Category Archives: Politics

Scrapping 40p rate could be ‘iconic’ Tory pledge

income tax 40pConservatives must look into scrapping the 40p higher rate of income tax to win voters, a number 10 policy adviser Nadhim Zahawi says.

A member of the Number 10 Policy Board, Nadhim Zahawi said that the moment has arrived for the Conservative Party to carry out a “serious debate” regarding their income tax policy .

On the other hand David Cameron on Wednesday terminated requests to rise the threshold for paying the 40p rate in upcoming week’s Budget , stating that his objective is going to be offering tax breaks to lower earners . Continue reading

Kim Jong-Un secures unsurprising ‘100 per cent’ victory in North Korea election

Kim Jong-unNorth Korea’s state media has confirmed what was never in doubt – a 100 percent, no-abstention poll victory for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country’s stage-managed parliamentary election.

Every single vote cast on Sunday in Kim’s constituency was for the man who can now add MP to his many titles that include Supreme Commander of the armed forces and chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission.

“All the voters of the constituency took part in voting and 100 percent of them voted for Kim Jong-Un,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said. Continue reading

Scotland vows to offer asylum to Ugandans persecuted by country’s new ‘oppressive’ anti-gay laws

Scottish-flagHumza Yousaf, Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs, announced the plan in an open letter to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague – urging him to follow suit.

It comes just weeks before he is due to meet senior members of the Ugandan government at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

The anti-homosexuality legislation was enacted earlier this week, strengthening the country’s already strict laws relating to gay people. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela to be remembered at Westminster Abbey

nelson-mandelaA memorial stone will be laid in Westminster Abbey for the late South African President Nelson Mandela.

Prince Harry will join almost 2,000 people for a memorial service to commemorate the late leader’s life and work at the abbey.

Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy president of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu will all be among the congregation.

Mr Mandela, who died on December 5 last year, was welcomed to the abbey in July 1996 when, Continue reading

UK allows Scotland to Issue its Own Debt – at a Price

Britain’s government granted Scotland the power to raise debt in its own name on Wednesday, in a move aimed at showing Scots that they can enjoy some benefits of independence while remaining part of the United Kingdom.

Scotland votes in September on whether to dissolve the 307-year-old union with England, and last week British Chancellor George Osborne said an independent Scotland would be unable to keep the pound, independence campaigners’ preferred option.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond responded that this was against Britain’s own Continue reading

Independence vote: Yes vote ‘means no money union’ says Osborne

Westminster’s main political parties will warn that an independent Scotland would not be able to join a currency union with the rest of the UK.

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver the message in Edinburgh, which will be swiftly endorsed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Osborne will say he wants Scotland to keep its “economic security”.

Deputy Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Westminster was trying to “lay down the law to Scotland”. Continue reading