Selected Political News for W/E: 6th May 2012

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Sunday 29th April 2012

Topic: Recession

"David Cameron blames UK double-dip recession on eurozone"

Source: The Guardian

Extract David Cameron on Sunday held out the prospect of the UK economy being dragged down for years, as he predicted the euro crisis was "nowhere near half complete" and warned the single currency may yet break up. He also admitted efforts to move the UK economy away from dependence on the City and the public sector were not going fast enough.

Comment: How convenient for him to blame the EU that he is keeping us in!

Monday 30th April 2012

Topic: Poverty - Benefits

"Our hidden poor: The desperate families begging for food handouts to keep alive"

Source: The Mirror

Extract: The young couple trudge into the church hall looking gaunt, meek and beaten.

They have walked for three miles in heavy rain, their thin clothing so drenched it sticks to their skin as they huddle by a radiator for warmth.

Across the room, a 34-year-old mother weeps into her hands as her shopping trolley is filled with food which will stop her two children going to bed that night with hunger pains.

Over by the racks of second-hand jackets, shirts and jumpers on sale for 20p each, sit two jobless men without a penny in their pockets, pondering how the three-day emergency rations they've just been handed can last a week-and-a-half.

Behind them a smartly dressed couple who've never been on benefits before suffer the indignity of explaining how they have lost their jobs and home and cannot feed their three kids.

Welcome to the second city of the seventh richest nation on earth, and the sight of desperate people begging for charity at a food bank to keep themselves and their loved ones alive.

Comment: Heart breaking!

Tuesday 1st May 2012

Topic: Political corruption - Nepotism

"More than 100 new civil service roles with bigger salary than David Cameron"

Source: The Telegraph

Extract: More than 100 new public sector jobs giving civil servants higher salaries than the Prime Minister have been created since the Coalition came to power.

Treasury ministers have approved salaries of more than £142,500 for a raft of new civil service bosses, despite promising to crack down on civil servant pay.

In total, the 101 extra jobs on the government payroll are costing more than £14 million per year.

It is understood that most of these new roles are in the NHS, as it faces the biggest shake-up in a generation.

However, new quangos are also responsible for the new big salaries. One called Infrastructure UK, set up as part of the Treasury in June 2010, paid its chief executive almost £180,000 last year.

Last week, Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, admitted he has allowed about 200 civil servants to have salaries above the amount earned by the Prime Minister.

Comment: Nepotism at its finest!

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Topic: Local elections

"Boom time for the filthy rich"

Source: The Mirror

Extract: The well-heeled few - who this Government treated to a tax cut while hitting pasty-eaters and pensioners - are doing very nicely under David Cameron.

There's no recession for the filthy rich.

No wonder today's opinion poll for the Daily Mirror found four-in-every-five Brits don't believe we're all in this together.

How could we when the Tory-led Coalition imposes austerity on the majority while a gilded elite amasses wealth beyond the wildest imagination of hardworking folk?

People will accept belts need tightening in tough times, but they're rebelling against the unfairness and incompetence of Mr Cameron and his Cabinet of out-of-touch millionaires.

On Thursday, in local elections across much of the country, voters have a chance to tell David Cameron and Nick Clegg what they think of their policies.

Let's send a message, loud and clear.

Comment: I loved the photo-shopped image at this link!

Thursday 3rd May 2012

Topic: Employment

"Ken Clarke - Firms should hire ex-offenders!"

Source: Daily Star

Extract: Kenneth Clarke said businesses, including household names such as Virgin and Marks & Spencer, can hire ex-offenders without damaging their reputation or values. Up to 40 companies will attend a Downing Street reception later this month where Mr Clarke will outline how prisoners can make loyal and committed employees.

Comment: Ah, that's the secret of how to find a job then is it? Mug an old lady, fire-bomb a police station, shoot or stab someone, or rape a child? I see.

Friday 4th May 2012

Topic: Nepotism - Political fraud

"£1,000-a-day pensions job for peer who's slashed the retirement pots for millions"

Source: The Mirror

Extract: Former Pensions Secretary Lord Hutton has been appointed chairman of the civil service's new part-privatised pensions arm.

Ministers boast workers have a share in new firm MyCSP - where Lord Hutton will work 20 days a year - because it is a John Lewis-style "mutual" company.

But Mark Serwotka, of the civil service PCS union, said it had been set up against the wishes of many workers who wanted to remain part of Whitehall's workforce.

He added: "And to rub salt in the wounds, they've handed John Hutton a cushy job. His huge pay packet is an insult to the millions of workers whose pensions he has helped to cut."

Brian Strutton, of the GMB union, said: "Hutton delivered a toadying report on cutting public sector pensions. Now his £1,000 per day puts him on a higher rate than the Prime Minister!"

Comment: Makes you feel sick dunnit?

Friday 4th May 2012

Topic: Local elections

"Steady Ed grabs the win to answer the critics"

Source: The Mirror

Extract: The impressive results for Labour in the local elections answered critics who questioned if he had what it takes" Ed Miliband proved he can be a winner, an important moment for the leader of any political party.

The impressive results for Labour in the local elections answered critics who questioned if he had what it takes to lead his party back to power.

Mr Miliband isn't a politician to get carried away so he knows there's much work to do if Labour is to be in with a shout of winning a general election.

The lust for power of Nick Clegg may be the end of his party, the demoralised Lib Dems suffering heavy losses.

Comment: I rather think it was the antisocial, greedy actions of the Coalition government that caused its failure - rather than anything Ed Miliband has done!

Sunday 6th May 2012

Topic: The Conservatives reaction

"The Iron Lady would rather have rusted in hell than give minority groups equal rights!"

Source: The People

Extract: Thursday's local election results were grim for David Cameron, but they had nothing to do with his more liberal outlook.

And before jittery Tories get too carried away they were a shot across the PM's bow not a hole below the waterline.

They were a verdict on Chancellor George Osborne's disastrous budget which taxed grannies, pasties and churches but gave millionaires £40,000 bonuses.

And they were a warning that patience with the Cameron-Osborne austerity plan is beginning to wear thin.

We know that it is hurting, but it will only have public support if it can also be shown to be working.

And the double-dip recession puts that in doubt.

Now right wing Tory MPs are lashing out at Mr Cameron like a gang of teenage drunks on a Saturday night.

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