Articles tagged: Politics

Random facts about funhouse Britain from Thus

April 14, 2009

In no particular order, and with no special weighting, here are a few facts gleaned from the media with help from friends of Thus at Ten. Please feel free to send in your own facts. We need them in this era of spin and errant fantasy: 68% of Britons believe that MP’s salaries are ‘too generous’; only 4% say they’re too modest. According to a Times survey, 27% of voters say that all or nearly all MPs abuse the their expenses, 42% think that a majority of MPs do so;... More

Email update: Brown sends personal letters of apology and abdicates government blame

Over 72 hours after the McBride/Draper/Whelan poisoned email plot was revealed, and 12 hours after UK Government Minister Alan Johnson had denied the need to do so on national radio, Gordon Brown stopped saving the world for a minute and tried instead to save his own skin. The fact that he still refuses to issue a formal government statement – a personal, handwritten letter of regret to those maligned is not the same thing – demonstrates either extraordinary bad judgement, bad advice, dissociation from reality or maybe all of the... More

Mandelson spends £500 per week on flowers for his office

March 24, 2009

According to The Sun (so it must be true), the fragrant ‘Lord’ Peter Mandelson, Business Minister of the sinking ship of state formerly known as UK Plc. spends £500.00 of taxpayers’ money per week (£25,000 per year) on flowers for his office. If so, he is only following in the footsteps of another old Tony crony. In 1998, Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine infamously commissioned wallpaper and curtains for his grace and favour apartment at an alleged cost of £145,000 (we were denied the details under the Official Secrets Act!). Mandelson... More