Was he wrong?
Was he wrong?
The boys in blue are investigating the Tories.
The allegations are not going away…
Yesterday global stock markets passed the technical point where the world is defined as being in a global bear market. It is likely that problems in financial markets will soon be reflected in the real economy, property transaction volumes are already tailing off in a way that suggests we are near to the top of a property bubble. George Osborne promised to fix the roof when the sun was shining, as the moment of truth arrives, has he?
The stand out success of the British economy has been job creation and falling unemployment. Welfare reform driving people back to work and flexible labour markets largely explain that phenomena. The public finances have not been re-balanced, according to the IMF the UK deficit gap is the worst in the G7 and among the worst in Europe. Worse than even Greece.
Osborne has missed every single deficit target he has set himself. He asked us to judge him on how well he tackled the deficit, well he missed his balanced budget target for 2015, he’ll miss his new adjusted target for 2016 and his overall balanced budget target for 2020. If the global economy derails the likely knock on effect will mean even higher deficits.
Despite all this Osborne indulges in squandermania, allowing him to wander the country in hi-viz and hard hats for photo opportunities that will be the pictorial backdrop for his premiership campaign. There are it is famously said two types of Chancellor; those that get out in time and those that don’t. Unfortunately for George, time has run out…
Indy editor Amol Rajan just sent staff this curt email to worried staff:
Further to Steve’s email just now, I am very conscious that this morning’s news about Johnston Press will prompt a lot of questions and uncertainty.
I am very sorry to say, however, that for the time being we really are bound by strict rules on what we can and can’t say about this potential deal.
For that reason we are not in a position to address all staff this morning. I will obviously do all I can to keep everyone updated as soon as possible, within the guidelines of the law.
Thank you very much indeed for your understanding in the meantime.
Nick Herbert, the MP who was once CEO of Business for Sterling the anti-€uro group, has now set up “Conservatives for Reform in Europe” and argues that Conservatives should wait and see what reforms David Cameron gets before making their mind up as to whether to back Leave or Remain. A fairly principled even handed position, Nick even goes so far as to say:
“If we cannot secure the reforms Britain needs many of us would be prepared to leave – and our EU partners who must decide whether to agree these changes should know that.”
Amazon has released a beta of Lumberyard, a free game engine and software development tool that runs on Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform. AWS is a multi-billion revenue generator for Amazon and most tech start-ups use it.
Clause 57 of the terms and conditions deals with a common video-game scenario. It has a few acceptable use exceptions that don’t read like the usual legalese:
However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.
It seems that in the event of a properly certified zombie apocalypse the platform will be available to actually shoot ’em up…
News flash! A strike by junior doctors is taking place. So naturally, if you want to know what our elected leaders are doing about it, tune into the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions.
What’s that you say? Not a single question or comment about the risk to patients from this unprecedented action? Surely not?!
Talk about being in touch with the public, eh?
Never mind, Jez was boldly holding the government to account anyway. Every MP has at least one old codger, describing himself as a “community activist”, who never fails to turn up at the monthly advice surgery carrying a plastic bag from which he produces a large, thick folder of (the dreaded word) statistics, from which he will read in serious but monotonous tones. David Cameron must feel that his own old codger is now following him even into the chamber. At least Corbyn had left his Asda bag outside.
The Labour “leader” was, however, wearing a nifty new lapel badge declaring, lest there was any doubt, that he “hearts” unions. Usually, when such a campaign is launched, you end up with a whole swathe of sympathetic MPs sporting whatever badge or scarf or hat is being used to generate publicity during the most (only?) watched event in parliament’s calendar. But not today – Jez was the only Labour frontbencher proudly wearing his badge. I wonder why?
The last time there was a doctor’s strike, Corbyn harangued the PM about housing. Today, he decided to harangue the PM about… housing. And yes, I know it’s important and it’s all dreadful and I’m sure young Rosie (whom Corbyn said had written to him about the issue) is having a hard time having to live in the bedroom she grew up in rather than get a place of her own. But my God, the man can bore for Britain! Even his attempts at sounding a bit angry towards the end came across like one of those nutters who used to walk round with signs saying “The End Is Nigh”, not quite believing it himself but getting a bit annoyed about it all the same. Continue reading
SK: “I don’t accept this nonsense that’s been bandied about… TfL haven’t said there’s a £1.9 billion…”
BBC: “They have to me, Sadiq Khan, they have to me.”
SK: “… Hold on a sec, you’ve asked me a question. You’ve
Lord Powell’s posthumous conversion of Margaret Thatcher to the Europhile cause has led her friends and admirers to question his judgement. Could it, Guido wonders, be clouded by tiredness after him having to Chair board meetings at LVMH (Moet-Hennessy Louis […]