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Cash, bigots and beagling


Show me the money

Governments around the world making swingeing cuts, claiming they are chronically short of cash.

But oddly enough many large corporations are awash with money. As reported in the Financial Times last month, cash currently represents the biggest proportion of assets in the US for over 50 years. As the world economy stalls US corporations are sitting on some $2 trillion - that's about the same as the entire value of the British economy.


Don't cut the dressage!

The Independent Schools Council is currently in court trying to get the legal definition of public benefit changed to justify their tax-free status.

To be fair, they're paying for more than your average curriculum.

The Education Review Group point out that, "Nobody would seriously expect hunting, shooting and fishing to be tax deductible yet it seems that schools somehow slipped by unnoticed and continue to take advantage of outdated charitable rules providing such things as golf, beagling, and dressage."


The mask slips - and then falls off

The true face of the Tories is increasingly clear for all to see, and it's not pretty. What bumbling Justice Secretary Kenneth Clark hinted at in his interviews on the question of date rape Roger Helmer, Tory MEP has said explicitly on his blog.

"Imagine that a woman voluntary goes to her boyfriend's apartment, voluntary goes into the bedroom, voluntary undresses and gets into bed, perhaps anticipating sex, or naïvely expecting merely a cuddle. But at the last minute she gets cold feet and says "Stop!". The young man in the heat of the moment is unable to restrain himself and carries on...the victim surely shares a part of the responsibility, if only establishing reasonable expectations in her boyfriend's mind".