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By Safe_Timber_Man
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Settling Scores: The Sun get to work on the next thing they want to destroy.

THE SUN SAYS Letting civil servants obstruct and undermine the democratically elected Government is an insult to the taxpayer

THE civil service is one of those British institutions we are always told is a cut above its foreign equivalents.

Establishment types bleat how lucky we are to have a permanent civil service — which has to work with whatever party is in power — and turn their noses up at the American system, where government is run by political appointees.

But the bald truth is that Whitehall is failing.

First, Brexit showed that civil servants are no longer neutral: it became clear weeks after the referendum that they deeply regretted the vote and lacked any enthusiasm for carrying out the instructions of the British public.

Then the HS2 fiasco, where cost estimates were out by £50billion, proved swathes of them are incompetent.

And now MI5 has had to step in because Home Office officials have been bad-mouthing Priti Patel as part of a dirty tricks campaign.

Of course there is some real talent in government departments. But there are also plenty of fatcats who have got too puffed up and comfortable to be of use to their country.

Letting them obstruct and undermine the democratically elected Government while they wait to cash in gold-plated pensions is an insult to the taxpayer.

The absolute nerve of this considering their previous sneering and denial:

If top scientists are right, climate change means sea levels will keep rising in Europe over the decade.
Floody useless

WE are royally fed up with the pompous Environment Secretary George Eustice popping up on national TV to tell us that flood defences in England are “working”.

It is crystal clear that they are not: half of Yorkshire is underwater and thousands of homes and livelihoods have been destroyed.

Yes, as Eustice loves to point out, it could have been worse. But given some Brits are bailing raw sewage out of their living rooms, it is safe to say there is room for improvement.

If top scientists are right, climate change means sea levels will keep rising in Europe over the decade.

That doesn’t necessarily spell disaster. The Dutch, for example, are well prepared to cope with it.

But it does mean the Government and Environment Agency have no excuse to be faffing around with sandbags.

The time has come to pump serious cash into proper flood defences.
By Dan
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I thought so.

Despite similar allegations at pretty much the same stage, it is obviously a case of:

Priti Patel - briefed against! Smeared! Horrendously attacked by anti democratic civil service when attempting to carry out the sensible will of the people! Smash the accusers!

John Bercow - vile bully! Pompous dwarf! Drunk on his own power, horrendous thuggish behaviour against those working for him, should be thrown out of politics for life!

By KevS
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Never voted Conservative in my life. Grandfather was a staunch trade unionist. If I could change my name it'd probably be to Wokey McSnowflake.

I had two cups of fine Yorkshire Tea this morning. Am I basically now Thatcher?
By Safe_Timber_Man
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"Stop talking about politics and stick to acting/football"

Something we hear a lot from The Sun. So their campaign against horrible Lefties for free speech is pretty hollow.

War on trolls

IT is vital that free speech triumphs over the “woke” thought police who shut down opponents, or worse.

For far too long, social justice warriors have succeeded in silencing anyone to the right of Jeremy Corbyn — in schools, universities and across social media.

Their hate-filled campaigns extend to having political foes stripped of their livelihoods, as with writer Toby Young.

Brain-dead Twitter lefties are even ­trying to bankrupt Yorkshire Tea because the Tory Chancellor drinks it.

Headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh writes opposite how crucial it is to push back — a battle Young’s new Free Speech Union is taking on. But there is another way to neuter these fascists of the Left.

It’s for employers, universities and schools to grow a spine, to refuse to buckle to them, to prioritise open debate and to back staff wherever possible.

The trolls are aggressive and noisy. But, as Labour’s crushing election defeat proves, they repel most of Britain.
By Safe_Timber_Man
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THE SUN SAYS The public wants money spent but ex-Chancellor Sajid Javid is right to urge that taxes are kept down

IT has taken ten gruelling years to recover from the financial catastrophe Gordon Brown inflicted on Britain.

He blew every penny, ended up borrowing nearly £3billion a week to stay afloat as the financial crisis hit and left the Tories little option but to cut costs. Let’s not go there again.

We DO need major investment. The public wants money spent. Our services are threadbare.

But ex-Chancellor Sajid Javid is right to urge his replacement to keep the finances in decent order and our taxes down.

Borrowing billions at rock-bottom rates loads debt on to future generations and is fine only until rates climb. And there is NO merit in siren calls to add to a tax burden already at a 50-year high.

This new Government has a powerful mandate and at least five years in power. It must tackle unpopular cuts instead:

Target higher-rate tax relief on ­pensions, axe state-funded perks to richer OAPs, halve the absurd aid budget and think radically how to fund the NHS without blindly tipping billions more each year into its bottomless pit.

A Boris investment revolution does look vital after a decade of hard times.

But the Tories must NOT leave us naked when the next global recession hits.

Safety first

SOME will roll their eyes at the dramatic precautions being taken over coronavirus.

But so far the Government is managing to navigate a tricky middle ground between complacency and panic.

That said, for a school to close because a staff member returned from Italy with no symptoms is ridiculous. No wonder Health Secretary Matt Hancock told headteachers not to overreact.

There is a cost to parents and the economy when schools and businesses suddenly shut.

Your chances of catching this virus in Britain remain small. Even then the likelihood of it killing you is little more than with ordinary flu.

But it IS claiming lives abroad among the old and sick. And the Government’s worst-case scenario predicts 500,000 Brits could die.

That’s highly unlikely.

All we can do for now is follow the scientific advice — and accept disruption as we guard against the disease.

Why are they now trying to crawl up his arse? Worried about being sued or just hoping he gets divorced?

Harry's back

THE Royal Family will miss Harry. He was an asset to them once.

We saw a glimpse of the old Prince yesterday: Smiling, friendly, down-to-earth, asking everyone to call him plain old Harry.

That was the bloke the public loved . . . before he and Meghan walked out on the Palace for a more lucrative, more glamorous, more carefree life.

One day maybe a wiser Harry will emerge. If so, we doubt Britain will hold a grudge.
By Tubby Isaacs
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Borrowing billions at rock-bottom rates loads debt on to future generations and is fine only until rates climb.
They don't understand how rates work, do they?

Still, as long as Gordo Brown isn't in charge. That disaster he inflicted on us. He even brought down banks in America, Switzerland, Belgium, Iceland, Portugal etc.
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