Britain’s first and so far only female Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher has died following a stroke at the age of 87, it has been announced. Tributes have been flooding in from previous Prime Ministers, foreign leaders and Queen Elizabeth. It has also been announced that Lady Thatcher will have full military honours at her funeral and it will be similar to the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Today controversial changes to welfare come into effect. The Conservative led government have set out changes in order to cut the welfare budget which is several billion pounds. The changes mean that if a person claims housing benefit and they have a spare bedroom, they will have their housing benefit reduced. This may seem like a good idea, but the problem is that families with spare bedrooms who are going to be hit by this bedroom tax are unable to downsize to a property which meets their needs because there are no council or housing association properties available.
Just a few words to wish readers of this blog, a very Happy and Peaceful Easter. There are some very interesting blogs lined up in the coming weeks and I hope that you will continue to carry on reading as you have done since this blog started.
Happy Easter, enjoy the weather and enjoy some Pimm’s!
The resignation of the former Labour Foreign Secretary and 2010 leadership contender, David Miliband came as a complete surprise when the story was broken last night by the Daily Mirror. Quickly Twitter and social media websites were filled with praise for David Miliband. It is obvious why Miliband has resigned and his resignation from British politics is a huge loss both to Parliament and the country. His intellect, diplomatic and people skills made him stand out from other British politicians and his ability to appeal to people and even party members across the political spectrum made him a rarity.
It was ten years ago today that Western forces proceeded to attack Iraq in a bid to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Following the expiration of a 48 hour deadline issued to Saddam to leave Iraq, the United States led campaign fired missiles at Baghdad at 05:34 AM. President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair both delivered statements to their nations on live television.