Week of Nov 28 – Dec 4

Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.

12-4-11

A New York spider gave me an insight into US private healthcare

Occupy Wall Street is right – a rash of bites showed me how private healthcare keeps Americans cowed and compliant

Ed is lost if Merkel pulls it off

Yvette Cooper is waiting in the wings should the eurozone survive and the Labour leader run out of friends

12-3-11

Poll boost for David Cameron ahead of EU showdown

David Cameron receives an opinion poll boost on Sunday as he prepares for a showdown with Conservative eurosceptics over Britain’s future in a “two-speed” European Union.

Nick Clegg’s new health regime means he’s clearly not fit for office

Wouldn’t it be nice if just for once a political leader wasn’t trying to look like Tony Blair?

The Coalition’s best hope is the audacity of truth

Today’s version of political optimism is not to promise the earth, but to safeguard what we have.

12-2-11

Michael Gove the comrade. Whatever happened to Tories with a difference?

This photograph reminds me not just of the 80s, but the birth of the coalition – when Gove prompted hopes of a new kind of Tory

Margaret Thatcher: a figure of history and legend

It is cruel to depict a living human being in fallible old age, but the new film of Margaret Thatcher, starring Meryl Streep, lifts her above political controversy and turns her into a cultural icon.

Food stamps for frappuccinos: Outrage as it’s revealed handouts for the poor are being used to buy $5 premium Starbucks coffees

‘Luxury’ sugar-filled goods such as $5 Starbucks coffees and cakes are being purchased using food stamps, an investigation has revealed.

12-1-11

William Hague calls for stronger Iran sanctions

Britain will call for stronger economic sanctions on Iran at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels on Thursday after the storming of its embassy in Tehran, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday.

Starbucks To Create 5,000 New UK Jobs

Starbucks plans to create up to 5,000 jobs over the next five years as it expands its drive-through business in the UK.

11-30-11

Green policies get the blue rinse

‘Green policies will only be adopted if they do not cost the voter – not so much the Tories ditching the huskies as catching a ride with them only if they are going their way’

Save the euro in 10 days or see the EU disintegrate, ministers are warned

Olli Rehn, EU economic affairs commissioner, says the choice is between deeper integration and Europe falling apart

Daniel Craig brands the Kardashians ‘f***ing idiots’ for making careers out of their private lives

They have made millions from living their lives in the public eye thanks to their reality television shows.

11-29-11

How to cut tax while cutting the deficit

There was once a Conservative Prime Minister who, by holding public spending steady, allowed the economy to grow faster than the government. Although there were no net cuts, the private sector outgrew the public.

George Osborne’s autumn statement: panel verdict

Our panellists dissect the chancellor’s speech on the state of the British economy

11-28-11

Autumn Statement 2011: George Osborne must declare Britain open for business

The Coalition must restore Britain’s reputation as an outward-looking trading nation, says Mark Field.

Five reasons public service workers are right to strike

David Cameron calls Wednesday’s strikes the ‘height of irresponsibility’. In fact they are a basic democratic necessity

Osborne: No ‘quick fix’ for debt

George Osborne has insisted there is no “quick fix” to Britain’s debt problems as he promised to invest for the long-term.

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