We want to have good people doing the job and they need to be paid fairly. Now, that's not paid in excess but it's not being paid a miserly amount either.
- Marcial Boo, chief executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa)
All of us are operating in a very, very longstanding tax regime which was set up for various reasons that don't necessarily make sense to me or anyone else. But they are the way the global tax regime works.
Google Boss Eric Schmidt in defence of big companies criticised for paying minimum tax.
I love argument. I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me - that's not their job.
Baroness Thatcher in 1980.

Chris Huhne Speeding To A Prison Cell

Yesterday, ex-senior politician Chris Huhne and his charmingly vengeful ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, were finally sentenced to a term in prison; it seems very unlikely they will be sharing a cell. What started off as a simple motoring offence, ten years ago, led to public humiliation, the further break up of a family, and a cost […]


Obesity, Cheap Food And Lack Of Responsibility

You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to know that if you buy cheap food it’s unlikely to have much nutritional value and could lead to obesity. Combined with a lack of exercise, some degree of obesity is almost guaranteed Apparently, though, obesity is not our fault. Over the last decade we have become […]

I welcome a society in which offence can be caused without authority crushing the offender.
SImon Jenkins - Guardian columnist on lack of restraint, Beckham's Bulge and Breasts on Page Three

Pope's Resignation - Was This A Freudian Slip?

Today the Pope announced to the world he was to resign his position. The Irish internet news publisher The Journal.ie seems to have suffered a bit of a mistype when reporting the Pope’s resignation statement. It was an error that was quickly rectified – after it had already made headlines of its own on Twitter! […]


Chris Huhne - A Fool And A Liar

‘Liar Liar your bum’s on fire’ might hopefully pass through the mind of disgraced politician Chris Huhne when he is finally introduced to his new cellmate. After all, the judge at yesterday’s trial made it very clear that Huhne is looking at serving time, after he finally pleaded guilty to the serious charge of perverting […]

The Liberals, the Conservatives and the socialists did not put one word in their manifestos about this so-called homosexual reform. I therefore say that the sponsors have no mandate whatever for the bill. Why was there not a word in the party manifestos?
Sir Cyril Osborne - opposing the 1966 Sexual Offences Bill
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