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Parliamentary Sketch 10th February – Why is Everything Rosie Mrs Cameron?

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor It’s a shame Labour doesn’t back the Junior Doctors’ strike (still not quite sure why, answers on a post card, or to Cobyn’s PMQ question hotline) and that the Leader of the Opposition didn’t bother to mention Cameron’s mum is fighting her own son’s public sector cuts. Corbyn wore an “I love Unions,” badge but didn’t mention the strike action outside our beloved hospitals. It reminded me of the freshers who used to walk around...

VIDEO: Leopard on the loose in Indian school

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A leopard entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore and injured six people while trying to capture it. It took ten hours to catch and tranquillise the animal, which entered the Vibgyor International school on Sunday. A scientist, a forestry employee and a TV camera man were among those hurt, although all the injuries were minor. Watch Video Here

Tory tax credit U-turn to hurt up to 800,000 families

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A little noticed change that slipped past the Chancellor’s U-turn will clobber hundreds of thousands of workers. George Osborne stated he was ditching tax credit cuts, which would have seen over three million families lose around £1,300 per annum. However, it has been revealed that changes to the 'income rise disregard' would still go ahead from April this year. The policy, which says how much income can increase by before tax credits are recalculated, will...

Trash Journalism Is A Threat To Democracy

Some recent news items: Celebrity Big Brother contestant's possible affair, Oscar nominee takes his clothes off, Madonna's son seen with 'suspicious-looking' cigarette. This kind of trash journalism is everywhere. It clutters social media and arrogantly masquerades as socially relevant information. Every serious journalist should choke on stories about Kim Kardashian's arse and Made in Chelsea break-ups. And like a neighbour who's built a heap of rotting rubbish in his garden, pseudo-news is more than just an eyesore – it's genuinely...

Tory MP forgot declaration of £400,000…but remembered 49p claim for milk

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Geoffrey Cox, Westminster's highest-earning Tory MP was a tad careless and forgot to declare £400k worth of income from outside interests, but managed to remember to claim for a pint of milk, at a cost of 49 pence. Cox is paid £74,000 a year as an MP but works hundreds of hours as a QC. Unfortunately he broke time limits for registering five hundred hours work he did between Jan and Aug 2015. His excuse...

Cutting Running Costs and ‘Bed Blocking’ Would Save NHS £5bn a Year

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Inefficiencies in the NHS is costing five billions pounds a year. Patients staying in hospital too long, reliance on agency workers, costly supplies and inefficient use of staff is making a huge strain on the public purse. Two official reports have published these findings. 8,500 “bedblocking” patients are stuck in NHS hospitals on a daily basis – costing £900m a year and increasing the need to use the private sector to meet patients' needs. Jeremy Hunt, the...

VIDEO – Politician Has Dildo Thrown in Face by Protester

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor New Zealand politician Steven Joyce was chatting to journalists when he was he smashed in the face with a sex toy. He had been chatting to crowds in Waitangi, near Paihia, when he suffered the assault. In the clip the member of the New Zealand National Party is surprised by the pink toy which comes flying into camera shot, hitting Joyce in the mouth. A female protestor in the crowd, threw the sex toy and...

VIDEO – “Racist Trump” by Peter Serafinowicz

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Comedian Peter Serafinowicz has done it again, and harder than ever. His third Trump video comes on the back of "Cockney Trump" and "Posh Trump." He pulls no punches as he used his own voice to say what Trump "really means".  It is clear Mr Serafinowicz is totally fearless in his pursuit of the Republican candidate. Watch Video Here

Parliamentary Sketch 3rd February – Eastenders E8 the EU

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor There wasn’t much to say about today’s PMQs the Tories were all waiting to either bash Cameron on Europe for their constituents or back him to save their own careers, in the debate afterwards. Will PM ignore his party’s core supporters, who would happily restore the monarchy into power given half a chance; some of who seem to regard the ex-Eton and Bullingdon boy as some sort of woolly liberal lefty. If David Cameron isn’t...

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