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Damian Green: We Only Want The ‘Brightest And Best’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 2, 2012

Immigrants must “add to the quality of life in Britain” to be let in, the Immigration Minister will say on Thursday.

Damian Green will say Britain does not need more middle managers or unskilled labour and only wants the “brightest and the best” migrants as the Government strives to be more selective in its immigration policies.

It is time to move away from the debate over numbers and ask “how we can benefit from immigration”, he will claim.

The government has pledged to cut net migration from the current 242,000 to the “tens of thousands” last seen in the 1990s, with crackdowns on forced and sham marriages, bogus students and an annual cap on immigrants coming from outside the EU.

The Immigration Minister will say that bringing in any migrants who would be economically dependent on the state or who can “play no role in the life of this country” is unacceptable.

Instead “everyone who comes here must be selected to make a positive contribution”, he will say.

And new specialist routes will be developed further to improve the visa system for short-term business visitors and entertainers, encouraging world-class performers to come to Britain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scottish Independence Referendum: Westminster Considers Handing Powers To Salmond To Trigger Vote

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 10, 2012

London and Edinburgh appear to be heading towards a major constitutional row over the date of a Scottish independence referendum, after the coalition government declared that Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond couldn’t lawfully hold a vote on the matter himself.

After taking legal advice the government in London believes that matters pertaining to a breakup of the UK are “reserved matters”, and as such remain under the jurisdiction of the Westminster parliament.

Westminister is considering giving greater powers to the Scottish Parliament so it can hold a referendum on independence, but the conciliatory gesture comes with a sting in the tail – the government in London wants to only change the law if Salmond agrees on a date by which the referendum would be held. The latest gamble by David Cameron risks antagonising nationalists in Scotland, as well as raising concerns among unionists.

Shortly after the government announced the current unlawfulness of Scotland unilaterally holding its own referendum, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP wanted to hold a vote on independence in autumn 2014.

A consultation process now underway is likely to spark tensions between London and Edinburgh over when the vote will be held, with David Cameron expected to come under pressure to allow the SNP to have the referendum powers alongside a polling date of its own choosing.

But on Tuesday evening Scottish Secretary Michael Moore hinted the coalition would push for an earlier vote as a condition of changing the law, saying while he would “not stand in the way of a referendum on independence”, neither would he “stand on the sidelines and let uncertainty continue”.

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Prince Charles ‘Offered Veto’ Over 12 Government Bills

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 31, 2011

Prince Charles has been offered a veto over 12 government bills since 2005 because of a legislative loophole, according to reports.

The Guardian reports a constitutional oddity means the Prince can shoot down any legislation that impacts on his private interests, saying: “Ministers from six departments have sought the Prince of Wales’ consent to draft bills on everything from road safety to gambling and the London Olympics”.

Libeal Democrat MP Andrew George said people will be “astonished” over the powers: “If princes and paupers are to live as equals in a modern Britain, anyone who enjoys exceptional influence or veto should exercise it with complete transparency.

“The duchy asserts it is merely a private estate. Most people will be astonished to learn that it appears to have effective powers of veto over the Government.”

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LIVE: MPs Debate European Referendum Motion

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 24, 2011

MPs are debating whether there should be a referendum on Britain remaining in the European Union, amid speculation it could trigger the largest government backbench rebellion since the coalition was formed.

About 70 Conservative MPs have signed a motion defying a government three-line whip, which orders them not to vote in favour of a national vote on whether to stay in the EU. Britain hasn’t had the chance to decide on its place in Europe since 1975.

Pundits are expecting at least forty Tory MPs to defy the whip and call for a referendum on Europe. They will be joined by some Labour MPs. The motion cannot be carried because the majority of Tory and Labour MPs are expected to reject it, in line with their party’s positions on an EU referendum.

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Liam Fox Resigns Amid Controversy Surrounding Access To MOD By Friend Adam Werritty

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 14, 2011


Before to resign he could be in tension, however, he is tension free now and somebody possible candidate for that post could be happy and does not know that s/he will be under unexpected pressure, because s/he also could not do anything there.
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David Cameron And Tony Blair Clash On The Causes Of Riots

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 21, 2011


Clash not necessary, unity necessary in this hour.
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Social Mobility ‘Restricted’ By University Tuition Fees, Report Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 18, 2011


Doubled tuition fee is the problem.
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Tariq Jahan Urges Community To Stay Calm And Safe

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 10, 2011


Tomorrow parliament will come with special bold decision.
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Carol Vorderman; Pupils Should Keep Up Maths Study

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 8, 2011


Lots of news and reports show that education qualities deteriorat­ing a lot and here not only the question of mathematic­s but also the whole educationa­l system must be reconsider­ed.
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Tories used private detectives to check on supporters’ backgrounds – mirror.co.uk

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 29, 2011

THE Conservatives hired private investigators to check out the personal lives of supporters they featured in an ad campaign during the general election.

They used a private investigation firm to delve into the personal lives of those sounded out for the “I have never voted Conservative before but…” campaign. At least three people were later rejected.

One was reportedly turned down because he had had an affair and another because of links to a ­controversial political movement.

 

 

 

Tories used private detectives to check on supporters’ backgrounds – mirror.co.uk.

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Libyan Rebel Chief’s Death Questioned After Rumours He Was Shot By Own Men

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 29, 2011


Some head of the state and head of the government also killed by their own people. So this does not give any surprise if he was killed by one of the members from his group.
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British Gas Hit With £2.5 Million Fine From Energy Regulator Ofgem

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2011


I had insurance with about 11 pounds per month and they increased frequently without any additional facilities and now I am paying about 28 pounds per month that is more than double of home insurance. Isn’t this strange? They do not care our complain.
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Miss England Winner Alize Mounter Reveals She Is Welsh

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2011


Truth is truth. Why to hide the reality?
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David Cameron: Communism Inspired Me To Become Prime Minister

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2011

Travelling to communist Russia inspired David Cameron to become involved in politics, the prime minister has revealed.

In an column for the Big Issue, the prime minister admits he was never “one of those people who mapped out their career on the back of an envelope” but says his trip to the Eastern bloc had a “massive impact” on him.

“I will never forget the greyness of life under Communism, the lack of choice, freedom and expression. I began to develop a political consciousness, a sense of what was right and wrong.”

Cameron, who is guest editing this week’s issue of the magazine, also discusses failure, his family and what he would say to his younger self.

In one of the prime minister’s most personal admissions yet, he says he would tell his 16 year old self that failure “makes you a stronger person.”

“For a lot of young people, the idea that you shouldn’t try at something because you might not succeed is pretty seductive. I was no exception. At school, there were some subjects, some sports, where I didn’t always put the effort in – but instead just went through the motions, drifting along, rather than giving it everything.” Read the rest of this entry »

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NHS services to be opened up to competition

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2011

More than £1bn of NHS services are to be opened to competition from private companies and charities, including wheelchair services for children

The government will open up more than £1bn of NHS services to competition from private companies and charities, the health secretary announced on Tuesday, increasing fears that it will inevitably lead to the “privatisation of the health service”.

In the first wave, beginning next April, eight NHS areas – including musculoskeletal services for back pain, adult hearing services in the community, wheelchair services for children and primary care psychological therapies for adults – will be open for “competition on quality not price”.

If successful, the policy, known as “any qualified provider”, would see non-NHS bodies allowed from 2013 to deliver more complicated clinical services in maternity and “home chemotherapy”.

Andrew Lansley – admitting that the government’s initial plans for competition in the NHS were too ambitious, and stung by criticism from Steve Field, the senior doctor called in by David Cameron to review the reforms, that the proposals were “unworkable” – has slowed down the rollout of competition.

The health secretary said his plans would now “enable patients to choose [providers] … where this will lead to better care”.

Labour questioned the policy, which the shadow health secretary John Healey said was “not about giving more control to patients, but setting up a full-scale market.”

His colleague Emily Thornberry, the party’s health spokeswoman, added that “today is a good day to announce the policy because everyone is preoccupied with telephone hacking. (They) hope no one will notice it”. This theme was picked up on Twitter with a stream of comments about “it being a good day to bury bad news”. Read the rest of this entry »

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