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The Daily Mail is the UK's second-biggest-selling daily paper. It is conservative in its ideology, and uniquely, over half of its readers are female (52-55 per cent).
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1997 election endorsement: Conservative

2002 election endorsement: Conservative
Josh
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When you're a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don't blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans. -Jean Chrétien
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LABOUR CAMPAIGN BOMBSHELL: TANNER CAMPAIGN ACCUSED OF TRADING POSITIONS FOR SUPPORT

The barbs are flying in the Labour Leadership race, and the intensity has picked up since another paper published anonymous sources deeply critical of Ben Maulty's leadership platform. In a call with this paper, a source inside the Labour Party told us of the criticism:

Quote:It’s deeply hypocritical to see a presumed Tanner plant criticising coherent and detailed policy when the Tanner campaign has yet to make a single pledge to Labour MPs or members. Even worse, it appears that the campaign has been buying off MPs with ‘positions-for-support’. It’s completely disgraceful and no way for a potential leader of our party to be running an election campaign.

The Daily Mail has not been able to independently verify the claims made against Ms. Tanner and her campaign. Sean Manning, who seconded Tanner's nomination said of the accusation "That's complete nonsense. I seconded Elizabeth because I happen to have worked with her for the past eight years very closely, I know the sort of woman she is, and I know that she's the woman who will be able to take forward John Smith's legacy. And frankly, this kind of mudslinging isn't in the spirit of the campaign. We should all be sensible and continuing to have a fair debate about the issues and realising that what we all want is a Labour government delivering for this country."

It is clear that Labour is already facing a deep divide over this leadership race. How that will impact the government when all is said and done is yet to be seen, but so far it does not bode well for the party to emerge united.
Josh
Media | Home Office
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When you're a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don't blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans. -Jean Chrétien
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August 2000

"Farcical" exam grades up AGAIN


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A-level pass rates have gone up once again, now for the 18th year in a row, fuelling fears that exams are getting easier. The number of students getting the top "A" grade also rose. Girls got better grades than boys for the first time, having overtaken them at GCSE level a few years ago, a change that has been attributed to the introduction of more course work and the use of modular exams that suit girls better.

Businesses and education bodies worry that the exams are failing to properly test students or prepare them for university or work. Ruth Lea, policy director at the Institute of Directors said, "This is farcical - we've now got endemic grade inflation which is making it harder and harder for employers to discriminate between able and less well able students, and the universities are having the same problem. We are deeply pessimistic about this dumbing down - A-levels are no longer the gold standard they were 20 years ago."

"If examination boards are not careful, employers may lose faith in qualifications altogether," said Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. "The fact is that universities have struggled to pick out the brightest youngsters because so many are getting higher grades. There have been various complaints from universities that youngsters who have got good grades are not up to the standard required for the degree courses they apply for." He also said the annual increases in the number of A grades over the past decade were a clear indication that standards had fallen.

"These results reflect real achievement," claimed the Higher Education Minister, Baroness Blackstone, when these issues were put to her. "Young people understand that good qualifications are increasingly important to their future careers and they work hard to achieve good results."
Andy
Advisor for the Labour Party, the Home Office, Education and Communities
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I forget Andy has political opinions. I always just think of him as a Civil Servant in real life - Mac
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EXCLUSIVE: CONSERVATIVE RIGHT-WING REVOLT AGAINST SAXON?

Despite receiving backing from prominent members of the right-wing Cornerstone Group inside the Conservative Party, it appears that not all is well inside the Tories.

Emerging from the race, it looked as if Conservatives were united. Sir Harold had a breadth of support, taking nearly 65 per cent of the vote on the final ballot. He was backed by the likes of Amelia Wilson, who in interviews forcefully supported Saxon, despite being pressed on his supposed less-than-stellar views on social issues. A Tory MP, speaking to the Mail anonymously, told us "Members of the Conservative Party up and down the country should be aware that Sir Harold Saxon is soft on protecting family values from the agenda of vice and political incorrectness. When questioned about family values by Conservative MPs, Saxon declined to state what he would do to protect the traditional family. Only Mr Summer emphatically stated that he would stand against a repeal of Section 28 - Sir Harold would not give such assurances." The MP went on to say that, because of the bending of the Cornerstone Group over to Sir Harold, "it is clear that only Tory activists up and down the country can ensure we have a strong uncompromising Leader." 

These are the first public comments against Sir Harold's leadership since the results were known. What's clear is that Saxon needs to quickly unite the party—including giving Andrew Summer a prominent role—or he risks an implosion.
Josh
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When you're a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don't blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans. -Jean Chrétien
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Free the Council Tax Martyrs.
By Peter Hitchens.

Every generation has a set of individuals willing to fit against the oppressive tyranny of bureaucrats and unjust taxation. In recent years this country has been in the dark, waiting for a new group prepared to fight for the rights of Britain. In recent days, they have shown themselves: the Council Tax Martyrs from Richmondshire.  

I’ll admit: they don’t look like your usual heroes. Gertrude Christie, Geoffrey White and Clem St Clement, three pensioners from Yorkshire, look like the last people to mount a crusade against local government excess. But that is what they have been doing by refusing to pay their Council Tax following the decision by the Independent-Social Democratic Council to increase the tax by a scandalous 18%.

As this Labour Government proves its autocratic roots by using emergency powers to override the democratic rights of the fuel protesters, I am glad that there remain some people prepared to fight for long-standing British rights in this country. Governments, both local and national, could do well to listen to their arguments.

That won’t happen soon, however. The state responded with its usual brutality. Cruel, vindictive and vicious: that was the sentence handed down to the protesters by the Magistrate Court. 14 days in prison is extreme, befitting of a third world autocracy not a supposedly civilised nation like Britain. People get off scot free for doing much worse than these pensioners. Why do we allow real criminals to do what they like with impunity, while ordinary people are imprisoned? This is what a socialist Britain looks like.  

Let us be clear what these three individuals are: they are martyrs; they are political prisoners. They were imprisoned for the audacity of standing up to local government bureaucrats who have little sense or caring for ordinary people.

When someone is imprisoned because they stood up against our rights, we are called on to support them. It is time all of us campaign to free the Council Tax Martyrs. They should not serve their unjust prison sentence. The Home Secretary should free them now. And when they are, I will be the first to welcome them home and thank them for their sacrifice. Join me in this campaign.
Liberal Democrat Adviser

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“If socialism is a matter of total abstinence and a good filing cabinet, some of us will fall by the wayside.” - Anthony Crosland.
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Interference of the 21st Century Colonialists Must End
By Monie Captan, Foreign Minister of Liberia.

My beautiful country is under sustained attack. We are fighting against opposition groups who take up arms, not the democratic fight. We are fighting against opposition groups who side with those who want to divide us, not unite us. We are fighting against those who commit human rights atrocities against the Liberian people, not work for freedom and equality for Liberia. 

We are resisting that sustained attack, but recently we have come up under another one: from British institutions such as the Government and the BBC. Their weapon of choice is not the gun and bullet, but the news clip and the Ministerial Statement. But their weapon is just as powerful and just as deadly against the Liberian people.

I am sure some of you saw the BBC report that claimed there was video evidence of an Anti-Terrorist Unit ‘raiding’ properties across Monrovia. I imagine if you believed it at face value that it would be shocking evidence. The Government responded to cast doubt on my country’s ability to keep the British people safe. Let me be clear, we take our duty to keep foreign citizens safe and secure seriously – it is a paramount importance alongside keeping Liberian citizens safe. Despite the Government’s and BBC’s concerted attempt to undermine my country, you are safe to visit – and I hope you will do. 

There is one thing the British public will not tell you but that it is my duty to inform you: based on these false reports, the Government deployed forces to Liberia. Ostensibly to ‘defend’ their embassy – despite any reasonable and informed intelligence agency being able to realise it was not under attack – armed forces personnel were deployed ready to overthrow a democratically elected Government. I hope you will join me in telling the Government that they have no place deploying armed troops to the embassy on the basis of faked and conjectural evidence. 

After believing that the raids were true, but were actually faked, can you really believe any Government claim that there are protests in my beautiful peaceful capital city, Monrovia? I can tell you today that there are not. Again those who wish the Liberian people ill are slandering, lying, exaggerating. There are no protests, just a few isolated incidents of armed attacks against the police and other groups committed to keeping the Liberian people safe. We will delete those threats and restore full order to every part of Liberia – whatever it takes. We should take every action because we are a sovereign nation, not a country subject to invasive intrusion by the Americans and the British. 

We know the developed, Western world struggles with the idea that there is more than one way of doing things. They struggle with the idea that Africa is a sovereign continent which should be free of their interference. The old habits of colonialists die hard and they have been adopted by the new imperialist, the United States. 

It is time the British Government ceases their attacks against a Government elected with 75% of the vote, against the proud Liberian people, and against the cherished principle of non-interference. I am sure Prime Minister Finch would stand opposed to Liberian interference in British affairs, it is time he stands opposed to British interference in Liberia.
Liberal Democrat Adviser

Admin for Foreign & Defence, Health & Social Security, and Local Government, Regions and Devolution. 

“If socialism is a matter of total abstinence and a good filing cabinet, some of us will fall by the wayside.” - Anthony Crosland.
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Parties team up to hit buy-to-let homeowners

Being a millionaire just isn't what it used to be. The social status of the truly wealthy is being eroded by the creation of an army of new property millionaires, a report suggests. The UK is home to 230,000 millionaires, but this will rise to 760,000 in 2010 and 1.9 million in 2020, says the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Many of the new paper millionaires are not tycoons or investment bankers, however, but ordinary people who have seen wild increases in the value of a home bought for a song years earlier.

"I'm just comfortable middle class," says one accountant-turned-landlord, whose property empire is now worth over £1 million. "The international jet-setter image of millionaires is where you have huge amounts of disposable income." The accountant, who does not want to be named, bought his first home in Hackney for £80,000 in 1987 and saw it crash in value to £35,000 by the early 1990s.  The boom years that followed saw a two bedroom house and a series of other properties added to the list of investments.

Despite this, he says, home is a "bog standard" terrace house in humdrum Finsbury Park, north London. Ordinary people are finding themselves unexpectedly wealthy - as long as they had the good fortune to buy years earlier. This is especially true of owners of buy-to-let properties, as these landlords have seen their portfolios rising in value over recent years. Despite providing a vital public service, however, many landlords are telling us how they're getting fed up over their portrayal by politicians and the media.

"One always hears so much about rogue landlords, while rogue tenants get little or no publicity. I try to be a decent landlord, but get sick to the back teeth of all landlords being classified as rogues and all tenants as exploited victims," Frank, a landlord, told us. "If landlords aren't given protection too, all you will be left with are the bad ones who don't worry about taking the law into their own hands."

"I wish someone would tell politicians that owning a million-pound property doesn't mean you are wealthy," says Gordon, "If you move you get whacked for stamp duty or if you die your heirs get a massive tax bill. Not only that, you're probably paying thousands per year in Council Tax along the way. A £1 million house in Scotland may be a sign of wealth, but in the south east it can be a financial burden for ordinary people."

"More often than not 'rogue' landlords get their bad name due to parents of students who blindly and naively believe that their beloved offspring are incapable of wanton destruction because they didn't observe it in the maternal home," says Ben. "Well how surprising! Now, unsupervised, old enough to buy alcohol and with ample free time on their hands and they're tearing the place up, safe in the knowledge that they'll use the deposit to cover the last month's rent. The solution? University affiliated landlords with the power to request degrees are withheld until debts are paid, databases of both 'rogue' tenants and landlords, and deposits held by a 3rd party - and perhaps a TV report into irresponsible tenants for a change!"
Andy
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Harry's our man

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At last - we have the opportunity to put this good for nothing government out of its misery.

Their last Budget was a symbol of everything wrong with them: the politics of envy, pushing the death tax up to 50% and their limp-wristed liberalism, pushing up foreign aid to corrupt dictators but starving our troops of proper funding. The past five years have seen a complete assault on the very foundations of modern Britain. They have repealed laws protecting our kids from homosexual sex education, banned fox hunting, and tried to abolish the house of lords for standing in their way.

Now they want to go further: cutting prison sentences, letting homosexuals marry in all but name, and spending billions more of our money on foreign governments. And to top it all off they want to abolish our pound and swap Her Majesty's effigy for the euro.

Harry Saxon is the man to put an end to Labour's politically correct madness. He must have the courage to stand up for his convictions and protect the traditional family, the pound, and cut taxes. His manifesto goes part of the way there: we are impressed by Atwood's economic vision and commitment to standing firm against eurocrats. He has to stand up for the traditional values that make a good Tory leader too.

This is our chance to change Britain for the better, and we should take it. The Conservatives are the only party that can put Britain on the right track again.
Steve
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End this "poverty" nonsense

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Last month, the government's child poverty adviser, Alan Milburn, held a press conference. "Nearly one in three children," he said, "are in poverty." Shocking, we were supposed to think. But he went on. "In the poorest parts of Britain, that number is two in three," he continued. A national scandal!

Shocking figures they are indeed. And complete and utter codswallop. 

What do you think of when someone says poverty? Any reasonable person will think of lacking a home, not being able to afford food, lacking the basic necessities of life.

That applies to almost precisely no one in "poverty" in the United Kingdom. If you lack a home, the state provides one. If you cannot afford food, the state pays for it. If you lack the basic necessities the state provides your healthcare, the education of your children, and enough to get by. The fact is that poverty in the UK amounts not to the lack of basic necessities but to lacking the latest television model or the premium economy flight on your annual holiday.

So how has this phenomenal misconception come from? Back in the 1960s the left, having lost the argument on socialist redistribution after the post-WW2 settlement abolished poverty, invented a new term. They called it "relative poverty", and said that anyone earning less than 60% of the average wage in the United Kingdom fell into that category. Over time they have dropped the "relative" and lo and behold: we get to the ridiculous claim that millions of people live in "poverty".

But 60% of the average income is over £10,000 a year. That's more than the average income in most countries in the world. To claim that someone earning that is somehow "poor" is ludicrous. The fact is that this arbitrary line is nothing but a vast socialist conspiracy to justify their radical redistribution. And it is working: the Conservative party has acquiesced to what will amount to tens of billions of pounds of redistribution because they don't want to be "anti-poor". And yet it is a fallacy: poverty would be 0 if everyone earned at least 60.1% of the average income, but that is hardly at all better than someone earning 59.9%. 

This nonsense needs to end. "Poverty" in the UK is simply inequality, and "ending" poverty is nothing but socialist redistribution. The Conservatives need to get a grip before they let the country sleepwalk back into 1970s style socialism; and stand up for real social mobility that encourages people to stand on their own two feet. It doesn't matter if someone earns less than 60% of the average income. What matters is whether the people that pull their socks up and work can do well, the people that don't get what they deserve, and that our country continues to support those in genuine need.
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