UKIP cautiously unveils new policies – the inadvisable and the unachievable

At long last, after months in a vacuum after its last set of policies was removed from the Internet as a risk to the party’s popularity, UKIP has unveiled the new plans that will take it to the next general election. They are a cautious mix. Many are continuations of Coalition policies, while the rest aim to throw out the least popular moves of the last four years. Social security So the Tory-motivated Bedroom Tax is out, but child benefit would be confined to two children (as Conservatives desire). People who have been…

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Cameron aide charged over child abuse images – at long last

Patrick Rock, a former aide of David Cameron and protege of Margaret Thatcher, has been charged with three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child, and with possession of 59 indecent images of children – more than four months after he was arrested on suspicion of child pornography offences. Crown Prosecution Service lawyers assessed the images as Level C, meaning they showed sexual activity between adults and children. This is the man who, as deputy head of 10 Downing Street’s policy unit, had been working on policies that…

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Labour demands clarity over the Patrick Rock allegations

Credit where it’s due: Whatever you think of the Labour Party, its leaders deserve praise for asking the right questions about the Patrick Rock affair. Mr Rock was arrested on February 13, suspected of possessing child abuse imagery – shortly after he resigned his position working on policies that we all thought were intended to make it harder to find such images on the Internet. Details of his resignation and arrest were not released to the public, but the media sprang into action and in a matter of days, the…

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Child abuse imagery arrest raises questions about newspaper timing

Today’s (March 4) papers and Internet news sites will be full of the arrest of Patrick Rock, until recently an aide of David Cameron (and a former protege of Margaret Thatcher) on suspicion of possessing child abuse imagery. The BBC News article is one of a deluge covering the story of the 62-year-old former deputy head of 10 Downing Street’s policy unit – who had been working on policies that are allegedly intended to make it harder to find images of child abuse on the Internet. The arrest took place…

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