Archive for April, 2009

Schools funding

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

For those of us who are prepared to wade through the molasses of spin that Ed Balls and his team produce, it is no surprise that schools budgets are under threat - £200M has recently disappeared, putting tens of thousands of post 16 y-old places at risk. But that has, as ...

60% tax rate

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Amongst the headlines of a 50% rate for over £150K, there is a little sentence on page 106 of the budget report, that tells a lot about this budget, and the government proposing it. "The personal allowance will be reduced at a rate of £1 for every £2 over £100,000 until ...

Frank Field’s observations on McBride

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

He's a great straight talker - they even call him Frank.... Frank Field MP. "Harold Wilson asserted that the Labour party was a moral crusade or it was nothing. The McBride affair has left Labour members looking at nothing."

Who’s killing villages

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/alice_miles/article5982744.ece Alice Miles is rapidly becoming one of my favourite columnists for her straight-talking attitudes. This is uncomfortable reading, but too close to the truth to be ignored

Some honesty after Draper and McBride

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Alice Miles in the Times is excellent on the complicity of journalists in the dark arts of political smearing. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/alice_ miles/article6094124.ece