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Innlegg QIQrrr 25 Aug 2010, 20:30

The Daily Telegraph, August 25, 2010: A British spy who was found dead in the bath of a flat in London was killed before his body was stuffed into a sports bag where it lay decomposing for up to two weeks. Scotland Yard said today that a post mortem was inconclusive in establishing a cause of death and further examination, including toxicology tests, would be required. The man, named locally as Gareth Williams, is understood to have been employed as a communications worker at GCHQ, the Government’s “listening post” in Cheltenham. The last spy to have been killed on British soil was Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian Federal Security Service officer, who died of polonium poisoning in November 2006 - Murdered British spy found stuffed into sports bag in bath of London flat
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The Daily Telegraph, August 27, 2010: Michael Clarke, a former government adviser and the head of the Royal United Services Institute, says he believes the security services could struggle to cope with a new generation of extremists seeking to carry out "lone wolf" attacks. In a report published today, Prof Clarke says that, over the next five to 10 years, about 800 prisoners – in jail for non-terrorism offences – are due to be released on to the streets having been radicalised in jail. They will be joined by convicted terrorists serving short sentences who, once freed, are likely to be just as committed to the cause of jihad as before they were jailed, the report claims - Britain faces new terror wave
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Mail Online, August 30, 2010: NHS care of the elderly is so appalling that more than two thirds of nurses admit hospitals do not ensure frail patients receive the help they need to eat. An Age UK report found relatives routinely have to make sure their loved ones are being fed properly – while others bring in their own food. And a third of nurses said they would not trust their hospital to tackle a relative’s malnutrition. Data shows 175,000 patients are entering hospital malnourished, and 185,000 leave malnourished each year – meaning at least 10,000 cases have been caused by the hospital stay; the highest number on record - Frail elderly patients 'left hungry in hospitals'
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CNBC, September 20, 2010: The UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer - UK Proposes All Paychecks Go to the State First

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Mail Online, September 20, 2010: Middle-class families could be forced to undergo lie detector tests as part of a major crackdown on tax avoidance being spearheaded by Nick Clegg. Tens of thousands will face intrusive new tax investigations under the plans unveiled by the Deputy Prime Minister - Families could face 'lie detector tests'

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Innlegg Håvard 23 Sep 2010, 18:44

Six arrested in Gateshead over 'Koran burning'

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after videos emerged on the internet apparently showing copies of the Koran being burned.
Officers detained two men on September 15 and four more yesterday and all six were bailed pending further inquiries, Northumbria Police said. ''The arrests followed the burning of what are believed to have been two Korans in Gateshead on September 11,'' the spokesman said. ''The incident was recorded and a video placed on the internet.''
Northumbria Police said the men were not arrested for watching or distributing the video, but on suspicion of burning the Koran.

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Innlegg QIQrrr 24 Sep 2010, 08:12

EU Referendum, September 23, 2010: The world's biggest offshore wind farm off the Kent coast has been officially opened. Over term for the 20 years these turbines are suppose to last, we are looking at a public subsidy of £1.2 billion – enough to build a 1GW nuclear power station – a plant with a deliverable capacity more than 13 times this wind array. And for that, it appears, we get 21 full-time green jobs - The Scam Spreads

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Mail Online, September 28, 2010: Benefits tourists are set to get the green light to come to Britain and immediately claim handouts totalling £2.5billion a year. According to documents leaked to the Mail, ministers have been warned that restrictions on claims by immigrants are against the law and must be scrapped. The European Commission's ruling threatens to open the door to tens of thousands who are currently deterred from coming to Britain. Officials warn the bill could be between £1.3billion and £2.5billion a year – hampering plans to rein in welfare spending - An open door to benefit tourists: EU warns Britain it can't stop thousands more migrants claiming welfare handouts

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The Daily Telegraph, October 15, 2010: David Cameron has intervened to halt a revolt by some of the most senior figures in the military over the scale of defence cuts. The Prime Minister made his move after being told by the new head of the Army that proposed reductions in the Forces threatened Britain’s mission in Afghanistan. General Sir Peter Wall, the Chief of the General Staff, made clear to Number 10 that he could not accept cuts in Army numbers and training which would hamper the Afghan operation. In the wake of Sir Peter’s warning, Downing Street sources last night said Mr Cameron had blocked a Treasury demand for a 10 per cent cut in the defence budget. “He has intervened against the Treasury. The Army will be protected,” said a source. Mr Cameron told the Treasury that he would not accept substantial reductions - David Cameron steps in to quell military revolt over cuts to defence budget
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Mail Online, October 24, 2010: The Royal Family have secured a lucrative deal that will earn them tens of millions of pounds from the massive expansion of offshore windfarms. They will net up to £37.5 million extra income every year from the drive for green energy because the seabed within Britain’s ter­ritorial waters is owned by the Crown Estate. Under new measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne last week, the Royals will soon get 15 per cent of the profits from the Estate’s £6 billion property portfolio, rather than the existing Civil List arrangement. Experts predict the growth in offshore windfarms could be worth up to £250 million a year to the Crown Estate. There are already 436 turbines in operation around the UK’s 7,700-mile coastline – but within a decade that number is set to reach nearly 7,000. Prince Charles is a vociferous campaigner for renew­able energy sources such as these, but is opposed to turbines being erected on land – particularly near his own homes. He has described windfarms as a ‘horrendous blot on the landscape’ and has refused to have any built at his Highgrove home or on the Duchy of Cornwall estate. But he has expressed enthusiasm for siting them offshore - Queen's £38m a year offshore windfarm windfall

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Innlegg Petter Sandstad 27 Okt 2010, 12:36

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We're glad to hear it, and in the spirit of constructive suggestions, how about this: Cut taxes on capital gains and income at the top marginal rate, the tax rates paid by the most successful entrepreneurs. Earlier this year, the Labour government raised the top marginal income tax rate to 50% from 40%, and Mr. Cameron's government says it will stay there, at least until the deficit is under control. Mr. Cameron's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, then increased the top rate of capital gains tax to 28% from 20%.


The government says this tax hike will bring in some £750 million more a year to the Treasury. The history of capital-gains rate increases suggests that a net loss of tax revenue is the more likely outcome. Meanwhile, as it claws for more tax money, the government has felt rich (and wise) enough to allocate £1 billion for a "green investment bank" to pick winners and losers and has allocated millions more for a government-run venture-capital boondoggle to provide seed money to new businesses in Britain.


Mr. Cameron has promised to cut the corporate income tax to 24% from 28% over five years. Yet this benefits big, established firms much more than the upstarts that will be the job-creation machines of tomorrow. And that rate cut will take effect only slowly, whereas the tax hikes are hitting now, or soon.

The Cameron government also has expanded the lifetime exemption from capital-gains tax for entrepreneurs to £5 million, from £2 million. This is a positive step. But it favors entrepreneurs while ignoring the investors who fund them—an odd choice given the Prime Minister's declared goal of making more capital available to start ups.

Mr. Cameron says he's not in the reef-building business, but his tax hikes and his proposals for the political allocation of capital show that he's building a greater barrier to durable economic growth.
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Only £949.9bn to go:

    The Daily Telegraph, November 5, 2010: The great austerity auction of state-owned assets has commenced after a pair of Canadian pension funds splashed out £2.1bn to acquire High Speed One, the UK's high-speed rail link. The deal means the consortium has won a 30-year concession to run the 68-mile stretch of rail between London and the Channel Tunnel, as well as the stations on the line, St Pancras International, Stratford, Ashford and Ebbsfleet. Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, on Friday called the deal "great news for taxpayers and rail passengers". The £2.1bn price is above analysts' estimates of £1.5bn to £2bn. High Speed One was put on the block in June and was seen as one of the most attractive assets likely to be sold by the Coalition as it seeks to reduce Britain's national debt of £952bn - Channel Tunnel rail link sale begins UK's big sell off

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Mail Online, November 10, 2010: Town halls are plunging our streets into darkness as they try to cut energy bills, damning research reveals. Up to three-quarters of councils are planning to turn off street lamps or dim the lights in an attempt to save money and meet climate change targets, a poll has found. But police fear that darkened streets will act as a haven for burglars, muggers and vandals – and motoring experts warn that there may be more accidents on the roads - New dark age on our streets: Up to 75% of councils are dimming the lights to save money

The Daily Telegraph, November 10, 2010: David Cameron has warned of that “dangerous tidal wave of money” moving from one side of the world to the other could bring globalisation into “reverse.” The Prime Minister said China needed to understand what was at stake and he urged its leaders to allow the country to be an “open, global economy.” In a speech to students in Beijing Mr Cameron explained that the need for more widespread economic growth in countries in Europe. He said: “The world economy to be able to grow strongly again - and to grow without creating the dangerous economic and financial instabilities that led to the crisis, we need more than just adjustment in the advanced world. “The truth is that some countries with current account surpluses have been saving too much while others like mine with deficits have been saving too little” - David Cameron warns China over economic policies

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David Cameron shields his eyes as he answers questions from students at Beijing University
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Her knuser studentene seg inn på partikontoret til statsministeren
Voldsomme opptøyer i London

(VG Nett) Det oppsto harde sammenstøt mellom politi og studenter i London onsdag, etter at demonstranter brøt seg inn i Millbank Tower.

Den høye kontorbygningen ligger i bydelen Westminster, og huser blant annet Det konservative partiets hovedkvarter.

Flere av demonstrantene tok seg inn i bygningen ved å knuse flere ruter. Sky News meldte også tidligere onsdag at flere studenter forsøkte å tenne på bygningen.

Ifølge BBC forsøkte studentene også å lage bål ved å tenne på flere bannere og plakater.

Flere studenter klarte å ta seg helt opp på takterassen på bygningen.

Minst 14 personer skal ha blitt skadet under sammenstøtene i den britiske hovedstaden.

VGTV: http://www.vgtv.no/?id=33764&category=1 -Her stormer demonstrantene partikontoret

BBC-reporter Miike Sergeant, som var på stedet, rapporterte til sin egen nyhetskanal at demonstrantene kastet ting fra taket, og at en kvinnelig politibetjent var skadet.

Fordømmer volden

Over 30.000 studenter fra hele Storbritannia deltar i opptøyene onsdag, som er en protest mot regjeringens forslag om å doble studentavgiftene.

Leder for studentforeningen i Storbritannia Aaron Porter fordømmer de voldelige opptøyene.

- Dette var ikke en del av planen, sier han.

- Dette er handlinger gjort av personer som forsøker å kapre en fredelig protest, sier Porter.

Det skal også ha vært tendenser til bråk utenfor Liberaldemokratenes hovedkvarter, der studentene blant annet knuste ruten på en parkert bil.

Andre steder i London har protestene gått rolig for seg, skriver BBC.

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SAMMENSTØT: Politiet forsøkte å hindre studentene fra å ta seg inn i bygningen, men flere skal ha greid å forsere sperringen og ta seg inn gjennom et knust vindu. Foto: AFP

- Løftebrudd

Statsminister David Cameron vil øke den øvre grensen på studentavgiften til 9000 britiske pund, omtrent 84.000 norske kroner.

Koalisasjonsregjeringen har også fremmet forslag om å kutte i lærerbudsjettene.

Demonstrasjonen i den britiske hovedstaden er den første store i sitt slag mot den nye regjeringen og dens tøffe innstrammingsplaner.

Studentorganisasjonene raser mot planene, som går stikk i strid med valgløftene fra de konservatives regjeringspartner Liberaldemokratene.

Partiet gikk blant annet til valg på et løfte om å motsette seg avgiftsøkninger i utdanningssektoren.
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The Scotsman, November 13, 2010: The "lights could go out" over Scotland unless new power stations are built in the next two years to ward off a looming electricity crisis, the head of one of Scotland's most successful companies has warned Alex Salmond. Rupert Soames, chief executive of power supply firm Aggreko, told the First Minister that the National Grid will lose a third of its capacity by 2018 as a string of nuclear, gas and oil-fired power stations across the UK are retired - including several in Scotland. Mr Soames claimed that no other industrialised country in the world is at risk of losing so much of its energy supply at the same time - and without a realistic back-up plan. He urged both the Scottish and UK governments to postpone green energy targets by a decade. Unless "the concrete is poured" on a new fleet of power stations within the next two years, Mr Soames warned, "we will be in serious danger of the lights going out." His warning came as British Gas announced it will increase bills by an average of 7 per cent from 10 December. British Gas blamed rising wholesale prices - Scotland 'risking a blackout' in a bid to go green

    "We may wish the replacement to be wind; we may wish it to be
    tidal; but wishing isn't going to make it happen
    " - Rupert Soames
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