News archive from 20 February 2012, page 18

Scrap bus passes, says think tank

Right-wing think tank the Social Market Foundation called for a vicious attack on pensioners today, demanding Chancellor George Osborne rob them of their free bus passes and other lifelines. The foundation urged the coalition to bring forward £15...

 

'Coward' Tory MP ducks challenge

Tory MP Sam Gyimah was branded a "coward" today after ducking a challenge by a leading trade unionist to swallow the coalition's own medicine and try to survive on jobless benefits for a week in Salford. The East Surrey MP came face to face...

 

Former chief bishop calls for same-sex ban

Former archbishop of Canterbury George Carey stood accused of homophobia today after he called for a ban on same-sex marriage. Lord Carey declared that government proposals to legalise same-sex marriage by 2015 "constitute one of the greatest...

 

Top judge slams 'evil' human trafficking

The crime of trafficking in human beings is "evil" leading judges said today, writes Paddy McGuffin at the Royal Courts of Justice. Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London, announced: "In essence, for a...

 

Protesters urge EU Commission to halt war on Greek economy

Campaigners demonstrated outside the European Commission London office today over the EU's imposition of further austerity packages on Greece. The anti-poverty demonstration in Westminster came ahead of a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in...

 

Computing components 'could pose health risk'

A material commonly used in computer technology could pose health risks to those involved in its manufacture, scientists warned today. Nanoplatelets, made from thin layers of the carbon graphene, are used for their super-conductive properties. The...

 

Clarkson 'kill strikers' insult did not break rules - Ofcom

TV watchdog Ofcom ruled today that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson did not breach broadcasting rules by saying that striking public-sector workers "should be shot." Ofcom said that his comments, while "potentially offensive,"...

 

Unions keep up pensions fight

Public-sector unions vowed today to carry on the pensions fight regardless of the result of an ongoing appeal against changes to how they are calculated. Trade unions representing over a million workers are challenging a judicial review last year that...

 

German police hunt for Haye after brawl

BOXING: German police are ready to seek help from Scotland Yard as they hunt British heavyweight David Haye after his press conference brawl with Dereck Chisora in Munich. Chisora returned to Britain on Sunday night having been arrested, questioned...

 

FA launch crackdown on homophobia

FOOTBALL: The FA published a new action plan today aimed at tackling homophobia in football and encouraging more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) participation. The Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) welcomed the Opening Doors and...

 

Napoli boss: We must be perfect to beat Blues

FOOTBALL: Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri ordered his side today to think like underdogs in tomorrow night's Champions League clash with Chelsea, claiming only a "perfect" performance would beat Andre Villas-Boas's men. The Italian side host the...

 

Morgan hopes for last hurrah on tough tour

CRICKET: Eoin Morgan habitually lowers his sights at the crease but his ambition for England is undiminished by a tough tour in the desert this winter. The Irish batsman, possessor of a pronounced crouch as part of his trigger movement, admits it is a...

 

Petit backs Wenger despite 'weak' side

FOOTBALL: Former FORMER Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes the current players are disillusioned and mentally weak but insists parting company with manager Arsene Wenger would be the "biggest mistake" the club could make. The Gunners...

 

Scotland call up England U20 winger

FOOTBALL: England Under-20 international Matt Phillips and Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew have been called up for the first time by Craig Levein for Scotland's friendly in Slovenia next week. The Scottish FA are awaiting clearance from Fifa to select...

 

Bellamy to bow out in Speed memorial

FOOTBALL: Craig Bellamy has been included in the Wales squad for the Gary Speed memorial match against Costa Rica - which could be his last international game. The Liverpool striker was persuaded to prolong his Wales career by Speed and was devastated...

 


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