Monthly Archives: April 2013

One Party States: 20 million Brits living under councils ‘without viable opposition’

From 24Dash: New analysis from the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has revealed the “parlous state” of local democracy in England and Wales. The analysis shows almost 20 million people are now living in the local government equivalent of ‘One Party … Continue reading

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Primark urged to compensate Bangladeshi victims

From Press TV Activists have staged a protest outside flagship store of high street giant Primark in London, demanding compensation for hundreds of workers killed in the collapse of a textile factory in Bangladesh. The shoddily-constructed eight-story structure where low-cost … Continue reading

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Environment secretary refuses to support ban on bee killing pesticides

In a meeting between the UK environment secretary Owen Paterson and members of campaign group 38 Degrees last week, Mr Paterson refused to back down on his opposition to the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, which research has shown as the … Continue reading

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Gobbling pâté allowed a nation to scoff at the legacy of Thatcherism

From The Guardian: Did the anti-Thatcher protest ‘fail’? It’s a matter of perspective Illustration: David Foldvari During Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, the bishop of London, boasted to all and sundry of how the late … Continue reading

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No Ding Dong for Big Ben at Thatcher’s Funeral

From BBC News: The chimes of Big Ben will be silenced for the duration of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has announced. He told MPs this would be “an appropriate means of indicating our sentiments” during … Continue reading

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Iron Man delayed by Iron Lady

From BBC News: Both Gwyneth Paltro and Robert Downey Jr are expected to attend the rescheduled premiere The UK premiere of Iron Man 3 has been pushed back due to Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, according to reports. A Disney spokesperson told Deadline the … Continue reading

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Danny Boyle to create Thatcher closing event

From News Biscuit: Danny Boyle announced last night he was ‘enthusiastic’ about the honour of marking Mrs Thatcher’s passing in Horseguards Parade. And Mrs Thatcher would approve of some of his cost-saving measures . ‘Remember the bit in the Olympic … Continue reading

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Employment Minister Jo Swinson acts over 100 firms accused of using unpaid interns in paid roles

From The Independent: The details of 100 companies accused of breaking the law by using unpaid interns in paid roles have been handed to HM Revenue and Customs by Employment Minister Jo Swinson. Ms Swinson told Intern Aware that its … Continue reading

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“groundbreaking” climate scientist killed on bicycle

BBC News: Dr Giles had travelled to the Arctic and the Antarctic to study sea ice A cyclist killed in a crash in central London was a talented scientist and lecturer doing research on global warming, her employer has said. … Continue reading

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£14m bill for gagging ex public officials

From The Telegraph: Almost 5,000 council workers and civil servants have been gagged at a cost of up to £400,000 each. Last month the Government banned gagging orders for NHS employees after it emerged that more than £18 million had been … Continue reading

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