Grant Shapps

Labour in the UK declares a crisis in energy…problem now solved

Oh dear lord, it seems Ed Miliband has David Cunliffe and the NZ Labour party advising them.

They are even mimicking declaring a crisis for particular industries and just like in New Zealand they have tried to come up with their own power solution.

It has of course been widely mocked.

Labour?s flagship energy price freeze was branded ?a joke? last night, as senior figures in the party confirmed it has been reviewed in the light of falling prices.

The price freeze, which Mr Miliband pledged would last until 2017, has been thrown into turmoil in recent weeks as a slump in the price of oil saw the prospect of falling energy prices.

The Daily Mail revealed yesterday that Labour is conducting a U-turn on the policy, which was launched by Ed Miliband in 2013.

It has now been ?re-branded? as a price cap, which will allow bills to fall to reflect tumbling wholesale prices.

Yesterday E.On became the first Big Six firm to offer a cut in gas prices of 3.5 per cent to its customers, and others are expected to follow suit.? Read more »

Watch Labour push youth voting here

Ed Miliband is promising to give 16 year olds the vote in?the?UK.

Labour here has hinted at the same policy, and I remember a soft push along these lines.

But if Miliband succeeds in the UK then watch them push it here.

Sixteen and 17-year-olds will be allowed to vote within a year of the next election, Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged last night.

Mr Miliband said the government would change the law to lower the voting age from May 2016.

Such a move ? the first change in the national voting age since 1969 ? would enfranchise more than 1.5million 16 and 17-year-olds.?It comes after the voting age was lowered for the first time in the Scottish referendum in September.

During a YouTube debate Mr Miliband said: ?Too many young people are turning their backs on politics which is bad for our country and bad for them too.

?That?s because too often young people don?t get a look-in with politicians who know they can?t vote – or assume that they won?t vote.

?The measures we will introduce in our first year of government represent the greatest extension of the franchise in my lifetime.

?But it is not enough just to give young people the right to vote. We must do everything we can to ensure they have the chance to exercise it.’ ? Read more »

Our next King comes good

It looks like the royal protocol people that have to mop up after Phil the Greek are going to have to their work cut out with King Charles.

Prince Charles has reportedly likened Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.

In an unguarded comment about the Russian President?s actions in the Ukraine, the Prince of Wales told a woman who had lost relatives in the Nazi Holocaust: ?And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler,? the?Daily Mail reported.

The Prince?s comment could potentially be seen as criticism of the West for failing to confront Mr Putin over his seizure of Crimea. The annexation was a first by a major power in Europe since 1945.

Commentators have likened Russia’s handing of the Ukraine crisis to Hitler?s takeovers of Poland and Czechoslovakia and have criticised Mr Putin’s use of special forces in disguise to stir up tension in disputed areas.

The Prince of Wales, who is due to meet Mr Putin at the D-Day commemorations in France on June 6, made his well-intentioned but unguarded comment during a visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Mail said.

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Welfare reform we can believe in

While Paula Bennett has made a good start on welfare reform the UK is looking at even more radical reform of the bludger sector, in?particular?breeding bludgers who are a constant drain on the taxpayers.

Labour and the other assorted dis-affected and malcontents might moan like hookers who haven’t been paid but they should be careful not to moan too hard lest Paula Bennett brings in changes like these.

Child-related benefits for the jobless should be capped at two children, the Tory party chairman declared last night.

The move would put them in the same position as working parents who cannot afford to have large families, Grant Shapps argued.

Unemployed parents who then choose to have more than two children ?will know that welfare is not going to fund that choice?.

As the Government?s ?26,000-a-year benefits cap for the out-of-work took effect yesterday, Mr Shapps insisted further radical reforms to welfare were back on the table. ? Read more »