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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1380 : June 11, 2014, 05:13:29 PM »


'Dumb People Shouldn't Be Able To Vote,' Former Tory Councillor Clare George-Hilley Says

A Tory who saw Labour win her old council seat has hit out at "dumb" voters who "shouldn't be able to vote".

Clare George-Hilley, who stood down from her seat in Croydon, south London, was involved in the Conservative Party campaign to keep it blue, but it lost to Labour.

She took to social media to berate voters for being ungrateful, adding she felt "let down" by them.

In a Facebook post that appeared on the Political Scrapbook blog, she wrote: "Feel very let down by people we have served for 8 years. We built them a new leisure centre, spent millions improving parks & roads and they vote for the opposition.

“If people are so dumb that they don’t know the difference between a general or local election then they shouldn’t be able to vote.”

The Facebook post appears to have now been deleted.

She also posted to Twitter: "After 8 yrs of delivering low council tax, building your leisure centre and improving your parks, residents of #Waddon #Croydon vote #Labour."

The Huffington Post UK contacted George-Hilley for comment and she directed us to a reader comment she posted on Political Scrapbook.

There, she said the site's piece was "sloppy", adding: "If you checked the statement of nominations then you would be aware that I did not re-stand for election and I believe that people should know the difference between the local & euro elections before voting."

She also moved to defend her comments on Twitter after the blog post was published.

She denied saying "dumb" people should not be allowed to vote - but did not elaborate as to how what she actually said did not amount to this.

Hilley previously appared on the BBC reality show Castaway, when she was the second to be eliminated in the 2007 series.



http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/28/former-tory-councillor-blames-dumb-voters_n_5402385.html?1401273934


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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1381 : June 24, 2014, 02:03:03 PM »
Cameron apologises over Andy Coulson appointment

Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised for employing Andy Coulson as his director of communications.

"I am extremely sorry I employed him. It was the wrong decision," he said.

"I gave someone a second chance and it turned out to be a bad decision."

Former News of the World editor Coulson has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of conspiring to hack phones.

Mr Cameron appointed Coulson as his director of communications in 2007.

He took him into Downing Street in the same role after becoming PM in 2010.

Coulson resigned from No 10 in 2011 amid the row over phone hacking.

It was stopping him giving the "110%" he needed to in the job, Coulson said.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27998411

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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1382 : June 27, 2014, 05:40:47 PM »
Ex-Cameron aide Patrick Rock charged over abuse images

A former senior adviser to the prime minister has been charged by police over child abuse images.

Patrick Rock was arrested at his home in London in February after Downing Street officials contacted officers.

The 63-year-old was questioned by investigators from the newly formed National Crime Agency.

Mr Rock was deputy head of David Cameron's policy unit at the time of his arrest and they have known each other since the late 1990s.

They worked together as special advisers.

In a statement, the National Crime Agency described Mr Rock as a "Whitehall adviser". It said he had been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 3 July.

He has been charged with three counts of making indecent photographs of children and of possession of 59 indecent images of children.

The images have been assessed by Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) officers and CPS lawyers as meeting the definition of level C - the lowest category.

Judith Reed, a senior lawyer with the CPS organised crime division, said: "The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"May I remind all concerned that Mr Rock has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Police searched offices and computers in Downing Street as part of their investigation.

The arrest was not made public until details were published in a newspaper three weeks later.

Mr Rock failed to win a seat in Parliament on three separate occasions in the late 1970s and early 1980s.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28054433

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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1383 : July 03, 2014, 04:55:25 PM »
Tory summer party: bottle of bubbly signed by Thatcher fetched £45,000

Tory leader of Commons Andrew Lansley taunted over auction prize by Labour shadow as No 10 refuses to release guest list

A bottle of champagne signed by Margaret Thatcher was auctioned off for £45,000 at the Conservative party's secretive summer fundraising party on Wednesday night, where businessmen, financiers and lobbyists rubbed shoulders with cabinet ministers.

Andrew Lansley, the Conservative leader of the House of Commons, laughed on Thursday as he was taunted over the luxury auction prize by his Labour shadow, Angela Eagle, who said the Tories were living in a "parallel universe".

Lansley, a guest at Wednesday night's party, said the bottle was "not bought for drinking purposes" but because it was signed by the former prime minister. He said there was no prohibition on social events for political parties and revealed David Cameron had focused his speech to donors and supporters on the increasing likelihood of a Conservative victory at next year's general election.

Downing Street has refused to release the guest list for this year's bash at the private Hurlingham members' club in Fulham, west London, but the gleaming Rolls-Royces and Jaguars streaming through the gates gave a hint of the wealthy passengers heading inside.

Tory ministers including Michael Gove, Nicky Morgan, Matthew Hancock and David Gauke arrived on foot but would not say which donors they would be hosting at their tables. Two of the biggest donors, Sir Michael Hintze and James Lupton, who have each given more than £1m, were spotted on their way in.

But most guests entered in cars with shaded windows, with some hiding their faces behind their invitations. The dress code was "glamorous" but, unlike last year, invitees were not instructed to avoid black tie.

Cameron is facing calls to be more transparent about those invited to the party following revelations by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that the 2013 event attracted bankers, businesspeople and lobbyists jointly worth more than £11bn. His spokesman said there was no need to publish a list as the prime minister was not on "official business".

"Cameron is trying to buy his way to power," said Jon Ashworth, the shadow Cabinet Office minister. "We will be demanding to know who is whispering in his ear at the Hurlingham club."

Last year, when 449 attendees sat at tables costing up to £12,000 each, £1.1m in party donations were registered with the Electoral Commission. At the tables were 73 financiers, 47 retail and property tycoons, 10 oil, gas and mining millionaires and 19 people working in public affairs and PR.

Campaigners for political transparency said the event was "a straight-up case of cash-for-access".

At prime minister's questions on Wednesday, Cameron was challenged by Labour MP Kerry McCarthy to reveal what was discussed between defence secretary Philip Hammond and Lord Clanwilliam, a public affairs executive employed by the government of Bahrain, who shared a table last year.

He refused and instead attacked Labour's reliance on finance from trade unions. "The Labour party just has to get one trade union to write one cheque for £14m," he said.

A Tory spokesman said of the summer party: "All donations to the Conservative party are properly and transparently declared to the Electoral Commission, published by them, and comply fully with Electoral Commission rules."

Darren Hughes, deputy chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said the revelations were "the latest demonstration of why we need a new, more transparent system for funding political parties".

He added: "Every time we get an insight into how parties raise money, it further cements the impression that our democracy is for sale.

"Earlier this year we found that three-quarters of the public believe big money has too much influence on political parties, and 61% believe the party funding system is corrupt. Revelations like this are only going to push those numbers in one direction."

Alexandra Runswick, director of Unlock Democracy, an all-party campaign for constitutional reform, said: "The public feels our politics is for sale and that politicians listen to donors and lobbyists, but not voters. The big problem is this isn't shocking any more. Voters have started to see this as part of the political process and it shouldn't be.

"With an event like this dinner, they can fund much of a general election campaign in one evening. It is much harder to get thousands of smaller donations from the public. Labour is at fault, too, and also hosts fundraising events where you have to pay for a ticket, and who is sitting at the table is not declared."

Tamasin Cave, director of Spinwatch, which campaigns for greater transparency in lobbying, said the summer parties were "a straight-up case of cash-for-access. Buying a seat at a minister's table provides these bankers, foreign businessmen and lobbyists with an opportunity to discuss their concerns, whether it's taxes, regulation or policy".


http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/03/tory-fundraising-party-bottle-champagne-thatcher-auction?CMP=twt_gu

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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1384 : July 03, 2014, 05:32:52 PM »
Tory summer party: bottle of bubbly signed by Thatcher fetched £45,000

Tory leader of Commons Andrew Lansley taunted over auction prize by Labour shadow as No 10 refuses to release guest list

A bottle of champagne signed by Margaret Thatcher was auctioned off for £45,000 at the Conservative party's secretive summer fundraising party on Wednesday night, where businessmen, financiers and lobbyists rubbed shoulders with cabinet ministers.

Andrew Lansley, the Conservative leader of the House of Commons, laughed on Thursday as he was taunted over the luxury auction prize by his Labour shadow, Angela Eagle, who said the Tories were living in a "parallel universe".

Lansley, a guest at Wednesday night's party, said the bottle was "not bought for drinking purposes" but because it was signed by the former prime minister. He said there was no prohibition on social events for political parties and revealed David Cameron had focused his speech to donors and supporters on the increasing likelihood of a Conservative victory at next year's general election.

Downing Street has refused to release the guest list for this year's bash at the private Hurlingham members' club in Fulham, west London, but the gleaming Rolls-Royces and Jaguars streaming through the gates gave a hint of the wealthy passengers heading inside.

Tory ministers including Michael Gove, Nicky Morgan, Matthew Hancock and David Gauke arrived on foot but would not say which donors they would be hosting at their tables. Two of the biggest donors, Sir Michael Hintze and James Lupton, who have each given more than £1m, were spotted on their way in.

But most guests entered in cars with shaded windows, with some hiding their faces behind their invitations. The dress code was "glamorous" but, unlike last year, invitees were not instructed to avoid black tie.

Cameron is facing calls to be more transparent about those invited to the party following revelations by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that the 2013 event attracted bankers, businesspeople and lobbyists jointly worth more than £11bn. His spokesman said there was no need to publish a list as the prime minister was not on "official business".

"Cameron is trying to buy his way to power," said Jon Ashworth, the shadow Cabinet Office minister. "We will be demanding to know who is whispering in his ear at the Hurlingham club."

Last year, when 449 attendees sat at tables costing up to £12,000 each, £1.1m in party donations were registered with the Electoral Commission. At the tables were 73 financiers, 47 retail and property tycoons, 10 oil, gas and mining millionaires and 19 people working in public affairs and PR.

Campaigners for political transparency said the event was "a straight-up case of cash-for-access".

At prime minister's questions on Wednesday, Cameron was challenged by Labour MP Kerry McCarthy to reveal what was discussed between defence secretary Philip Hammond and Lord Clanwilliam, a public affairs executive employed by the government of Bahrain, who shared a table last year.

He refused and instead attacked Labour's reliance on finance from trade unions. "The Labour party just has to get one trade union to write one cheque for £14m," he said.

A Tory spokesman said of the summer party: "All donations to the Conservative party are properly and transparently declared to the Electoral Commission, published by them, and comply fully with Electoral Commission rules."

Darren Hughes, deputy chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said the revelations were "the latest demonstration of why we need a new, more transparent system for funding political parties".

He added: "Every time we get an insight into how parties raise money, it further cements the impression that our democracy is for sale.

"Earlier this year we found that three-quarters of the public believe big money has too much influence on political parties, and 61% believe the party funding system is corrupt. Revelations like this are only going to push those numbers in one direction."

Alexandra Runswick, director of Unlock Democracy, an all-party campaign for constitutional reform, said: "The public feels our politics is for sale and that politicians listen to donors and lobbyists, but not voters. The big problem is this isn't shocking any more. Voters have started to see this as part of the political process and it shouldn't be.

"With an event like this dinner, they can fund much of a general election campaign in one evening. It is much harder to get thousands of smaller donations from the public. Labour is at fault, too, and also hosts fundraising events where you have to pay for a ticket, and who is sitting at the table is not declared."

Tamasin Cave, director of Spinwatch, which campaigns for greater transparency in lobbying, said the summer parties were "a straight-up case of cash-for-access. Buying a seat at a minister's table provides these bankers, foreign businessmen and lobbyists with an opportunity to discuss their concerns, whether it's taxes, regulation or policy".


http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/03/tory-fundraising-party-bottle-champagne-thatcher-auction?CMP=twt_gu


''Cash for access'' indeed, little wonder they hide their faces.

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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1385 : July 03, 2014, 05:45:12 PM »
Ex-Cameron aide Patrick Rock charged over abuse images

A former senior adviser to the prime minister has been charged by police over child abuse images.

Patrick Rock was arrested at his home in London in February after Downing Street officials contacted officers.

The 63-year-old was questioned by investigators from the newly formed National Crime Agency.

Mr Rock was deputy head of David Cameron's policy unit at the time of his arrest and they have known each other since the late 1990s.

They worked together as special advisers.

In a statement, the National Crime Agency described Mr Rock as a "Whitehall adviser". It said he had been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 3 July.

He has been charged with three counts of making indecent photographs of children and of possession of 59 indecent images of children.

The images have been assessed by Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) officers and CPS lawyers as meeting the definition of level C - the lowest category.

Judith Reed, a senior lawyer with the CPS organised crime division, said: "The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"May I remind all concerned that Mr Rock has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Police searched offices and computers in Downing Street as part of their investigation.

The arrest was not made public until details were published in a newspaper three weeks later.

Mr Rock failed to win a seat in Parliament on three separate occasions in the late 1970s and early 1980s.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28054433


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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1386 : July 04, 2014, 12:22:52 AM »
The more I read, the more I think anyone voting Tory or Labour at the next election needs a nice stay in a padded cell, based on the last quarter of a century that I've observed of these clowns in power.
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Reply #1387 : July 04, 2014, 07:48:32 PM »
The more I read, the more I think anyone voting Tory or Labour at the next election needs a nice stay in a padded cell, based on the last quarter of a century that I've observed of these clowns in power.

Those people are only obsessed with self interest and confrontation so will only vote Labour or Conservative. In today's information society it's even more bizarre and laughable.
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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1388 : July 15, 2014, 05:07:13 PM »
Michael Gove moved to chief whip in cabinet reshuffle

Education Secretary Michael Gove is to become the new chief whip in the most wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle of David Cameron's premiership.

He has been replaced by Treasury minister Nicky Morgan, as Mr Cameron promotes more women into top jobs.

Ken Clarke is among the old guard to have stood down and Foreign Secretary William Hague has moved to a lower profile role as Commons leader.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has taken over at the Foreign Office.

Among the other changes announced:

Lord Hill, Leader of the House of Lords, has been nominated as the UK's next European Commissioner

Liz Truss, a 38-year-old education minister, who entered the Commons in 2010, has been drafted into the cabinet as environment secretary

Business minister Michael Fallon - a veteran frontbencher - is named as the new defence secretary

Sir Bob Kerslake is to step down as head of the civil service in the autumn and will retire as permanent secretary at the communities department

Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, is to take back the role of the head of the civil service - two years after the roles were split

David Jones is sacked as Welsh secretary to be replaced by his deputy Stephen Crabb

David Willetts replaced as universities minister by Greg Clark, who will attend cabinet

Justice Minister Jeremy Wright, a 41-year-old barrister, replaces Dominic Grieve as Attorney General, the government's chief legal officer

Baroness Tina Stowell, a former head of corporate affairs at the BBC, is the new leader of the House of Lords

Two MPs return to government: Mark Harper who quit as immigration minister after admitting employing an illegal immigrant as a cleaner, becomes a work and pensions minister, and Nick Gibb - sacked in a 2012 reshuffle - returns to the education department

The BBC News channel's chief political correspondent Norman Smith said the aim of the reshuffle was to bring in fresh faces and make voters think again about the Conservatives' "male, pale and stale" image.

The number of women in cabinet has gone up from three to five so far, out of a total of 22 ministers in Mr Cameron's top team. Ten women have been promoted so far, across government, with three taking ministerial jobs for the first time.

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has turned down David Cameron's offer of a return to government as a minister in the Foreign Office, saying on his website he preferred to carry on campaigning on immigration and Europe from the backbenches.

But it is Michael Gove's move to chief whip, a behind-the-scenes role in charge of party discipline, announced by Mr Cameron on his Twitter feed, that has caused the most surprise.

Mr Gove has been one of the most radical and at times controversial figures in David Cameron's government, driving through far-reaching changes to the education system such as free schools, exam changes and the extension of the academy programme.

His calls for a return to more traditional teaching methods and exam reforms have brought him into conflict with the unions - his replacement by the relatively unknown Nicky Morgan - seen as having a less confrontational style - may be an attempt to calm things down, said the BBC's Norman Smith.

Downing Street is talking up Mr Gove's new role, which will see him leading the fight against Labour in the general election campaign.

"You should expect to see a great deal of Michael Gove on your TV and radio channels," said the prime minister's official spokesman.

But BBC political editor Nick Robinson said it will be seen by some as a demotion as Mr Gove will no longer be a full cabinet member, just have the right to attend meetings when required.

"He now continues not as a leading Tory figure in his own right but as 'a friend of David and George'," writes Nick Robinson.

"His first job would appear to be to help them win the election. His second to make sure Boris and his old sparring partner Theresa May aren't the next Tory leader."

Nicky Morgan will add responsibility for equalities to her previous brief as minister for women, but business and education minister Nick Boles will be responsible for implementing same sex marriage legislation, which Mrs Morgan voted against on the basis of her Christianity.

The teaching unions have said they are seeking urgent meetings with Nicky Morgan to discuss pay, pensions and professional standards.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw said he was "surprised and shocked" by Mr Gove's departure, telling LBC radio: "I'm a great admirer of the Secretary of State, I think he's been a transformative and radical minister of education."



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28302487

Working theory could be that Cameron is "disposing" of anyone with baggage before the sh*t really hits the fan.

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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1389 : July 15, 2014, 07:11:37 PM »
Michael Gove moved to chief whip in cabinet reshuffle

Education Secretary Michael Gove is to become the new chief whip in the most wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle of David Cameron's premiership.

He has been replaced by Treasury minister Nicky Morgan, as Mr Cameron promotes more women into top jobs.

Ken Clarke is among the old guard to have stood down and Foreign Secretary William Hague has moved to a lower profile role as Commons leader.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has taken over at the Foreign Office.

Among the other changes announced:

Lord Hill, Leader of the House of Lords, has been nominated as the UK's next European Commissioner

Liz Truss, a 38-year-old education minister, who entered the Commons in 2010, has been drafted into the cabinet as environment secretary

Business minister Michael Fallon - a veteran frontbencher - is named as the new defence secretary

Sir Bob Kerslake is to step down as head of the civil service in the autumn and will retire as permanent secretary at the communities department

Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, is to take back the role of the head of the civil service - two years after the roles were split

David Jones is sacked as Welsh secretary to be replaced by his deputy Stephen Crabb

David Willetts replaced as universities minister by Greg Clark, who will attend cabinet

Justice Minister Jeremy Wright, a 41-year-old barrister, replaces Dominic Grieve as Attorney General, the government's chief legal officer

Baroness Tina Stowell, a former head of corporate affairs at the BBC, is the new leader of the House of Lords

Two MPs return to government: Mark Harper who quit as immigration minister after admitting employing an illegal immigrant as a cleaner, becomes a work and pensions minister, and Nick Gibb - sacked in a 2012 reshuffle - returns to the education department

The BBC News channel's chief political correspondent Norman Smith said the aim of the reshuffle was to bring in fresh faces and make voters think again about the Conservatives' "male, pale and stale" image.

The number of women in cabinet has gone up from three to five so far, out of a total of 22 ministers in Mr Cameron's top team. Ten women have been promoted so far, across government, with three taking ministerial jobs for the first time.

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has turned down David Cameron's offer of a return to government as a minister in the Foreign Office, saying on his website he preferred to carry on campaigning on immigration and Europe from the backbenches.

But it is Michael Gove's move to chief whip, a behind-the-scenes role in charge of party discipline, announced by Mr Cameron on his Twitter feed, that has caused the most surprise.

Mr Gove has been one of the most radical and at times controversial figures in David Cameron's government, driving through far-reaching changes to the education system such as free schools, exam changes and the extension of the academy programme.

His calls for a return to more traditional teaching methods and exam reforms have brought him into conflict with the unions - his replacement by the relatively unknown Nicky Morgan - seen as having a less confrontational style - may be an attempt to calm things down, said the BBC's Norman Smith.

Downing Street is talking up Mr Gove's new role, which will see him leading the fight against Labour in the general election campaign.

"You should expect to see a great deal of Michael Gove on your TV and radio channels," said the prime minister's official spokesman.

But BBC political editor Nick Robinson said it will be seen by some as a demotion as Mr Gove will no longer be a full cabinet member, just have the right to attend meetings when required.

"He now continues not as a leading Tory figure in his own right but as 'a friend of David and George'," writes Nick Robinson.

"His first job would appear to be to help them win the election. His second to make sure Boris and his old sparring partner Theresa May aren't the next Tory leader."

Nicky Morgan will add responsibility for equalities to her previous brief as minister for women, but business and education minister Nick Boles will be responsible for implementing same sex marriage legislation, which Mrs Morgan voted against on the basis of her Christianity.

The teaching unions have said they are seeking urgent meetings with Nicky Morgan to discuss pay, pensions and professional standards.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw said he was "surprised and shocked" by Mr Gove's departure, telling LBC radio: "I'm a great admirer of the Secretary of State, I think he's been a transformative and radical minister of education."



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28302487

Working theory could be that Cameron is "disposing" of anyone with baggage before the sh*t really hits the fan.


or he is putting Euro sceptics and women into place. Parliament  shuts down soon then its the conference's then before you know it the Election will be upon us.

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Re: The Coalition Government
Reply #1390 : July 16, 2014, 02:35:57 PM »
I think it's a case of getting Gove away from education where his back of a fag packet ideas have been disastrous PR for the Tories and in many cases against wisdom gained from educational research.