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Saturday, November 12, 2016

The bad news the Government hid behind the election of Trump

The Independent has an interesting article looking at some of the news and reports released by the UK Government this week that appear to have slipped under the radar as revealed by Liberal Democrats leader, Tim Farron.

These include a report released on the day of the American election results in which the Ministry of Justice concluded that the treatment of transgender people in courts, probation and prison services “had not kept apace with development of a more general understanding of the issues surrounding gender in society”.

Another example is the Government revealing in a written statement earlier this week that they have implemented changes to the civil service compensation scheme – despite 95 per cent of civil servants and unions representing them disagreeing with the proposed reforms.

Then there was a written statement which revealed that the Ministry of Defence had been forced to ask for £438 million from the Government’s emergency reserves to pay top-up a compensation scheme for members of the armed forces, after an “administrative error” by Her Majesty’s Treasury.

On Tuesday ministers were accused of abandoning flagship pledges to electrify major rail lines. TA written statement revealed that upgrades of key routes to Bristol, Oxford and Berkshire have been “deferred” after spending spiralled out of control, prompting speculation they will never happen.

The Department for Education quietly slipped out statistics on the number of ‘coasting’ schools. In the Queen’s speech, the government said it planned to convert these so-called coasting schools into academies. According to the Government a ‘coasting’ school is one that over time does not support its pupils to fulfill their potential.

But the data in Dfe report claims that in the primary sector a high proportion of academies than non-academies are likely to be named as coasting.

Finally, Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed that people will continue to be detained at British ports, airports and international railway stations without there being any grounds for suspicion that the person is involved in terrorism or any other crime.

Ms Rudd also announced she wants to bring forward legislation to ensure terror suspects admitted to hospital could have this time removed from their detention, giving police and security forces more time to question them.

This would apply to suspects arrested without a warrant, who can be detained for up to 48 hours without charge and for up to a week for further questioning, with the approval of a judge.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose as Donald Trump would not say.
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