‘Parliament makes decisions, not the people’ – anger as Peers say public cannot be trusted on EU vote

Lords accused of ‘arrogance and contempt’ after claiming British public cannot be trusted on Europe By Matthew Holehouse, Political Correpsondent 7:12PM GMT 10 Jan 2014 Peers have been accused of showing “contempt” for British voters over the proposed EU referendum, saying the public cannot be trusted to make the right decision. Dozens of members of…

“Every single sphere of British influence” in society is dominated by men and women who went to private school or who are from the “affluent middle class”

‘Truly shocking’ that the private-school educated and affluent middle class still run Britain, says Sir John Major The dominance of a private-school educated elite and well-heeled middle class   in the “upper echelons” of public life in Britain is “truly shocking”, Sir   John Major has said. State school educated John Major with David Cameron, who went…

David Cameron ‘must embrace Churchill’s vision of United States of Europe’ Says EU Commission President

The current generation of EU leaders, including David Cameron, must revive   Winston Churchill’s vision of a United States of Europe says José Manuel   Barroso José Manuel Barroso urged the EU to emulate Churchil’s call, made in a 1948 speech, for deeper integration in Europe Photo: Reuters   By Bruno Waterfield, Brussels 5:30PM GMT 08 Nov 2013…

Britain’s anger at EC opposition to restriction on migrant benefits : Benefit Tourism is OK, and so is Corruption ( EU )

The European Commission and the BBC are facing new questions over a   controversial report into the effect of European Union migration to the UK. David Cameron’s official spokesman said last week that there was “widespread and understandable concern” in the UK about benefit tourism.  Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Robert Mendick, Chief reporter 9:00PM BST 19…

Nine in 10 walk free for first violent crime ( U.K. )

The majority of people convicted for the first time of violent crime are   walking free, new figures show Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, has pledged to toughen up community sentences as part of his “rehabilitation revolution” Photo: JULIAN SIMMONDS FOR THE TELEGRAPH <!– remove the whitespace added by escenic before end of tag –> By Steven…

Saudi Arabian cleric says female drivers risk damaging ovaries ( Says “medical studies show” ) ?

Saudi Arabian cleric says female drivers risk damaging ovaries Conservative’s comments aimed at activists protesting against Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules Reuters in Riyadh theguardian.com,  Sunday 29 September 2013 14.02 EDT A female Saudi motorist speaks to the media in 2011 after driving her vehicle in defiance of the ban on  women driving.  Photograph: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters…

Equalities minister sees no need for law against caste discrimination

Her leaked letter urges Hindus to submit evidence to help get legislation scrapped     Emily Dugan Thursday, 11 July 2013 Landmark legislation to ban caste discrimination in Britain is being deliberately scuppered by the Conservative equalities ministers in charge of getting it on the statue book, a leaked document indicates. Discrimination on the basis…

Ministers to seize back 100 powers from Brussels

Around 100 powers are to be permanently seized from Europe in a dramatic move this week. Photo: Niall Carson/PA By Patrick Hennessy 9:33PM BST 06 Jul 2013 In the first part of efforts to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union, ministers will announce plans to claw back the powers. Theresa May, the Home Secretary,…