Entries by Ned Simons from 08/2012

Civil Service Could Be Politicised Under Radical Reform Plans

Posted 08.01.2012 | UK Politics

The government is considering giving ministers the power to hire and fire top civil servants in a radical shake up that could bring in a system of Ame...

Eric Joyce Fined After Cutting Curfew Tag To Take Part In Boat Race

Posted 08.01.2012 | UK Politics

The MP who was convicted of headbutting another politician in a House of Commons bar has been fined £600 after he removed his electronic tag, so he c...

Where's Winston? White House Apologises Over Churchill Bust-Up

Posted 08.01.2012 | UK Politics

A senior aide to US President Barack Obama has been forced to issue an apology following a row over the whereabouts of a bust of Winston Churchill, wh...

Boris Johnson Gets Stuck On Zip Wire At London Olympics (VIDEO) (PICTURES)

Posted 08.01.2012 | UK Politics

Conservatives, behold what could be your next leader dangling helplessly from a zip line. The mayor was left hanging in mid-air at an event in ...

Boris Johnson Dangling From Things (PICTURES)

Posted 08.01.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson, perhaps unsurprisingly, managed to get himself stuck mid-air waving flags while trying out a zip wire in London's Victoria park. Aft...

Boris Johnson As Tory Leader Would Close Labour Lead, Suggests Poll

Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Politics

The Conservatives could close Labour's poll lead to just one point if they made Boris Johnson the leader of their party, according to a poll published...

Boris Johnson Challenges Putin To 'Strip To The Waist' For Judo Battle

Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Politics

Judo black belt and Russian president Vladimir Putin is expected to use his visit to London today to take a seat in the Olympic stands to watch the ma...

David Cameron: George Osbone 'Is Not Going Anywhere'

Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has confirmed that George Osborne will remain as chancellor of the exchequer following the cabinet reshuffle that is expected to take pl...

David Cameron: 'Mitt Romney Has Learned That Britain Can Deliver'

Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Politics

Did David Cameron just deliver one of the most subtle political put downs to Mitt Romney possible? Asked during an interview on Sky News on Thursd...

Nick Clegg's Naivety 'Ruthlessly Exposed' Over Lords Reform, Claim Labour

Posted 08.03.2012 | UK Politics

Labour has said the reported failure of Nick Clegg's plans to reform the House of Lords has exposed the Lib Dem leader's "naivety". On Friday morni...

Bill Shorten Apologises For 'Piegate' F-Word Rant Defending Julia Gillard

Posted 08.03.2012 | UK Politics

An Australian minister has apologised to a pie shop owner after he was accused of hurling abuse at her for allegedly insulting prime minister Julia Gi...

Boris Johnson: Come On Whoever You Are, Doing Whatever You're Doing (VIDEO)

Posted 08.03.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson repeated the cries heard in offices across the country on Friday afternoon, as he struggled to comprehend what was happening during wome...

Louise Mensch Quitting As MP For Corby To Move To New York

Posted 08.06.2012 | UK Politics

Louise Mensch is to step down as MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, triggering a by-election in November. The high profile Tory MP who entered...

Tories Should Sign Non-Aggression Pact With Ukip, Say Grassroots

Posted 08.06.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron should form a non-aggression pact with the United Kingdom Independence Party at the next general election amid fears the anti-EU party c...

Nick Clegg Takes Revenge On Tories For Killing Lords Reform By Blocking Boundary Review

Posted 08.06.2012 | UK Politics

The prospect of the Conservatives being able to form a majority government after the next election have been dealt a damaging blow. Speaking on Mon...

London Banks Subject To American 'Anti-British Bias', Says John Mann

Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Politics

American politicians and financial regulators are becoming increasingly anti-British in an attempt to shift financial markets from London to New York,...

Cameron Challenges Lib Dem Ministers To Vote Against Government Over Boundary Review

Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has set himself on a collision course with Nick Clegg by challenging Liberal Democrat ministers to vote against the coalition government...

Australian Minister Concedes Olympic Defeat, Will Wear Team GB Shirt For Rowing Punishment

Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Politics

Australian sports minister Kate Lundy has conceded that she will have to don a Team GB kit and row out at Eaton Dorney after admitting she has lost he...

Hillary Clinton's Diplomatic Dance Moves In South Africa (VIDEO)

Posted 08.08.2012 | UK Politics

Having escaped a swarm of bees as she boarded her plane in Malawi, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has been videoed enjoying herself during the ...

Boris Johnson: 'I Don't Want To Be Prime Minister... At The Moment'

Posted 08.08.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has insisted he does not want to be prime minister - for now. Speaking to ITV's Daybreak programme on Wednesday, the London mayor sai...

Barack Obama: 'I Am The Master Tweeter' (VIDEO)

Posted 08.08.2012 | UK Politics

"I am the master tweeter," Barack Obama proudly declares. The president lay claim to the title after posting the "perfect" tweet of 140 characters....

George Osborne: I Will Focus 110% On Economy In Wake Of Gloomy Outlook

Posted 08.08.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne has said he will focus "110%" on pulling the UK economy out of recession in the wake of a warning from the Bank of England that there w...

Tories Owe Nick Clegg Economic Stimulus Plan In Return For Lords Reform, Says Lib Dem Adviser

Posted 08.08.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg should use the death of House of Lords reform as an opportunity to force the Tories to support a more "liberal" approach to the economy, ac...

Ryan Lochte And Michael Phelps Told Off For Peeing In Pool By David Cameron

Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Politics

Perhaps conscious that his children may be inspired to follow in the footsteps, or dolphin kicks, of Olympic swimmers, the prime minister has dipped h...

Public Blame Tories For Breaking Coalition Agreement, As Backbenchers Ask Boris 'How To Win'

Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Politics

The public blame the Tories for cracking the unity within the coalition government, according to a poll published on Thursday. A YouGov survey reve...