Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Lambeth council – who were branded as ‘Lazy Socialists’ by CommunitiesMinister Brandon Lewis last month – are in fact so lazy they cannot even be bothered to answer a simple questions about the cost of their taxpayer funded propaganda campaign
Shortly after the poster’s started appearing across the Borough, as a concerned Council Tax payer in Lambeth I questions the cost of this wasteful exercise. Surely my taxes could be better spent protecting the services Labour-run Lambeth claim will be hit by Coalition cuts?
Helpfully, I received a confirmation of the request and a date for reply of 22nd March 2013. 20 days later, I am still awaiting reply.
But the 22nd came and went with no reply. I followed up with a further email, but again received no reply.
Today, I spook with thier Information Compliance Advisor who puts the blame at the door of the communications team. She says ‘this is a simple request’ which ‘should have been answered by now’.
So why the delay? I sense the hand of political interference here, but I have been promised a response by 5pm tomorrow at the latest.
I will update with the result.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
As I argued last May the real priority is jobs and we should not panic about the growth figures as long as the jobs market is heading in the right direction. Today, we had another set of figures from the ONS showing record employment in the UK, falling inactivity and falling benefit roll.
We have seen many graphics about the rate of recovery from previous recession in terms of GDP, but this one from the Treasury today shows us about the recovery that matters to most people - jobs. We have had a far faster recovery than previous recessions:
I used to blog on this page under the headline 'aspiration for all'. Today, the Chancellor delivered the kind of budget I was talking about:
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Of the 49 MPs who voted against Civil Partnerships in 2004, 26 are still Members of the House of Commons. According the the Coalition for Equal Marriage, most will stick with their vote from 2004 despite the many comments in the debate today that show people who opposed CPs in 2004 have grown to accept and embrace them.
Three, worthy of comment have changed their mind - Desmond Swayne, Angela Watkinson and Patrick McLoughlin.
Here's the full list:
Civil Partnership Bill (2004) Second Reading
|Arbuthnot, rh James||Con||?|
|Beresford, Sir Paul||Con||x|
|Brazier, Julian||Con||C4M Petition|
|Campbell, Gregory||DUP||C4M Petition|
|Dobbin, Jim||Lab||C4M Petition|
|Dodds, Nigel||DUP||C4M Petition|
|Donaldson, Jeffrey||DUP||C4M Petition|
|Knight, rh Greg||Con||?|
|Lilley, rh Peter||Con||x|
|McIntosh, Miss Anne||Con||x|
|McLoughlin, Patrick||Con||Voting for|
|Swayne, Desmond||Con||Voting for|
|Watkinson, Angela||Con||Voting for|
|T. Mr. Edward Leigh||Con||C4M Petition|