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...

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...

Google rejects claims they censored search results for Conservative Party

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Conspiracy theorists have claimed that Google has censored search results for the Conservative party, even though autocomplete results for the party are blank. Google suggests common searches for all of the other major political parties, usually not very complimentary, but nothing appears for searches for “Conservatives are” or “Tories are.” If you do the same search replacing Labour for Conservative suggested searches bring up “…finished”, “a joke” and “right wing.” For the Liberal Democrats the...

The Bernie Sanders Iowa Speech

"It is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics", Bernie Sanders told an energetic crowd following a miraculous Iowa caucuses. Last spring Sanders was down by 42 points in a national poll. On Monday evening, he came close to drawing with long-term favourite and political heavyweight Hillary Clinton. “You guys ready for a radical idea?” he asked an ecstatic audience. “Well, so is America.” Could Bernie really pull it off? Watch his speech in full here: Video: PBS NewsHour

Iain Duncan Smith Refuses End to “despicable” Bedroom Tax & Evades Rising Legal Costs

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Today Iain Duncan Smith refused to stop his "despicable" Bedroom Tax, as he evaded questions on a landmark Court of Appeal, not for the first time. He hid behind a junior colleague, but eventually he was caught unaware by a spontaneous question, from Labour's Rupa Huq. Huq was discussing why three judges said the Bedroom Tax discriminated against domestic violence victims and carers. She said to Smith: "This despicable and discredited policy needs to go"....

With Such Respected Dissidents, Labour Can Reframe The Way We Understand Economics

By Callum Towler I’m not an economist. Probably the closest I’ve come is when an idiot once tried to call me a communist. And here I am writing an article on the subject. Well I’ve heard economics is an art rather than a science, which makes sense: if the "experts” can get it so catastrophically wrong, then I guess our opinions are as valuable as theirs. Since the global economy imploded, I’ve naturally sided with experts calling for its reform....

The Rhodes’ Statue Debate is a waste of everyone’s time

By Darragh Roche Anyone who thinks taking down a statue of Cecil Rhodes will strike a blow against racism is delusional. The small, loud and opportunistic group of Oxford students demanding that Oriel College remove the statue are wasting everyone's time and will achieve nothing. The statue of a man who has been dead since 1902 has as much bearing on modern racial politics as a portrait of Henry VIII has on church-state relations. Once again an attention-seeking student organisation...

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