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Erasmusletter_en. La Culture va-t-elle passer l'arme à gauche ? - Idées. Bien sûr, il y a la crise.

La Culture va-t-elle passer l'arme à gauche ? - Idées

Le très gros effort budgétaire auquel l’Etat va devoir se soumettre pour réduire ses dépenses : 10 milliards d’euros. Bien sûr, l’argent ne fait pas tout, et certainement pas dans le domaine de la création artistique. Mais s’il y en a bien un qui semblait devoir échapper aux grandes cisailles de la rigueur sous un gouvernement de gauche, c’est celui de la culture. GRANDE-BRETAGNE. 40.000 familles risquent la rue - Monde. Environ 40.000 familles britanniques risquent de se retrouver à la rue en raison de la réforme des allocations sociales prévue par le gouvernement britannique, selon un document du ministère des Collectivités locales révélé dimanche 3 juillet par The Observer.

GRANDE-BRETAGNE. 40.000 familles risquent la rue - Monde

Dans cette lettre adressée à Downing Street, le ministère fait part de son inquiétude sur le plafonnement prévu des allocations sociales à 500 livres (552 euros) par semaine et par foyer. Ces aides englobent notamment les allocations familiales, logement et chômage. L’Angleterre, 
nouveau royaume des inégalités. Qu’elle paraît douce en comparaison, la France de Hollande !

L’Angleterre, 
nouveau royaume des inégalités

De l’autre côté du Channel, les Britanniques subissent une vraie rigueur. Et ça fait mal. Un pays où l’on baisse les impôts des plus fortunés et où l’on augmente les taxes des plus modestes, cela vous tente ? Millionaire tax avoiders 'shock' chancellor. Royaume-Uni: la lutte des classes aura-t-elle lieu? Londres, le 20 mars.

Royaume-Uni: la lutte des classes aura-t-elle lieu?

George Osborne, Chancelier de l'Echiquier (ministre des Finances) britannique, brandit sa petite mallette rouge devant le 11, Downing Street. A l'intérieur, le cru 2012 du budget d'austérité: réduction des allocations familiales, «impôt sur les mamies» en forme de baisse des réductions d'impôts accordées aux retraités... mais aussi un abaissement de l'impôt des super riches de 50% à 45%. Le chef de file de l'opposition travailliste Ed Miliband s'étonne alors: «Sur quelle planète vivent-ils?» Quatre jour plus tard, le mois de mars des Tories continue de tourner au vinaigre avec des soupçons de financement illégal du parti. David Cameron pris dans le scandale de la tourte. Les conservateurs britanniques sont une nouvelle fois dans la tourmente, et cette fois-ci à cause d'une tourte, comme le rapporte le Guardian.

David Cameron pris dans le scandale de la tourte

Le gouvernement a en effet annoncé sa volonté de faire augmenter de 20% la TVA sur les snacks chauds à emporter, ce qui toucherait donc les Cornish pasties, une spécialité de tarte fourrée, généralement à la viande. Après un échec de son ministre des Finances qui avait déclaré ne pas se souvenir à quand remontait son dernier pasty, David Cameron probablement briefé par quelque conseiller a tenté un meilleur coup dès le lendemain lors d'une conférence de presse: à un journaliste qui l'interrogeait sur la place des pasties dans le budget, il a répondu: «Je crois que le dernier que j'ai mangé venait de West Cornwall Pasty Company (une chaîne de snacks).

Pasty row hots up for David Cameron | Politics. David Cameron's efforts to show he loves a hot takeaway far more than a private dinner with his rich backers came to a crumbly end when his fond memory of eating a large Cornish pasty at Leeds railway station turned out to be somewhat faulty.

Pasty row hots up for David Cameron | Politics

The prime minister's problems began at the Treasury select committee on Tuesday when the fiercely independent and somewhat lugubrious Labour MP John Mann asked George Osborne why he was imposing VAT on hot foods such as pasties. He asked the chancellor when he had last eaten a pasty at Greggs the bakers. Osborne – more interested in the dynamic modelling of tax reforms than hot food VAT anomalies – looked nonplussed, and said he could not recall. One tweet suggested he was then probably subjected to a Treasury presentation where he was told that pasties were "similar to mini boeufs en croute".

The Sun newspaper, currently intent on doing over the Tories, described him as the Marie Antoinette of the 21st century. Q&A with Polly Toynbee: politics and society. At the Guardian Open Weekend, Polly Toynbee's session with readers included wide-ranging questions and answers on the state of politics.

Q&A with Polly Toynbee: politics and society

What should Labour do now? Why aren't they bolder? Cameron announces Tory plan to slash benefits | Politics. David Cameron will on Monday launch a scathing attack on what he calls the "culture of entitlement" in the welfare system, as he warns that claimants with three or more children may start to lose access to benefits, and almost everyone aged under 25 will lose housing benefit.

Cameron announces Tory plan to slash benefits | Politics

The prime minister will claim there is now a damaging and divisive gap in Britain between those enjoying privileges inside the welfare system and those resentfully struggling outside. It is likely to be seen on the left as the death-knell for Cameron's brand of compassionate conservatism. Budget 2012: pensioners fund tax cut | UK news. George Osborne's gamble in cutting the top rate of income tax to 45p came under mounting assault after the chancellor announced that his generosity to Britain's richest 300,000 households would be accompanied by a "stealth tax" on pensioners, a fresh £10bn attack on welfare and continued cuts to child benefit.

Budget 2012: pensioners fund tax cut | UK news

Osborne insisted that the centrepiece of his third budget was a move to take a million low earners out of tax through the biggest increase in personal allowances for 30 years. But Labour accused the chancellor of funding this giveaway through a "granny tax", pointing out 4.4 million taxpaying pensioners would lose on average £84 a year as a result of the plan to freeze their personal allowances. They claimed Osborne had thrown away any pretence that he was a one-nation Conservative. Les Britanniques les plus fortunés paieront moins d'impôts - ROYAUME-UNI. Budget 2012 visualised. George Osborne has now delivered his much-leaked 2012 Budget.

Budget 2012 visualised

But how did it compare to his previous two? A quick and easy way of making the comparison is with a word-cloud, like this. This is a visualisation of his statement today: As you can see, all the tax changes - the personal allowance increase, the personal statements, the top rate tax cut - made an obvious impact. The myth of Tory credibility on the economy | Sunny Hundal. Quick quiz: has the government saved the economy by taking difficult decisions to cut spending drastically, or are they cutting by almost the same as Labour would have anyway? You'd be forgiven for being confused because the Conservative-led coalition is not sure either. The government's "new cuts narrative" has been outlined in the past by Fraser Nelson, attempted by George Osborne, and articulated last week by Tim Montgomerie as: "Cameron state is 3% larger than the Brown state.

" So did they save the economy or are they matching Labour? That depends on how you slice the figures. But the government is getting away with such brazen U-turns because journalists either look away or don't understand the economics. Protesters set for London march against spending cuts. 27 March 2011Last updated at 00:09 Watch: The BBC's Sophie Long spoke to some people taking part in the march More than 250,000 people have attended a march and rally in central London against public spending cuts. Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed crowds in Hyde Park and the main march organised by the Trades Union Congress passed off peacefully.

Budget 2011 at a glance: George Osborne's key points. 24 March 2011Last updated at 09:34 The key points of Chancellor George Osborne's Budget on 23 March 2011. Fuel duty to be cut by 1p per litre from 1800 GMT. Public sector cuts – the truth | Society. A week today the cuts will start to bite. As the financial year ends, grants will run out, contracts will wind up, and charities and services will begin to shut their doors. After months of anxiety about the impact of the cuts, the consequences of the government's rapid deficit reduction programme will begin to be real. The Guardian gives a slice of what this will mean across the country, highlighting a cross-section of 50 services that will shrink or cease to exist from the end of this month. Most are unglamorous, obscure, unfeted projects, staffed by employees who are not very well paid, but hugely committed to what they do. All of these losses come as a result of the government's decision to cut spending by £95bn over five years.

Protest march against coalition cuts expected to attract 300,000 | Society. More than a quarter of a million protesters against public sector cuts are expected to flood central London today in the biggest political demonstration for nearly a decade. Police sources, normally cautious about estimating numbers, said last night they were braced for up to 300,000 people to join the march – far higher than previous forecasts from TUC organisers. More than 800 coaches and at least 10 trains have been chartered to bring people to the capital from as far afield as Cornwall and Inverness. A recession is no excuse for dismantling the NHS | LabourList.org 2.0.2 | LabourList.org. EMA day of action: students fight for grant. Public sector strikes live blog | Society. Axing EMA is not a tough choice - it's a stupid one. How Austerity Is Ushering in a Global Recession.