's ministerial team has been coached on how to win the love and admiration of its staff and how to avoid working at weekends. The Handbook for Ministers, published as the coalition took its first faltering steps last May, was produced as "an informal guide to help new ministers work through the challenges of office". Packed with sage advice and "top ten tips on being a minister", it has become the bible for the new MPs struggling to run the country."
Miliband called me a Turkish b@st@rd so I beat him up  ‘He was not a friend of mine but we sat in the same class. Although he was no better than us he had quite a high opinion of himself. He tried to come across as if he was more intelligent. Most of the time we let it pass but I lost my rag that day.’
Egg-throwers are 'baying mob'  From the comments:  "I was there - this report of the proceedings is absolute fiction - the large angry crowd couldn't have been better behaved - in the face of extreme disrepect and provocation - ask the police - who described us as "good as gold"
"At one stage, a young girl warned Mr Harper: "It is our forest and we want to keep it and why would we want to sell it?"" - THIS is the closest it got to an "attack". The only "violence" that took place was Harper running one of his constituents over in his riot van, making his "escape".

Row over Cameron's Munich Speech  "The Muslim Council of Britain’s Dr Faisal Hanjra said: ‘The Muslim community is very much in the spotlight, being treated as part of the problem as opposed to part of the solution."
Same story also covered by the Telegraph with this footnote:  "A planning appeal will open this week to decide whether Tablighi Jamaat, a fundamentalist Islamic group, can build one of Europe’s largest mosques next to the 2012 Olympic site. Newham council turned down the proposal after moderate Muslims said it would promote separatism."
Four European state operators line up to bid for West Coast rail franchise  "A government source said: "This shows that Britain is open for business. It is no surprise that high-quality bidders are interested in such a prestigious franchise."
Government warned against selling stake in NATS  "Seven of Britain's leading airlines have warned the government not to sell Nats, the national air traffic control service, arguing that the system is a key strategic asset not suitable for full privatisation."
The Ugandan lesbian who isn't   "The publication of the facts of Miss Namigadde's case will put a question mark over a campaign by her supporters which gathered more than 60,000 signatures to protest against he deportation, attracting backing from Peter Tatchell, the gay rights campaigner, and comments from Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary.  A Commons motion calling on the Government to allow Miss Namigadde to remain in the country has been signed by 25 MPs."
The mystery of the BBC's Migration Manager  "Guy Bradshaw commutes between his home in Kentucky and the BBC’s new base in Salford. Last year, he worked 25 weeks in Britain – just under the threshold for paying UK income tax."
A sorry end to a life in racing   New figures released by the government show that last year 7,933 horses were slaughtered for meat in England, Scotland and Wales, representing a 50% increase on the average number slaughtered in previous years.

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