Posts Tagged ‘ Public services ’

Rentseeking In Schools Now?

May 28, 2015 11 Comments
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A survey of 6,000 schoolchildren has found widespread misconceptions about the number of immigrants and non-white people living in England, as well as negative attitudes towards Muslims and those born overseas. And who organised this survey, and were parents consulted before their children took part in such a blatant political stunt? Well, the first part’s easy: The research was carried out by the charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC)…

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Newsflash: You’re Grandstanding With Taxpayer Money, Not Your Own…

May 24, 2015 5 Comments
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…just like all socialists: In a plot twist worthy of a Nordic Noir serial, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen has dented Ryanair’s plans to make a killing with its new base in the Danish capital. Frank Jensen, a Social Democrat who has been the city’s Lord Mayor for five years, has banned staff from flying with Ryanair while on official business – even if it means paying much more on…

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No, There’s Something Else That Makes This ‘Particularly Reprehensible’…

January 16, 2015 7 Comments
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Chief Inspector Martin Brennan, from West Midlands Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said the cars and greed gave the men away. He said: ‘This was a highly-organised and well-orchestrated criminal network but what makes it particularly reprehensible is that fact a serving police officer was at the centre of it all.’ …and that’s the fact that this man was in the police force at all. And we can all…

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The ‘Telegraph’ Rolls Out Dr Max Pemberton To Show Doctors Aren’t Supercilious Authoritarians With A God Complex…

September 4, 2014 6 Comments
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…and I think it’s safe to say ‘Epic, monumental FAIL!’ on that one: Should the police be involved in the Kings’ case? Despite this being a painful and sensitive situation, I think it is only right that they are – for two reasons. First, we only have the parents’ say-so that Ashya is well. What they have done may be understandable, but it remains an unusual, extreme act, particularly given…

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More Collective Punishment! It’s For Our Own Good!

April 9, 2014 8 Comments
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Supermarkets and off-licences are being banned from selling alcohol in areas where ambulances are frequently called to drink-related emergencies. And we all know how having a small sherry before tripping over a kerbstone magically logs you as having had ‘a drink related incident’, don’t we? Sainsbury’s had an application to sell alcohol from 8am-11pm at its store at 91-93 St John Street refused last April. Residents complained of revellers “pre-loading”…

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Note The Passive Voice…

October 21, 2013 7 Comments
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A large area of Knaresborough was sealed off from 5pm until about 8.30pm last night. Children were kept in school and people were told to stay in their homes or businesses. North Yorkshire Police had been told there was an “immediate threat to members of the public” at the Paragon Pizza takeaway in High Street. Armed police were posted at various points in the town and officers ordered four men…

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Brimful Of Authoritarianism…

August 26, 2013 6 Comments
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Wahid Ibrahim could lose his licence to sell alcohol next week as a council review decides on his suitability to remain as the owner of B&W Stores in York Place, Brighton. What did he do, sell alcohol to a minor? Well, yes. Once. But his real ‘crime’ is selling alcohol to adults. The review is the first in Sussex to be brought by fellow retailers and residents who say they…

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Useful, If Grandma Is Ever Shot By An Ivory Poacher…

June 20, 2013 17 Comments
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Schoolchildren as young as three are to be given lessons on how to deal with death and grief. Yes, despite the fact that actual educational achievement falls year after year, and companies are forced to run remedial classes for new staff, 550 primary schools have signed up to this. The brainchild of yet another fakecharity: The campaign has been launched by the Child Bereavement UK charity. And how are they…

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This Is Not Justice…

June 3, 2013 5 Comments
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A father has been jailed at a secret court hearing for sending a Facebook message to his grown-up son on his 21st birthday. And no, it wouldn’t even be justice if we were allowed to see it done in open court. After their parents’ divorce, the two boys chose to live with their father, following a series of rows with their mother over her new boyfriend. But within a year…

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Speculating To Accumulate..?

April 26, 2013 4 Comments
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Or just more woeful handling of public money, mixed with a little soupcon of identity politics? A controversial plan to scrap the free parking enjoyed by more than 10,000 Blue Badge holders in the New Forest is today at the centre of a new row. Civic chiefs have been accused of wasting public money after accelerating plans to replace equipment installed only nine years ago. It seems they need to…

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‘Blue On Blue’ Is Great Fun, Yes…

February 8, 2013 5 Comments
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…until you realise you’re the one getting stuck with the bill: A 14-year race discrimination court battle has cost the taxpayer almost a million pounds. Equality campaigner Natasha Sivanandan won £420,000 in compensation after a council-funded anti-racism group turned her down for a job. A job..? In what department, I wonder? The row began in June 1999 when 58-year-old Ms Sivanandan, from Wood Green, north London, applied for a job as a…

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A Nice Gesture, But That’s All It Is…

November 9, 2012 5 Comments
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…when the lunch is still free: Patients discharged from hospital could be given a breakdown of how much their treatment has cost the NHS. Because that will miraculously cause them to care, you see, and rethink their spendthrift ways… Hospital bosses are considering the move to raise awareness of how much various tests, procedures and visits cost, encouraging patients to “value” and “appreciate” the service. Those who are inclined to…

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But We’re Supposed To Worry About G4S Taking Over?

November 5, 2012 8 Comments
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Warden Elizabeth Fairbank battled for two years against charges of fraud from an elderly resident in her care at sheltered housing complex Alexander Hutchinson Court in north Hull. She was in charge of handling one resident’s finances when almost £9,000 was left unaccounted for. Miss Fairbank claims she used some of the savings to decorate the woman’s flat. The police were handed bundles of receipts, which Miss Fairbank claims prove…

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Now, How Can It Possibly Benefit The Mandarins To Have A Clueless Minister?

October 4, 2012 3 Comments
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New Culture man-at-Westminster Ed Vaizey: To emphasise this point he has decorated his office with items that signify his areas of responsibility; a framed tribute from the Brit music awards, a painting by John Hubbard and, in pride of place, the Oscar won by Cecil Beaton for costume design for My Fair Lady in 1964. He would like to make a further addition but, to his chagrin, his requests for…

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In What Way Is This Not Like An Abused Wife Going Right Back To Her Husband?

August 24, 2012 8 Comments
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Stefan Stern on the ‘rumblings’ in the Civil Service: All is not well in the Civil Service. Ministers are unhappy. Engine trouble is afflicting the “Rolls-Royce machine”. I really don’t think what we have now can be said to be a ‘Rolls Royce’ machine. In fact, it’s more like a Skoda. Even the fabled independence and impartiality is no longer a given: Yesterday, there was new speculation over an apparent…

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