Wednesday, 11 December 2013

News round-up

Cameron's quango friends have recommended an MP salary rise of 11%. This compares well with the 1% awarded to the armed forces, which fails to even keep pace with inflation, now threatening to go through the roof (thanks to the Quantitative Easing induced credit boom, backed by government mortgage subsidies). Chancellor Osborne calls such inflation "economic growth" to justify his increases in public expenditure (in real terms, as noted by the Office for Budgetary Responsibility). The MP salary hike has been criticised by a few backbenchers - plus latterly their leaders too -  who have refused to accept it, but sadly they will have to because it will be paid directly into their bank accounts, along with the usual mortgage and heating allowances for second homes. As for pensioners trying to stay alive in cold weather, a sub-inflationary three quid a week extra will have to do. Too many MPs have interests in renewables for the elderly to enjoy cheap shale gas this side of hell freezing over (or boiling over according to the renewables lobby, in which case the elderly don't need to worry).

Having delivered on gay marriage, Cameron has now had a photo taken of himself at the memorial service of a former terrorist, neither PR stunt having been promised in the 2010 Tory manifesto. Neither was HS2 come to that, an EU project so unpopular that ministers are now having to bury a report on how bad it is. And a dog owner has been reunited with her missing pet after nine years. (Number ten spin masters are still working on that one.)

In the courts

The England and Wales Supreme Court has ruled that you can get married on premises owned by the "Church" of Scientology, so perhaps marriages conducted on Twitter are legal too - for some people, tweets are all they believe in. The Ulster Supreme Court has ruled that homosexuals can adopt children so it could be paedophiles next, because they've got a right to a "family life" as well. And an immigration tribunal has ruled that Trenton Oldfield, who sabotaged the 2012 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race by jumping into the River Thames, should not be deported because Australians might be racist toward his Indian wife -

- and besides, as the tribunal chairman told him, "there is no doubt ... of your character and the value you are to UK society generally".

1 comment:

  1. Having delivered on gay marriage, Cameron has now had a photo taken of himself at the memorial service of a former terrorist, neither PR stunt having been promised in the 2010 Tory manifesto.

    :)

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