Posts tagged ‘Policy’

August 14, 2012

Open All Hours

Sunday shoppers have been privileged with unregulated opening hours during the past fortnight and it is continuing until after the Para Olympics. The Coalition government believe this to be a positive way in boosting the British economy and are seeking to change store opening times on Sunday to comply with the rest of the week forever.

Isn’t 6 hours of shopping enough on a Sunday? Do we really need shops to open longer so that we can consume?

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April 24, 2012

Dining With The PM

James Murdoch is in a long line of dinner guests who have courted Prime Minister, David Cameron, to obtain political access for commercial gain. It was recently reported that 15 donors enjoyed secret dinners and lunches at Downing Street and Chequers parting with approximately £25million in cash. These donors would have had access to information and also the ability to influence policies that would ultimately effect you and I.

The term bribery comes to mind. But to what extent and what do we really expect…..

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February 23, 2012

Au Revoir To Mademoiselle

The French have addressed feminism calls to abolish the term Mademoiselle from official documents as it is deemed sexist. Prime minister Francois Fillon said the word discriminates against women by asking them to reveal if they are married. He has also banned the phrase ‘nom de jeune fille’ meaning ‘maiden name’ from all paperwork because it is ‘archaic’ and has ‘connotations of virginity’.

It was a major victory for French feminists yesterday when the change was revealed in an official decree to ministries and regional authorities.

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February 2, 2012

Aid For Trade

There was something quite disturbing about listening to the news on British aid to India last night. The message that came across loud an clear was “you buy our fighter jets and we will give you aid”? Is Britain trying to buy Indian contracts with promises of aid? Andrew Mitchell, Development Secretary describes it as being part of the round. Surely aid and commercial business should be separate entities with clearly defined boundaries…

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August 15, 2011

Who’s To Blame?

In the aftermath of the riots, I do wish the political point scoring by both parties would just stop.  Whilst crisis often offers the opposition party an opportunity to make political impressions,  does every news programme or media discussion on the riots have to be based on one party having a go at the other? I feel in this case neither party can wash their hands of the problem behind the riots. Hasn’t today’s generation of looters been exposed to both party’s ideologies over the past 20 years?

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July 6, 2011

Made In Britain No More

Yesterday’s news on Bombardier losing the contract to make Thameslink trains, made me howl with anger.

For so long now I have listened to how this government’s strategy on economic recovery and core to this was to resurrect and protect manufacturing. It’s failure to support Bombardier’s bid and allow the contract to fall into German company Siemens hands is a great and devastating blow to British manufacturing, economic recovery and British skillsets.

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May 24, 2011

You Either Love It Or Hate It

The Guardian reported today that the much loved British yeast extract product, Marmite, has been banned in Denmark for being fortified with added vitamins.

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May 15, 2011

Toolkits for Mosques

Last weekend, a series of toolkits were launched during a national conference in Manchester to help Mosques better engage with women and young people. The toolkits are a result of  findings of workshops held around the country which highlighted poor representation and engagement of women and young people in Mosques.

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April 6, 2011

Till Death Us Do Part

You can now work till you drop. Government legislation is changing retirement laws to enable people to work until they choose to leave. Whilst I am all for people working, this change in law does worry me on many accounts.

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April 5, 2011

Socially Mobile

So, the government have a strategy on social mobility. I find this really amusing that a bunch of MP’s who have all had a leg up through one form of nepotism or the other think they can help people move up the social ladder. I thought at one point we were moving away from social classes, but it seems that we are steeped in them.

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