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Selected Political News for W/E 16th Sept 2012 + comments

Monday 10th September Topic: Ed Balls - Labour - Nick Clegg - Vince Cable Headline "Labour would govern with the Lib Dems "today" if they dumped Nick Clegg for Vince Cable, Ed Balls has declared." Source: The Sun Extract: In a mischievous move, the shadow Chancellor heaped praise on the left-leaning Business Secretary to split the struggling Libs Dems. He said Dr Cable "put his country firs...

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Selected Political News for W/E 27th August 2012 + comments

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E 27th August 2012 + comments

Monday 20th August Topic: Ian Duncan Smith - Unemployment - BBC Headline "BBC has 'Peed all over us' says Ian Duncan Smith" Source: The Sun Extract: The Work and Pensions Secretary said economics editor Stephanie Flanders had "peed all over" the figures to paint the Government in a bad light. Statistics last week showed that despite the recession June unemployment was 2.56 million - the low...

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Selected Nottingham News for W/E 26th August 2012 + comments

Funny story: Selected Nottingham News for W/E 26th August 2012 + comments

Monday 21st May 2012 Topic: Crime - Appeal - Robbery Headline "Police seek robbery attempt witnesses" Source: Nottingham Police Site Extract: Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery at a post office in Bestwood Park. It happened at Elmbridge Post Office, in Beckhampton Road, at about 9.45am yesterday (Wednesday 22 August). A man entered the premises, demanded cash,...

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Selected Political News for W/E 19th August 2012 + comments

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E 19th August 2012 + comments

Monday 13th Aug Topic: Politics - Holidays Headline "Cameron, Clegg and Miliband head off on post-Olympics holidays" Source: BBC News Extract: David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are heading off on holiday, in a post-Olympics political exodus. Both Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg are reportedly travelling to Spain for their break - where the Lib Dem leader will be visiting his wife's family.

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Selected Political News for W/E 12th August 2012 + comments

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E 12th August 2012 + comments

Monday 6th Aug Topic: Headline "29 councils axe pest control" Source: The Sun Extract: Twenty-nine pest control departments across the UK have closed in two years. And society's most vulnerable - families who cannot afford to pay private firms to control vermin - are most in danger. The British Pest Control Association warned that illnesses such as Weil's Disease could increasingly be s...

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Selected Political News for W/E 5th August 2012 + comments

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E 5th August 2012 + comments

Monday 30th July 2012 Topic: Benefits Headline: Source: The Sun Extract: 900,000 Brits have been on the sick for more than ten years - with hundreds claiming cash for obesity, headaches and even ACNE. And there are virtually no checks to see whether the 885,100 people who have received incapacity benefit for a decade still need it. The figure includes 22,640 alcoholics and drug...

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Paying tradesmen cash in hand morally wrong, says Minister!

Funny story: Paying tradesmen cash in hand morally wrong, says Minister!

Treasury minister David Gauke has said it is "Morally Wrong" to pay tradesmen such as plumbers, builders and cleaners in cash in the hope of avoiding tax. He argued the practice came at "a big cost" to the Treasury and meant other people had to pa...

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Selected Political News for W/E 14th July 2012 - with comments

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E 14th July 2012 - with comments

Monday 9th July 2012 Topic: Traffic chaos, Wardens reinstated "Parking wardens' comeback in Aberystwyth" Source: The Sun Extract: The free-for-all in Aberystwyth, Wales, has caused chaos and forced council bosses to do a U-turn. A seven-strong team will now start ticketing again on bank holiday Monday. The change of heart came after the town laid off its last traffic warden in Ju...

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Selected Political News for W/E 7th July 2012 - with comments

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E 7th July 2012 - with comments

Sunday 1st July 2012 Topic: Deterrent to thieves revealed "Scrapyards banned from cash payments to deter metal thieves" Source: The People Extract: Scrapyards are to face tough new rules to deter metal thieves. Tory MP Richard Ottaway is to introduce a new licensing system to ensure scrap dealers can no longer buy metal for cash. They will be forced to record every transaction or...

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Cameron Accused Of Offering 'Jam Tomorrow' Over Europe

Funny story: Cameron Accused Of Offering 'Jam Tomorrow' Over Europe

David Cameron is facing renewed backbench disquiet over the European Union after he tried and failed to satisfy Conservative demands for a referendum. Conservative MPs warned that the prime minister had not gone far enough by declaring that he wou...

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Selected UK Political News for W/E: 30th June 2012

Funny story: Selected UK Political News for W/E: 30th June 2012

Sunday 24th June 2012 Topic: Postcode lottery - Benefit cuts "Benefits could be cut outside of South East" Source: The Mirror Extract: Jobless people in the poorest parts of Britain could have their benefits cut in a huge shake-up of the welfare system. The Tories are considering a postcode system with lower payments for people in areas outside the South East where it is cheaper to...

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Selected Political News for W/E: 20th May 2012

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E: 20th May 2012

Monday 14th May 2012 Topic: Terrorism - Crime - Olympics "London 2012: 'No specific' terror threat, says Minister Philip Hammond" Source: BBC News Extract: He said an elaborate military exercise carried out in London last week was to prepare for any threats that might arise in a dangerous world. The exercise included tests of air defence missile systems at six sites across London, using dummy...

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Selected Political News for W/E: 29th April 2012

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E: 29th April 2012

Sunday 22nd April 2012 Topic: George Osborne "George Osborne is to spend 12 months talking to charities about the impact of his tax on donations!" Source: The People Extract It is the first sign the Chancellor is prepared to back down over the controversial move to cap tax ­relief on giving. "I want to sit down with the charities, get it right, and make sure they are ­protected," he said whil...

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Selected Political News for W/E: 22nd April 2012

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E: 22nd April 2012

Monday 16th April 2012 Topic: "Respect's George Galloway has taken his seat in the House of Commons as the new MP for Bradford West." Source: BBC News Extract: He has vowed to speak out about Bradford's economic problems as well as his opposition to the Afghanistan war. After reading the traditional oath of allegiance to The Queen, Mr Galloway was offered his congratulations by MPs - includi...

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Selected Political News for W/E: 15th April 2012

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E: 15th April 2012

Sunday 8th April 2012 Topic: Public opinion - Cooked food VAT tax "85% say pasty tax has put them off Tories" Source: The People Extract: Half-baked George Osborne is today slammed as a clueless upper-crust toff over his Pastygate tax. Half-baked George Osborne is today slammed as a clueless upper-crust toff over his Pastygate tax. The Chancellor stands accused of being totally out of touch...

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Selected Political News for W/E 25th March 2012 - with comments

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E 25th March 2012 - with comments

This Weeks Selected Political News Monday 19th March 2012: Topic: Immigration - Benefits "Foreign-born jobless and sick can claim benefits in 165 languages." Source: The Sun They include Nigerian Pidgin, a variant of English used by just two per cent of Nigeria's population. The array of lingos emerged as benefits bosses were last night blasted for spending millions hirin...

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Selected Political News for W/E 18th March 2012 - with comments

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E 18th March 2012 - with comments

This Weeks Selected Political News Monday 12th March 2012: Topic: Cutbacks - Samantha Cameron "No cutbacks for Samantha Cameron" Source: The Mirror Samantha Cameron shopping in Ikea for hubby's new cabinet had her No 10 handlers wetting themselves. A flat-pack would ­admittedly be more useful than most of Call Me Dave's Ministers who have screws missing of their own. "The pictures promo...

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Selected Political News for W/E 25th February 2012 - with comments

Funny story: Selected Political News for W/E 25th February 2012 - with comments

Sunday 19th Feb 2012 Topic: Political nepotism - Expenses The Commons spends £25,000 on shrubs - so the public can't see MPs smoking! Source: The People A garden to prevent ­passers-by seeing MPs smoking is setting tax­payers back £25,000. Commons staff estimated that was the bill for landscaping to hide a £33,000 ­shelter at Portcullis House for puffing politicians. The greenery stops ­peop...

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