Former Labour Cabinet minister says Sir John Major is right to be shocked that 'elitism' is so entrenched today
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Wednesday 20 May 2009
What can't they do? Three Labour speakers in a row? That's too daring surely. But they are talking about an "interim speaker" who will stand down from Parliament at the next election. Tony Wright, chair of the Public Administration Committee, is the only obvious Labour candidate. He's likeable and inquisitive but in committee often fails to deliver the knock-out blow.
Thursday 07 May 2009
Thursday 07 May 2009
Friday 24 April 2009
Companies will be able to claim custard tarts, sausage rolls and even doughnuts are healthy foods under a European crackdown on junkfood advertising, campaigners complained yesterday.
Saturday 18 April 2009
Friday 17 April 2009
Sunday 01 March 2009
As high-profile Texans keen on making loadsa money, Sir Allen Stanford and George Bush have much in common. Indeed, before Stanford was charged over a £6bn fraud, the two were, it seems, rather matey. When Stanford expanded his financial services firm by building a new office complex on the US Virgin Islands, Dubya sent a heart-warming memo on White House notepaper. "I send greetings to those gathered in St Croix, Virgin Islands, to celebrate the expansion of Stanford Financial Group," it reads. "By providing investment and wealth management services, companies like yours are helping more Americans build a solid foundation for the future. Laura and I send our best wishes ...." Charming, even if the bit about solid foundations has turned out not to be quite right. But why no letters of support from Laura and George now?
Thursday 19 February 2009
Friday 13 February 2009
Monday 02 February 2009
Sunday 11 January 2009
Friday 19 December 2008
Saturday 11 October 2008
"This is the economic equivalent of 9/11," one cabinet minister said yesterday as he summed up a momentous week. Other members talk of the Government being on a "war footing" as they gather in the Cabinet Office's Briefing Room A (Cobra) for meetings of the new National Economic Council or "war cabinet".
Friday 03 October 2008
John Hutton was made Business Secretary by Gordon Brown when he carried out his first reshuffle upon becoming Prime Minister.
Wednesday 24 September 2008
Ruth Kelly's decision to stand down as Transport Secretary at the next reshuffle heralds the imminent end of a short but eventful Cabinet career.
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