Tag Archives: uk

Does the UK have anything to offer Scotland besides threats?

Independence Scotland

Scottish voters finally have the opportunity to fulfill William Wallace’s dream of a Scotland that is free and independent of England forever. All they have to do is vote yes next week. Without a doubt, a divorce from the British would be quite messy, and life would probably be more comfortable in the short-term if Scotland remains part of the ... Read More »

“Independent” Scotland could claim part of $12.6b gold reserves

Scottish gold

The distribution of the UK’s assets in the event of Scottish independence would be subject to negotiation between an independent Scottish Government and the continuing UK government, a spokesman for the United Kingdom Treasury said. The United Kingdom, whose reserves are worth 7.84 billion pounds ($12.6 billion) at today’s prices, making it the world’s 18th largest gold reserves holder, Reuters ... Read More »

UK’s top 4 banks under major investigation

Barclays bank

Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Lloyds may be forced to break up following a finance watchdog’s inquiry. The watchdog claims Britain’s banking sector is characterized by anti-competitiveness and a failure to meet ordinary citizens and small business’ needs. Outlining its proposals for a sweeping 18-month investigation into Britain’s major banks, the newly-established Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ... Read More »

DRIP: the end of privacy in the UK

Big Brother spying

David Cameron cares about your safety. It’s all he ever thinks about. It’s his passion. He’s passionate about it. Every time David Cameron thinks about how safe he’d like to keep you, passion overcomes him and he has to have a lie down. With his eyes shut. A bit like he’s having a nap and doesn’t care about your safety ... Read More »

114 documents exposing elite pedophile ring go ‘missing’

Sir Leon Brittan

A dossier compiled by an MP detailing allegations of a 1980s Westminster paedophile ring is one of more than 100 potentially relevant Home Office files destroyed, lost or missing, it has emerged. The government faced fresh calls for an overarching inquiry into historical cases of paedophilia as it was revealed that a total of 114 Home Office files relevant to ... Read More »

Queen’s speech to Parliament: highlights in 90 seconds

Prince Charles Queen Elizabeth II

Editor’s note: Why does she keep referring to them as ‘my government’? I thought it was the people’s government… Reforms to pensions and planning laws and a new 5p charge for plastic bags are among new legislation included in this year’s Queen’s Speech. As Head of State, it is the Queen’s duty to formally open each new session of Parliament ... Read More »

UKIP wins European elections setting off a political earthquake

Nigel Farage drinking beer

Nigel Farage has unleashed his much-promised political earthquake across British politics as Ukip stormed to victory in the European elections, performing powerfully across the country. The Eurosceptic party’s victory marked the first time in modern history that neither Labour nor the Conservatives have won a British national election. In a stunning warning to the established political parties, Ukip was on course to win as much ... Read More »

Iraq war inquiry on hold: Critical letter between Tony Blair and George Bush goes ‘missing’

George Bush Tony Blair

The British inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War has hit a major stumbling block, as White House officials have been unable to find an “absolutely critical” letter sent by former Prime Minister Tony Blair to George W. Bush. Although public hearings regarding the Iraq War’s buildup have been finished since 2011, when exactly the publication of the Iraq Inquiry will ... Read More »

David Cameron: Taxes will rise unless we can raid bank accounts

David Cameron

Taxes will have to rise unless officials are given new powers to raid people’s bank accounts, David Cameron has said. The Treasury select committee warned that allowing HM Revenue and Customs to remove cash from bank accounts without court orders is “very concerning” because of its history of mistakes. The committee said that taxpayers could suffer “serious detriment” if officials ... Read More »