Articles tagged: UK politics

Update: Two Treasury Select Committee Members fiddled their expenses

May 21, 2009

This morning The Telegraph reported that Conservative MP Sir Peter Viggers would stand down at the next election, at the request of David Cameron, having claimed over £30,000 in gardening-related expenses, including £1600.00 for a floating duck house. Some wags wondered whether it fell under the MPs’ second home category. Another Tory grandee, Michael Fallon, MP, overclaimed £8300.00 in mortgage repayments. Financial News pointed out that both, as members of the Treasury Select Committee, have been fierce in their criticism of the lack of governance, excessive salaries and expenses of... More

Credit crunch contrition from the commentariat

April 29, 2009

This morning an Editorial Intelligence (EI) briefing on ‘The Credit Crunch Commentariat‘ debated whether the media had talked us into recession or had downplayed the crisis and thus exacerbated its impact. “What, pray, is all the fuss about?” wrote Ex Economist editor, Bill Emmott, in the Guardian in August 2008. “Unemployment is down, the economy is growing. If we call this financial meltdown, we’ve been leading pretty gilded lives.” (The Economist also unequivocably supported Bush and the Iraq invasion). Times columnist and Illuminatus Emeritus, Anatole Kaletsky, ‘confidently predicted’ in January... More

A bankrupt budget for a bankrupt country, from a badger and a pixie

April 23, 2009

I can’t be bothered to go into detail about the UK budget, other than to say that fat man and his friend the badger have taken us all to Carey St. It’s our fault for letting loonies run the country into the ground. Or am I being a tad too harsh again? This is NOT a ‘budget for jobs’ as Treasury Secretary Yvette Cooper – who took over the job, on merit, of course, from her husband Ed Balls – himself married to Gordon Brown, claimed with absolutely no supporting... More