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  • Farage hails UKIP triumph as Labour and the Tories are humiliated

    05/25/2014 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/2014 | MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR
    Nigel Farage tonight claimed victory in the European elections, becoming the first 'insurgent party' to top a national vote. With results still being declared, Mr Farage broke cover to predict he will humiliate the Westminster parties, pushing Labour and the Tories into second and third. Support for Ukip has surged by more than 12 per cent, outstripping a more modest boost in votes for Labour, while the Lib Dems faced near-wipeout, with some calling for Nick Clegg to resign. Mr Farage said: 'Ukip is going to win this election and yes that will be an earthquake because never before in...
  • Parents who dress their daughters in pink are holding back the economy, says minister (UK)

    02/05/2014 4:32:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:14PM GMT 05 Feb 2014 | Christopher Hope
    Parents who dress their daughters in pink and force them to play with dolls are holding back the economy, a Government minister has said. Jenny Willott, the Consumer Affairs minister, said that women were being forced into professions that paid less well because of gender stereotyping when they were young children. Girls were often guided into low paying occupations like nursing because of the types of toys they were given to play with. This led to an over-representation of women among nurses—and of men among engineers and physicists. …
  • Lib Dems have held us back, says Cameron: PM says Britain deserves a ‘more accountable’ Government…

    12/10/2013 11:46:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:20 EST, 10 December 2013 | James Chapman
    Britain deserves a “more accountable, more decisive” Government than the coalition that would do more to cut tax, go further on welfare reform and reform human rights law, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister said he “very passionately” wants to lead a single party administration after the election, complaining that the Liberal Democrats have held the Conservatives back in a series of key areas. He hinted that he would ultimately like to cut the top rate of income tax to 40 percent—a move said to have been vetoed by the Lib Dems, who wanted it reduced from 50p to...
  • 'Police gunman told me to ignore paedophiles’, says ex-child protection officer (UK)

    10/20/2013 8:39:51 AM PDT · by Salman · 9 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | October 20, 2013 | James Fielding
    A FORMER child protection officer claimed last night a Special Branch detective held a gun to his head to stop him investigating a VIP paedophile ring. Chris Fay said he was pinned to a wall and throttled before being given a chilling warning to “back away” from allegations surrounding the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes, south-west London. Young boys in care were allegedly taken there in the Eighties to be abused by high-profile MPs and other powerful establishment figures. Mr Fay, who worked for the now-defunct National Association of Young People In Care, accused the Metropolitan Police of acting...
  • Three years of free school meals for all children, says Nick Clegg (UK LibDem leader)

    09/17/2013 10:25:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:00PM BST 17 Sep 2013 | James Kirkup
    All children in their first three years of primary school will be given free school meals in a £600 million ($9.5 million) giveaway meant to reduce the cost of living for parents, Nick Clegg has said. The Liberal Democrat leader said that the new policy, which will take effect in September next year, will be worth more than £400 ($636) a year for each child aged five, six or seven. … Mr. Clegg said that the giveaway on school meals was part of the Coalition’s bid to ease the strain on household finances. He told the BBC that all parents...
  • God? He’s a Liberal, says (UK Lib Dem) minister who claims party has support of the Almighty…

    08/26/2013 9:14:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 03:55 EST, 26 August 2013 | Jason Groves
    He is said to move in mysterious ways and, at last, there may be an explanation why. For according to pensions minister Steve Webb, God is a Liberal Democrat. Although the party has been languishing in single figures in the polls, he argues that, in the long term, it has the support of the Almighty. Writing in a new book about the party’s relationship with Christianity, Mr. Webb says it is clear from the Bible that God shares the Lib Dems’ core beliefs. … Despite Mr. Webb’s eye-catching claims, the book is unlikely to feature on Nick Clegg’s reading list,...
  • Lib Dems: Ban petrol and diesel cars from UK roads by 2040

    08/06/2013 1:26:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:58AM BST 06 Aug 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    Nick Clegg’s party has unveiled proposals to only allow ultra-low carbon vehicles on UK roads by 2040. The controversial measures would mean millions of petrol and diesel cars being forbidden. Only electric vehicles and ultra-efficient hybrid cars would be allowed on UK roads under the Lib Dem plans. However, petrol and diesel vehicles would still be allowed for freight purposes. … The Lib Dems also want to introduce a system of road pricing in congested areas. … As part of the party’s plans to create a “zero-carbon” Britain, the Lib Dems could also embrace nuclear power and shale gas exploration....
  • Drunken yobs should be repay costs of being treated by the NHS, says Nick Clegg (UK deputy PM)

    04/12/2013 12:51:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:46 EST, 11 April 2013Drunks injured in booze-fuelled brawls should be charged for their NHS treat | Matt Chorley and Tamara Cohen
    Drunks injured in booze-fueled brawls should be charged for their NHS treatment, Nick Clegg said today. The Deputy Prime Minister revealed he backed the idea of imposing levies on people who get “completely blind drunk and get themselves into a scrap”. An estimated two million visits are made to A&E every year for alcohol-related illnesses and injuries. Experts say the cost of alcohol to the NHS exceeds £3 billion ($4.6 billion) per year. … Clegg admitted some town and city centers have become “no-go areas” in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. He said it was unacceptable for the taxpayer...
  • [Deputy UK Prime Minister] Nick Clegg: we were wrong to back illegal immigrant amnesty

    03/23/2013 11:52:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | March 22, 2013 | Rowena Mason, Political correspondent
    The deputy Prime Minister said it risked "undermining public confidence" to let illegal immigrants stay if they have been in the country for more than 10 years. In his first major speech on immigration, he abandoned the controversial proposal, which was championed by the Liberal Democrats at the last election. Mr Clegg previously supported the idea of "earned citizenship" for illegal immigrants. His 2010 general election manifesto stated the Liberal Democrats would allow an amnesty for those who had been in the country a decade, speak English and have a clean record......
  • Lib Dem MP apologizes over attack on “the Jews”

    01/27/2013 12:59:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:04PM GMT 26 Jan 2013
    A Liberal Democrat MP facing disciplinary action after accusing “the Jews” of atrocities against Palestinians has issued a public apology for causing “unintended offense”. David Ward’s comments—posted on his website ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day—were condemned by party chiefs and sparked a furious backlash. … In a new post on Saturday afternoon he said he “never for a moment intended to criticize or offend the Jewish people as a whole, either as a race or as a people of faith, and apologize sincerely for the unintended offense which my words caused.” …
  • British MP: Jews Didn't Learn the Lesson from the Holocaust

    01/26/2013 1:08:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/13 | Elad Benari
    A Liberal Democrat MP in Britain faces expulsion from the party for saying Jews had not learned from the murder of six million in the Holocaust in their treatment of Palestinian Authority Arabs, the Daily Mail reports. David Ward, MP for Bradford East, wrote on his own website that he was “saddened” that Jews “could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians…on a daily basis.” “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution...
  • Nick Clegg launches attack on Tories who want to “unravel” Europe

    11/01/2012 1:15:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:31AM GMT 01 Nov 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Nick Clegg has warned Britain is at risk of leaving the EU if Tories keep trying to “unravel” Europe by clawing back powers. After the Government lost a vote to rebels on the EU budget, the Deputy Prime Minister warned that Britain is in real danger of exiting if Tories keep “stamping their feet” and demanding new rules. He also claimed “a grand, unilateral repatriation of powers might sound appealing, but in reality, it is a false promise wrapped in a Union Jack”. … In a warning to the Tory leadership, Mr. Clegg said there is a “shorter leap” than...
  • Vince Cable: Europe could be plunged into war if Euro collapses

    10/14/2012 9:18:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:17PM BST 14 Oct 2012 | Rosa Prince
    Vince Cable has warned that Europe could be plunged into war if the crisis in the eurozone results in the collapse of the currency. The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary said that the potential consequences of the failure of the Euro were "incalculable" and that there was "no automatic guarantee" that the continent would not disintegrate into conflict. … Speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, Mr. Cable said: "I think we need to take stock that if the eurozone were to unravel in a way that destroyed the European project—and there is a risk that could happen—the consequences would be absolutely...
  • Nick Clegg's office attempts to withdraw 'bigot' comment about opponents of gay marriage

    09/11/2012 10:12:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:08PM BST 11 Sep 2012 | James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor
    Nick Clegg is embroiled in an embarrassing row over homosexual marriage after issuing a statement denouncing opponents of the Coalition’s plans for same-sex unions as “bigots”. The attack would be the strongest criticism by a minister of the Government’s opponents over marriage, who include the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and scores of Conservative MPs. In a speech written and distributed by his office, Mr. Clegg also suggested that the success of the London Olympics helped make the case for allowing homosexual couples the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. …
  • (UK Deputy PM) Nick Clegg: I feel 'lobotomized' by Government

    07/05/2012 1:09:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:48AM BST 04 Jul 2012 | Hannah Furness
    The Deputy Prime Minister said he felt he was “sort of gradually lobotomized” by the work of government, and the “sheer neurosis and weight of everyday activity”. Speaking at a reception at liberal think tank Center Forum, he argued it was time to “think big” by coming up with new policies. Admitting getting into Government meant “you stop thinking a bit; you stop looking into the middle horizon,” Clegg said he had discovered the pitfalls of the role “like so many generations of politicians before me”. He said: “One of the things that happens when you go into government is...
  • Liberal Democrats threaten to 'kill' online surveillance plans (UK LibDems)

    04/08/2012 1:00:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | 12:15PM BST 08 Apr 2012
    Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron today vowed the party would "kill" proposals for increased monitoring of emails and internet use if they were not watered down. Mr. Farron said he was "prepared" to look at draft legislation, dubbed a "snoopers charter", when it is published, but warned he was "in no mood" to back "authoritarian" laws. Many Lib Dems were "horrified" by the plans, which would allow Government listening post GCHQ to monitor internet traffic—times, dates, numbers and addresses—in real time. … The Government has faced an intense backlash over the plans, with senior Conservatives joining Lib Dems and civil...
  • U.K. Pulls Plug on United Nations Spending in Opposition of U.S."

    03/04/2011 11:00:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 03, 2011 | George Russell
    Critics of U.S. spending on the United Nations got a huge boost—and supporters of that spending, especially the Obama Administration, took a body blow—from an unlikely source this week: the British government, long one of the U.N.’s staunchest supporters. In a sweeping and hard-nosed reorganization of priorities for its $10.6 billion multilateral foreign aid program, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron has pulled the financial plug entirely on four U.N. agencies at the end of next year, put three others judged merely “adequate” on notice that they could face the same fate unless they improve their...
  • European liberals: Putin got a yellow card (Euro Lib-Dem warning to Russia)

    02/24/2011 7:24:46 AM PST · by struwwelpeter · 8 replies
    Grani.ru ^ | February 24th, 2011
    The Liberal Democrat faction in the European Parliament has warned Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about possible sanctions from the EU. The recent resolution on Russian human rights violations in the European Parliament “is the diplomatic equivalent to a football referee using his yellow card,” said the open letter to Putin, published on the eve of his visit to Brussels. Liberal Democrat leader Guy Verhofstadt and his colleague Christina Ojuland, the keynote speaker on Russia, signed the letter. “Continued violations of human rights, political interference in the judicial process and the murder or disappearances of critics and journalists in recent...
  • Deception, Delusion and Abuse - - Democratic capitalism is in eclipse.

    06/10/2010 5:42:48 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 2 replies · 58+ views
    Finfacts Ireland ^ | 9 June 2010 | Dr. Peter Morici
    From Berlin to Tokyo, governments struggle to instigate enough growth to pay their bills and gainfully employ workers, meanwhile China enjoys breakneck progress. Democratic capitalism is not flawed. Rather, government policymakers are destroying a system that took mankind from dark feudal superstitions to cracking the secrets of life with deceptions, delusions and abuse. From Athens to Sacramento politicians have deceived voters by telling them pension systems can be constructed allowing retirement at ages 55 or 60. Whether funded by savings and investments or taxes, no solvent pension system is possible that permits educated professionals, unionized workers and government employees, who...
  • Tories and Lib Dems edge towards power-sharing deal

    05/10/2010 8:16:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 279+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | May 10 2010 | James Kirkup
    The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are edging towards a power-sharing deal that could see David Cameron become Britain’s new prime minister this week. MPs and officials from both parties said that an outline agreement could be agreed within the day. It is believed that the deal would stop short of a full coalition where the Lib Dems would get seats in the Cabinet.
  • The Tories Will Lose The Next Election If They Enter Into A Coalition With The Tainted Lib Dems

    05/08/2010 8:34:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 620+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | May 08th 2010 | Norman Tebbit
    The Tories Will Lose The Next Election If They Enter Into A Coalition With The Tainted Lib Dems Norman Tebbit May 8th, 2010 What a mess! What an unholy mess! The unloseable election against the worst government in British history finishes in talks to establish the terms on which the losers’ party with only 23 per cent of the votes and only 57 seats might graciously allow the party with 36 per cent of the votes and 307 seats to form a government. This was the election in which the poisonous legacy of Blair’s NuLab plan for the irreversible change...
  • UK Guardian endorses Lib Dems “Chattering classes of the world unite"

    05/01/2010 1:09:30 PM PDT · by sussex · 4 replies · 172+ views
    The Aged P. com ^ | 01/05/10 | The Aged P
    Sorry, Guardianistas, but your declaration succinctly encapsulates every reason why I would rather shove my hands into a wasps nest than vote Liberal Democrat….
  • Election race begins as Brown confirms 6 May date (Britain)

    04/06/2010 3:38:05 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 5 replies · 298+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 April 2010 | BBC Staff
    Political leaders have headed off on the campaign trail after Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the UK general election would be held on 6 May. He said he would seek a "clear" mandate to continue the "road to recovery", as Labour bids for a fourth term. David Cameron, whose Conservative Party has been ahead in the polls, said they offered "hope" and a "fresh start". Nick Clegg, leader of the UK's third biggest party the Liberal Democrats, said only they offered "real change".
  • Labour (England) suffers local poll losses, Conservatives 40%, Labour 26&

    05/05/2006 6:16:14 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 23 replies · 680+ views
    BBC News, England ^ | Friday, 5 May 2006, 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK | BBC News
    Tony Blair has suffered a bad night in England's local elections with Labour losing more than 300 councillors. The main winners were the Tories, who had their best results since 1992. The Lib Dems failed to make much headway. Elsewhere the BNP doubled its councillors, including winning 11 seats from Labour in Barking. The Greens and Respect also made gains. The prime minister has reshuffled his Cabinet to try to regain momentum after days of bad headlines. The projected vote share if the polls were held nationwide shows the Tories on 40%, Lib Dems 27% and Labour 26%. Turnout is...
  • Stunning Lib Dem victory in Brown's backyard [Bad News for Labour, but mixed for Conservatives]

    02/10/2006 2:38:35 AM PST · by ToryHeartland · 4 replies · 332+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10 February | Alan Cochrane
    The Liberal Democrats put their leadership woes behind them and won a startling by-election victory early today in the constituency where Gordon Brown has his family home. In a personal humiliation for the Chancellor, the Lib Dems overturned an 11,500 Labour majority to capture Dunfermline and West Fife. Their 1,800 majority represented a swing of 16.24 per cent. Willie Rennie celebrates with his wife and party members Willie Rennie celebrates with his wife and party members The Scottish National Party finished third but in David Cameron's first by-election since becoming Tory leader his candidate failed to improve on fourth place....
  • Lib Dems criticise guinea pig farm closure (Animal extremists steal body from grave)

    08/24/2005 3:58:26 PM PDT · by Hadean · 4 replies · 257+ views
    The family-run Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch will stop breeding guinea pigs for medical research after a six-year campaign of intimidation by animal rights activists. Liberal Democrat science spokesman Dr Evan Harris said it was "sadly a victory for terrorism and extremism". And he said the closure could have been avoided "had the government and police acted swiftly and effectively back in 1999 when the campaign of violence and intimidation first started". The intimidation of the family farm culminated in grave robbery of the remains of 82-year-old Gladys Hammond, who was a relative of the family farmers. Mrs Hammond, buried...
  • Labour set for severe losses on all sides (Thursday council elections in UK)

    06/06/2004 10:55:07 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 20 replies · 242+ views
    The Times ^ | June 7, 2004 | Jill Sherman
    June 7, 2004Labour set for severe losses on all sides By Jill Sherman, Whitehall EditorLABOUR is heading for huge losses in many of its inner-city heartlands in the council elections on Thursday, with gains split between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. Hundreds of seats are likely to change hands, with Labour set to lose up to 400 and to see its share of the vote plummet to below 30 per cent. The Lib Dems are on course to sweep up seats in Labour urban areas in the North with the Tories likely to gain inner-city seats in the South...
  • Alarm Over Cargo Ships Tracked By Intelligence

    02/19/2003 7:54:38 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 376+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 2-20-2003 | Nigel Morris/Ben Russell
    Alarm over cargo ships tracked by intelligence By Nigel Morris and Ben Russell 20 February 2003 Ministers will face questions in Parliament next week over fears that Saddam Hussein could be evading United Nations inspections by hiding chemical and biological weapons on the high seas. Security experts and senior MPs expressed alarm last night at the prospect that three giant cargo ships are being tracked by Western intelligence agencies because they could be carrying deadly Iraqi weapons. In response to a report in The Independent yesterday, the Government will also be questioned over Britain's defence against illegal maritime trafficking in...
  • Lib Dems take up Iraq debate (LIBERALS NAMED KENNEDY ALERT)

    09/23/2002 1:50:43 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 271+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 23, 2002 | BBC News
    Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy is set to express concern over US policy towards Iraq as his party begins its annual conference in Brighton. Mr Kennedy is to make a statement to delegates on the crisis on Monday afternoon. He has already made it clear that taking pre-emptive action against Iraq without a United Nations mandate would be "quite wrong". Mr Kennedy's statement, being made ahead of the emergency recall of parliament on Tuesday, will question the US's aim of "regime change". It will also criticise what he perceives as US undermining of the UN's authority. The recall of parliament...