Refusals of FOI requests at record levels as government discloses less and less information

A major new report has found refusals of Freedom of Information requests are at record levels. According to the Institute for Government (IfG) think tank government departments refused to give any information in response to almost half (45 per cent) of FOI requests in the first quarter of 2018. Analysis of the data shows the first three quarters of 2018 had the highest proportion of requests withheld in part or in full – more than half – since the introduction...

Tory councillor under fire for urging council to pull down homeless people’s tents

A Tory councillor has come under fire for urging her local authority to pull down tents used by homeless people. She took to Twitter to share he thoughts on the homelessness issue in the city she represents. Kathryn Kelloway, a councillor for the Cyncoed area of Cardiff, tweeted to the city council’s leader a picture of herself standing in front of tents pitched on a shopping street. “Cllr Thomas, if you seek safety in our city centre, if you seek prosperity for...

14 MPs turn up to discuss UN report on 14 million people living in poverty

The UN’s report on poverty in Britain is at risk of being swept under the carpet after just 14 MPs turned up to debate the issue in parliament yesterday. A festive hangover appeared to have swept over the House of Commons as politicians returned from their holiday break. Only a handful of MPs bothered to turn up to an adjournment debate on the findings of the United Nations Report on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in the UK and Northern Ireland,...

Think Corbyn is a ‘danger to Britain’? Here’s how you’ve been brainwashed

If you still think Jeremy Corbyn is a 'danger' to Britain, a 'traitor', or just a total clown, it could be too late for you – you’ve been brainwashed by a handful of foreign billionaires. That's what I wrote more than two years ago in an article about the continual smearing of Jeremy Corbyn in the press. It turns out things haven't got better; it's worse than we imagined. At the time, the article pointed out that whilst newspapers play...

Boris Johnson “deeply regrets” going down Brexit route close sources reveal

Boris Johnson has admitted he “deeply regrets” going down the Brexit route according to sources close to the former Foreign Secretary. Matt Kelly, editor of The New European, revealed on Twitter that someone who knows Johnson very well said he now wishes he had sent the other letter. The source said: "He knows he's fucked up massively. Now he's working out how to get himself out of the mess." Johnson penned two articles ahead of the Brexit vote before he...

Why are the capital’s police coming under attack from all quarters?

Chris Hobbs is a former officer of the Metropolitan Police who served for 32 years including targeting gang crime on Operation Trident   It is a sad fact of life that when responding to stabbings or shootings in London, police officers are very often on the scene before paramedics.  A recent example was the horrific gang stabbing of four teenagers in Camberwell which left one of the victims disemboweled. While the hands of police officers are frequently bloodied when tryng to save lives,...

Church child abuse revelations show why Government must make it a crime not to report it

By Nigel O’Mara Nigel O’Mara is a veteran campaigner for child abuse survivors. He has waived his right to anonymity as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Please imagine the scene.... even though it's not nice... your child is abused in school by a teacher. Other teachers see that something is wrong. They notice the signs, perhaps your child has even told them that they have been sexually abused. Nobody tells you and nobody tells...

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