Authorities had been forced to dip into funds allocated to other services to cope with the surge in numbers of households appealing for help
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Friday 10 September 2010
Sometimes Parliament – "this sacred place" as Tom Watson called it – looks less than transcendental. In yesterday's emergency debate, for instance, it looked like a turtle on its back flapping its fins.
Wednesday 08 September 2010
Lestrade of the Yard was Conan Doyle's counterpoint for Sherlock Holmes. He hadn't any aptitude for solving crimes but reached the top of his profession by sheer tenacity. He was a bit fictional as well so he's not a complete match for Asst Commissioner John Yates. But if you want a picture of a policeman bound up in the processes of his profession and a victim of the peculiar pressures of celebrity law enforcement – here he is.
Friday 06 August 2010
Having got his history of the Second World War wrong recently, David Cameron blundered over current affairs yesterday when he claimed Iran had developed a nuclear weapon.
Tuesday 20 July 2010
Thursday 01 July 2010
By the time Cameron said how keen he was on a "respect agenda" the heir to Blair style had become a little obtrusive. That inheritance is not without its curse, remember. Blair now has the face he deserves and God knows few of us want one of them. Cameron must be hoping to escape the full syphilitic effect of his predecessor's hereditary gift.
Wednesday 30 June 2010
A Government minister apologised today after calling Commons Speaker John Bercow a "stupid, sanctimonious dwarf".
Tuesday 08 June 2010
Friday 04 June 2010
The facts have changed, and so has Vince Cable, nothing wrong with that. He is the new Lord Mandelson. No one is a greater admirer of Lord M than myself – I'm a Peterphile and proud of it, I confess it everywhere I go and ignore the looks I get.
Monday 31 May 2010
The Treasury was last night attempting to reassure markets that stable and detailed plans to bring down Britain's deficit are on track despite the resignation of David Laws amid concerns that his departure will undermine financial confidence in the new coalition Government.
Wednesday 19 May 2010
With an additional 180 peers the Chamber would have nearly 900 membersand the extra cost would come in at approximately £30.2m a year (at £168,000 per peer pa)
Monday 10 May 2010
Tuesday 27 April 2010
A would-be Tory MP has been suspended for describing gay people as "not normal", it was disclosed today.
Sunday 25 April 2010
Wednesday 21 April 2010
Travellers stranded abroad by the volcanic ash cloud returned to the UK in a trickle rather than a flood today as recriminations flew about the Government's handling of the crisis.
Tuesday 06 April 2010
The decision to create the world's largest marine reserve around the British-owned Chagos Islands failed to take account of the needs of the territory's exiled inhabitants, it was claimed today.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist