Monday, May 15, 2006

Snapshots of New Labour Britain

News items from the past couple of days.
MI5 is being accused of a cover-up for failing to disclose to a parliamentary watchdog that it bugged the leader of the July 7 suicide bombers discussing the building of a bomb months before the London attacks. (More)

The lives of troops will be put at risk if the Ministry of Defence goes ahead with plans to refurbish a fleet of vintage helicopters as a cost-cutting measure, defence sources said yesterday. (More)

An internal investigation at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has found that civil servants are colluding with organised criminals to steal personal identities on "an industrial scale". (More)

SCOTTISH midwives are being trained to perform potentially dangerous forceps deliveries in a bid to tackle a chronic shortage of specialist doctors. (More)

DAVID MILIBAND, the new environment secretary, is embroiled in a sleaze row this weekend over his links to a nuclear industry lobbyist. (More)

THOUSANDS of miners with chronic chest disease have been paid less than £100 in compensation under a programme that earned their solicitors 20 times as much per case. (More)
It's enough to turn someone to drink.


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