A very slow news day if you aren’t too interested in the Lebanon war, however there are some interesting bits and pieces…
The Observer reports on the Lib Dems facing yet another conference of debates over just how bad their leader is – this time it is Ming not Charlie. MPs are rallying though – one says of a recent Parliamentary party away day: “The only thing we didn’t do in terms of bonding was sit in a circle and sing ‘Kumbaya’.” Yeah, whatever. And no-one was wearing sandles.
The Sunday Times says that the Government is set to set the bar higher on Freedom of Information requests so it can block “the most difficult requests”. As someone that has received the “we need more time.doc” emailed letter six times from DEFRA on one issue over the last four months, this is not exactly great news.
The Sunday Telegraph has a puff piece complaining about the passage of the Companies Bill (the legislation formerly known as the company law reform bill). Those Tories are worried that the bill will make companies more accountable to consumers – this is one to watch, as Unions and trade justice groups are going to give anyone who opposes this Bill being improved an absolute kicking in the Autumn.
The News of the World says that Michael Portillo has been having an affair in his lunch breaks, and even invited his girlfriend for “romps” in his House of Commons office. I hope he closed the door.
Peter Mandelson has accused the US of greed in another row over the collapse of the WTO’s Doha Round of talks, according to the Observer. Words fail me on this article. Just when you look Mandelson couldn’t be more of a hypocrite, he ups his game and comes out with something like this.
Lastly, the Sunday Telegraph reports with glee that attendance at grammar schools has gone up by 27,000 since 1997. A real measure of failure on the part of the Education department. This is also an excuse for us to quote from Susan Crosland’s biography of her husband Tony: “If it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to destroy every fucking grammar school in England. And Wales. And Northern Ireland.”
Unsurprisingly, there is not anything in the Independent worth reading.