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The bounteous season of banker’s bonuses has rolled round again, and has brought with it the joyous news that nearly 500 of the Barclay’s staff will be netting over £1million. As Polly Toynbee points out in the Guardian, that “disgusting” amount works out as a 10% rise in payouts despite a 32% fall in profits, and all the while those worst hit by the recession continue to suffer. So it’s no change there then, with “ever greater inequality, more wealth sucked up to the top 5%, and the top one per cent's share soaring again.”


The European election is now under a month away, and expectations are high.  But Isabel Hardman notes in the Telegraph that for any Conservative MP not planning on laying into the PM after the inevitable Tory drubbing, it’s the local council elections taking place on the same day that really matter. It’s “bins over Brussels” with a “secret strategy is to not mention Europe at all”, and even encourage voters to have their “naughty moment” with UKIP. It’s all with an eye to the 2015 elections, of course, “the more council seats you can take from another party, the more damage you inflict on their local campaigning operation.”


Move over Bambi, a new arrival had hoofed into our hearts, as the BBC reports that a deer the size of a hamster has been born in the Fuengirola zoo in southern Spain. The 100 gram fawn swells the number of Java mouse-deer in Europe to 44, as is the species continues to be threatened by deforestation.


Charlotte Bell is one resourceful 10 year-old. The Washington Post reports that on a visit to the White House, she packed her father’s CV, and when called on during a Q+A with Michelle Obama, calmly walked up to the stage and handed it over. “My dad’s been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his resume" she said. No word yet on Mr Bell’s new employment status.  

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