May 25th, 2016 TV celebrity and multi-millionaire business mogul, Lord Alan Sugar, has been appointed as the government's Enterprise Tsar by David Cameron. But the strained relationship between the two men could spell more turbulence for the Tories, who are already in chaos over the election fraud scandal, a threatened vote of no confidence in Cameron, accusations of tax dodging and a row over EU membership tearing the party apart from the inside. Tsars, not just for Imperial Russia The post is officially known as the Enterprise Champion but is more commonly referred to as the Enterprise Tsar - a term usually reserved for the unelected, autocratic...

May 25th, 2016 A new report suggests that genetically modified (GM) crops are safer than widely thought. But GM crops remain a contentious topic. They have caused controversy in the past, being labeled as ‘frankenfoods’. Others have hailed them as the answer to the world’s food problems. Neither of these extreme situations has been proven to be true. The report from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has investigated the evidence surrounding genetically modified crops. A committee examined research into their effects on health as well as the environment. The committee acknowledged that understanding the health...

May 25th, 2016 The Conservative party is continuing to act cagily over allegations of electoral fraud in the 2015 General Election. After already trying to withhold important information from the Electoral Commission, Tory party lawyers have opposed a request from Kent police for an extension to the time limit for their investigation. Kent police's application has been adjourned following the Conservative party's challenge. Channel 4 News' Ed Howker said: It's quite extraordinary, Kent police turned up in Folkestone today, and went to court to try and extend the amount of time that they have to look at election expense in South Thanet - when they...

May 25th, 2016 Despite the Conservative government claiming we are ‘all in it together’, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show otherwise. According to an analysis of official ONS figures by anti-poverty charity The Equality Trust, the lowest paid tenth of households in Britain have been hit hard in recent years. Between 2014 and 2015, these citizens paid 47% tax on their income. In 2012/2013, they were paying 43%. The richest tenth of British society, meanwhile, paid only 34% tax on its income in 2014/2015. This was down from 35% in 2012/2013. This chart shows exactly what's going on: Equality Trust Director...

May 25th, 2016 A massive offensive on the capital city of Daesh (Isis/Isil) territory has now begun. But it won't be British forces leading this battle. Instead, left-wing fighters ignored and isolated by the West for years will be at the forefront of this game-changing ground attack. On 24 May, around 30,000 fighters from a multi-ethnic and multi-religious coalition in northern Syria - known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - began an offensive aimed at pushing Daesh out of the northern parts of Raqqa Governorate and, eventually, out of Raqqa itself. While the SDF wants to protect the territory it controls from Daesh attacks, it...

May 25th, 2016 The Shadow Business Secretary, Angela Eagle, 'twisted the knife' on George Osborne over Tory infighting, at Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs), on Wednesday: https://youtu.be/I--2vYy238I?t=12m1s Angela Eagle filled in as opposition against George Osborne with David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn at the G7 summit in Japan. Earlier in PMQs, the MP for Wallasey highlighted the Conservative chasm by offering the Chancellor the option of agreeing with either the Brexit faction of his own party or the General Secretary of the trade union Unite: Now last week the employment minister called for brexit so there could be a bonfire of worker's...

May 25th, 2016 The Tory Election Fraud scandal is really heating up - and now to a deadline. After Nick Sommerlad at The Mirror broke the story of the Conservatives' undeclared 2015 campaign spending, which saw MPs allegedly fail to declare the full costs of their winning campaigns in last year's general election, there has been a fight to get these allegations taken seriously and investigated in full. With only a fortnight left to investigate, The Mirror have launched the People's Electoral Commission: they are asking the British public to join them in scouring through hundreds of Conservative MPs' campaign spending returns for...

May 25th, 2016 Official dietary advice is wrong and commercial influences may be corrupting food science, according to a controversial report released by the National Obesity Forum (NOF) and the Public Health Collaboration (PHC) on Monday. The report suggests a higher fat/low carbohydrate diet which is also low in processed low fat foods could help you lose weight, prevent diabetes and is better for your health than the Public Health England (PHE) recommended diet. Dr Aseem Malhotra, founding member of the PHC was a guest on the Today programme (1:50 into the recording) to discuss the report alongside Professor Susan Jebb, advisor on obesity to the...

May 24th, 2016 North Yorkshire County Council has approved Third Energy's application to allow Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) near the village of Kirby Misperton, despite opposition from locals and national campaigners. This is the first time fracking has been approved locally in England since 2011 when test drilling was identified as the cause of an earthquake near Blackpool. Campaign group Frack Off said: These plans could pave the way for thousands of fracking wells to spread across Yorkshire and many other parts of the country if not stopped. Impacts, including pipelines, air pollution and waste disposal will spread far beyond the areas being...

May 24th, 2016 The French daily newspaper La Parisien has reported a raid on Google's Paris HQ as it occurred. More than 100 officials, including five magistrates, have descended on the tech company's offices as part of an investigation into the company's notorious avoidance of tax around the world. French authorities kept their plans for the raid secret, after investigating the company since June 2015 for what they're calling "aggravated financial fraud" and "organised money laundering". Google has responded blithely: We comply with French law and are cooperating fully with the authorities to answer their questions. France is asking for €1.6bn...

May 24th, 2016 George Osborne's legacy has hit an all-time low as he falls behind on his own deficit-reduction programme just a month into the new financial year. The Chancellor is already £600m behind his own target. But this is no anomaly. Austerity is repeatedly failing to pay down public debt because it is a con. The true aim of austerity Having already missed two of his own targets, Osborne continues to mishandle public finances. It's clear that he serves profit over people, concerned not with Britain's finances but with the fire-sale of our assets to private interest. Osborne is not an economist. He's a fraudster. Economists...

May 24th, 2016 As the referendum debate descends even further into fierce scaremongering, David Cameron reportedly faces a vote of no-confidence from his own MPs. The majority of Britons and many Conservative MPs think he should resign if he loses the referendum. For the Prime Minister, the referendum has become two-fold - both the membership of the EU and his career are on the line, with Boris Johnson still by far the bookies' favourite to replace him. However, his mounting desperation, manifesting itself in a series of doomsday predictions from the Treasury, may have backfired and cost him his premiership irrespective of the referendum vote....
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