Dave the Leader has been ditched successfully after he lost the will to govern. This is what his successor as Conservative leader has chosen to do.
As the 2017 general election looms, the tax on insurance: homes, businesses, vehicles, pets, etc.; has doubled from 6% in 2015 to 12% in June 2017. Something else we have to thank George Osborne for.
Looks like the Internet Giants' lobby network is working well. Home Sec. pro tem A. Rudd has declared that she doesn't think imposing mega-million-pound fines on the likes of Gooble and InYerFaceBuk will make them remove offensive material and terrorist propaganda. Her solution is to ask nicely.
Mrs. May is said to be interested in a rather toothless national interest test for foreign takeovers of essential British companies. But in the present form, it's so wishy-washy that it's essentially worthless. And the Treasury is agin it.
Mrs. May says she's not going to increase VAT after the election (if she wins). How about a pledge to reduce it by 1.5% after Brexit when we no longer have to pay that slice to the EU? And we note that Income Tax and National Insurance remain fair game.
The coming election seems to have done small businesses a small favour. There isn't time to barge the Treasury's plan for 5 tax returns per year – one every quarter plus one for the full year – through Parliament in the time left. All sorts of other measures aimed at increasing the cost of doing business without the notional benefits the government is claiming have also been ditched; with the tacit approval of the Commons Treasury committee, which frowned on them. But we can be pretty sure they'll be back with the next government unless heads can be banged together to drive some sense into them.
The government's Death Tax has been ditched (for the moment) with a general election looming on June 8th. But no doubt probate fees will be revisited in the new parliament.
The FO thinks that the foreign aid it takes from British taxpayers and hands to the rogue regime in N. Korea will improve relations between the UK and the Kimocracy. Which just goes to show how few brain cells there to rub together at the Foreign Office.
Removals of rejected migrants/asylum claimants is at an all-time low. Not much sign of anything being done about this anytime soon. The Home Office remains as useless as ever.
In the wake of EDF Energy announcing a second increase in its standard dual-fuel tariff in June, following the one made on March 1st, the government is making noises about a cap on rip-off energy tariffs. But no firm plans in the offing.
The government is to ban councils from charging householders fees for taking home-improvements debris to their council tip as an anti-fly-tipping manoeuvre. There is also a plan to make convicted fly-tippers do litter patrol as their community service.
A Commons committee has pointed out to Justice Sec. L. Truss that the plan to impose a death tax on probate fees is illegal. Charging accoridng to the value of the estate rather than the value of the work done amounts to taxation, and a vote in the Commons is needed to approve new taxation. This has not happened.
How do you get migration to meet the target figure? Fiddle the numbers, is the answer from the Cabinet. Cut out students and other inconvenient groups until you get the number you want. How very New Labour! Mrs. May isn't going along with it, though.
The government has ducked a decision on how to bring the shambles that is the infrastructure of the dilapidated Palace of Westminster up to standard. The say on what to do and when is to be handed to a specially created body, which will take years to come up with any working principles.
Is this joined-up government? One part of it introduces rip-off business rates, which will generate thousands of appeals. Another part of it plans to get rid of one-third of the staff in the appeals department, which already has a backlog of a quarter of a million cases.
The Justice Sec. and pretend Lord High Justice, L. Truss, has been forced to do a rethink on rip-off rises in vehicle insurance following her screw-up over interest rates for compensation cases.
Why isn't the government cutting Gordon Brown's Labour deficit faster? Because telling government departments that they can't have money the country doesn't have goes through the political spin machines. Thus the virtue of Tory thrift, after processing by Labour, becomes The Cuts by heartless bastards who want to grind the faces of the weak and the poor into the dust for the fun of it. And that's a lot of political hatred to neutralize, come election time.
The useless justice sec., L. Truss, saw her plans to let women give pre-recorded evidence to rape trials squashed by Lord Chief Justice Thomas. Not only did she get things completely wrong after a brief 'consultation', she also claimed, falsely, that she had the agreement of the judges for her 'reforms'.
The PM is planning to use powers dating back to the time of Henry VIII to make all the powers transferred to the EU revert to Britain following Brexit. At a stroke, British law will reign supreme and there will be no higher courts in Brussels. [or anywhere else in the EU]
First, there was Two-Sheds Jackson, then Two-Jags Prescott. Now, we have Six-Jobs Osborne. Which has persuaded the Commons standards committee to think about banning extra jobs for MPs. And not before time. Not that anyone expects the toothless ‘watchdog' to do anything much.
Left with a big Brown Hole in his budget after his misguided assault on the self-employed, Chancellor Hammond is now being mugged for more cash by the ministers responsible for delivering Brexit. The good news is that they want only tens of millions of pounds, not hundreds of millions.
The government's response to rip-offs by the energy companies is a proposal to make the difference between the Standard Variable Rate and the company's cheapest deal no more than 6%. But what will happen in practice? Both the cost of the cheapest deal and the SVR rate will go up, even if the difference remains 6%.
The Chancellor has been forced to do a U-turn on manifesto-busting NI tax rises for the self-employed following a revolt by Tory MPs. The Education Sec. J. Greening, is being driven towards another on changes to school funding instigated by her predecessor, the useless N. Morgan, after another revolt by Tory MPs. Looks like low-majority government is very good for democracy!
What we would really like to know is what our Prime Minister, The Razor May, has against the self-employed? What have they ever done to her?
The Treasury is on course to milk an extra £83 billion from taxpayers over the next 5 years through increases in the amounts of inheritance tax and capital gains tax paid. Worse, the Chancellor is failing to collect £40 million in the 2017/18 tax year by failing to abolish disguised remuneration scams, which short-change on income tax and national insurance, until 2018 for no good reason.
The BBC has been allowed to waste £34.3 million of taxpayers' money on redundancy pay for people who were subsequently re-hired (and not required to replay the cash, of course).
The probate Death Tax increase is needed, the MoJ seems to be saying, to provide legal aid to rich criminals who have bamboozled gullible civil servants into thinking they're broke. That's the government's best official excuse, apparently.
93% of those consulted about the government's new Death Tax; taking £1.5 billion from estates instead of the present probate profit of £45 million/year; were against the tax (which will rise to £300M/year). The government is going ahead, though, even though it is breaking a connection between the cost of providing a grant of probate and the amount of actual work done, which is pretty much the same, from the court's point of view, no matter what the size of the estate.
The PM has been forced to delay the Chancellor's manifest-busting NI tax rise for the self-employed at least until the autumn following a rebellion in the ranks of her MPs. They're not happy about the way Spreadsheet Phil cast aside a clear manifesto pledge with a transparently bogus quibble about the small print.
Brace up for The Budget:
Less than 10% of Britons of working age live in a household where no one works, which is the lowest since records began, the government assures us. Take a bow, Iain Duncan Smith, who made it possible.
Justice Sec. L. Truss has screwed up big-time. Her crazy decision on compensation would shove more cash into the pockets of ambulance-chasing lawyers and cost motorists and businesses (and their customers) a fortune. The Treasury is having to step in to sort out her mess.
The government would like employers to stop asking potential employees if they have any criminal convictions in order to put more ex-cons into the workplace.
Sacked Chancellor G. Osborne's decision to raise stamp duty on properties worth more than £1.5 million has caused a 40% drop in sales and COST the Treasury £440 million rather than increasing revenue. No sign of the present incumbent repairing the damage.
We're back to the good old days of New Labour with Local Government Minister S. Javid producing a dodgy dossier on the business rates rises and being blown out of the water when it was exposed as being full of omissions, mere bits of the truth and lies. The Chancellor, P. Hammond, also seems to be at his clueless best over what to do about the mess which has been created.
The government has got itself into an unholy tangle over business rates, and where's the minister who's allegedly in charge of the mess, the Local Govt. Sec. S. Javid? On holiday. Again. And there's no sign of the PM getting a grip and clearing up her minion's mess.
It comes as no surprise to learn that the incompetents at HMRC, or Blunder City as it is popularly known, have been overpaying their own staff. Blunders in favour of undeserving taxpersons have cost the taxpayer £22 million over the last decade during the Broon, Coalition, Cameron and May administrations.
M. Fallon, the Defence Sec., will be pulling the plug on the £60M witch hunt against British troops who served in Iraq. IHAT will have its inflated case load; 3,000+ at one time; cut to around 20 cases. The operation against troops who served in Afghanistan will also be wound up.
The government is paying the boss of Public Health England £157,500/year to tell us it be a good idea to switch central heating on and dress warmly during cold weather.
Adult social care budget DOWN by 6% over the last 5 years. Foreign Aid UP 44%, and the fraud rated has quadrupled.
The Commons Public Accounts Committee has found that successive governments have failed to get to grips with the subsidies paid to ineffective solar and wind energy generation scams. In fact, there has not been an annual report on the impact of green crap published since this was promised in 2014. So that's another government promise ignored.
NS&I, which is wholly owned by HM Treasury, is to cut the already miserable rates on offer to savers in May. Which is going in the opposite direction to PM May's claim that she will offer savers a better deal. But will she do anything about it? Don't hold your breath.
The rotten civil servants running the Prosperity fund are shovelling taxpayers' cash into China even though they have no idea where most of the money is going. No sign of the May regime doing anything to check this abuse, which currently costs the taxpayer £55 million/year and will cost £350 million/year from 2019.
The Commons defence committee is blaming rottenness at the core of the Ministry of Defence for the persecution of British troops by crooked lawyers and the crooked clients trawled for by the crooked lawyers. M. Fallon, the Defence Sec., is not in the hot seat as the minister currently presiding over the rottenness, which includes IHAT, which was set up by the Coalition in 2010.
Abolishing grants for trainee nurses and making applicants take out a student loan has reduced the number of students on nursing courses by 23% over the last year.
The Commons public accounts committee has delivered a thumping to the successive governments over the last 4 decades, including the present one, for failing to make the NHS's bean-counters pursue health tourists for the cost of their treatment.
Less than one-quarter of the tax extracted from companies to pay for apprenticeships will be spent on apprentice training by the end of the decade. Presumably, the other 77% will disappear into the government's Brown Hole.
The government has finally realized that the witch hunt in Ireland is focussed on British troops and ignores terrorists. Whether anything will be done to address this betrayal of former British soldiers remains to be seen.
New President Donald Trump has been quick to follow our prime minister's lead. She abolished the climate change department set up by G. Broon in 2008. He has started going the same to ex-President O'Bummer's global warming crap.
Good News: The government is going to review and maybe abolish green crap subsidies on wind farms and others scams to help the steel industry be competitive and reduce household bills.
We have the Chancellor, P. Hammond, doing a sneak ‘coded' attack on incoming President Trump and the Defence Secretary, M. Fallon, doing the same to President-For-Life Putin. Hammond unleashed a moan about ‘populism' in his whinge, seemingly unaware that he is part of the problem. The Establishment feathering its own nest and doing its ‘coded' attacks when the voters would rather have some honesty and plain speaking is what gave rise to ‘populism'.
The PM has told the EU that if they offer a bad post-Brexit deal to Britain as a punishment for daring to leave, then there will be no deal and WTO tariffs and we will definitely be out of the institutions. Which is what we've been waiting to hear.
The PM has revealed her plan for Brexit and it's out of the EU and its institutions and politics. She has rejected the destructive half-in/half-out wanted by the Bremainers.
Chinese teams are offering British footballers £30 million deals. Our Foreign Office is giving the Chinese government £3 million of British taxpayers' money to promote football there, and the FO has no idea if the scheme has any worth, according to one of the stooges working there.
Abolishing paper tax discs, which had to be displayed in vehicles, was supposed to save £14 million/year, according to the DVLA. In the year before the paper disc was abolished, the DVLA was collecting £510 milion/month. In the year after it was abolished, DVLA revenue fell to £476 million/month. That's a shortfall of £408 million over a full year. How that constitutes putting £14 million/year back into the government's coffers has yet to be explained.
The PM has shed all blame for the cronified New Year honours list. It's all down to Dave the Leader's last hurrah, Mrs. May insists.
Senior Tories have ordered the prime minister to threaten the Lords with a bloodbath if they try to block Brexit. The options available include a huge cut in the bloated ranks of these parasites and a severe reduction in their powers, or even total abolition and the creation of an alternative institution, which will perform the original function of the Lords: scrutiny and revision.
All that talk about the Tories scrapping Labour's 'Uman Rights Act, which has been going on since about 2005, has proved to be just hot air. It's off the agenda at least until after the next election.
The government gave local councils the power effectively to reverse the adverse changes to city centres brought about the drunks abusing Labour's 24-hour drinking laws, and almost all of them ignored these powers. Now, the current Police and Crime Bill is being amended to increase those powers. But will dozy local councils use them? Experience leaves one doubtful.
The government has finally realized that it is a good idea to make voters produce a document to confirm their identity before they get their grubby germans on a ballot form. Excessive political correctness has allowed officials to ignore electoral fraud, especially in Moslem areas, in the past. But there is to be a crackdown. Possibly.
One of the top bods at Ofgem, the energy regulator, expects a 2-tier tariff structure in the future. Those with plenty of cash to spare will form an upper tier and get as much electricity as they need. The rest, the nation's paupers, will just have to get used to sitting in the dark or watch their day shrink to an hour either side of sunrise and sunset at the end of the year.
Stooges at the Ministry of Defence are sending middle-of-the-night text messages to J. Mercer, MP, trying to persuade him, or coerce or threaten him, into not telling the country, in a report to be published in January, that the Iraq Historical Allegations Team is a monster, which needs to be put down. Exactly why they think this tactic will work remains to be explained. As does why the Prime Minister is letting it happen.
Benefit overpayments for the last year came to £3.3 BILLION due to blunders by civil servants and failure to prevent fraud.
The government is failing to collect 2/3 of the fines imposed on firms which employ illegal immigrants. That's £120 million/year lost to the taxpayer, plust all the costs of investigation and court cases. When this information was unearthed, the Home Office responded with some usual BS about "working hard".
All the fine talk about cutting fat cats off at the knees when they are awarded huge and undeserved pay rises (which went on back in July) has proved to be . . . just talk. The PM has gone off the boil in the cold, harsh mists of November.
The PM is sending 150 troops to Poland to defend our wartime allies against nuclear weapons deployed in Russian-occupied Koenigsberg, East Prussia. It is hoped that this gesture will persuade the Poles to be reasonable in Brexit talks. The response from the Poles has been a demand that British schools start offering Polish classes so that they can send all their kids over here to be educated at our expense.
The PM has been accused of cherry-picking Red Ed Miliband's economic ideas. While we're laughing at that notion, let us hope she doesn't take a fancy to something more tangible. Like a May Monument to rival the Ed Stone.
The current PM, T. May, has decided that the review of the House of Frauds, commissioned by the previous PM, Dave the Leader, can be filed in a drawer and forgotten. She seems content to let the sleazy inmates continue on their merry way.
The Chancellor, P. Hammond, has declared that government borrowing remains out of control and we can forget about balancing the budget before 2020. It's a job for the next government.
The government's response to the Daily Mail's November revelations about how soft life is in Her Majesty's prisons was to try to sneak through by stealth, the abolition of some regulations to make it even softer! Anyone remember when the Tories were the party of Lor 'n' Order? Only vaguely.
The Lord Chancellor, L. Truss, has confirmed that judges are a cornerstone of the rule of law but they cannot be immune to criticism if they make perverse or plain wrong-headed rulings. The message is clear: freedom of speech and a free press are more important than the censorship instincts of the Whatever Tendency.
National power consumption at the end of October was provided mainly by gas & coal (70%) and nuclear (21%). Most of the rest was imported from France. Wind power contributed just 0.6%. And yet the government is carrying on with New Labour's crazy plan to 'decarbonize' Britain. Never mind Brexit, how does the PM think she's going to keep the lights on?
Finally, the government is doing something about health tourists. Anyone who owes the NHS more than £500 will not be granted a visa if abroad or, if the person is already in the country, he/she will not be granted an extension to an existing visa.
The prisons minister, S. Gylmah, has come up with the bright idea of posting trained eagles at prisons to intercept the drones bearing contraband flown in by criminal associates. But why an eagle would mistake a drone for something edible has yet to be explained.
The Tories are claiming that they had to vote Jim Vaz on to the Commons justice committee, despite his appalling character, to prevent Labour from blocking their nominations. Pathetic excuse. They didn't even have the decency to abstain, which was contemptible conduct on the part of the 10 Cabinet ministers who gave Jim their support.
The Home Sec. has ruled that there will be no public inquiry into the policing of the miners' violence at the Orgreave coking plant during the 1984 strike. No one was killed (there, at least, although there were deaths at the hands of strike supporters) and no one was wrongly convicted. Lefty luvvy lawyers are outraged at the denial of an opportunity to rewrite history at the expense of the taxpayer.
Despite the forecasts of Project Fear and its allies, like the discredited Governor of the Bank of England, M. Carney, the UK economy grew by 0.5% in the 3 months after the Brexit vote. So we're obviously doing something right.
U-turn The plan for all under-performing schools to become academies has been dropped. Introduced by sacked Education Ministor N. Morgan, the useless replacement for M. Gove, it has been ditched in favour of a more woolly approach by Morgan's successor, J. Greening, formerly of the Dept. of Global Warming Swindles.
The government has known for at least 3 years that migrants have been pretending to be children to get into the UK. But the Home Office has chosen to do nothing about it and it seems to be busting a gut to frustrate all attempts to exclude adult migrants who have no right to be here. How very New Labour.
What Britains needs is the smack of firm government, and that smack should be delivered to the back of the head of P. Hammond and every other Bremoaner wobbler until they get with the programme.
The Prime Minister says there will be give and take during the Brexit negotions (that's a technical term for going through the motions of negotiating). As we're leaving, it would be nice if the usual course of events were reversed, namely that the EU does all the giving and we do all the taking just for once.
Oh, dear. The Chancellor is in the soup again. Mr. P. Hammond tried to shift the goalposts on immigration and got slapped down by the prime monster. Can he do anything right?
The government is refusing to use physical checks, such as dental X-rays, to verify the ages of "child" economic migrants. As a result, local councils are threatening to do their own age tests and remove benefits from "children" who aren't.
The Chancellor, P. Hammond, is at it again. He has reneged on G. Osborne's promise to let pensioners with a rip-off annuity deal take a cash lump sum instead.
The Chancellor, P. Hammond, has received a Wobbliest Wonk In The World Award. It seems that his Cabinet colleagues have so little confidence in him that the prime minister has spent a world record amount of time on propping him up during his first 3 months in the job.
Health Sec. J. Hunt appears to be into micro-management in a big way. He has decided that eating out in a restaurant is just refuelling rather than a treat and that the sizes of all puddings have to be cut to reduce o'besity.
Theresa May strolled on stage at the Tory conference to Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones and that's supposed to have made her seem hep and with it. Has everyone forgotten that MicroSoft used the same tune to launch Windows 95 with its "revolutionary" and earth-shattering Start button? Which makes Mrs. May look rather dated and recycled.
The Chancellor, a Bremoaner, is getting a bit of a booting from Cabinet colleagues over his attempts to talk Britain down to "prove" that Project Fear was justified. But his colleagues are letting him know that rigging the present to make himself look right in the past just isn't on.
The goverment is planning to root out illegal migrants who are working here and take action against people employing them in a bid to make employers recruit British people.
Oh, dear! Chancellor P. Hammond is a Corbyn-lite Brownite, who thinks "investing" the taxpayer's cash; in the Gordon Brown sense of investing in a pint of beer down the pub; will cure all ills. Bummer. Living within the nation's means seems to be off the table whoever is in power.
Home Sec. A. Rudd claims she can introduce legislation to make it easier to deport criminals from EU countries, who are currently unshiftable due to 2004 free-movement regulations. And unduly lenient prison sentences will be jacked up. No danger of making the judges who handed them out line up for a compulsory and public slap on the head, though.
The shambles of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has lost the QC who was its leading counsel, and also his likely successor. That's in addition to three chairmen, all ladies who were blown away for one reason or another. And yet, the prime minister seems keen to keep this conspicuous waste of £100 million of taxpayers' money chugging along to the inevitable catastrophe. Is she hoping to be gone before the blame lands?
The European Commision is investigating the attempted takeover of the London Stock Exchange by Deutsche Börse to see if it amounts to destroying competition and creating a monopoly. Strangely, the British prime monster seems completely untroubled by this deal, which is manifestly against the British national interest.
The PM has announced a crack-down on ambulance chasers targetting British troops with bogus claims for damages. But only for future wars. The current shambles will go on.
The PM has reminded Wee Burney of the Scots Gnats that a second referendum on independence for Scotland would be a waste of time and money as the Scots couldn't survive without subsidies from England. Not to mention that an independent Scotland would not be allowed to join the EU with a deficit of 9.5% of GDP (compared to 4% for the UK).
The Treasury is going to cap pay-offs to failed local council, NHS and police staff @ £95K to end the parade of grabbers who were evicted from one job with a 6-figure pay-off and then waltzed into another public sector job with an eye-watering salary. Even though the new limit is £95K more than most of them are worth.
Data from the overseas aid ministry DfID shows that the amount of cash lost to fraud increased by 40% in the last year.
Health Sec. J. Hunt has been Daily Mailed into ordering NICE to end the postcode lottery for cataract surgery for the elderly in England. Instead of waiting until 2018, NICE has been ordered to publish new guidelines by Easter 2017. Clinical need will be the deciding factor, as it should be. But getting the guidelines job done quickly and efficiently is clearly off the table.
The PM has responded to sabre-rattling within the EU with some of her own. She has reminded them that the EU sells a lot more stuff to us than we buy from them, and they actually need a tariff-free deal a lot more than we do with the rest of the world to choose from.
Lawyers everywhere are blubbing onto their cornflakes because the Home Sec., A. Rudd, has ruled out a multi-million-pound feeding frenzy over the battle at the Orgreave coking plant when Arthur Scaregill was driving the mining industry out of existence.
The transport sec., C. Grayling, has been Daily Mailed into increasing the penalty for using a mobile phone in the driving seat: 6 points on the licence and the fine doubled to £200. But not for at least 6 months.
The PM has increased the chances of a new runway @ Heathrow by excluding B. Johnson, a vocal anti, from the Cabinet committee which will take a yes/no decision. The Education Sec., J. Greening, is also sidelined.
The new International Development Sec., P. Patel, is saying she is determined to do something about the amount of taxpayers' cash being wasted abroad on crooks and gimmicks. But there's no sign that PM May is prepared to abolish Dave's 0.7% of GDP in favour of an amount which can be spent effectively.
Relief for the prime monster: she's not going to have David Cameron doing a Ted Heath and grumping on the back benches until the next general election. Dave would like us to think it's a posh boy's inability to support grammar schools for the masses which is behind his departure. But everyone knows it's because he's monumentally pissed off by being dumped out of office for making the small political mistake of misreading the mood of the country, and he's hoping to cash in and add more millions to his bank balance.
The government is going to waste £12 million on building a mile-long Trump wall at Calais. The wall will be only 13 feet high, which is readilly accessible to even a modest ladder, and the drop on the other side from arm's length is nothing much. Government is all about posturing and cosmetic solutions? Always has been, always will be.
Culture Sec. K. Bradley is of the opinion that there is no place in our society for hatred. No doubt the Police Fed Reps for the Hate Crime Squad will give her an argument if their members' jobs are on the line for a lack of customers.
Environment Sec. and former Tory leadership hopeful A. Leadsom has announced a glorious £12.5 MILLION for temporary flood defences. Her gesture is being seen in the context of the £12 BILLION being blown on overseas aid to corrupt usual suspects. And
Come Hell or high water, Prime Minister May is determined to bring back the grammar schools, which were attended by so many of the principal characters in the Labour party today, including Jeremy and the more important of the other Corbynites.
The Bank of England needs a new governor as the current one, some Canadian clown called Carney, seems to have gone crazy. He must have if he believes his own claim that the Cameron Clique's Project Fear saved the British economy from collapse as a result of the Brexit vote.
Michael Gove is good at fixing broken systems, so he gets the sack and his successors go wobbly on the fixes. It happened when he was moved out of education and it's happening again now that L. Truss is the Justice minister. She's going wobbly on the Gove reform programmes for prisons and the courts. Time for the prime monster to step in and give her a clip round the ear.
The government is going soft on the BBC. Plans to keep a chose eye on what the Beeb's management gets up to in order to avoid privilege scandals, like the one surrounding sex criminal J. Savile, and the abuse of licence payers' cash, are being watered down to vanishing point in the new charter.
The environment sec., A. Leadsome, has promised to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic and other products. Hooray! The oceans have been saved for posterity from toxic pollutants. Well, only if the rest of the world follows suit. Otherwise, it's just a moral massage for politicians, like closing all our coal- and gas-fired power stations to save the world from global warming when no other country is doing the same.
Prime Minister May is not backing down in the face of strikes for more pay by junior doctors, who will end up killing people if they persist, and Health Secretary J. Hunt's job is safe as a political statement.
Prime Minister May has ordered a year-long audit of public services to ensure that ethnic minorities and the white working class are not being treated unfairly. This is despite promising not to get involved in silly political gestures.
Is our new Foreign Secretary going to be ordered to stop the FO from helping the Mandelsleaze to make dirty deals with poisonous regimes? The FO has promised to stop helping former ministers unless they are on official government business, but that doesn't appear to be happening. But maybe no one mentioned it to Boris.
In addition to not banning excessive use of sugar in foods, the government has also decided not to ban trans-fats (vegetable oils made [semi-]solid by partial hydrogenation and used to improve the taste, texture and shelf life of processed foods), even though medical experts have blamed them for being responsible for heart attacks and strokes as a result of high levels of bad (low molecular weight) cholesterol in people who consume lots of trans-fats. Maybe parents need to start taking responsibility for their fat kids rather than relying on the nanny state.
Things the government doesn't look like banning include G. Osborne's Living Wage, which has been dismissed as political grandstanding and a threat to thousands of jobs and perks, and also N. Morgan's plan to make companies waste money on publishing "crude" pay league tables, which will also achieve nothing useful, in the view of the Institute of Fiscal Affairs.
The government has been lobbied out of a sugar tax to combat the dreaded obesity plague. The industry will be "challenged" to be virtuous instead. Like that's going to work!
Unemployment fell by 8,000 in July, even though the Bremainers predicted a rise of 9,600. And the employment rate reached a record high of 74.5%. Maybe ditching Dave wasn't that bad an idea!
Now that the terrorists' friend, A. Choudary, has been sent to gaol, maybe we can be told why the multiculturalists, the diversifyers and the Establishment, Labour, Liberal and Tory alike, cut him so much slack and shoved so much taxpayers' cash into his pockets.
The Chancellor, P. Hammond, has announced that projects receiving British taxpayers' cash via the EU will continue to receive funding up to and after Brexit.
Theresa May's ethics guy has called time on prime ministerial resignation bungs after the bad example set by Dave the Leader.
This is something that's been going on during and after our prime minister's tenure at the Home Office:
PM May has chosen not to begin her campaign to clean the sleaze out of politics by pruning Dave the ex-Leader's cronified resignation dishonours list.
We seem to have acquired a very wobby prime minister. No decision on new runways at airports in the south of England; one each for Heathrow and Gatwick seems to be indicated; and as soon as EdF decided to go ahead with the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, the government is wobbling and going to "review it in the autumn". The May regime seems to be good at wobbling on things we need and wobble-free on stuff we don't need, like the H2S railway white elephant.
Mr. R. Whitcomb, who has been in charge of a two-year investigation into gas and electricity suppliers for the Competition & Markets Authority, has decided that their profit margin should be no more than 1.25% "because they don't make the stuff". British Gas and SSE, margins 7% and 6.2% respectively, are reported to be outraged by this conclusion. But is there any chance of the May government giving them anything to grouse about?
More egg on Theresa's mush: she claimed that Brexit would mean a "hard" border with machinegun posts and searchlights between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Not so, sez the Teashop.
The May regime is following in the tracks of Tony B. Liar as far as burying bad news is concerned. 30 reasons for public discontent were zoomed out on the last day before Parliament goes on its summer hols. And the government's attitude seems to be that this is what Labour made into standard operating procedure, so any complaints from them are just hypocrisy.
May's first big mistake? Trying our her new prime ministerial plane for the photo-opportunity and zooming north to the court of Wee Burney Sturgeon to fuel her delusion that Burney can torpedo Brexit. She shudda told Sturgeon to hop on a train if she wanted a photo-op with the shiny new prime monsteress.
The Posh Boys are out.
The Global Warming department has been made invisible as part of the Business department; but has it gone away?
Hammond, who wasn't all that impressive at Defence, has turned into Gordon F. Broon at the Treasury; he's planning to splurge with borrowed money right from the start.
Making David Davis Minister for Brexit shows a degree of judgement, if not low cunning.
Michael Gove is now a wasted talent. He didn't do the dirty on Boris Johnson, as the legend would have us believe, he did the honest thing when he saw that Boris, post referendum, just wasn't up to the job of being prime minister. It is to be hoped that Gove's talent is not allowed to go to waste for too long.
May kept banging on about ditching the European Convention on 'Uman Rights when she couldn't do it. No timetable has yet been announced for replacing it with the British Bill of Rights, which has been sitting on Dave the Leader's desk for over 6 months.