Why are they trending? IMF, #HappyBirthdayJohnLennon, #cpc12, George Osborne

What's trending and why? 9 October 2012

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David Cameron insisted today that the Government will stick with its economic strategy despite warnings.

He dismissed calls to change course to boost growth and adopt a "Plan B" and vowed to make sure "Plan A" was "firing on all cylinders".

The IMF has downgraded its previous forecast of 0.2% growth and now predicts that the economy is set to shrink by 0.4% this year.

#cpc12, George Osborne

Britain will seek to open up its potential reserves of the emerging but controversial fuel, shale gas, with a "generous new tax regime", the Chancellor has revealed, in a promise which has dismayed environmentalists.

This comes just after Osborne announced another controversial plan  to dilute employees' rights by announcing that workers will be offered shares in their companies in return for giving up their legal rights at work.

@damiankahya tweets: "Chancellor's shale give-away gets mixed reaction. CBI like it, everyone else, less so. http://bit.ly/RszEkf"


Today would have been John Lennon's 72nd birthday if he was still alive. This week, an exhibition in New York will display 100 drawings and sketches by the late Beatle, called The Artwork of John Lennon.

@deppuccino tweets: "I was feeling insecure, you might not love me anymore. I was shivering inside, I was shivering inside."

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