Prime Minister David Cameron’s New Year Message 2012.
The Ceremony Explained:
The door of the House of Commons being slammed on the face of the Yeoman Usher to symbolise the independence of the elected House of Commons from the monarchy. This ritual is derived from what happened when the attempt by Charles I to arrest five MPs in 1642, in what was seen as a breach of privilege. After that incident, the House of Commons has maintained its right to question the right of the monarch’s representative to enter their chamber, though they can not bar him from entering with lawful authority.
Normally, the door is slammed in the face of Black Rod (currently Sir Freddie Viggers) but he was unwell, so his deputy, Colonel E. Lloyd-Jukes (Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod), had to step in.
UK’s Labour has asked British Prime Minister, David Cameron, to apologise after he told the shadow Treasury chief secretary, Angela Eagle, to «calm down, dear. Listen to the doctor». Hilarious.
U.K Prime Minister David Cameron answers his weekly questions from MPs in the Commons – summary here.
A senior adviser to David Cameron, Lord Young, recently declared that the vast majority of Britons are benefiting from low interest rates during the recession.
Full story from the Telegraph here.
Latest update on the matter:
The Gardian, via the Observer, claims that the consequenses of George Osbourne’s leaked cuts of about 30% to the justice system will:
“Dramatically reduce the number of people in prison, slash legal aid in divorce and family law cases, and see the closure of more than 150 courts across England.”
Further reading from The Guardian here.
Cameron has pledged to curb “compensation culture” in U.K and create a new system that “treats adults like adults”.
More from The Telegraph here.
“When tory-leaning U.K prepares to impose some of the deepest spending cuts in a generation, it is doing so with the full throated support of London’s financial elite.”
Full update from the NY Times here.
In the biggest to date shakeup of U.K government the coalition has made - thousands of jobs will go.
Story from The Guardian here.
Prime Minister’s Questions coming up at 12 noon today. Watch the session live on Parliament’s website. I expect a juicy battle between fresher Ed Milliband and Cameron – enjoy!
“The U.K. Government is working on a secret plan to tackle Britain’s £149bn deficit by hiving off state-owned property assets worth tens of billions of pounds and selling them to the private sector.”
Continue reading here.
A clear majority of voters still support the controversial decision to axe child benefit for higher-rate taxpayers from 2013, according to a survey for The Telegraph.
“They also back further reductions of the £195 billion welfare budget in preference to cutbacks in defence and education as ministers step up their assault on Britain’s record budget deficit.”
Transfer here for more.
In the latest U.K Conservative Broadcast, David Cameron adresses the work of the Coalition in tackling Labour’s legacy of debt. Today Cameron made his first Tory Conference speech as PM! Coverage here.
“The first Tory prime minister in 13 years discusses maximalist government, social responsibility and cooking.”
Weekend reading from the Financial Times: David Cameron talks to Simon Schama.
“Even the hardest-core Tea Partier would admire the ambition of Cameron’s chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to effectively eliminate Britain’s deficit by 2015. When the results of a top-to-bottom review of government spending are issued next month, all departments except health care and foreign aid are expected to face cuts of at least 25 percent over the next four years.”
More from Newsweek here.