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Conservative Government of the Talents

David Cameron has promised up to 200,000 extra affordable homes and 400,000 new jobs in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. The PM ruled out a U-turn on spending cuts but denied he was “sitting back” in the face of economic stagnation. He cited plans to boost the “right-to-buy” in England and release […]

Paging Mr Mander: Mr ‘Gerry’ Mander

As many as 10 million voters, predominantly poor, young or black, and more liable to vote Labour, could fall off the electoral register under government plans, the Electoral Commission, electoral administrators and psephologists warned . The changes will pave the way for a further review of constituency boundaries that will reduce the number of safe […]

Read all about it…

The last edition of the News of the World has been published, its front page declaring: “Thank you & goodbye.” In a full-page editorial the paper offers an apology. “Quite simply, we lost our way,” it says. Publisher News International axed the 168-year-old tabloid in the wake of phone-hacking allegations last week. Scotland Yard Assistant […]

Bizarre benefits fraud excuses revealed

Celebrity squares are: Top left: Jacquie Smith MP (Lab) – former Home Secretary who claimed her husband’s pay-per-view porn on expenses. [no action] Top right: David Laws MP (LibDem) – almost coalition Home Secretary until he admitted claiming for rent paid to his undeclared male partner. [suspended from Parliament for a week, under police investigation] […]

Royal Wedding Special

UPDATE: But sometimes, it’s just nice when the fuss is all over…

Party Lines

An open letter to Angie Gray, Conservative MP, in response to her press release on the Reassessment of incapacity benefits. Dear all, From April this year a national reassessment of incapacity benefits will begin and letters will start arriving through letterboxes from the local Jobcentre Plus. Of the 2.6 million on incapacity benefits around 1.5 […]

flybe4Udie

Passengers have told of their fear after realising the plane they were travelling in had lost a wheel. The Flybe Bombardier Q400 took off from Exeter International Airport bound for Newcastle at 1225 GMT on Thursday, with 39 passengers on board. A wheel detached shortly after take-off, forcing the plane to circle for about 90 […]

Moral Hazard isn’t just for Poor People

What has amused me most about the financial crisis are the endless media interviews with “real” people (and the occasional self-confessed bludger auditioning for Shameless). Those chosen are more usually hardworking folk previously on average incomes who are claiming welfare for the first time in their lives and getting a rude shock at the paucity […]

Black and White Balls

David Cameron says it is his “mission” in politics to make the Big Society succeed – amid claims it is being wrecked by spending cuts. The PM told social entrepreneurs the initiative would get all his “passion” over the five-year Parliament. The government has also set out details of how a Big Society bank to […]

Manners, pianners, tables and chairs…

…All belong to the people upstairs. Well, that’s the theory, anyway, at least in England. Middle and upper-class people (and all the fine and subtle gradations in between) are known for their politeness. This is not merely anecdata, either — the phenomenon has been extensively documented by anthropologists such as Kate Fox (I do recommend […]