A PoliticsHome poll finds that:
- 2% of respondents believe “virtually all MPs are honest about claiming expenses”.
- 86% of respondents think MP’s expense arrangements are “too generous”.
As many as 2%? Surely that is within the margin of error?
A governor of the Bank of England has never had an audience with the Queen before. King had just told a stunned Westminster that there is no more money for another fiscal splurge. Perhaps Her Majesty is worried that the currency adorned by her face is being recklessly devalued. If she next calls in the generals for an audience our unelected, unmandated Prime Minister should really get worried…
Some great home truths were served up by Dan Hannan in reply to Brown’s address to the European Parliament. All the time Gordon just squirmed in his seat pretending not to be bothered. Gordon was reduced to grinning like a monkey at a zoo caught playing with himself. Worth listening to Hannan lash Brown time and time again.
UPDATE : The BBC’s Mark Mardell is loathed by Brussels Euro-sceptics, sometimes a little unfairly, but his report of the address fails to mention the replies, merely quoting the leader of the Socialist grouping calling Brown’s speech “brilliant” and “courageous”. No mention of the British reply speeches fom UKIP’s Nigel Farage or Dan Hannan for the Tories. The comments on his blog take him to task for his omission.
Stay calm and amuse yourselves.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Jean-Claude Trichet says that instead of Gordon pushing new measures at the G20, governments around the world should move faster on what they’ve already announced. The president of the ECB said Europe doesn’t need to boost spending more to combat the global financial crisis, effectively backing the Tory position that we need time for the monetary stimulus to work and for the already announced measures to be enacted.
Hyperactivity by the government on the announcements front is not being matched by the delivery of policy goals.