"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, 27 March 2011

Sunday Round-up

 I'm Gordon, fly me  BA denies passengers downgraded or kicked off to make room for "Distinguished Global Leader in Residence".
State Benefits capped at £500 pw per family. LibDems "mutinous".
MPs propose banking shake-up Accused of giving poor service & being anti-competitive. "Influential Government inquiry recommends tough new regulation."
Clegg orders re-branding amidst talk of leadership challenge.
Hartnett schmoozed by Vodafone  Head of HMRC not fit for purpose.  "Vodafone’s agreement with HMRC came after prolonged negotiations between revenue officers and John Connors, the phone company’s head of tax. Until 2007, Mr Connors was a senior official at HMRC, where he worked closely with Mr Hartnett."
Blair's priest in Papal knighthoods for cash scam  "Fr Seed [who has taken a vow of poverty] is honorary chaplain to the International Committee on Human Dignity, based at the European Parliament in Brussels."
Government "clarifies" Haldane Principle "The AHRC was told that research into the "big society" was non-negotiable if it wished to maintain its funding at £100m a year."
Public servant on 70 counts of child sex abuse granted anonymity "There is deep concern in legal circles about the increasing imposition of restrictions on reporting and the creeping spread of secret justice."
Fox: 'Gaddafi must go' Fox speaks out despite rumours of rift between him and Cameron.
£60bn bill for hospitals. Labour's PFI scam in the spotlight again - "Labour ministers only paid £5 billion of the £65 billion "spent" on building more than 100 hospitals between 1997 and 2010."
Environment Minister in 'shock' EU farming subsidies row "Lord Henley is the third member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to be found to be in receipt of secret subsidies."
Second PS quits "intolerable" Bercow
Cameron's role model - E F Schumacher Really?
Interview with Norman Tebbitt Not very sympathetic but then it is The Independent.
Lawson attacked by govt's Chief Scientific Adviser "Incorrect, misleading & meaningless" - war of letters on climate change.
Struggle & Joy in Portugal. Eurovision entry becomes "ironic anthem" for the Portuguese.
Ayckbourn's Scarborough theatre under threat
Cheese-rolling cancelled again Tinkering with tradition as profiteers move in.



One from the archives: Never forget.

PS Apparently the clocks went forward last night. Who knew? Not me - it passed me by.

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