Week of Nov 21 – Nov 27

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


Osborne’s pain relief plan for ‘squeezed middle’

George Osborne is preparing a package of help for the “squeezed middle” with moves to help commuters, motorists and small businesses in this week’s Autumn Statement.

Europe plan to ‘green’ public buildings to cost £50bn

Taxpayers will have to pay billions of pounds a year equipping council houses, town halls, hospitals and other public buildings with the latest green technology, under new proposals by the European Commission.


Memo to the Occupy protesters: here are ten things we evil capitalists really think

Chatting to some Occupy protesters this morning, I was struck by how wide of the mark were the beliefs they attributed to me as a Right-winger.

Climate change isn’t a left-wing cause – the Iron Lady knew that

Nothing namby-pamby about Margaret Thatcher, whatever you may think of her in the round.  Nothing wishy-washy, nothing bunny-hugging, nothing lefty about the Iron Lady.

Why Ed Miliband should speak the language of Marx

Labour’s ‘squeezed middle’ is such a toneless phrase. How the party could use a trenchant phrase-maker like Karl Marx


Politicians are in danger of forgetting the summer riots – and ignoring their lessons

Just because problems appear intractable, it doesn’t mean that the Government shouldn’t try to fix them.

Is it right for public sector staff to strike on 30 November?

Five readers share their views on whether they support the upcoming strike over pensions or feel it’s a misstep

Thief trying to steal copper cables electrocuted

A thief trying to steal copper cables and a boiler from tunnels under a disused mental hospital died when he was electrocuted trying to tap power from a fire alarm system to power his saw, an inquest heard today.


EU costs Britain £50m a day, Ukip claims

Britain’s daily contribution to the European Union has passed £50 million, the UK Independence Party (Ukip) claimed.

‘Let’s get these people out of bed’: Boris joins Met chief on drug raid

Thousands of police officers launched raids across the capital today in the biggest crackdown on criminals bringing “misery” to communities.

UK net migration hits record high

Office for National Statistics figures show increase despite government targets to bring net migration down below 100,000


Vulnerable elderly abused by their carers, says inquiry

Hundreds of thousands of elderly people are suffering abuse and neglect in their own homes from care workers who treat them like pieces of “meat”, a watchdog will warn today.

Tory students burn Barack Obama effigy

Conservative students at Scotland’s oldest university have apologised after members of their society burned an effigy of US President Barack Obama.

Cameron’s war on employment rights

Prime Minister backs plans to make sacking workers easier

Coalition to relax employment laws

Employment laws are to be relaxed to make it easier for companies to sack their staff.


Barack Obama wins, but the poor US taxpayer loses

The collapse of talks to cut America’s huge deficit reveals the chasm between the Republicans and Democrats.

Our anger over runaway top pay is more about merit than money

In the UK 2,800 bankers earn over £1m. The claim that rare skills command a premium does not apply to them

UK border agency ‘not good enough’

The under-fire UK Border Agency (UKBA) is “nothing like good enough” in certain areas, Immigration Minister Damian Green declared today.

Uh oh, global warming loons: here comes Climategate II!

Breaking news: two years after the Climategate, a further batch of emails has been leaked onto the internet by a person – or persons – unknown.


David Cameron: housing investment is about hopes and dreams (Video)

The Prime Minister says a £400m investment in new homes will boost economic growth and give people a chance to achieve their dream of owning property.

This new housing strategy won’t save the ‘lost generation’

The coalition’s housing plans are a start, but too much is based on soothing generalities rather than tackling an unfair market

Prince Philip: Only tickling the nose of our energy crisis

The Duke of Edinburgh has said just what we’re all thinking about our disgraceful wind farms, says Clive Aslet.

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