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Grayling’s Human Rights Law Is A Stupid And Incoherent Gimmick That Could Destroy The Union

This is a cross-post from Barrister Blogger by Matthew Scott
Chris Grayling announced today that the Conservative Party will fight the next election on a promise to introduce a “British Rights and Responsibilities Bill” that will “completely change the way in which our human rights laws work.”
In essence his plan is to make the European Court of [...]

The Short Comings of Brooks Newmark MP

This is a cross-post by John Sargeant at homo economicus
Finally Brooks Newmark MP resigns as civil society minister after a series of cock ups. Culminating in a literal one sent over the Internet.
The one which finally did for the married father of five children, was apparently exposing himself in a series of explicit photos to [...]

Responses to the (p)reshuffle

Although there have been several high profile departures from the cabinet – including Ken Clarke and David Willetts – it’s William Hague who has grabbed the headlines. Fraser Nelson reflects on the paradoxes of his career in the Telegraph:
There has been no shortage of overseas drama under this government: the decision to strike Libya, the [...]

Who do *you* think this Government should be giving more support to?

This latest Conservative advert is truly divisive and unpleasant, and I can’t imagine it’s just going to be those implacably opposed to the Government who find it distasteful.  Of course some people don’t want to work – such is life – but in the present climate it is simply impossible for many to find jobs. [...]

Council Tax reforms set to hit poor

Although according to this political test I’m some kind of Commie, I do think it is good to incentivise employment.  The proposed changes to Council Tax benefit will not do this – but instead seem set to make some of the poorest in society still worse off, as reported in this Observer piece which highlights [...]

Housing benefit for the young under threat

Apparently David Cameron is considering axing housing benefit for under 25s because he wants workers to stop resenting people on benefits.  But what about workers who resent Cameron’s policies, or the tendentious coverage of those policies in the Daily Mail?
David Osler identifies some of the problems with this plan:
What about young people subjected to violence [...]

Regional pay

In fact I tacked this issue on to the end of a brief post about the Budget recently, but no one bit, so I thought I’d set aside my husband’s suggestion for a timely post on ‘Why I’m converting to Islam’, and give you all another chance to discuss the exciting issue of regional pay [...]

Drivers vote yes to fuel strikes

UNITE claims (pdf) that the industry is unstable and fragmented, with workers being badly affected by a series of changes to contract and pension arrangements.
Firms, anxious to win contracts, are also cutting corners on health and safety and training. A ‘beat the clock’, ‘turn and burn’ culture has flourished with drivers forced to meet ever [...]


Unless an independent inquiry establishes that Peter Cruddas was on a jaunt of his own, the Government should really fall over this.
Alec adds: Googling for the following image, waddayaknow, I used it before:

The Budget – what do you think?

I’m sure many commenters will be able to offer far more informed opinions on the budget than me – so here’s your chance. A quick way of gathering your thoughts might be to take Left Foot Forward’s Budget survey here.  I found out that – I read too many blogs (question 21).  Here are my [...]