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Message 1383972 - Posted: 23 Jun 2013, 17:26:25 UTC

David Cameron is being forced by Liberal Democrats to govern with "one hand tied behind his back", a Conservative MP has said.

Well of course he is you silly old duffer, he can't be trusted to be let loose to run the country on his own! Peter Bone is one of Westminster's characters that is famous for asking questions beginning "Mrs. Bone would like to know ...". So, he supports Margaret Thatcher Day?? He would be best advised to stick to his witticisms and stay away from the mainstream stuff.

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Message 1384149 - Posted: 24 Jun 2013, 11:07:13 UTC

What else does one expect when in a Coalition?
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Message 1384174 - Posted: 24 Jun 2013, 13:13:05 UTC

Well exactly John. He apparently also supports bringing back the death penalty, which most people don't.

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Message 1385332 - Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 9:26:40 UTC

Now this is what I call typical irresponsible newspaper reporting. 2" high front page headlines in the Daily Mail today.

ELECTRICITY TO
BE RATIONED


Most peoples first reaction is likely to be OMG, this has already been agreed, this is happening right now, we're back to the "3 day week" of the 70's again. Whereas, if you get past the headlines and read the article it says :-)

Britain could face a return to Seventies-style power rationing to prevent blackouts. The disturbing news came amid warnings that the country may not be producing enough energy to keep the lights on by 2015. Offices and factories could be ‘bribed’ to close for up to four hours a day during the winter to prevent households losing power.

I wonder how many people bought the Mail today that normally wouldn't, I wonder how many old age pensioners rushed home to turn the heating off.

In addition, nuclear power stations, which produced 26 per cent of Britain’s electricity when Labour was elected in 1997, now account for just 18 per cent.
Ministers say the previous government failed to protect our energy supply by commissioning replacements for ageing reactors. Yesterday Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, promised £10billion for a new plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset that could power five million homes.

French firm EDF had demanded government cash to put towards the £14billion reactor. That funding was revealed as part of a £100billion package to build new roads, railways, houses and schools, in a bid to create jobs and stimulate the economy.


We got rid of Labour, we got rid of the News of the World, the Mail simply has to be next in line.

p.s. and no I didn't buy it, I scanned the front page and put it back.

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Message 1385383 - Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 13:49:34 UTC

I'm slowly seeing that a greater proportion of people do not understand the difference between "may be", "could be", "will be" and "shall be".
I see it at work, where supposedly intelligent engineers get it wrong, and as for the news media...
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Message 1385511 - Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 19:13:04 UTC

Correct, and of course papers like the Mail exploit that by producing lurid shock horror headlines, because they know that bad news sells newspapers. In fact their tactics worked this morning for about 10 seconds, when I espied the headline whilst queuing in the corner shop. My immediate reaction was bloody hell, that's all we need! Then reality kicked in and I thought hang on, if this is true I would already know something about it, and I didn't.

Scanning the front page confirmed that it was Ofgem scaremongering, and the Mail jumping on the bandwagon. But I bet they sold a few more newspapers today, so someones going to get their bonus.

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Message 1391251 - Posted: 16 Jul 2013, 10:22:17 UTC

No 3rd child benefits

This won't be very popular with the "kids = meal ticket" brigade ....

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Message 1391270 - Posted: 16 Jul 2013, 11:46:25 UTC - in response to Message 1391251.

No 3rd child benefits

This won't be very popular with the "kids = meal ticket" brigade ....


I agree, and about time such a proposal was floated.
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Message 1391299 - Posted: 16 Jul 2013, 13:50:57 UTC - in response to Message 1391251.

No 3rd child benefits

This won't be very popular with the "kids = meal ticket" brigade ....

Well, in time I can't see why they don't extend this to those having children
out of wedlock. Have a child and your not married then no child allowance at all.
Would bring to an end that fraternity where the woman has several children
all with different fathers with all fathers claimed as unknown.

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Message 1392756 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 7:24:16 UTC

I warned at the time that these PCC's were a bad idea, now look. It may work in the States it doesn't work here.

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Message 1393023 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 21:06:50 UTC

The Lincs PCc significantly overstepped the mark with our cHIEF cONSTABLE. pOWERS NEED CURTAILING ...
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Message 1393197 - Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 8:44:44 UTC
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Both the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats' manifestos outlined plans, respectively, to replace or reform the existing police authorities, both parties raising concerns about the perceived lack of accountability of police authorities to the communities they serve. Following the election the 2010 Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition agreement set out that:

We will introduce measures to make the police more accountable through oversight by a directly elected individual, who will be subject to strict checks and balances by locally elected representatives.

So where are the strict checks?

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