LONDON (AFP) - A drip-feed of revelations over the collapse of an opaque financial firm is raising serious questions about cosy ties between UK politicians, civil servants and big business as the government spends lavishly on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Greensill Capital risks turning into the worst Westminster scandal since 2009, when it emerged that many MPs had been fudging their expenses, fuelling public disgust with the political class in the years leading up to Britain's 2016 Brexit referendum. "Every day there's further evidence of the sleaze that's now at the heart of this Conservative government," opposition Labour party leader Keir Starmer told Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Parliament on Wednesday (April 14). Mr David Cameron, the prime minister who made a catastrophic bet that Britain would opt to stay in the European Union, stepped down after the 2016 referendum and went on to become a paid adviser to Greensill, amassing share options potentially worth … [Read more...] about Sleaze scandal infects UK politics amid Covid spending spree
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Narendra Modi can pick up a tip from the Samajwadi Party ramlila. Rediff.com C learly, Akhilesh Yadav acquired more than a master's degree in environmental engineering in Australia. He also learnt that Australia's mother country kicks senior politicians whose use-by date has passed upstairs. India doesn't have a House of Lords for discards, but the Margdarshak the Samajwadi Party has invented is expected to admire the new Netaji commanding the troops from his impotent eminence. However, the old Netaji is determined to pedal back if only he can lay hands on the bicycle. Not for him David Cameron's famous, 'I was the future once!' In fact, Teresa May might be slightly uneasy about Cameron not yet being a safely belted earl. The mix of mythology, history, folklore, thriller, suspense and superstition that is politics is as exciting as TV. It reflects a stream of consciousness that is as native (not 'pure', that's Narendra Modi's prerogative, says … [Read more...] about What Modi can learn from Akhilesh
Kindly Share This Story: By Chioma Onuegbu Uyo Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has explained the group under the auspices of Akwa Ibom Democratic Forum, ADF, stands for development and not a political party Akpabio who is the grand leader of the group made the assertion yesterday while addressing participants at the formal inauguration of the forum at Eket and Uyo Senatorial levels in the state. Akpabio who was apparently reacting to claims by some members of All Progressives Congress, (APC), that he is using the group to control the party structure in the state, explained that the Forum stands for a group of people yearning for efficient and dependable leadership in the state. ALSO READ: NSCDC arrests 265 suspects, convicts 12 in Imo He reminded Akwa Ibom people that the infrastructural development of the state lies in their hands. His words, “The urban dualization of Eket is in your hands, and the dualized road … [Read more...] about ADF stands for development, not political party says Akpabio
© Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev Iskander Missile System Drills Held in Russia's Eastern Military District BAKU (Sputnik) — Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov said in an interview with RIA Novosti that his country's Armed Forces had anti-missile weapons capable of shooting down missiles of Iskander systems deployed in Armenia. "I, as defense minister, declare that we have a system of counteraction — we can shoot down these missiles," Hasanov said. Moreover, Azerbaijan is considering the possibility of purchasing an extra batch of arms from Russia and is conducting tests, Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov said. "We are now additionally considering some samples of arms, requesting, testing. Buying weapons is a multifaceted issue," Hasanov told RIA Novosti in an interview. On May 16, 2016, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev met in Vienna to discuss the conflict. The sides reiterated there can be no military solution … [Read more...] about Azerbaijan Capable of Downing Missiles of Iskander Systems – MoD
A lobbying row has engulfed ex-prime minister David Cameron and also dragged in former and current government ministers and officials. So how did it all begin? February 2010 Then opposition leader David Cameron uses a speech to forecast how political lobbying is "the next big scandal waiting to happen" and says the Conservatives "must be the party that sorts all this out". The then Tory leader was speaking in the wake of the MPs' election scandal. 2011 Former investment banker Lex Greensill, the founder of finance firm Greensill Capital, is brought in as a government adviser by Number 10's top civil servant Jeremy Heywood. The pair were former colleagues at US bank Morgan Stanley. Advertisement January 2012 Newly-knighted Sir Jeremy Heywood is made cabinet secretary, the most senior civil service adviser to the prime minister and the cabinet. More from David Cameron David Cameron lobbying row: MPs to launch inquiry into lessons … [Read more...] about Greensill: How did the David Cameron lobbying scandal unfold?