A couple of days ago we asked the Phi100 Panel of Westminster ‘insiders’, which includes, leading politicians, policy, and media figures, about realistic targets for reducing the UK’s burgeoning public debt. Continue reading “There Will Be Blood – But We’re Not Sure How Much Or When”
Month: July 2009
Hols and stuff
I am currently on holiday then finishing off a book over August so posts will be restricted until September (don’t all cheer at once)..
Hacked Off – The Met and the Tories
The latest scandal to hit British politics is the widespread alleged wire(less) tapping of phones by News International (Rupert Murdoch’s) News of the World (NoW).
The political dimension is focused on the Tories – their Communication supremo Andy Coulson is the former Editor of the NoW who resigned over – the same allegations. Continue reading “Hacked Off – The Met and the Tories”
Team Torchwood Triumphs
OK – I confess – I am a SciFi-natic, since I was knee high to a grass-hopper. So no surprise I am watching this weeks BBC blockbuster Torchwood: Children of Earth. (Torchwood are a fictional bunch of alien fighters set up by Queen Victoria – yes, her, it’s a long story). Continue reading “Team Torchwood Triumphs”
It’s Purely Academic…..
This is a fairly common derogatory phrase in the UK – meaning whatever is being talked about is somehow irrelevant to real life and of no real consequence. ( I am not sure how current it is in other countries). Continue reading “It’s Purely Academic…..”
Transparency? Let’s start with spending
[Feature in Public Servant]
Just how transparent and open can our political parties claim to be when they have yet to come clean about their tax and spend proposals? Colin Talbot argues for some honest answers before an election
Transparency seems to be the current “in” word in British politics. And yet we could be heading for a general election in which the two main parties are going to be the most opaque about the crucial issues of “tax and spend” that they have been for decades. READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE
Rights and Responsibilities: the law and education
Today it has been announced that Harrow Council (London) has dropped a Court case being brought against a mother who tried to get her child into a popular school by allegedly falsifying information (she claimed to be living at her mother’s which was in the School catchment area, rather than her family home, which wasn’t). The Council has called on the Government to amend the Fraud Act to allow such prosecutions. Continue reading “Rights and Responsibilities: the law and education”