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Cash for peerages analysis. Attempts to nail down the details of a consensus have proved tricky. But the outlines of the new order are emerging, including much stricter limits on how much parties spend during election campaigns and greater state funding. Yet when the first hints of the story emerged towards the end of 2005, no-one could have predicted its dramatic course. Rumours started to circulate that Number 10's plans to nominate a number of businessmen for peerages had been blocked by the independent watchdog. At the start of 2006, Des Smith, a headteacher who helped recruit wealthy sponsors for Mr Blair's flagship City Academies, was secretly recorded by an undercover reporter boasting that people who ploughed money into the schools could expect an honour.

As the furore over the revelations gathered pace, Angus MacNeil, a little-known Scottish National Party MP, lodged a formal complaint with Scotland Yard under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.


Basic Income. Benefits. Brexit. Economics. Foreign. Gender Politics. Revealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy Robinson | UK news. The British far-right activist Tommy Robinson is receiving financial, political and moral support from a broad array of non-British groups and individuals, including US thinktanks, rightwing Australians and Russian trolls, a Guardian investigation has discovered. Robinson, an anti-Islam campaigner who is leading a “Brexit betrayal” march in London on Sunday, has received funding from a US tech billionaire and a thinktank based in Philadelphia. Two other US thinktanks, part-funded by some of the biggest names in rightwing funding, have published a succession of articles in support of Robinson, who has become a cause célèbre among the American far right since he was jailed in May for two months.

His imprisonment on contempt of court charges prompted a vigorous international Twitter campaign, with 2.2m tweets being posted using the hashtag #freetommy between May and October. But the tool is meant for charities alone. The investigation has established that: The Churchill you didn't know | Global. I will not pretend that, if I had to choose between communism and nazism, I would choose communism.

Speaking in the House of Commons, autumn 1937 I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes.Writing as president of the Air Council, 1919 It is alarming and nauseating to see Mr Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the east, striding half naked up the steps of the viceregal palace, while he is still organising and conducting a campaign of civil disobedience, to parlay on equal terms with the representative of the Emperor-King.Commenting on Gandhi's meeting with the Viceroy of India, 1931 (India is) a godless land of snobs and bores.In a letter to his mother, 1896 "The choice was clearly open: crush them with vain and unstinted force, or try to give them what they want.

These were the only alternatives and most people were unprepared for either. WikiLeaks Reveals How the US Aggressively Pursued Regime Change in Syria, Igniting a Bloodbath. Syrian soldiers and children at a checkpoint in the besieged and devastated city of Homs, Syria, March 23, 2014. For both sides of Syria's civil war, Homs, a central Syrian crossroads with a diverse prewar population of 1 million, is crucial to the future. (Sergey Ponomarev / The New York Times) In 2010, WikiLeaks became a household name by releasing 251,287 classified State Department cables. Now, a new book collects in-depth analyses of what these cables tell us about the foreign policy of the United States, from authors including Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail and our regular contributors Gareth Porter, Robert Naiman, Phyllis Bennis and Stephen Zunes.

"The essays that make up The WikiLeaks Files shed critical light on a once secret history," says Edward Snowden. The following is Chapter 10 of The WikiLeaks Files: History shows that public understanding of US foreign policy depends crucially on assessing the motivations of US officials. 7. 8. Q: What are you[r] current priorities?


The abolition of taxes. By using this site, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of use. Copyright This website and its content are the copyright of the re-set trust. Individuals and communities are granted a general license for unaltered distribution of the copyright material to promote the re-set, as long as this is without commercial gain. You may not: as an individual or community, use the content to promote projects that are not part of the re-set campaign distribute or commercially exploit the content transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system. Privacy notice Our privacy notice explains how we look after your personal data. Visitors to the website your personal data Visitors to our website When you visit our website a cookie identifies and tracks your visit whilst collecting statistical information. The cookie has no way of identifying you, it doesn’t hold any of your personal data nor can it be used retrospectively to track you.

Your personal data. Bilderberg Group. The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, Bilderberg meetings or Bilderberg Club is an annual private conference of approximately 120–150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media.[1][2] About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; one third from politics and government and the rest from other fields.[1][3] §Origin[edit] The original conference was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, from 29 to 31 May 1954.

It was initiated by several people, including Polish politician-in-exile Józef Retinger, concerned about the growth of anti-Americanism in Western Europe, who proposed an international conference at which leaders from European countries and the United States would be brought together with the aim of promoting Atlanticism – better understanding between the cultures of the United States and Western Europe to foster co-operation on political, economic and defense issues.[4] Left Unity | Left Unity. People's Parliament | Join the debate. OpenPolitics. | News, Data & Statistics on Income, Health, Social Inequality. The Power of Nightmares - Part 1 - Baby it's Cold Outside - Transcription in progress.


New Policy Institute :: Home. Office for National Statistics (ONS) Output in the Construction Industry, November 2015 In November 2015, output in the construction industry was estimated to have decreased by 0.5% compared with October 2015. All new work was the largest contributor to the fall, decreasing by 0.7%, with repair and maintenance (R&M) falling 0.2%. Index of Production, November 2015 Production output increased by 0.9% in November 2015 compared with November 2014.

ONS Beta website available The ONS have been developing a new website to replace the current version. UK Trade, November 2015 The UK’s deficit on seasonally adjusted trade in goods and services was £3.2 billion in November 2015. Quarterly National Accounts, Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2015 UK gross domestic product in volume terms was estimated to have increased by 0.4% in Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2015; revised from the previously published estimate of 0.5%. Balance of Payments, Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2015. Campaign for Fair Society. Tom Hickman: Turning out the lights? The Justice and Security Act 2013. The Justice and Security Act 2013 (“JSA”) received royal assent on 25 April 2013 and Part 2 of the Act is expected to come into effect in July 2013. Part 2 makes fundamental changes to UK law in any civil case involving national security issues by creating an extraordinary and seductive alternative to public interest immunity (“PII”) procedure.

The alternative, known as Closed Material Procedure or “CMP”, represents a carve-out from basic principles of equality of arms and open justice by allowing courts to consider any material the disclosure of which would be “damaging to the interests of national security” without such material being disclosed to the non-Governmental party to the case. The significance of the JSA from a rule-of-law perspective can hardly be overestimated, however infrequently it may (or may not) be used. The operation of the JSA will no doubt be the subject of close attention by Governments around the world, not least those that have inherited the PII system.

OECD. Treasury sees £25billion shortfall from income tax receipts amid low wage growth. Britain’s deficit for 2013-2014 was £48billion larger than was forecast in 2010'Tax gap' grew to £34billion in 2012-2013HMRC is to close 14 offices by the end of the year By Camilla Canocchi for Published: 16:29 GMT, 16 October 2014 | Updated: 16:29 GMT, 16 October 2014 Britain’s deficit was £48billion larger than forecast when the Coalition took power as less income tax than expected flowed into Treasury coffers because of wage stagnation, the Office for Budget Responsibility said today. Britain’s deficit stood at £108billion in the last financial year, with the income tax hole accounting for £25billion of the £48billion shortfall. The OBR said its forecast from 2010 were over-optimistic because it did not consider the effect of lower wages and salaries as well as a higher levels of tax-free personal allowance on income tax.

Income tax: The Treasury saw £25billion less than expected income tax coming in during 2013-2014.