Entries by Ned Simons from 07/2012

Australian Minister Craig Emerson Sings 'No Whyalla Wipe-Out' (VIDEO)

Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Politics

What is it with Australian politicians giving weird interviews? In April, workplace relations minister Bill Shorten gave us the most blindly loyal ple...

Liam Fox Calls For EU Referendum In Strongly Eurosceptic Speech

Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Politics

Britain should contemplate leaving the European Union, Liam Fox has said in a controversial speech that is being seen as a first shot at bidding to su...

On The Run And Caught In The Headlights - How The Leveson Inquiry Backfired On David Cameron

Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Politics

"Sorry I couldn’t have been as loyal to you as you have been to me, but Ed Miliband had me on the run," David Cameron said to Rebekah Brooks, after ...

David Cameron Urges Parliamentary Inquiry 'To Get To Truth' About Libor-Fixing Scandal

Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has announced a parliamentary inquiry will be held to "get to the truth" about the rate-fixing scandal that has rocked Barclays bank. ...

George Osborne: Labour Should 'See Sense' And Back Parliamentary Bank Inquiry

Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne has said he hopes Labour "see sense" and take part in a parliamentary inquiry into what went wrong at Barclays in the wake of the rate-...

Ken Clarke: Britain Is 'Losing' The War On Drugs

Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Politics

The UK is "plainly losing" the war on drugs - and may even be going backwards, justice secretary Kenneth Clarke said today. But he insisted he was ...

Nick Clegg 'Lobotomised' By Role In Government, Blames Frenetic Pace Of Whitehall

Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has said he has been left "lobotomised" by his time in government due to frenetic pace of activity in Whitehall. According to The Times,...

MPs To Vote On Banking Inquiry On Thursday Amid Partisan Bickering

Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Politics

Labour will attack government plans to hold a parliamentary inquiry into the banking sector on Thursday as George Osborne and Ed Balls traded partisan...

David Cameron: 'We Will Close Borders To Greeks' In Event Of Grexit

Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said he is prepared to close Britain's borders to Greek immigrants in the event that Greece was forced to leave the eurozone. Giv...

Tom Winsor Confirmed As Chief Inspector Of Constabulary

Posted 07.04.2012 | UK Politics

Home Secretary Theresa May's controversial choice of a lawyer as the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary has been confirmed. Tom Winsor, who becom...

PMQS: Bank Donations To Tories Stopping Cameron From Acting On Barclays, Says Miliband

Posted 07.04.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of failing to launch a proper inquiry into the rate-fixing scandal because the Conservative Party is "bankrolled...

Denis MacShane Cleared By Police Over Expenses Allegations

Posted 07.04.2012 | UK Politics

Former minister Denis MacShane will face no further action from police over allegations that he abused Commons expenses, it was revealed today. The...

Bob Diamond: 'I Was Physically Ill At Rate-Fixing Scandal'

Posted 07.04.2012 | UK Politics

Former Barclays boss Bob Diamond told MPs he felt "physically ill" when he discovered traders at his bank were manipulating the inter-bank interest ra...

Michael Buerk Attacks 'Hypocritical' Argentina And 'Birdbrain' Cristina Kirchner Over Falkland Islands

Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics

Veteran BBC journalist Michael Buerk has launched a stinging attack on Argentina, accusing the South American country of "breathtaking hypocrisy" and ...

Boris Johnson: Olympics Not An Excuse To Skive Off Work And Eat Cheese

Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has told Londoners not to use the Olympic games as an excuse to skive off work. According to London radio station LBC, the Mayor told...

British Army Cuts Delayed To 'Save David Cameron's Blushes', Says Labour

Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics
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The Labour Party has accused the government of delaying an announcement on cuts to the British Army until today in order to allow the prime minister t...

Ed Balls Demands George Osborne Withdraw 'Utterly Baseless' Libor Accusation In Heated Debate

Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has angrily demanded George Osborne withdraw the "utterly baseless accusation" that he had intervened to try and manipulate the inter-bank Li...

Boris Johnson Attempts To Dance With Arlene Philips At St Pancras (PICTURES)

Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson, mayor, columnist, and dancer? On Thursday the mayor joined Arlene Phillips at St Pancras International Station to help launch Big Dance...

Libor Scandal: Judge-Led Inquiry Into Banks Rejected By MPs, Labour Agree To Parliamentary Investigation

Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics

The government has defeated Labour's bid for a Leveson-style judge-led inquiry into the banking sector by 320 to 239, a majority of 81 against the pro...

Louise Mensch: 'I Did Class A Drugs And They Messed With My Brain'

Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics

Tory MP Louise Mensch has said she did class A drugs in her youth and that it had "long term mental health" effects on her. Appearing on the BBC's ...

Lords Reform: Lib Dems Threaten 'Consequences' For Tories

Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Politics

Changes to constituency boundaries that will help the Conservatives secure a majority at the next election will be blocked by the Liberal Democrats if...

Gay Pride Flag Flown Over Whitehall By Nick Clegg

Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Politics

The rainbow flag has been hoisted over Whitehall to coincide with London's gay pride celebration this weekend. The symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Francois Hollande To Meet David Cameron At Downing Street Next Week

Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron will hold talks with Francois Hollande next week when the French president makes his first visit to Britain since taking office. The ...

Serious Fraud Office To Investigate Barclays Libor Fixing

Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Politics

A criminal investigation has been launched into alleged rigging of the Libor rate within the banking industry, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) confirme...

Boris 'Barclays' Johnson Pledges To Change Name In Support Of Bank

Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Politics

In a staunch defence of London's financial centre, Boris Johnson has pledged to change his name to "Barclays Johnson" if the under-fire bank invests m...