First-of-of-its-kind service to be launched by the UK anywhere in the world.
The ‘super priority’ visa service had been announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to the country in February this year.
The first-of-its-kind service to be launched anywhere in the world by the UK Home Office is open for appointment bookings in India from today.
The Super Priority Visa is an optional service, which incurs an additional fee [...]
Local Council Elections: UKIP Make Big Gains
Nigel Farage claims a “sea of change in British politics” as his UK Independence Party marks its strongest electoral performance.
The UK Independence Party has made huge electoral gains and declared itself the “official opposition” – largely at the expense of the Tories – as Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to win back Conservative voters who had defected.
With UKIP averaging 26% of the vote so [...]
The EU “will fail” in a doomsday meltdown and Britain will LEAVE unless its deep problems are tackled, David Cameron is set to declare.
He had to dramatically postpone today’s hard-hitting warning to European leaders in Amsterdam because of the Algeria hostage crisis.
But it emerged the landmark speech will represent the strongest attack on the EU yet made by a serving British Prime Minister.
When it comes — probably next week — [...]
Foreign companies like Starbucks and Amazon which have avoided paying large corporation tax bills in the UK lack “moral scruples”, David Cameron has said.
Foreign companies like Starbucks and Amazon which have avoided paying large corporation tax bills in Britain lack “moral scruples”, David Cameron has said.
The Prime Minister said he was going to make “damn sure” that foreign companies like Starbucks and Amazon which have been found to avoid legally [...]
Catherine taken to hospital this afternoon with acute morning sickness
She is expected to be kept in King Edward VII Hospital for several days
Couple announce baby around 18 months after April 2011 Royal Wedding
But they’re forced to reveal pregnancy weeks early because of her ill-health
Baby will be born third in line to throne and great grandchild to the Queen
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are having a baby, it was announced [...]
from Capital Account:
EU leaders failed to reach an agreement on a budget deal, as wealthier EU countries pushed for more restraint in the proposed 7 year spending plan. Meanwhile UK Prime Minister David Cameron blamed the European Commission for the budget deal break-down, accusing the commission of insulting taxpayers by refusing to accept cuts in its budget or make reductions in staff pay or perks.
He complained that 200 EC staff earned [...]
November 7, 2012
Now that Obama has secured another four years in the White House, the British prime minister David Cameron is poised to tell him that his top priority should be intervention in Syria.
Cameron said that “with a newly-elected American president, we have got to do more to help this part of the world, to help Syria achieve transition.” He said now that the election is over, more must be done [...]
November 4, 2012
The UK , France and Israel showed signs this week of lining up for military action with regard to Syria and Iran as soon as America’s presidential election was out of the way Tuesday, Nov. 6,DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent two days (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) talking to President Francois Holland. As the Defense Minister Ehud Barak landed in London the next day, Prime [...]
As the United Nations General Assembly gets underway and leaders from around the world begin to congregate in New York City, President Obama seemingly downgraded Israel’s traditional status as the closest U.S. ally in the Middle East. In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday night, Obama simply called Israel “one of” America’s closest allies in the region.
Responding to a question about Israel’s request that he explain his “red lines” on the [...]
Topless pictures of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in French magazine Closer are testing the reactions of the U.K. royal family and the British public to intrusive media coverage after years of restraint, lawyers said.
Closer, which published several photos on Sept. 14 of Kate sunbathing with her husband Prince William on a private estate in France, was probably inspired by News Corp.’s Sun tabloid in Britain, which broke with traditional practice last month [...]
The UK economy is a known mess.
In Q2, the economy shrank 0.7%.
Not only is the country back into a double-dip recession, but the economy is even growing slower than the Eurozone, where Q2 GDP only shrank 0.2%.
A big culprit is the austerity agenda of Prime Minister David Cameron, who came into office in 2010. Cameron cut government spending, with the aim of restoring confidence and unleashing the private sector.
The path has been such [...]
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron says he shares British frustration at seeing empty seats in London Olympics venues but he believes organizers will soon improve the situation.
The empty-seats problem has lingered beyond the first weekend of competition, taking some shine off Friday’s opening ceremony, which was hailed with lavish praise from most British. Locals have been outraged at the television images of empty stands, since many had spent [...]
There has been much speculation surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar this December. But rather than Armageddon style prophesies it may be the end-of-the-capitalist-world changes that make the most significant mark.
On December 21, 2012 Coca Cola will be officially banned in Bolivia. The announcement comes from Foreign Minister David Choquehuanaca, who stated that his Government is supporting the beginning of a new era free of capitalism and embracing “the [...]
Mitt Romney brands Olympics ‘fabulous’ after string of embarrassing gaffes
Had questioned whether Britain was fit to stage the summer games
Said he’ll put bust of Winston Churchill – which was given to President Bush and returned by Obama – back into White House
Awkwardly refers to Labour leader Ed Miliband as ‘Mr Leader’
Prime Minister David Cameron hit back with claim that ‘Britain can deliver’
Mitt Romney was today frantically attempting to win over the [...]
Russia is heading for a diplomatic stand-off with Britain over a cargo ship carrying helicopter gunships destined for Syria, which is accompanied by the Russian navy.
The Russian MV Alaed, which is transporting three Mi-25 attack helicopters and air defence systems, is sailing south of Norway followed at a distance of 50 nautical miles by the four navy ships.
Last month, Britain dramatically halted the Alaed off the coast of Scotland by [...]
(NEWSER) – To end the conflict in Syria, American and British officials are considering offering Bashar al-Assad safe passage to peace talks in Geneva and a chance to avoid being prosecuted for his regime’s crimes against civilians if he gives up power, according to the Guardian. “It is hard to see a negotiated solution in which one of the participants would be willing, voluntarily, to go off to the International Criminal Court,” [...]
Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron clashed publicly at the G20 summit over the future of the disputed Falkland Islands.
Argentinian officials branded the British leader a “colonialist” in dismissing Kirchner’s call for talks on the sovereignty of the islands, while Cameron said he had been attempting to counter Argentina’s “propaganda”.
The pair came face-to-face at the meeting of the world’s major economies in Mexico, at a time [...]
LONDON—British Prime Minister David Cameron faced questions Thursday about his relationships with two key figures in News Corp.‘s U.K. newspaper scandal, as he sought to explain how he befriended one of the company’s former tabloid editors and hired another.
In an appearance before a judge-led public inquiry examining British press ethics, the prime minister was grilled about his relationship with Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper unit, who now [...]
Prime Minister David Cameron left his eight-year-old daughter in a pub following a Sunday lunch, after a mix-up with his wife Samantha.
The couple’s daughter Nancy wandered off to the toilets while they were arranging lifts and they only realised she was not with them when they got home, The Sun said.
Mr Cameron rushed back to the Plough Inn in Cadsden, Bucks, where he found his daughter with staff.
A Downing Street [...]
Parents who force their children to marry in England and Wales could be jailed under planned new laws.
Home Secretary Theresa May said forced marriage was an “appalling practice” and criminalising it would send “a strong message that it will not be tolerated”. It is already illegal in Scotland.
An estimated 8,000 young women a year are forced into marriages.
But campaigners fear the plan could deter victims from coming forward.
The new [...]
David Cameron authorised dramatic early morning cave rescue
Troops took part in ‘long march’ to cave where hostages were held, without being spotted
SAS officers then arrived by helicopter stormed the cave in the dead of night
All four hostages rescued safe, no troops injured and a five Taliban and hostage-takers killed
Parents of aid worker Helen Johnston, 27, are ‘delighted and hugely relieved’
Johnston ‘thanked’ Mr Cameron over the phone after her rescue
A British [...]
A billionaire Hong Hong-based property tycoon is facing charges in Macau of bribery and money laundering in the world’s top gambling city.
The arrest of Joseph Lau comes on the heels of several other high-profile corruption cases involving politicians and real estate moguls.
Mr Lau, head of Chinese Estate Holdings, has denied any wrongdoing.
Allegations against Mr Lau surfaced in the trial of Ao Man-long, Macau’s former secretary of transport.
Mr Ao was [...]
He ‘affectionately’ refers to as ” his little Hungarian fascist” , proposals included removing restrictions on employers employing child labour, removing worker rights, enabling instant dismissal with no reason given:
David Cameron nicknamed policy guru Steve Hilton the ‘little Hungarian fascist’, it was claimed last night.
The claim was made by a Conservative commentator writing on the unofficial party supporters’ website Conservative Home.
On the website, Bruce Anderson launched an extraordinary attack [...]
The Prime Minister made clear his anger after other EU leaders tried to persuade the UK again to agree to a financial transactions tax, saying it will hit people’s pensions and lose “many, many jobs”.
Mr Cameron said the six hour meeting, which broke up in the early hours of this morning, was “good” with some “innovative ideas” about boosting growth in Europe, but also some “bad ideas”.
He added: “Then there [...]
U.S. President Barack Obama pledged at a summit on Saturday to work with Europe on a package that balances growth with debt reduction as world leaders try to prevent the worsening euro zonecrisis from destabilizing the global economy.
At the wooded Camp David retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, Obama and leaders from other major economic powers are seeking ways to soothe financial markets after worries about Spain’s banking problems and the risk [...]
Meanwhile in the UK the banks are putting up their mortgage rates, while the Bank of England keeps the base rate at 0.5%. The increase in mortgage rates is slowly strangling the property market (which I believe is still in a bubble).
Halifax, Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, yesterday increased its rates, despite the Bank of England keeping the base rate at 0.5 per cent for the 38th month in a row.
A nutritional activist group has sent a petition to President Barack Obama that would ban junk food items from White House photo ops.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a vegan nonprofit based in Washington DC, argues that cabinet members as well as Mr Obama’s family should only be publicly seen eating healthy items as America’s role models.
‘The White House would never set up a photo op showing the president buying [...]
Flies ‘sting’ fruit then larva eat it from inside
Panic sparked by single fly in Auckland
Described as ‘world’s worst fruit pest’
An entire suburb in New Zealand has been put on ‘lockdown’ and the nation is on Red Alert after the capture of a feared invader.
Jitters spread throughout the country after the discovery of a single male Queensland fruit fly, described as the world’s worst fruit pest.
It was trapped in the Auckland [...]
The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was battling to save his political career last night after it was revealed that his office was secretly passing information to the Murdochs during their £7.5 billion bid to take over BSkyB.
Mr Hunt faced demands for his resignation after hundreds of pages of explosive emails, released by News Corp to the Leveson Inquiry, showed that his political advisers engaged in intimate and frequent briefing of [...]
LONDON — Britain’s government is introducing a plan to ban the sale of super-cheap alcohol in hopes of clamping down on irresponsible drinking.
The plan announced Friday calls for placing a minimum price per unit of alcohol and banning multi-buy discount deals. The idea is to prevent the sale of very cheap alcohol that is used to draw in supermarket customers for other purchases.
Prime Minister David Cameron says he’s aware the proposals [...]
AFP - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday revealed he was “tucked up in bed” by US President Barack Obama during the pair’s recent trip on Air Force One.
The two leaders were repeatedly seen back-slapping and sharing jokes during Cameron’s recent US visit, but now it appears the friendship was sealed when the president offered Cameron the use of his personal quarters.
“It was 4 o’clock UK time so he (Obama) [...]
President Obama said Saturday he can’t do much to lower gas prices, and renewed his call for Congress to end tax breaks for oil companies.
“The truth is, the price of gas depends on a lot of factors that are often beyond our control,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. “Unrest in the Middle East can tighten global oil supply. Growing nations like China or India adding cars to the [...]
When you go to a White House state dinner and you’re lucky enough to get some face time with the president, what do you ask the president?
“I asked him if I could have a spliff,” businessman and Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson told a crowd gathered at The Atlantic’s Washington offices Thursday, the day after attending the dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“But they didn’t have any,” Branson continued, according to a [...]