Sunday Round-up

The Independent on Sunday:
This is England, 2011: Jobcentres to send poor and hungry to charity food banks.
Evidence grows of Blair’s links with Gaddafi. Another cache of documents ‘uncovered’ in Tripoli.
Extra inspectors recruited to target wealthy tax avoiders. Unemployment drops as HMRC takes on 2,250 extra officials to target those earning £2.5m+ pa.

The Sunday Express:
Thieves strip the UK bare First the rape, now the pillage. Eastern European gangs implicated.
Fury over drug dealer’s ‘rights’ Columbian drug dealer used Legal Aid to win fight against deportation – HRA again.

The Observer:
More MPs join fight against HS2. The penny hasn’t dropped that this is EU-driven – see Ten-t.
Millions of Americans living in poverty.  “Worlds apart – the neighbourhoods that sum up divided America.”
LibDems vow to fight rightwing policies of ‘ruthless’ Tories. Not bad for a Party that only had 57 MPs elected at the last election.

The Mail on Sunday:
BBC’s hotels for Olympic staff who live just eight miles from the stadium.
The ‘genteel’ boy who grew up to become Scotland Yard’s ‘zero tolerance’ Eliot Ness A gossipy profile of the new Met Commissioner.
How more than 3,000 Met Police find time for jobs on the side.
Paid to party on your tax: civil servants given time off work for drunken sports day hours after voting for a mass strike. Great photos, stinging comments.
An indictment of immigration and its effects on Boston, Lincolnshire.
Alastair Campbell brought in to advise Kosovan government on spin. Asking for trouble.

The Sunday Telegraph:
Wind power: a policy spinning out of control

Because the electricity it produces cannot be stored, one wind farm has been paid more than £1 million simply to ensure that it does not produce electricity for eight hours. The company profiting from this lunatic process is not British, but foreign – in common with most of those firms operating wind farms in this country. That would not be of any concern were these companies actually adding to our prosperity, but they are not: they are destroying value rather than creating it, a process only made possible because the Government takes our money and gives it to them. In return, taxpayers face higher electricity bills and an economy that is damaged because its costs have been artificially inflated by the decision to use wind as a principal source of power. It is a ludicrous situation.

The European dream lies in ruins. “This is going to be huge: so cataclysmic that it may summon up forms of ugliness that we have not seen walking abroad in Western Europe for half a century.”
Cameron campaigns to put the Great back in Britain.
Hands off the Great British Banger.

The Sunday Times (£):
Gleision colliery boss has criminal record

Neither the Coal Authority, which licenses Britain’s mines, nor the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which regulates dangerous working conditions, had been to the Gleision colliery in the Swansea valley in the year it had been run by Gerry Ward, 47.
The local Neath Port Talbot council, which owns the hillside, had allowed him to re-open the works even though planning consent had been granted to a different company.

Baad [sic] news for sheep farmers  Sheep rustling makes a comeback.
Reckless bankers should face prison, says anti-fraud chief

“I have drawn attention to the defects of the current law so far as the liability of corporations and senior individuals in financial institutions for criminal liability is concerned,” he told The Sunday Times.
“For instance, if you are running a bank and you run it recklessly and you run out of money and you can’t pay your depositors or have to be bailed out by the taxpayer, I reckon that’s recklessness and the company and the individuals should end up in jail. You can’t do it at the moment. But I think that is what the public wants to see. It is for ministers to consider whether new criminal offences such as those involving recklessness should be considered and introduced.”

Wildlife disappearing as water firms shrink rivers. About a quarter of rivers in England and Wales are being so heavily exploited that their ecosystems are in danger of being destroyed.
Fake death certificates net millions for tourists.
Indian doctors are helping unscrupulous tourists with an insurance fraud that costs millions.

Good news:
Ex-cinema popcorn seller gets £6m movie deal after he writes script in his spare time.

Weird news:
Two men took friend’s corpse on boys’ night out.

The ‘Aw’ Factor:
Hero pet rabbit saves family from house fire … then dies of smoke inhalation.

And, finally, why it will be quiet around here today: Goodwood Revival 2011.

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