The Conservative party conference is under way as George Osborne made a speech to do with economic policy. This comes as the UK economy remains in recession. In his speech he made it clear that he will not change course and said that a further £16bn will have to be found by 2015/16 in order for his target of balancing the budget within five years to be met. This would include cutting £10bn from the welfare bill before 201617, adding to the £18bn announced in 2010.
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), ministers' text messages including emails sent from private accounts should be subject to public scrutiny and it is expected that ‘back channels’ used by ministers and advisers to communicate government business may not be exempt from the legislation.
You know Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke? He’s the lead singer of the one of the world’s biggest bands so you might have. His falsetto Neil Young inspired singing, cryptic lyrics and Michael Stipe influenced stage presence have become iconic amongst Radiohead fans at least and now that he is doing increasing amounts of solo work, it’s probably quite fair to say he’s done quite well for himself. Now, have you heard of Andy Yorke? Have you heard of his band Unbelievable Truth? You might have but if you have then your musical knowledge is more obscure than most. Andy has been hailed as having a purer voice than Thom – those hailing even include members of Radiohead speaking on rockumentary ‘Anyone Can Play Guitar’. But following in those world-famous converse shoes of Radiohead’s Thom, Andy’s been the little brother living in the shadows, who despite having a perhaps better singing voice, falls into obscurity while his brother takes the limelight.