Entries by Ned Simons from 12/2012

Starbucks, Google And Amazon Accused Of 'Immoral' Tax Avoidance

Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics

Starbucks, Google and Amazon were accused of "immorally" minimising their UK tax bills in a damning report by a spending watchdog today. The Public...

Nick Clegg Under Pressure From Lib Dems To Resist Benefit Cuts

Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics
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Nick Clegg is under pressure from within his own party to resist welfare cuts in George Osborne's Autumn Statement amid reports the chancellor may cho...

Kate Middleton's Pregnancy Expertly Shoehorned Into Leveson Debate By Tom Watson

Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics

As MPs debated the Leveson report and its implications for the freedom of the press on Monday, word reached Westminster that the Duke and Duchess of C...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Baby, Baby, Baby Oh

Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 4th December 2012... 1) HOW EVERYTHING RELATES TO THE BABY That sound you hear? It's political report...

George Osborne To Give 'Fracking' Go Ahead In Autumn Statement, Angering Environmentalists

Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne is to approve the construction of up to 30 gas-fired power stations as part of tomorrow's Autumn Statement, angering environmentalists ...

Boris Johnson Says David Cameron Is 'Morally Wrong' On Europe

Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has accused David Cameron of being immoral for urging eurozone countries to pursue close political union. Speaking in London on Tuesd...

George Osborne Demands Deeper Whitehall Cuts To Fund Schools

Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

A £5 billion investment in schools and other capital projects will be partly paid for by deeper cuts in Whitehall departmental budgets. Chancellor...

Lord West, Accuses Philip Hammond Of 'Dereliction Of Duty' Over Scottish Independence

Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

The former head of the Royal Navy has said he would ignore instructions from the defence secretary and set up a secret unit to deal with Scottish inde...

Autumn Statement: George Osborne Accused Of 'Cutting The NHS, Not The Deficit'

Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

As George Osborne prepares to deliver his Autumn Statement, the Labour Party has gleefully seized on findings that David Cameron has failed to live up...

Autumn Statement: Tim Loughton Urges George Osborne To Help 'Squeezed Middle'

Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne is under pressure to provide relief to the middle classes in his Autumn Statement on Wednesday, with a former Tory minister telling the...

Autumn Statement: George Osborne Delivers Real-Term Cuts To Benefits, Says Austerity Will Last Until 2018

Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne announced a real-term cut to benefits as he delivered his Autumn Statement to the Commons on Wednesday afternoon, despite warnings from...

Autumn Statement: Lib Dems Brief Against Tories (By Mistake)

Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg may have had some strong behind the scenes battles with George Osborne in the run up to Wednesday's statement, but it appeared the "differe...

Autumn Statement: George Osborne Accused Of 4G Borrowing 'Wheeze'

Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne was pleased to announce on Wednesday that borrowing would fall this year. However he has been accused of a bit of misdirection after in...

Ed Balls Blames Stammer For Faltering Commons Autumn Statement Performance (VIDEO)

Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has blamed his stammer for his faltering response to the Autumn Statement, but George Osborne has accused the shadow chancellor of making exc...

Nigel Farage, Ukip Leader, The 'Biggest Waste Of Money In Europe', Says MEP (VIDEO)

Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Politics

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has made a name for himself in the Brussels for delivering vehement attacks on the European Union and the excesses of Europea...

Vince Cable: Mansion Tax Killed By David Cameron To Please Wealthy Tory Donors

Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has said David Cameron killed off Lib Dem plans for a mansion tax because he came under pressure from wealthy Tory donors. Speaking on ...

Leveson Suggests New Law To 'Civilise' The Internet At Conference In Sydney

Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Politics

Lord Justice Leveson has said new laws may be needed to prevent "mob rule" on the internet, as newspaper editors in Britain try to head off the statut...

Hugh Grant 'Aghast' At David Cameron's Opposition To Leveson

Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Politics

Hugh Grant has said the public are "aghast" at David Cameron's decision to oppose the statuary underpinning of a new system of press regulation. I...

Gay Marriage: David Cameron Risks 'Disaster And Division' Over Church Weddings Plan

Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has confronted Tory opponents of gay marriage head on by coming out in favour of gay weddings in churches. The prime minister said on...

George Osborne Attacked Over 'Mummy Tax'

Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been accused of cutting crucial benefits to disabled people and introducing a "mummy tax" on new parents as he conducted a raid on ...

Gay Marriage: Bob Blackman, Tory MP, Says Section 28 Should Be Brought Back

Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Politics

Tory MP Bob Blackman has said that far from introducing gay marriage, David Cameron should bring back the Section 28 law that banned teachers from tal...

George Osborne's Benefit Cut Hurts Single Mothers The Most, Research Finds

Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Politics

Families with children, particularly single mothers, are the biggest losers from George Osborne's Autumn Statement, according to research published by...

Lord Justice Leveson Could Get Press Regulation Role Under Labour Plan

Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Politics

Labour's proposals for the future regulation of the press could hand Lord Justice Leveson the job of overseeing the newspapers. On Monday Labour un...

Owen Paterson Says Opposition To GM Crops 'Complete Nonsense'

Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Politics

Genetically modified food should be grown and sold widely in Britain and opponents of the technology are talking "humbug", according to the environmen...

Gay Marriage: John Major Tells Tories To 'Move On' And Accept Same-Sex Weddings

Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Politics

John Major has told those opposed to same-sex marriage to "move on" and accept that gay people should have the right to marry, as at least 100 Tory MP...