The number of children living in poverty in the UK has jumped by 200,000 in a year, according to the latest official data.
There were 3.9 million children living in “relative poverty” in 2014-15, up from 3.7 million a year earlier, the figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.
It was the first increase, when housing costs were included, since 2011-12. An individual is considered to be in relative poverty if their household income is less than 60% of median income.
Inequality falls in a recession. Inequality increases in the recovery from a recession. the UK is recovering from recession – such a shock, isn’t it?
Sex and drugs off limits for undercover police
Covert officers can have sex or take drugs with suspects only when ‘necessary and proportionate’ under new guidelines
“Yes, sir, I’m afraid that is true. The leader of the terrorist cell was a fat munt with body odour issues and so I did not accept her offer of a hand job and a toke after which she would have confessed all because that would not have been proportionate. The 18 year old bird with the magnificent norks though, who was merely the next door neighbour two streets over, it was necessary to vigorously interrogate her physically twice a day for the whole 6 months of the undercover operation.”
You would also rather bet that only the first bit of this will stick in the minds of the idiots. Undercover officers cannot have sex with those they are monitoring. Thus more sex will be offered to those possibly undercover officers in order to test whether they are so. Net result more nookie.
I suppose I could go and read it all but seriously, life’s too short. What I’ve gathered is that despite losing the vote 170 odd to 40 odd, Jezza is staying. Stating that the vote has no “constitutional validity” or summat.
All of which reminds me terribly of the student Trots of my own day where the sub sub committee on rules making for the proposing of matters for consideration by the sub committee was where all the power was. Control the rule making agenda and you control the whole organisation – or at least those 50 people who took student politics seriously. And that sub sub committee was where all the Trots were of course.
And Tom Watson as Leader?
The past isn’t a proof of the future but it is indicative. What used to happen when the will of the majority was frustrated by some ruling from the sub sub committee on what motions could be tabled was that 90% fucked off round the pub and went and joined the racing club or the rugby team instead of doing student politics. Sure, the Trots ended up running the student union but no one gave a fuck quite frankly. Even they weren’t going to do something stupid like close the cheap bar.
Wonder is that past actually will be a guide to the future?
The Sage of Ely:
Tory deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft has settled his libel action over a website claim that his companies offered banking facilities which helped customers unlawfully to evade tax.
Lord Ashcroft, the chairman and majority shareholder in BB Holdings Limited, accepted a public apology and a substantial undisclosed donation to a charity he founded – Crimestoppers – from accountant Richard Murphy.
Lord Ashcroft’s counsel, Godwin Busuttil, told Mr Justice Eady at the High Court that in April this year Murphy published an article on his website entitled “Lord Ashcroft’s Belize Bank – a supplier of tax evasion services?”
It accused the claimants of knowingly and intentionally supplying or offering to supply banking facilities which enabled or assisted customers unlawfully to evade tax and which provided anonymity for those who had indulged in criminal activity and which enabled or assisted the laundering of dishonestly or criminally acquired funds by using the Bank’s corporate credit cards.
Busuttil said Murphy, of Downham Market, Norfolk, appeared to have based his allegations on his understanding of what he had read on a third party’s website, but that in fact that website said no such thing and its owners had subsequently confirmed that they were not making any such allegations nor were they even referring to the claimants.
An accusation of tax evasion based upon something he’d misunderstood.
From the comments:
After the Referendum of the 23rd June
The President of the European Parliament
Wrote a comment on Twitter
Stating that the British people
Had violated the Rules
And could redeem themselves only
By accepting that they could not decide their fate.
Would it not be easier in that case
For the Commission to eject the United Kingdom
And find some people who would do what they’re told?
apologies to B. Brecht.
Any other versions? And to be inclusive about it, any decent limericks, clerihews or other pastiches? There’s probably something that can be done with the Lear speech, I know not what etc, maybe the let slip the dogs of war?
I wrote an honest opinion that suggested that the policy options that I have long proposed on this blog will not see the light of day under the current Labour leadership, whose views they seem to have influenced. As a result I suggested that leadership should now stand aside to give someone else the chance to deliver on those promises. Knowing that this choice would ultimately rest with the Labour Party membership, who seem inclined overall to share some of the opinions that I promote, I thought that an appropriate and measured suggestion since no party leader has any hope of winning an election without the backing of their parliamentary party.
I am sorry to say that many seemed to not read a word I said on policy, and appeared to only note any personal comment.
Others never got beyond the headline and declared I am now a Blairite.
I had hoped for better. I had presumed reasoned argument might be of benefit, and that policy was more important than person if it had become apparent that a person could no longer deliver, whether that was fair or not (and politics is not fair). Clearly that was a mistake on my part.
The reason Corbyn must go is because he hasn’t delivered my Curajus State.
Maybe it’s really just that the peerage didn’t turn up? And yes, there’s good grapevine evidence that he was expecting it, even boasting of it.
Talk is that you’re going to stop using English and use instead some mix of French and German.
You do know that English is a mix of French and German do you?
State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, one of the bill’s sponsors, disagrees, claiming that it targets “people or companies with multiple listings. There are so many units held by commercial operators, not individual tenants. They are bad actors who horde multiple units, driving up the cost of housing around them and across the city.”
Who knew Genghis was involved in New York real estate?
I suppose it makes some sort of sense actually but more would be made with “hoard”.
Iceland’s some 330,000 people. Bath and North East Somerset is some 180,000 people. We could regard them as being roughly equal in size.
Thus last night’s football is roughly the equivalent of the BANES team beating the national one.
No, that wouldn’t actually work, would not happen. Bath City FC is somewhere down in the Beazer Home Leagues Division 7 South West or something.
Bath RFC however used to be something different. There’s been a good decade of my lifetime when you’d have happily taken 50/50 odds on the BANES team being able to beat the national one. Actually, pretty much any national one.
Is this the depressing secret to success? Women wearing low-cut tops are almost TWENTY times more likely to land a job interview
The study was carried out by researchers at a French university in Paris
Found applicants boosted their applications with a low-cut photo
More ‘revealing’ outfits were 19 times more likely to lead to an interview
Amazing what science can tell us these days, isn’t it?
Although no, Theresa, no. It’s young dugs that interest.
Have we ever had a Leader of the Opposition who has put his ex-girlfriend in charge of the condoms as Shadow Health Minister?
Before that is.
Still, at least we know he’s appointed one person with experience of the job.
We did just vote to leave Europe, right? The problem is?
George Osborne will not contest Tory leadership race
The chancellor intends to remain in current role following election of new leader and seeks to calm post-Brexit market volatility
Chancellor serves at the whim of the PM.
Not entirely obvious that the next one will want him.
PAYING FOR CONTINUED SINGLE MARKET ACCESS ISN’T WORTH IT
UK exports to the EU are some £133 billion a year. Average WTO tariff rates, which is what we would be stuck at sans Single Market membership, are around 3%. We would thus save £4 billion. This is less than the £8 billion cost. This is not worth it.
Now relax our conditions a little. The £4 billion is being saved by EU consumers. Or, if you want to consider elasticities of demand and all that, anything up to £4 billion is saved by UK exporters. At a cost of £8 billion to UK taxpayers. This is still not worth it.