If a slap up nosh is necessary then la truss is admitting that her powers of persuasion are not good enough .So Pizza express was good enough for Andrew but not Liz Truss.
Foreign secretary overruled advice to dine somewhere more suitable – and ‘refused to consider anywhere else’uk.news.yahoo.com
This House of Corruption needs a good sorting out. They take us for mugs - because we, the electorate, are mugs for staying quiet.
Happy new year! Sir Keir Starmer was first out of the traps this morning with a curiously under-powered speech in Birmingham, retreading the patriotic message which he was first pushing when he became leader nearly two years ago.
In fact, his 3,000-word speech - titled Contract with the British People - appeared to avoid what will become one of the key themes of the first half of this year, the cost of the living crisis. Sir Keir mentioned the word "patriotic" six times - and the phrase "cost of living" just once.
Yet, the triple threat of inflation, energy bill increases and tax rises are surely what is going to cut through to the millions of people who Labour has to target.
Conservatives too will start to get nervous about the tax rises planned for April, notably the 1.25 per cent increase in National Insurance (doubled when you take into account the employers' contribution).
The argument for the NIC increase was that the cash is needed for the National Health Service initially and then for social care.
So I was fascinated to read a report in The Telegraph today by our special correspondent, Hayley Dixon, which tracked what had happened to the hundreds of millions of pounds raised from the so-called sugar tax.
When the levy on soft drinks was introduced, ministers promised to spend “every penny” on children’s health and wellbeing programmes.
It was proposed that the billions it would raise a year could be used to extend free school meal provision and encourage better diets among those on low incomes.
However, Dixon found through a series of Freedom of Information requests that the cash has been diverted from specific projects into the Treasury's coffers.
From its introduction in 2018 until March this year, the Soft Drinks Industry Levy has raised more than £880 million in tax, including just over £300 million last year alone.
And the Department for Education, which had in previous years been responsible for administering large proportions of the money, has now admitted under Freedom of Information laws that it “is no longer directly linked to any specific programmes, or departmental spending”.
Former culture department minister Rob Wilson said: "It is not surprising as these types of taxes after a few years of good intention usually disappear in the morass of general spending."
And this is why Conservative MPs are so suspicious of any new tax increases, often used to justify a particular concern (whether it is child obesity or social care). Before too long the cash is being tipped into the Treasury's general taxation coffers.
This is a bit rich. . .
and so is this. . .
[/QUOTE}MPs could get getting a £2k pay rise in the same month huge bills increases are set to be introduced, according to reports. It comes as increases in bills, including energy and National Insurance, are set to go up in April. Many struggling families are worried as the price of energy could see...news.google.com
Absolutely it is . However- Tory, Labour etc , it doesn't matter what party it is they will always take advantage if the opportunity is there. Availability is the problem.
Also in the news: Today's other headlines
|Bribery trial | NHS officials who accepted £70,000 in bribes to promote prescription drugs visited GP surgeries to "switch" patients' medication, a court heard. Paul Jerram and Dr David Turner are accused of claiming to be on official business and changing medication to drugs they were paid to promote. The case arose after a Telegraph investigation revealing that NHS staff were paid and taken on expensive trips by drugs firms.|
Because he's probably used to getting away with doing it.I wonder why Johnson stuck his neck out on this one
Owen Paterson: Disgraced former Tory MP's WhatsApp messages to Matt Hancock reveal extent of lobbyingOwen Paterson resigned as an MP last year after he was found to have breached lobbying rules, but the prime minister ordered MPs to vote against suspending him, kicking off a sleaze scandal.news.sky.com