The Week in Review
Saturday 05 December 1992
The Public Sector Borrowing Requirement may be about to soar to pounds 44bn and the pound have nose-dived ignominiously out of the exchange rate mechanism, but the Treasury was in control on this one. It produced Norman Lamont's till receipt for pounds 17.47.
For Mr Lamont, Chancellor of the Exchequer a few days must have seemed like an eternity. His misfortunes began the previous week when it was revealed that he had not paid his Access card bill and was over his credit limit. One of the Access receipts was from a Threshers off-licence and when a shop assistant claimed that the non-smoking Chancellor had bought champagne and cigarettes in a seedy area of London, press curiosity grew. No sooner had the controversy fizzled out with the publication in every national newspaper of Mr Lamont's receipt than the Chancellor was involved in another row.
It emerged that the Treasury had paid pounds 4,000 towards a pounds 23,000 legal bill he had incurred evicting a tenant from his private home.
The fact that the tenant was a lady 'sex therapist' who had already featured prominently in the press at the time of her removal only added to the story. Whitehall did what it always does at such tricky times and announced an inquiry.
Details of the council tax, a product of earlier Government disasters over the poll tax, were announced on Tuesday. Predictably, many people, particularly those in London and south-eastern England, were very angry about what they will pay.
The Government however is hoping that fewer people will be cross about the council tax than about the poll tax, despite cries about 'chaos and injustice' from the Labour Party. If the grumpiness level proves controllable, the new levy should survive.
Bank customers are certainly feeling extremely grumpy and on Wednesday Laurence Shurman, the Banking Ombudsman, reported a 60 per cent increase in complaints. Bank charges and interest were the chief causes of consumer rage.
The findings of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles were also announced on Wednesday. After interviewing 18,000 people it came up with the unsurprising conclusion that those with more money and greater opportunities have more sexual partners. It also discovered that in every age group far more men than women claimed to have had more than 10 sexual partners. This is final proof that men are bigger liars when it comes to talking about sex.
Both the Sun and the Daily Mirror have decided that Christmas comes very early indeed.
Both published full lists of television programmes over the festive period and, no doubt by an extraordinary coincidence, both did so yesterday.
Sadly the IRA, its mentality growing ever more twisted with the passing years, has also decided that Christmas comes early.
After failing to set off a massive car bomb in London on Tuesday it exploded two devices in Manchester's main shopping area on Thursday, injuring 64 people.
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns aged 27
- 3 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'
- 4 Nicki Minaj finally releases predictable 'Anaconda' video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
James Foley 'beheaded': PM cuts holiday short for emergency meeting on British response to latest Isis atrocity
Michael Brown shooting: Police shoot and kill second young black man near Ferguson
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns aged 27
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
Iraq crisis: Islamic State's message to America - 'We will drown you all in blood'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world'
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