Theresa has lost the Tory majority and she's at the mercy of spivs like the DUP; but just how willing will they be to torpedo her regime and leave themselves at the mercy of the Corbynites? We'll see!
May Soldiers On
The real cost of the H2S vanity railway venture has reached the magic £100 BILLION. The government, meanwhile, is still pretending that it will cost a mere £56 BILLION.
The Treasury is under pressure from Tory MPs to repair the damage inflicted on the Universal Credit scheme by George Osborne's grabs from it when he was Chancellor.
The PM is trying to strap another year on to the EU exit transition period; December 2021 instead of December 2020. Which will cost us at least another £6 BILLION. Kerching!
The Commons standards committee is about to acquire a chairmanwoman who doesn't believe in them. Yet another reason to hold the inmates of the House of Common Criminals in contempt.
The PM is going wobbly on her pledge to make a clean break from the EU when the currently planned transition period ends. She wants to keep the UK in the EU customs union for an indefinite period. Her party is not on her side on this backslide.
The government is facing trouble over plans to put a double tax on pension savings and for making a bog of implementing the IDS Universal Credit plan.
Mrs. May's latest bright idea is to invent another pay gap, which companies must report as an exercise in virtue signalling one for ethnic minorities. Who's going to end up paying for all this cosmetic VS? Why, the customer, of course. Thanks a bunch, Mrs. May.
The government has been waging war on people who have their pension paid into a Post Office card account, trying to bully them into using a bank account instead. This has been going on since 2015. Meanwhile, the banks have been closing branches and ATMs are vanishing. But maybe no one in the government bubble has noticed any of this.
The Chancellor is about to continue the Brown/Osborne fiscal drift policy of raising effective tax rates by not raising tax thresholds for the various rates of income tax. The PM is getting the blame as a consequence of her decision to end austerity and throw even more money at an unreformed NHS.
The Home Sec. has upset some of the people who deserve it by not letting 7 Islamist terrorists back into the country. All of them are being held prisoner in and around Syria.
The Prime Minister has told the EU that there will be no guaranteed payment of the £39 BILLION separation fee in the event of a blind Brexit, with the EU promising some sort of a trade dead some unknown time in the future.
The Chancellor has been warned off further Brown stealth taxes on pensions. If he needs cash for the NHS, he has been told, then he should tax the companies making online sales to British customers.
Her Cabinet is believed to be telling the PM that the EU should get its £39 BILLION separation settlement only if there is a free-trade deal. No deal, no cash. But is Mrs. May tough enough to go along with that?
The Health Sec. wants GPs to nag patients into changing their lifestyle via threatening text messages.
The PM has decided that men and women should be allowed to have equality with homophiles and be entitled to enter a civil partnership as an alternative to marriage. A quick change in the law has been promised by the Equalities Minister, P. Mordaunt. So five to ten years?
The Chancellor, P. Hammond, was put in box and replaced by a lookalike for the Tory party conference. The replacement actually managed to put a mildly positive spin on post-Brexit Britain, unlike the real thing. That said, the keynote Chancellor's speech was pretty much a welter of wibble and much shunned by the party faithful and the Prime Minister alike.
The Prime Minister needs to grasp that the referendum result was a vote to leave the EU and all of its institutions. And that the half-out, half-in position favoured by Bremoaners and the civil service is a betrayal.
Is there any point to the Prime Minister's attempts to sell her Chequers Plan for Brexit to the EU's leaders when the British public, a huge chunk of her own party and all the opposition parties won't buy it? Not that anything to do with reality has much to do with politics.
The Prime Minister has bitten the bullet. Spending £20 BILLION on the NHS will involve raising taxes. There is no magic money tree, let alone the magic money forest where the Labour party lives, and the Tories are no longer the party of low taxes.
The Prime Minister has taken a dig at the EU by suggesting that there will be one set of rules for immigrants from everywhere post-Brexit and EU citizens won't get any special treatment, especially if the Barnier Bunch continue their mission to stick it to Britain over our decision to leave their rotten borough.
The Prime Minister is trying to get away with a "my way or the highway" approach to the Chequers Carve Up on Brexit. And deliberately not preparing for a no-deal Brexit in an attempt to force her dissenters to go along with her way. No doubt it will all end in shambles and half our politicians will claim it as a huge triumph and half will call it an absolute disaster. No wonder a recent poll found that most people think that most MPs lie about everything most of the time.
The Chancellor is claiming that Brexit will have to be delayed 'by several weeks' in the event of no trade deal with the EU. Sounds like he needs a slap round the back of the head as a matter of urgency, Mrs. May.
As Labour has announced its intention of voting against any Brexit deal which the PM puts before the HoC, she now faces the almost impossible task of getting the MPs who want a clean Brexit to support her. Then she needs to come up with a twist which the DUP will buy as they don't like the Chequers Cop-Out plan.
The miserable Chancellor, P. Hammond, is going for the soft underbelly of the motorist again as he looks for cash to feed to the unreformed NHS monster. The current freeze on fuel duty is his first target in the absence of making a serious effort to cut out the monstrous waste in the NHS.
The Justice Sec., D. Gauke, wants convicts to be allowed to use mobile phones legitimately in their cells. Sounds like the first step on the road to a phone in every cell and the inmates allowed to make unlimited free calls as a 'uman bluddy right.
The government is to allow real people to have a say in whether dangerous criminals should be let out of gaol. But whether what they say will carry any weight with the stooges of the Parole Board and the Home Office and the Justice Ministry remains to be seen. After all, stooges always know best.
The Home Sec., S. Javid, has joined in the Project Fear campaign with fake news about a WTO Brexit leading to riots and a surge of crime of all sorts. How unfortunate that he did it at a time when the police are admitting that they give up all hope of solving over 90% of reported crime whilst the victim is still on the way out of the cop shop. So it's not going to make that much of a difference.
The Prime Minister's price cap on the top tariffs charged by energy companies will save those on them just three-quarters of the amount the PM promised. And the cap will be funded by charging more to customers who opt for a cheaper, fixed-term deal. Which means that the companies will continue to rip off customers. Ineffective government, or what!
The Chancellor, P. Hammond-Brown, is hitting the self-employed with a stealth tax by reneging on a pledge to cut their National Insurance payments. Abolishing Class 2 NI would have the unintentional consequence of raising the NI tax paid by low earners, someone has told Hammond-Brown. But coming up with an arrangement to prevent this from happening is clearly outwith the Chancellor's sphere of competence.
The government's response to the scallop war in the Bay of Seine has been abject surrender to the French. Pretty much what one expects from the current crop of politicians and their civil service minions.
Mrs. May's Chequers Plan for Brexit is in real trouble if Bremoaners like sacked Education Sec. J. Greening is right and the scam really is more unpopular than the poll tax!
The search is on to find someone, anyone, somewhere in Europe who genuinely likes the Prime Minister's Chequers Brexit Plan, even though it is total rubbish. Her party hates it, Barnier, the bloke going through the motions of talking about a Brexit deal on behalf of the EU, hates it and the population at large in Britain hates it. Which might all be part of a cunning secret master plan by a PM who has something truly wonderful up her sleeve. But don't count on it.
The Bremoaner Chancellor is having a major problem over his gloomy and doomy 15-year forecast for the economy. People are asking awkward questions such as: if Gordon Brown had made a 15-year forecast in 2003, would he have come even close to where we are in 2018.
The PM wants to use the overseas aid budget on projects in Africa which support British interests. All she has to do now is find some civil servants who are capable of understanding what acting in Britain's best interests is all about.
Blunders by the DWP and fraud by its customers cost the taxpayer £3.8 BILLION in the last financial year.
The scumbag Chancellor is being warned off doing a Gordon Brown/George Osborne and raiding pension savings to fund a public sector spending splurge as it will cost the Tory party votes.
D. Raab, the Brexit Sec. has labelled the Chancellor's doomy forecasts for Brexit + 15 years as either 'spectacularly incompetent or deliberate". And he knows which is it, so that rules out the former.
The Chancellor is trying to sabotage Brexit with his absurd Project Fear projections about the economy; everyone can see that; but the PM is too weak to move him elsewhere so that his sabotage will be less deadly to the national interest.
Harder exams for schoolkids thanks to Michael Gove when he was Education Sec., pass marks dropped as part of the previous grade inflation policy by whoever has the job now. One step forward, two steps back.
Getting tough with the PM: J. Rees-Mogg has told the PM to ditch her tray of Chequers Fudge and remind the EU that a WTO Brexit will cost them our £40 BILLION 'divorce' ransom and a whole lot more. Which means that they need to start being serious and reasonable, and put on hold, the Mafia attitude which is dominating their current negotions.
Getting tough with the EU: a No Deal Brexit means that the EU will no longer be able to skim a cut of the top of the £1 BILLION in aid money which the UK lets it distribute.
The Brexit Sec., D. Raab, has fired a broadside at the Remoaner scare stories about the EU cutting us off from supplies of food and medicines in the event of a WTO Brexit. They need the money, they can't afford to cut us off and the scare-mongers are just a bunch of pillocks.
International Trade Sec. L. Fox has been made to stand on the Naughty Step for daring to suggest that the government will ditch the renewed 2017 manifesto pledge to reduce immigration to tens of thousands per year instead of letting millions of unwanted bodies fill up our formerly green and pleasant land.
Poor old Jeremy Hunt Boris's replacement at the FO. He's blown a fuse if he really thinks that a no-deal Brexit will be something the country regrets 'for generations'. That's 60 years for 2 and nearly a century for 3 generations.
The government is to blow £100 million over the next decade on hoovering rough sleepers off the nation's streets as part of Environment Department's Make Britain Beautiful initiative.
The Chancellor is flying the kite of an Amazon Tax for on-line retailers. Could be genuine or could be an invitation for the on-liners to offer sweeties to buy it off. Expect lots and lots of lobbying.
The current Home Sec. has put his mealy mouthed, anti-British credentials on display by deciding that the Union flag shouldn't be flown at UK border posts in case it upsets Bremoaners and other anti-British elements.
The Conservative party is to abandon competence and quality in favour of gender equality. The chairman wants 50% of the candidates at the next election to be able women, where possible, and just token women who won't be much use in Parliament if there are no able ones available.
The results of the latest Brexit-related opinion poll are out. The public would like the Prime Minister to stop faffing about and just bloody get on with it.
Small amendment needed to the announcement made by Treasury No. 2 L. Truss. She said "Build on our green fields or get Corbyn."
The Oily Tendency in Downing Street has banned the Department for Brexit from pointing out the adverse financial consequences to the EU of a 'no deal'/WTO Brexit. The OTs are also pretending that the army will have to be mobilized to contain the riots of miffed Remoaners once we are out of the EU.
The government is increasing its aid to China and paying for the space programmes of India and Nigeria with British taxpayers' money. No coherent explanation is expected from either DfID or the PM for these abuses.
A review of data from the last decade has found that not locking criminals up just encourages them to commit more crimes. All of the alternatives to gaol offered by the friends of the criminal tendency haven't worked. On the evidence, it seems clear that the only way to put criminals out of action at present is to put more of them in gaols. Which would really upset the Labour party!
Surprise! The EU's chief brick wall, M. Barnier, reckons there is no way the EU would let another external state collect tariffs and customs duties on its behalf. Which means that the PM's Chequers customs plan, which cost her a whole gang of ministers and other ranks, was always going to be a non-starter.
The PM, who has taken personal charge of Brexit (but leaving her understrapper Oily Robbins to do the actual work) is planning to scare the pants off the population with Project Terrify, a scheme to release 70 official government advice leaflets at ENORMOUS expense to the taxpayer to 'warn' people how to cope after the 'disaster' of a no-deal Brexit. The aim is to Project Fear her subjects into buying any sell out/stay in deal that she can cobble together with the burrocraps of the EU.
Out MPs are so vastly underemployed, and they are so desperate for something to do, that the global warming swindlers want to get cracking on a shower of new laws making just about everything illegal in hot weather.
Therazor May stands accused of lying to her ministers over the Chequers Brexit 'deal' in the same way that Tony B. Liar lied to his ministers when he was cooking up the 2003 war in Iraq.
The PM has pulled the rug out from under the new Brexit Sec. She is pretending to be in charge of Brexit but, in fact, he minion Oily Robbins is running the show.
The government is scrapping the 1% limit on public-sector pay-rises. But are the grabbing bastard unions grateful?
Tory MP M. Warman thinks that people should have an FoI right to know which previously faceless burrocrap made a decision which screwed things up in the person's home town; and why. That's bound to go down a treat with the free-lunch mob!
When they're out of the Bubble, they can tell the truth. No surprise that D. Davis, the former Brexit Sec., has poured scorn on the Treasury's gloomy guesses about what the economy will do.
The Office for Budget Responsibility has bogged up its forecast for Britain's borrowing requirement yet again. Could there be a more compelling argument for a negative bonus scheme for failing government departments?
One or more people is/are is charged in connection with only 9% of reported crimes. And under the reign of the outgoing Director of Public Prostitutions, A. Saunders, the police and the CPS are achieving record levels of cases being tossed out of court because of their failures to disclose evidence to the defence.
The Prime Minister is handing out Brexit bonuses to members of her staff; notably, Oily Robbins, even though they haven't exactly delivered anything at all. Who does she thinks she is? Tony Blair?
The Bremoaner chancellor, G. Osborne, predicted that 800,000 jobs would go in the 2 years after the Brexit vote. Surprise! The swing has gone almost that far in the other direction and the employment rate is at a record level. How strange that our Remainer PM isn't pointing that out and doing a lot of good-news propaganda.
The main outcome of the Prime Minister's machinations towards a half-in, half-out Brexit is that the electorate is starting to consider a no-deal Brexit as a likely outcome and finding that, actually, it would be better that whatever Mrs. May is offering this week. That's 40% of the electorate in favour of not handing £39 BILLION to the EU at the end of March next year, just saying: "Bye! See ya!"
The Prime Minister is warning her party that the country will be left with no Brexit at all if MPs thwart her plan. But if her plan is to thwart Brexit, what's the difference?
The Chancellor (pro tem) P. Hammond has done a U-turn on letting the City of London set its own rules post-Brexit. The EU's rules, and any new ones it makes, will still apply. Unless someone bangs his heads together.
After the frosty reception that the Brexit plan agreed with a Bremoaner Cabinet received from the rank and file Tory MPs, about all our prime minister can do now is dash off to Munich for a conference with the German leader and return in triumph, waving a piece of paper and proclaiming 'Peace for our time'.
Phones in prison cells? What other brilliant ideas will this government come up with?
The extra £20 BILLION for the NHS is turning out to be a somewhat hollow sham. Most of it won't be going to patient care. There are doctors demanding a big pay rise and crumbling buildings to take priority.
To lose one cabinet minister may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two on consecutive days looks like sheer carelessness.
Will the Prime Minister get the message in the resignation of Brexit Sec. D. Davis? Brexit means Brexit, she told us but she doesn't appear to get that separation means NO EU involvement in Britain's affairs after the end of March next year, NO regulations which weren't dreamt up by our burrocraps and NO ECJ rulings having supremacy here.
Minister for Woman & Equalities P. Mordaunt wishes it to be know that she has mastered the art of virtue-signalling using hand gestures.
The Minister for Loneliness, T. Crouch, is trying to talk up her job by demanding that everything the government does should pass a social isolation impact test. She's clearly not bothered about picking the taxpayer's pocket even more to increase the volume of government wibble.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We do not comment on individual cases."
The Bremoaner Chancellor is getting a good kicking from the Daily Mail over his failure to give high street retailers a level playing field with on-line companies, and to give them a fair deal generally over business tax. Maybe he needs to take some of his attention away from trying to sabotage Brexit and give it to the vexed issue of business rates. Or maybe he just needs to be given the sack.
The Prime Minister has decided to waste Parliamentary time on letting people pick their own gender, and do so cheaply and without interference from the medical trade. Nice to know that there is so little going on that she has time for such trivialities. Brexit all sorted, then?
The government is to ban gay conversion therapies. Quite right, too. No one should be forced to become a sexual deviant!
The Transport Sec., C. Grayling, promised to get tough with rip-off fuel prices at motorway service stations but all he had to offer was an official review, which would have taken THREE YEARS!! So he has gone off the idea and he's hoping that everyone else will forget it, too.
The Business Minister, G. Clark, is doing his bit for Project Fear by urging the bosses of major companies to wail that the wheels will come off if we have a complete split with the EU and all of its evil institutions.
As the Treasury tries to drive away traditional Tory voters with demands for higher taxes, the Justice Ministry is seeking to reverse the flow. It is seeking to deprive Labour of the criminal vote by demanding the abolition of prison sentences of less than 12 months.
Defence Sec. G. "Private Pike" Williamson is trying to blackmail cash out of the PM and the Chancellor with the threat of a kamikaze attack, which will sink the Tory ship. Soon for the chop?
The PM is being told to get tough with the EU and tell Barnier & Co. that no trade deal means no £39 billion exit fee. But will she have the guts to do it? The evidence thus far suggests she won't.
The Chancellor, P. Hammond, is blocking an immediate reduction in the maximum stake permitted on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals. The limit will not be reduced to £2 until April 2020.
Taxes are going to go up in the autumn to give more cash to the NHS.
The Transport Sec., C. Grayling, is reported to have 'vowed' to launch a probe into rip-off petrol and diesel prices.
The government is giving the NHS a huge Brexit bonus. How much cash the NHS actually gets will have to be conditional on cutting out the endemic waste and inefficiency and Spanish practices, which have built up over the decades and which cost the taxpayer BILLIONS of pounds every year.
The EU has voted to exclude the UK from the Galileo satellite navigation system, which means that we are entitled to a refund of the £1.2 BILLION of British taxpayers' money invested in the project. The government must not be allowed to fail to get our money back.
The Home Sec., S. Javid, is planning to review visa requirements to make it easier with foreigners with valuable skills to come to the UK. One assumes that's medical professionals and scientists rather than bus drivers.
The Environment Sec., M. Gove, has appointed a Tree Monitor, whose job it will be to prevent councils (usually Labour) from having perfectly healthy trees felled on bogus 'elf ‘n' nazi grounds. Sir W. Worsley is currently overseeing the creation of 200 square miles of a new national forest. He will also have to make time to plant 12 million new trees by 2020, one-million of them in places vandalized by city councils.
Despite Brexit and Project Fear, the Office for National Statistics has declared that the unemployment rate of 4.2% is the lowest since records began 47 years ago.
Hammond outed The Foreign Sec., B. Johnson, has exposed the Chancellor, P. Hammond, as a Brexit saboteur and referendum denyer.
The Home Sec. is relaxing the hostile environment for illegal immigrants, which was introduced by the present PM when she was Home Sec. and abused by civil servants to create the Windrush expulsions big scandal with a very small actual footprint; 5,000 migrants in, about 60 expelled of whom 30 were criminals.
The wealthiest 1% of the population now pay 30% of all income tax. Just think how much better off the state-owned sector would be if the Corbynite scroungers paid their fair share!
The government is allowing HMRC to lie to the nation. The Maximum Facilitation customs plan will cost £2 billion, a proper economist has calculated, rather than HMRC's £20 billion.
The Ministry of Death (a.k.a. Defence) has adopted an intimidation scheme to get out of its obligation to let Afghans who served the British army as interpreters to migrate to the UK to avoid being murdered by the Taliban. Which sounds very New Labour.
The genius at the Home Office who screwed up and embarrassed the government by deporting Windrush Migrants as easy targets has been moved sideways to another government job as his reward for failure.
The new Home Sec., S. Javid, is positioning himself as the policeman's friend. He's going to give them more cash and equipment, and he's dropping the ban on stop and search of members of criminal communities; even of members of ethnic minorities which played the race card strongly enough to bamboozle his predecessors.
Despite all the ethnic cleansing going on in Burma, DfID is still handing over £100 million/year of British taxpayers' money to the regime there.
The government has finally got round to sending hit squads to target those NHS hospital trusts which fail to seek payment from foreign health tourists. A few sackings of the persistent offenders would not go amiss pour encourage les autres.
The PM has been accused of planning for failure with her scam to keep the UK in the EU's customs unions for an indefinite extended period after December 2021.
The government has allowed the ‘justice' system to keep over 6,000 foreign killers and other criminals in Britain on spurious 'uman rights grounds.
The Northern Ireland Sec., K. Bradley, won't let the police put CCTV cameras at the border with the Irish Republic in case terrorists decide they have a right to smash them and get away with it. What a sorry bunch our PM has to pick from.
The government is on course for wasting £23 BILLION of taxpayers' cash on the Renewable Heat Incentive scam, for which we have to thank disgraced Coaltion Liberal (Buff) Huhne. The 'green' (but not really) scam encourages people to burn biomass in a boiler to gobble up subsidy cash and increase air pollution.
The Prime Minister's customs partnership plan for the EU post Brexit won't bring any benefits to the UK, she has been forced to admit. The trouble is, the Maximum Facilitation (Max Fac) alternative has tons and tons of potential for becoming a Max Fac-up once idiots in the civil service are let loose on it.
The PM's usual suspects are running a Project Fear campaign to persuade us that if there are border border posts and checks between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, then the IRA will seize that as an excuse to resume bombing and otherwise murdering British citizens and expand its protection rackets and drug dealing.
The Ministry of Defence has bogged up its cost controls to create a £21 million Brown Hole in its budget. Still, what do you expect with Private Pike running the MoD?
This government has been obliged to deliver a grovelling apology for the Blair regime's part in the kidnapping of a Libyan Islamist; done by the CIA with MI6 help; and turning the guy over to the Gaddaffy regime for torture and imprisonment.
The government has given the green light to yet another witch hunt against the British troops who were sent to Northern Ireland to tackle the terrorists there. As usual, the authorities in Ulster will continue to give IRA killers a free pass. This is something we would expect from a Labour government. It is another shameful betrayal by a Tory government.
The government of China is being highly embarrassed by the £50 million of 'small change' overseas aid which it receives from the UK. The Department for International Development has no plans to stop sending it, as it has a mountain of cash to shovel into Brown Holes and every little helps.
The prime minister has ordered a investigation of Commons Squeaker Berko's bullying and abusive treatment of his staff. Could he be the first holder of the job not to be retired to the House of Frauds?
The Universities Minister, S. Gyimah, has told educational institutions that they face sanctions if they allow snoflake students (and staff) to prevent free speech on the institution's premises with no-platforming agitations. Naming and shaming can become a fine if the free exchange of views which do not violate existing laws is compromised by the supporters of suspect causes.
The new Home Secretary, S. Javid, was born in the UK but he claims he was thinking 'it could have been me' when the Windrush migrant shambles broke its dam. Which rather suggests he's a bit of a poor-me sympathy junkie with an over-active imagination. Worse, he's looking like he's going to be a chocolate teapot on illegal migrants from his opening statement on acquiring his job. Why can we never get anyone worth holding them in the allegedly Great Offices of State?
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has been axed for failing to be aware of what was going on in her fief. Her replacement is the son of a Pakistani bus driver as an antidote to the London Mayor.
The government is giving nearly £50 million/year in aid to China, the world's 2nd largest economy, which also has a multi-billion-pound overseas aid programme. What more proof do we need that government departments are stuffed to the rafters with idiots?
It has taken 8 years to repair some of the damage caused by the last period of Labour misrule under Blair & Brown. Britain has finally balanced the books. Well, as far as the current account goes. Capital spending will still involve lots more borrowing.
The Home Office has refused to play the national interest card used by other nations when it comes to ensuring their passports are printed at home. But then, the British jobsworth has a well-deserved reputation for being the most bone-headed in the world.
The PM has apologized for the way the Home Office became heartless and hopeless under the last Labour government.
The government is putting foreign firms first when it hands out fishing rights for British territorial waters. It's easier just to let them continue to hoover up the fish than to make an effort to let British firms have a fair deal.
The mess the Home Sec., A. Rudd, and her department have got themselves into over migrants from the Caribbean who arrived in the post-war years, and their children, is typical of what happens when burrocrats apply rules unreasonably to a situation to which they were never intended to apply.
The latest Minister for Wasting Taxpayers' Cash Overseas has lost it. She insists that the taxpayer should be proud of her efforts to stuff cash into the pockets of despots and crooks in the hope that a few quid will trickle out into the pockets of the poor abroad. Time to knock her on the head and stuff her back into the cupboard under the stairs.
When Home Sec., the current PM ordered police to stop doing stop & search on people likely to be carrying a weapon to be PC and cosy up to the black community. As a result, knife crime soared. Yet she has no plans to bang the present Home Sec.'s heads together and reverse course now. Maybe she's hoping all the violent kids will do the world a favour and become extinct if they're allowed to slaughter one another without let and hindrance.
As a result of Brown Fiscal Drag (not raising tax thresholds), the number of people paying the higher rates of income tax has doubled since New Labour took office in 1997 and Gordon F. Broon began wrecking the private sector and private pensions with his Stealth Taxes. These unfortunates now pay around 70% of all income tax.
The government has decided not to renew the contract of the current Director of Public Prostitutions when it expires in October. Her 5 years in the job has been a catalogue of disasters and wasted taxpayers' cash. Not to mention constant complaints about The Cuts, which never seemed to prevent her from throwning money down drains.
The PM claims she's giving us strong and stable government but the performance of most of her ministers is more weak & wobbly, wishy & washy and downright not good enough.
We seem to be blessed with a whole gang of ministers who are useless ditherers and just plain not up to the job. Home Sec. A. Rudd is clearly struggling; the fiasco about making Britain's passports abroad confirms that. As is Business Sec. G. Clark when the national interest is involved. And as for Justice Sec. D. Gauke, he is a complete waste of space.
Still no sign of the alleged Business Sec. playing the national interest card a couple of days ahead of the shareholder vote on the fate of engineering mega-company GKN. Presumably, G. Clark, and the rest of the Cabinet, are cool with vultures doing a demolition job.
The victims of the NHS policy of using contaminated blood products from the US going from the 1970s into the 1980s are not getting legal funding for the inquiry ordered by the Prime MInister. It would appear that the Cabinet Office gives taxpayers' cash only to terrorists and their supporters, rapists, murderers and the like. This is going to be very bad news for Mrs. May unless she bangs some heads together.
The average weekly household income is a record £494. The state pension is 25% of this amount. Inflation is 2.7% and the rate of wage inflation is 2.8.
We need to keep a close eye on the PM when it comes to British territorial waters. Britain was screwed by one Tory PM; Ted Heath. Mrs. May must not be allowed to get away with another sell-out, which extends beyond Brexit and even beyond the transition period limit of December 2020. Our territorial waters are not an EU asset. They're our asset.
The Brown Hole of debt into which Labour plunged the country coste £1 BILLION per WEEK in interest payments to service. That is why the Chancellor can't do the Brown splurge, which Labour is demanding
The PM is getting the blame for the rise in knife crime in London. When Home Sec., she made the police cut back on stop-&-search because she thought it was unfair to young, black men; ignoring the fact that they're the ones most likely to have a knife.
The Daily Mail has shot the Hammond fox. He was forced to scrap his plan to scrap our 1p and 2p coins after the Mail outed him and the PM gave him a slap round the back of the head.
The Chancellor is feeling almost cheerful about the state of the economy as he hopes that the Brown Hole of debt will stop growing fairly soon. But he plans to ignore Labour demands for a total splurge of all excess income above routine expenditure. This attitude conveniently ignores the unwelcome fact that total government expenditure, including H2S and other capital projects, is still deeply in the Brown.
The Chancellor is trying to abolish copper coins and boost inflation by up to 4%. Let's face it, everything with a price ending in 6p is going to be rounded up to the next zero rather than down to the nearest 5p. That's our experience from the not-so-great decimalization swindle.
The Chancellor seems intent on handing over Britain's territorial waters, and all the fish in them, to the EU. What's he getting out of it?
The government is considering absenting the UK from the ceremonial parts of the World Cup which Russia bought over the Litvinyenko Two poisoning in Salisbury. But we're not expecting anything meaningful.
The government is letting Centrica, which owns British Gas, close the country's only meaningful gas storage facility with the result that the national reserves will sink perilously close to the magic figure of zero days' when the run-down is complete. Naturally, there is no plan to build an alternative storage facility as that would involve politicians in doing something useful.
The government is to kybosh the luvvie-left section 40 of the Crime & Courts Act, which would have made newspapers liable to pay the costs of vexatious libel actions even when the newspaper won the case.
The Culture Sec., M. Hancock, has put the kybosh on a Leveson II inquiry into relations between the press and the police on the grounds that it would be a waste of time and money. How strange! Good sense is something we don't expect from politicians.
For the first time in 17 years, following Gordon F. Brown's decision to spend recklessly and create a Brown Debt Mountain, the Treasury has finally managed to spend £3 billion less than its income. The bad news is that when capital spending and stuff like infrastructure projects are included in the sums, the national Brown Pile of Debt rose in size by another £18 billion. It now stands at over £2,000 billion.
The Prime Minister has told the EU to take its plan to annex Northern Ireland and stick it where the sun don't shine. Shades of Mr. Hitler and the Sudetenland?
Britain will be fully out of the EU when the current budget period ends in December 2020, there will be no extended transition.
The Tories took over in 2010 with a promise to get tough on criminals. Issuing fines to them has not worked. The combined Coalition + Cameron + May administrations have already written off over £1 BILLION owed by criminals but considered uncollectable. Fine words, but the bad guys are still getting away with it.
Automatic peerages for judges, police chiefs, government ministers and other usual suspects will end, the Prime Minister has assured us. Whether or not the number of peerages handed out in future dishonours lists diminishes remains to be seen.
The Treasury has appointed a tax-dodger, who had to pay HMRC a big wodge of cash, as the new head of the Financial Conduct Authority. Mr. Randell is sure to have the full confidence of the people who pay his wages.
The PM is having a review of degree funding with a view of giving the chop to Mickey Mouse stuff. Naturally, the usual suspects and the usual luvvies, who abhor the real world, are up in arms. So it must be a great idea.
The government has let the EU bosses know that no post-Brexit trade deal means no £40 BILLION blackmail payment.
The government is not making any hasty decisions in the wake of the sex scandal which has engulfed Oxfam.
The NHS has survived its worst winter since records began, the Health Sec., J. Hunt, has revealed. Despite Gordon Brown and New Labour's best efforts to destroy the British economy, the NHS has coped with the worst flu outbreak for seven years. But that's what Britain does in a crisis: copes.
The Tory manifesto for the last general election promised a rise in the £200/year paid by migrants from outside the EU for access to the NHS to £600/year. The actual rise will be £400/year (some £70/year short of the economic figure). Banging NHS heads together, or even some sackings, to get managers to charge foreigners for services received would also be a terrific idea.
The PM has reaffirmed that the UK will be leaving the current customs union with the EU on Brexit and anyone who says any different, like the Chancellor or other Bremoaners, is lying. We are leaving and we will not be going into the Chinese copy demanded by the Bremoaners when we are free of the EU.
Book-Cooking Warning: The PM is heading toward massaging the migration figures by dropping out foreign students.
Stealth Tax Warning: the Chancellor had ordered a review of inheritance tax to see how much already fully taxed money he can grab to waste on the undeserving. Sounds like a cue to get spending and leave the bastard with nothing to grab.
Some MPs have a bit of sense, such as the ones who voted to vacate the House of Common Criminals to let the refurbishers have an uninterrupted field of play for the decade or so they will spend upgrading the rotting 1840s pile.
The PM has said she will fight the plan by the EU to extend automatic settlement rights for EU citizens from Brexit to the end of a 2-year transition. No need to get into a brawl, Theresa. A simple "NO!" will do.
Some good news for the government: the economy is doing better than the 'experts' predicted. But as they are always off the mark, that's nothing special.
The latest opinion poll on the Cabinet has the chancellor, P. Hammond, in the role of chief Bremoaner, the foreign sec., B. Johnson, as the chief defender of Brexit and the prime minister, T. May, firmly camped behind the settee in the 'Haven't A Clue' camp.
The Chancellor, P. Hammond, is putting a Brown Stealth Tax on savings accounts provided by insurance companies. Income which was exceeded by the rate of inflation used to be untaxed. Now, corporated tax rates will apply to it.
The Chancellor, P. Hammond, would have us believe that he and his fellow Bremoaners will sabotage Brexit to the extent that nothing much will change when we are out of the E bloody U. He's now even more unpopular, if that is humanly possible.
It's okay for other Cabinet members to leak like a bucket with a hole in it (especially the ones who are as useless as a bucket with a hole in it) but nokay for Boris Johnson to do it.
The Commons Public Accounts committee has found that the tagging system wished upon us by the Ministry of Justice at a cost of £76 million has been a catastrophic waste of taxpayers' money. Further proof that the government (of any colour) remains unfit to run the proverbial whelk stall.
The prime minister is to set up a fake news and disinformation battle unit. It will be tasked with combatting political garbage from the nation's many enemies such as the Russians, Islamists, the EU, the Labour and Liberal parties, Bremoaners and oh, so many more.
Government borrowing is at its lowest level since Gordon F. Brown turned on the taps of his spending binge in the last gasp of C20. But the Chancellor is still digging the Brown Hole in the nation's finances deeper still, if at a slower rate, rather than balancing the books then filling the hole.
The government is dragging its feet over giving the NHS a Brexit Bonus when the EU is no longer doing its vampire act on the UK in order to prevent Boris Johnson from claiming the credit for injecting more funds into the bottomless pit.
The PM wishes to thank the unelected presidents of the European Council and the Europeon Commission for their invitation to forget Brexit; in other words, to keep on voting until we get it right; but our response remains 'No, thanks'.
Mrs. May has decided to appoint a Minister for Loneliness. T. Crouch will be given the job of jollying the 9 million adults who cannot cope with the sad reality of isolation. Sounds like she's going to have her hands full.
The new boss of DfID, P. Mordaunt, his planning to cut bungs to countries where the government makes no effort to help its citizens. Her new policy is all about helping countries to stand on their own feet rather than lounging about in bed all day.
The PM has promised to overturn the attempts by the House of Frauds to prevent newspapers from investigating corruption, especially in the public sector, by making newspapers liable for the costs of vexatious litigation, even when they win. This is a very left-wing concept of justice and something up with which a Tory government should not put.
Theresa May has pledged to spend the next 25 years picking up plastic waste. How noble of her!
We really need a new word to describe a reshuffle that doesn't change anything much. Mrs. May's latest effort has beefed up the Brexit team, however, whilst up-scaling the junior wimmin.
The National Insurance Fund is due to run out in 2033 unless the 12% rate is increased to 12.6%. Is this a nettle which the new, improved May Cabinet is prepared to grasp?
The PM is watching another red line crumbling. MPs are determined to remove students from immigration figures so that they can pretend that the total is some 500,000 bodies lower than it actually is. The PM is reported to be reduced to a minority of 1 in the Cabinet.
UK aid to the 20 most corrupt regimes in the world rose by 10% in 2016. So much for looking after the taxpayer's hard-earned cash.
Why does Britain have a Third World tax collection and administration system? Because HMRC is sending the competent staff abroad to collect taxes in Third World countries and it doesn't have the cash to train replacements. Yet another example of the foreign aid monster screwing things up for everyone at home, and the government letting it.
The MoD is still being allowed to waste time and resources on pointless political correctness and inclusivism. Which means that even if the armed forces were expanded back to an effective level, the troops wouldn't be capable of putting up much of a fight and they would be led by miserable incompetents.
Universities which fail to protect freedom of speech and which permit 'no platforming' by impaired snoflakes will be subject to fines when a new regulator has set up shop. The Office for Students will open in April 2018 and have the power to fine or even deregister institutions which pander to vexatious minorities.
Education Sec. J. Greening's dotty idea to let people pick which gender they want to be legally, without consulting the medical trade, is heading off the back burner and towards the dustbin.
The Treasury, via HMRC, is imposing premature death duties on people who donated cash to the Leave cause before the EU membership referendum in an attempt to balance the £9 million plus spent by the government on its Remain campaign. More shabby politics by the Remoaners, Mr. Hammond?
The government has ruled that British passports will be blue again after we leave the EU. And, if we are no longer subject to EU tender laws, there is no excuse for not getting them made in Britain; but only if a genuinely competitive tender is on offer.
The PM has announced that the UK will be out of the Common Agriculture and Fisheries Polices when we leave the EU in March 2019, irrespective of transition.
Environment Sec. M. Gove has realized that local councils cannot be trusted to decide which plastics can be recycled. He is going to reduce the current shambles by making it a matter for central government.
The Chancellor is having a proper bad hair week as the second weekend of the month approaches with promises of freezing temperatures despite all the guff about global warming.
Our government must know that in all negotiations with the EU, there is always some small bunch of spivs; the Irish, in the present case; holding everything up until they get undeserved special treatment. Which makes it all the more strange that the government is bothering to hold talks with the EU at all, and waste lots of time and taxpayers' money, which would be better spent at home.
The PM is going even softer on Brexit; €50 BILLION is the latest offer. Meanwhile, the Centre for Economic Policy Research has calculated that if Ireland blocks the trade deal with the EU, it will cost them 50,000 jobs (2.5% of the workforce), us 530,000 jobs and the Europeons 1.2 MILLION jobs. The authors of the report are based in Belgium, which has a steel industry which would be hard-hit by EU intransigence.
The Budget contains a Brownian Stealth Tax on endowment, with-profits and whole-of-life savings policies offered by insurance companies, confirming that Chancellor Hammond is just as dishonest as any of his predecessors.
The Chancellor put some jokes into his Budget performance; he even got the PM to play his lady assistant; in an attempt to create a less Vulcan impression. If he can manage to lose the standard political wibble, people might even start to suspect that he's a human bean!
Oh, dear. The PM is going soft on the EU. She's talking about upping her ante from £20 BILLION to £40 BILLION. Which will only encourage the EU monster. How long will it be before she is offering £60 BILLION and they think they can get away with upping their demand for £100 BILLION to £120 BILLION?
Abolishing the paper vehicle tax disc (thanks, G. Osborne) has resulted in a 300% rise in the number of unlicensed vehicles. Which means that the saving of £10 million/year by the DVLA has resulted in a loss to the Exchequer in excess of £107 million/year.
Something else Mrs. May is going soggy on is writing a leave date from the EU into law.
The Foreign Sec. B. Johnson, is leading the defence against Mrs. May going wobbly and offering more than £20 billion to the EU, even though everyone knows the Eurograbbers will never by satisfied, no matter how much they get, especially if they are planning to DOUBLE the EU budget.
S. Javid, the Communities Sec. thinks he can buy popularity by blaming 'older people' who have bought a home and don't have a mortgage for the lack of housing caused by governments encouraging and failing to control immigration.
The Brexit boss, D. Davis, has given Parliament a vote on the Brexit deal agreed with the EU (if one ever is agreed). He has also underlined the fact that everyone knows that we are leaving, and if the deal is rejected by our Parliament, then it's a no-deal Brexit.
The PM has taken the unusual step of telling the Russian government directly that she knows it is spreading fake news by giving a soapbox to Britain's enemies, like J. Corbyn and his gang; a role traditionally reserved for luvvie left newspapers and the BBC, who are reported to be deeply unhappy about the intrusion. The Putinocracy is also performing cyber-attacks on our institutions. The Russians are happy to be cast in the role of villain/victims as Putin is up for another cosmetic re-election in a few months. The Russians are also annoyed about a tightening of financial rules to hinder their attempts to launder stolen cash through London.
According to Health Sec. J. Hunt, the NHS could save £1 BILLION/year by shopping around and not paying out tens of pounds for items costing just pence. [But the only way to achieve this would be to start sacking procurement department staff who fail to give the taxpayer value-for-money.]
The decision to scrap Class 2 NI contributions for the self-employed can hardly be described as a slap in the face [the hysterical reaction of Libertine-Democrap leader V. Cable] given that the stamp are charged at only £2.85 per week, and not paying them deprives the self-employed of official contributions to a state pension.
MPs are 'considering' legal action against antisocial meeja sites which platform libels (rather than publishing them). Bunch of effin' wimps! They need to grasp the nettle and refuse to the the antisocials hide behind semantics.
The Prime Minister is furious about a 'sex scandal' which has a fairly non-existent sex content and isn't a scandal. Just the usual political cosmetics, then? Yawn.
The Home Sec. A. Ruddigore, has ordered top coppers to devote the time they waste bitching about "The Cuts" and dreaming up silly stunts to cleaning up their own act and doing the job they are paid to do: fighting crime.
The Treasury is getting the blame for building an unnecessary 2-week delay into Universal Credit payments: G. Osborne for extending the month-in-arrears 4 weeks suggested by Iain Duncan Smith to 6 weeks and P. Hammond for perpetuating the extra fortnight.
A leak by the PM's office has told us that the EU has been informed that if there is no trade deal in place by this time next year, that's it. We will be out of the EU in March 2019 and no transitional period will be necessary if there is do deal to which we need to make a transition.
Typical! The looney left are up in arms because the government is making hospitals check up on potential customers to find out if they have been resident here for the last 6 months as a fairly feeble swipe against health tourism. Sounds like another outbreak of magic-money-treeism among the looneys.
The Chancellor thinks he's on an election winner with plans to tax the "don't buy it unless you can afford it" generation to pay bribes to the "I want, I gotta have" generation, who believe in Corbyn's Magic Money Forest. Sounds like a plan. (icon of something sarcastic)
The PM told the EU to get real on Brexit at a jolly in Brussels, but does she really mean it? Or was that just a prelude to a big giveaway?
The government is making the universal credit helpline a freephone number following lobbying. As calls to the existing 0345 number are charged at local rates, or free to some landline customers, complaints that calls can cost 55p/minute should be redirected to exploiting mobile phone companies. Not that you'd get that level of fairness from non-Tories.
A shortage of imported nurses is creating problems for the NHS. The government plans to fix things by making the English language tests simpler. This is a response to the observation that Australian and Canadian nurses, who have English as their mother-tongue, can fail. Maybe they should have tried the test out on some British born nurses first. But 9.5 out of 10 for pragmatism.
Just over a couple of months after Peugeot took over Vauxhall with promises of no job cuts, 400 jobs are to go in Ellesmere Port. No sign of the Department of Trade (if we still have one) doing anything other than hand-wringing, however.
The Chancellor is making himself popular again by thinking that he can tax the pensions of older people, who are more likely to vote Tory, to buy votes from youngsters, who haven't been around for long enough to know what a fiscal disaster every Labour government turns out to be. Looks like he has been taken over by the malevolent spirit of Gordon F. Broon, the Man Who Stole Your Pension, who wrecked final-salary pensions in the private sector in the previous decade.
The Chancellor is as prone to loose lips as any politician and having revealed the government's real view of the EU; they're the enemy; he was unable to resist and urge to issue a slimy and unconvincing retraction. Then he followed it up with an even more unconvincing declaration that he is Brexit's best friend.
The PM is demanding an end to discrimination in everyday life. Fine. While she's at it, why doesn't she demand competence from everyone in the public sector, the government included, and at least 5 sunny days every week. She has as much chance of getting all three by just demanding.
The Tories have given up on their pledge to cap social care costs by 2020. This is part of a strategy for making people realize that they need to save for their old age instead of relying on others to give them a free ride. Labour's refusal to engage in cross-party talks is getting the blame.
The Chancellor is trying to sabotage Iain Duncan Smith's benefits reforms by refusing to provide cash for claimants in transition to the Universal Credit.
Despite a disastrous party conference speech and the best attempts of the Bremoaners and others who think that a new leader will give them a job, Theresa May is still the leader of the Conservative party.
The Prime Minister offered her party a formal apology at the annual Conservative party conference, which was held in Manchester this year. She is sorry for running a bogged general election campaign during the summer. And she's sorry Boris Johnson hasn't been run over by a bus; but she didn't dare say that.
Mrs. May tells the EU in Florence: "I want you to walk all over us, like you usually do. And with my blessing. Brexit means Brexit, but not for two more years and you can keep your hand in the British taxpayer's pocket for even longer."
The PM is planning to offer the EU £20 Billion as a Danegeld divorce settlement to get trade talks started, even though the Germans are agitating for such talks and will agitate even more if they see nothing happening. There is no mention of the EU paying the UK for its share of EU assets bought with British taxpayers' money, however.
The PM has warned the UN that it has to stop wasting aid money or the UK will withhold £30M of its contributions. Like the EU, the UN is notorious for negligent accounting, back-scratching, lack of cost controls and indifference to fraud.
Under pressure from the Big 9 supermarket chains, the Food Standards Agency has been persuaded to stop naming and shaming major retailers who sell chicken contaminated with the food-poisoning bug campylobacter. In futhre, the FSA will concentrate on softer targets like small butchers, independent stores and farmers' markets. The switch of focus has been described as ‘bizarre and unnecessary'. But hey, it's only public safety that's at stake.
Letting local councils apply anti-social behaviour laws to infringements of bin codes was an act of pure insanity on the part of the government. It is well known that town halls are full of tossers who will abuse their powers without a second thought. And there can be no doubt that those in government do know that when it comes to sheer stupidity, you cannot match petty burrocrats in government; local and national alike. If ever a U-turn was needed, it's here.
The Chancellor has been forced to do a U-turn on the amounts that can be staked at fixed-odds betting terminals in bookmakers' shops. But only as far as a review in the autumn. He's not actually doing anything useful right now.
The Treasury has obtained its first July budget surplus since 2002, when Gordon 'Effin Broon was busy with his plan to spend the nation in to bankruptcy.
Mrs. May has dived in to the controversy over President Trump's condemnation of both sides that caused the riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. According to her, there is no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. Something which the fascist left here, and grooming gangs, have been relying on for years.
The Prime minister has banged together the heads of the Commons squeaker, Berko, and told him that his plan to silence Big Ben for 4 years, or even longer (!) ain't gonna happen.
A-Level exam papers have been made tougher to combat years of dumbing down by The Blob, thanks to Michael Gove's efforts. But the exam regulator is going to reduce the number of marks required for a top grade to prevent a dip in the apparent success rate. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
The government's Equality & Human Right's Commission has declared that all jobs must be available on a part-time basis unless an employer can prove genuine business reason for exemption. We all know August is the Silly Season but this piece of the government has stepped over the border into insanity. There's now a clear case for giving everyone involved a zero hours contract and telling them zero means zero!
The government is planning to put before Parliament next year, a bill to allow learner drivers to gain motorway experience. They will have to be in a dual-control car under supervision from a properly qualified instructor.
The Chancellor has had his heads banged together and his infinite transition period post-Brexit is now off the table.
A Dave-the-Leader-buddy hedge fundamentalist has recommended that the government be nice to gaoled criminals. He wants crims to be let out for Xmas and kids' birthdays, play areas in prisons with comfy sofas for criminals and their children, Skype video calls and all sorts of other goodies. Clearly, this fatuous lordship has failed to grasp the point of sending someone to gaol. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that we have any sensible people in the justice system, who will tell Dave's pal to get lost.
The FO is giving £6 million of taxpayers' money to the oppressive regime in Venezuela; including cash to help train the police to be more oppressive. How very Corbyn of it, Boris.
The PM has delivered a slap to the back of the Chancellor's head to tell him to stop his fantasies about Brexit. We're definitely leaving.
British Gas would have us believe that it has to put up its electricity price by one-eighth because of the cost of the government's Green Crap. Ofgem, the toothless industry watchdog, says BG is lying. The government, which was promising to cap rip-off energy bills at one time, says legislation to ‘combat' the energy market is in no way off the table. Translation: don't hold your breath.
Re: the next item (below) Chancellor Hammond is giving £80 MILLION to Brazil out of the pockets of British taxpayers. Brazil has the world's ninth biggest economy and it is one of the more corrupt places in the world. Hammond has the world's smallest brain. Hammond's next stop is Argentina. British taxpayers are advised to brace themselves for more largesse.
The Foreign Office is handing £2 BILLION/year of British taxpayers' cash to the 30 worst regimes in the world. Do we really need to be the pals of tinpot dictators?
The French did it a couple of weeks earlier. At the end of July, our government has decreed that only new electric cars can be sold from 2040 on in the name of reducing air pollution. Existing diesel and petrol cars will be allowed to run until either they croak or the owner can no longer pay licence-to-kill pollution charges.
The government is to ban the sale of new houses with a leashold ground rent. There may also be help for householders who are stuck with a toxic deal with a bunch of grabbing extorters.
The government is giving up on improving and electrifying railways in the Midlands, the North of England and Wales in order to pour cash into the £100 BILLION Brown Hole of H2S.
Fees for paying by credit card, typically 1-3%, will be banned from Jan 2018 in compliance with an EU Payment Services directive. Costs are never more than 0.6% of the amount processed, so companies charging more are ripping off their customers.
The PM is being invited to sack ministers who show disloyalty by briefing against colleagues or leaking to embarrass them**. Doing so could have the bonus of increasing her personal popularity. J. Corbyn has promoted to his shadow cabinet and then sacked most of the current Labour MPs and, according to the theGrauniad/CBC Axis, he is the most popular politician of all time.
The government is in trouble (again) for letting the Cabinet Sec., Sir Cover-Up, sit on a report on the true mission status of the H2S rail white elephant. Opponents of this enormous waste of cash are sure that if the government has suppressed the report for over a year, then its conclusions on value-for-money, keeping to the budget and delivering on time must be extremely damaging at a time when there are all sorts of better alternatives for spending £100 BILLION.
The ambulance service is being allowed to slump back in to the New Labour era, with some hospital trusts sending out cars to tick target boxes, ignoring the needs of the patient concerned. Something for the government to jump upon bloody quickly.
BEWARE: The May regime has not given up on its Death Tax the plan to raise probate fees from the cost of doing the work to a percentage of the estate.
The Chancellor's plan to dump on the self-employed by increasing their National Insurance has been binned.
The 1% pay-rise cap on teachers' pay will remain in place, the Ed. Sec. J. Greening has declared on the advice of the Independent School Teachers' Review Body, which suggested lifting the cap after September 2018, when the coming review period runs out.
The PM seems proud of the fact that she is giving £30 million of British taxpayers' cash to pay insurance premiums for people in third-world countries. Meanwhile, 4 million British families don't have home insurance; some because they spend the money on other things, others because their homes are uninsurable, either because defects in planning regulations allowed them to be built on flood plains or areas known to be prone to flooding, or as a direct result of EU/Environment Department meddling.
The PM knows that the country needs to live within its means. But does she have the courage to stick to her guns with some of the members of her inner circle going soft on doing the right thing?
The DUP is getting the blame for dumping on English taxpayers, the cost of abortions for residents of Ulster, where it is illegal. In fact, the blame belongs to the Tory Wimmin, who have a fairly New Labour attitude to other people's cash and who took advantage of the majority squeeze associated with the Queen's Speech.
The government has done a deal with the DUP. That's £1 billion more for Ulster over 2 years (a 5% pay rise) in exchange for backing on the Queen's Speech, the next budget, security and Brexit. The Labour party is railing against the deal as an apology for its own previous attempts to bargain with the DUP. Nothing like a sinner repentant . . .
A rise in property values and a freeze of thresholds has put the government's take from that most pernicious of taxes Inheritance Tax up by 9% over the last year to £5.1 BILLION pounds. And in the present circumstances, there's no chance of that particular abuse being set right.
Given the clunker of an election manifesto, the Queen's Speech has been trimmed and extended to cover 2 years to make Brexit happen. This is what's left:
8 Brexit bills to avoid a legislative cliff edge when we leave the EU
Out are capping energy bills, plans for funding future social care, more grammar schools, a vote on fox hunting, and plans to bin the pensions triple-lock and means-test the Winter Fuel Allowance.