That’s essentially what happened in the UK. Â Their Environmental Agency’s aims are
We’re an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Our principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. We play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government through our functions and roles.
The Environment Agency was established to protect and improve the environment and to contribute to sustainable development.
Clearly that doesn’t involve any social or community initiatives. Â Their own web site says
We’re responsible for:
- regulation of major industry
- flood and coastal risk management
- water quality and resources
- waste regulation
- climate change
- contaminated land
- conservation and ecology
So, why did they do this? Â Read more »
British police plan to arrest three burglars who made “many phone calls” after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007.
The Mirror says the Crown Prosecution Service last week sent an official request to Portuguese police asking permission to arrest the trio, who reportedly raided other holiday flats at the Praia da Luz resort where the three-year old was on holiday with her parents.
It is the second â€˜International Letter of Requestâ€™ from Scotland Yard, after an earlier letter requesting mobile phone data.
Met officers were preparing to fly to the Algarve to make the arrests. They want to speak to the thieves because mobile phone records showed the men made numerous calls to each other in the hours after Madeleine disappeared.
The gang were believed to have raided another holiday flat at Praia da Luz in May 2007, days before Madeleineâ€™s disappearance.
During that raid they disturbed a child, then fled when they were interrupted by the youngsterâ€™s parents. Â Read more »
Pierre L. Gosselin reports:
Ice breakers getting trapped in near record high sea ice around Antarctica, Arctic sea ice seeing a whopping 50% gain last summer, record killer cold and snow gripping Canada and the USA, rare snowfalls in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The string of cold weather events just doesnâ€™t end. And all this in a non-La Nina year.
So it comes asÂ little surprise when we are told that global temperatures havenâ€™t risen in close to two decades and that they have been trending downwards over the last 8 years or so.
Despite the mild weather that Europe has been experiencing over the last 5 weeks, the overall temperature trend here speaks a very different story.
No no no no no…. it’s WARMING dammit! Â Look: Â Read more »
Don’t get me wrong – we need to protect our kids, and educate them about the Internet the same way we teach them to cross a road and how to swim.
Somehow, without fail, everything do-gooders try to do always goes wrong. Â They should stop messing around in other people’s lives. Â Here’s a great example of an own-goal from the UK Â Read more »
No 10 has a Â plan to cap benefits at two children. New mothers with three children would lose Â£700 in Â£5bn welfare crackdown.
The proposal would mean parents with three children, who would currently be entitled to child benefit because their annual income is less than Â£50,000, would lose out on Â£696 a year.
The initiative has been put forward by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, recently appointed by David Cameron to the Noâ€‰10 policy board to come up with vote-winning policies for the Conservative Election manifesto. Mr Zahawi is a close ally of Chancellor George Osborne, who said last week he was determined to find billions of pounds of extra savings in the welfare budget.
Opinion polls show strong public support for welfare cuts and the Tories say it is vitalÂ to encourage greater responsibility. But the idea is likely toÂ be criticised by Labour as an attack on hard-up families.
The Tories say it is â€˜nonsenseâ€™ to call the idea â€˜social engineeringâ€™ or compare it to Chinaâ€™s â€˜one child policyâ€™ to curb population growth.
There comes a point when you’ve emptied the welfare cupboard and the burden on the net taxpayers is simply not sustainable. Â Welfare stops being a safety net, and instead turns into a dragnet. Â Of course, like irresponsible children, the left start to whine you’re taking their iPad away. Â Read more »
Alanah Eriksen reports on an interesting development in the UK
Thousands of Kiwis travelling to Great Britain face having their phones seized and personal data downloaded and stored by police.
The issue has been highlighted by David Anderson, a British reviewer of terrorism laws, who is calling for checks to ensure they are not being abused.