Despite a number of requests yesterday there are no hits in the National news that I can find, if anybody else manages, be sure to let me know.
I missed the Economist writig up the Buckingham election last week,
Mr Bercow also faces a serious challenge from UKIP’s Mr Farage. A vote for him, Mr Farage says, is a vote for a clean man untainted by Westminster politics: “There are no big parties to vote for and the speaker who is seeking re-election is the symbol of the current political class.”They are a little disdainful of Farage's comments to Van Rompuy, but they are the voice of the establishment, so what would one expect? However veteran political commentator, Vernan Bogdanor sees the possibility of an upset,
Vernon Bogdanor, a professor of government at Oxford University, reckons that Mr Bercow is vulnerable. “The authority of the political class was undermined by the expenses scandal, and the authority of the role of speaker shattered,” he says. He thinks it unfair that voters in the speaker’s constituency are disenfranchised, and proposes that the speaker, once elected, be shunted to a “notional constituency”, triggering a by-election in his original one.Bogdanor seems to support Bercow's suggestion that the speaker should not need to fight elections. Which of course would be a travesty.
Things that we should be looking at,
In the Sun there is a double page spread about the failures of the Government's immigration policy. Coming from a Tory supporting paper it is no surprise to discover that it doesn't think that the mass of EU immigration is sucha bad idea, but the bald numbers of their poll show a different story.
The Express highlights another immigration/benefits scandal. Gerard Batten has pointed out that "this amounts to us creating an intenational benefits system, just as we no have an International Health Service", the bills to be picked up, as ever by the poor benited British taxpayer.
BRITISH taxpayers are paying out millions of pounds for pregnant Polish women and other migrants to give birth in Eastern European hospitals under controversial EU benefit rules.The Daily Mail reveals, maybe, why it is that Dave Cameron's Conservatives are so gung ho for wind farms.
The EU scheme, adopted in 2007, means the NHS must pay for the maternity costs of migrant workers who have lived or worked in the UK even if they return home.
And the number of women taking advantage of this costly scheme has ballooned – landing taxpayers with a £2million bill last year. Last night there was growing anger that hard-working British families had to pick up bills from across Europe.
How SamCam's super-rich father is coining £3.5m from taxpayer... to fund wind turbinesAs Bob Woodward was told, "Follow the Money".
Janet Street Porter warns of the dangers of the NHS Spine, something I have been banging on about for a while now. She goes into it in some depth and ends,
We have not been consulted about SCRs, just inflicted with them. The money and effort being poured into this bonkers scheme would keep more wards open and pay for extra nurses at a time when the NHS has drawn up secret plans for £20billion worth of cutsQuite.
The Guardian talks about a Wind Farm factory to be built in the UK. It screams (well it is the Gurdain) it raises its voice to state that 700 jobs might be created - with a possible 1,500 more in "the supply chain". However the announcement is couched with less than subtle demand for even more tax breaks for the industry.
Winds farms just don't blow without the pump being primed and continually serviced with dollops of taxpayers cash.
The move comes despite claims made today by the EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, that the UK tax system is still stacked against manufacturing and needs a shake-up if the economy is to become less geared towards financial services.The Guardian also flags up the creation of an EU Energy super regulator,
Brussels is pressing ahead with plans to establish an energy agency which is seen as a prototype European regulator. The body could eventually restrict national policymaking but could also give important impetus to North Sea wind power and developing a European "supergrid".You see that little comment "restrict national policy making"? Oh how Brussels.
The Telegraph has,as ever Ambrose in his Monday column pointing out that last week's deal on teh Greek crisis agreed in Brussels wasn't about Greece at all, but about Germany, a point furthered by an interesting comment piece in the Times by Josef Joffe.