If the Press Can Publish Harry and Megan’s Correspondence, then We Should See Murdoch and Co’s

The National Press always want it their way, but yes, they should be transparent and ‘Conflicts of Interest; should be made public.

How do we know that this interest in ;Harry and Meghan; may also be a Conflict of Interest.

The press state that Harry and Meghan should not have ‘their cake and eat it’, but it appears it is OK for The Press to do so. Hypocrisy in all its connotations.

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Harry and Meghan and suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing a letter from Megan to her father. And today, that bastion on the British press – and as the late Terry Wogan used to say of the Beeb, ‘there are many basty ‘uns in there’  – the MoS set out its defence. It’s the old ‘public interest’ argument. They’re going to argue that Meghan and Harry don’t have the same right to privacy as the rest of us, because they’re private correspondence and activities are of interest to the public. Zelo Street has put up a piece demolishing it by showing how circular the argument is. The letter, and anything else the royal couple writes or does, is of interest to the public because the press tells them it is. Zelo Street states

What the MoS is setting out in its defence is that what it did is…

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DWP advertising bill soars 700% in two years : Welfare Weekly

The UK government spent over £4 million attempting to “airbrush” crisis-hit Universal Credit last year, with advertising spending increasing by a staggering 700% in two years.

According to figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request, the DWP spent a total of £4,059,109 advertising Universal Credit in 2018/19 – compared with just £511,227 in 2016/17.

This week, the Advertising Standards’ Authority launched a formal investigation into the DWP over claims that adverts which appeared in the Metro newspaper, amongst others, were “deliberately misleading.”

Commenting, Bob Doris MSP said: “These figures are frankly insulting for those struggling on Universal Credit – an ill thought-out welfare scheme which has forced families into debt, rent arrears, foodbanks and destitution.

“The DWP has ploughed ahead with the botched roll-out of Universal Credit, despite all the warnings they’ve received.

“Now they’re trying to airbrush the utter failure of their flagship welfare policy – spending millions of taxpayers’ money on a one-sided advertising campaign which is now under investigation for being misleading.


Source: DWP advertising bill soars 700% in two years : Welfare Weekly

The funding panel policies testing the limits of the Care Act : Community Care

A Community Care analysis of council policies and procedures for funding panels operating in adult social care has revealed that some are testing the limits of the Care Act 2014.

A freedom of information (FOI) request was sent to English councils asking for the terms of reference documents for any panels in their adults’ services department, and any policy or practice guidance supplied to social workers about how to submit or present cases to these meetings.

A survey also ran on Community Care over the summer asking adults’ social workers to tell us about the most recent case they took to the panel in their local authority.

This research follows our earlier investigation, which suggested funding panels were being used beyond their intended purpose, as set out in the Care Act statutory guidance.

We found then that social workers were concerned panels were being used to prioritise cost savings over peoples’ needs and, in some cases, override their professional recommendations. An FOI request also found more than 20 English councils were sending all requests for new or changes to existing care packages to a panel, which legal experts have since warned is potentially unlawful.

Our latest analysis shows that the policies referenced in some funding panels’ terms of reference documents could leave councils open to legal challenge. Three social workers also told us in detail about their experience of the last case they took to panel.


Our latest FOI request received responses from 107 of England’s 152 local authorities. Of this, 60 councils said they had a terms of reference in place for the panels they operate, and 55 provided us with a copy of the relevant documents.

We analysed 11 councils’ terms of reference documents


Source: The funding panel policies testing the limits of the Care Act : Community Care

Following a leaked report, a government department is under criminal investigation

Great for Freedom of Information requests (FOI), for without them we would not know details as these.

Now we need to restore all the cuts to legal aid so those who have suffered miscarriages of justice have an avenue to bring back justice.

Damning new proof that Labour ignored fears over diesel: Confidential records show ministers knew vehicles powered by the fuel emitted more toxic fumes :Mail Online


  • Evidence suggests Tony Blair’s government ignored warnings about diesel cars
  • Records showed ministers were aware the diesel vehicles emit more toxic fumes
  • Michael Gove said the documents showed Labour pursued ‘the dash for diesel’

By James Salmon, Transport Editor For The Daily Mail

Fresh evidence of how Tony Blair‘s Labour government ignored health warnings about diesel vehicles before encouraging millions to buy them has emerged.

Confidential records released by the Treasury yesterday confirmed ministers were well aware that diesel vehicles emit more toxic fumes.

But they show how officials preparing the 2000 budget argued against higher tax for diesel cars ‘so we are not seen as being overly harsh on diesel users’.

The documents were released by the Treasury after a two-year battle with the BBC which lodged a Freedom of Information Act request.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the documents showed Labour pursued ‘the dash for diesel’ despite knowing the dangers, adding it was ‘another example of a Conservative government having to clean up Labour’s mess’.

Evidence suggests Tony Blair's Labour government ignored health warnings about diesel cars 

Advice from the Treasury’s tax policy section presented to ministers stated: ‘Relative to petrol, diesel has lower emissions of CO2 but higher emissions of the particulates and pollutants which damage local air quality.

‘A diesel supplement is necessary so that we do not create incentives for people to choose diesel vehicles over similar petrol models in order to attract a lower Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rate.’

But officials were worried how this would be perceived, saying: ‘Presentationally, this should be seen as ensuring fair treatment of petrol and diesel, rather than as a penalty on diesel users.’

In the budget the following year, the then Chancellor Gordon Brown introduced a major overhaul of VED which caused sales of diesel cars to boom.

This was a deliberate ploy – following advice from scientists – to cut down on carbon emissions and tackle global warming. Instead of basing the tax on the size of the engine, the new VED system was based on carbon emissions. This favoured diesel cars which are generally more fuel efficient.

The number of diesel cars on the road soared from 3.5 million to more than 12 million. But politicians are now desperately trying to persuade motorists to ditch diesel, and switch to petrol or low emission vehicles such as electric cars.

Michael Gove said the documents showed Labour pursued 'the dash for diesel' despite knowing the dangers


Ministers have ordered councils to devise schemes to crack down on pollution, including extra charges on motorists driving into town centres or even to park their cars.

There are fears Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce a fuel duty tax rise for diesel car owners in his Budget next Wednesday.

Mr Gove said: ‘The dash for diesel was pursued under a Labour government, and these documents show they knew the damage this would do to our environment.’

Edmund King, president of the AA said: ‘These FoI records just confirm that the previous Labour government knew there were problems with diesels and air quality but chose to ignore it. This will only heighten the sense of injustice felt by millions of people who bought their diesel cars in good faith.’

The Treasury said it could not comment on decisions taken under a previous government. It refused to comment on the reasons for the two-year FoI delay.


Source : Damning new proof that Labour ignored fears over diesel: Confidential records show ministers knew vehicles powered by the fuel emitted more toxic fumes  : Mail Online

Agency lied over bus operators flouting access laws, FoI response reveals | DisabledGo News and Blog

A Government agency lying, who would have believed it, anyone would think that they are in training to be MPs. But they need more training because they got found out.


A government transport agency lied when it claimed it had no evidence of transport operators using a loophole to avoid legal obligations to ensure their buses

Source: Agency lied over bus operators flouting access laws, FoI response reveals | DisabledGo News and Blog

There is literally no evidence that the monarchy makes any profit for UK taxpayers whatsoever : Evolve Politics.

Some valid arrguements and these should be taken on board, especially as the Queen is technically a tenent in recept of State Benefits, so should these buildings be also subject to the infamous ‘bedroom tax’.

To a large degree I am a royalist supporter, but not to all incumbents of the family, some of whom are not on the fringes of the family.

Also as the Monarchy is a public funded body them and their finances should not be exempt from the FOI.