In the coming days, various media and political commentators who have not done so already will have their say on the the violence seen at Trafalgar Square. It will be worth asking how many of them actually saw any of it for themselves. These are the bare facts from inside the kettle, written neither in condemnation nor in support of any faction.
Some of those in the local authority world who I have spoken to suspect a political agenda here, noting that some of the biggest council losers are Labour-controlled.
I’m a single parent father with a seven year old daughter and it’s been a struggle bringing her up on my own. We live on a very tight budget. We live in a one bedroom flat in Manchester and my daughter still sleeps in a cot because I can’t afford a new bed. We can’t afford to move to a bigger place.
Would you rather swim in a pool powered by the crematorium next door or not swim at all?
In the last 24 hours, councils in Redditch and Manchester have announced controversial, yet very different plans to cut back on spending. Slashing budgets was always going to be inevitable, but communities are crumpling their noses dissapprovingly [...]
It’s time to put the conspiracy theories to one side over the real mastermind behind the BBC cuts, or at least that is what BBC Director General Mark Thompson is insisting. Speaking at last Wednesday’s Voice of the Listener & Viewer’s annual autumn conference Thompson said: “We had a game plan and we knew how much it was going to cost.”
It was difficult to shake the images shown in Think!’s pre-Christmas anti drink/drugs driving campaign in the previous few years. Everyone remembers the little girl lying in the road, hearing her bones crack in slow motion; or the teenage boy who’s skull crashed against the windscreen, blood spattering across the screen. Visually powerful, the message was hammered home that drink-driving could not only kill, but ruin others’ lives and consciences – haunting to all involved.
So much is riding on the economy – not just all those jobs and mortgages but political careers too!
Now that Labour seems set to row back from even the deficit reduction plans framed by Alistair Darling – who seems rightly irritated by the incipient U-turn being openly canvassed by Ed Balls – everything [...]
Thursday’s A-level results day will see the usual headlines about results going up, photos of students jumping for joy and opinion pieces on how the exams must be getting easier. However, this year has a more sinister twist. At a time when jobs are thin on the ground, more school leavers are looking to University: [...]
FSA’s plans to protect homeowners from dodgy sale and rent back agreements are admirable, but they won’t do anything to prevent a wave of homelessness hitting the country in the coming months and years.
This will be because the government is capping housing benefit, which will eventually leave it inadequate to help pay for accommodation of [...]
I can’t bear it when someone describes themselves, or what they’re about to do, as “tough but fair”. Or, for that matter, “hard but fair”, or “brutal but tender,” or “sadistic but benevolent”. It’s scary. And, despite the fact that “tough but fair” is usually uttered in a benign, almost reassuring manner, it’s supposed to [...]
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