News / World by Press Association 28/10/2018, 6:54 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Germany’s governing parties have lost significant support in a state election marked by discontent with infighting in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s national government. Projections showed Mrs Merkel’s conservatives heading for an extremely lacklustre win in the vote for the central Hesse region’s state legislature. Her centre-left governing partners were on course for a dismal result, running neck-and-neck with the Greens for second place. The result has prompted calls for the chancellor’s administration to get its act together quickly. Mrs Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union was defending its 19-year hold on Hesse, previously a stronghold of the centre-left Social Democrats, the chancellor’s federal coalition partners in Berlin. There was widespread pre-election speculation that a … [Read more...] about German governing parties punished in state election
Public spending watchdog lambasts incompetency of Civil Service at RHI Inquiry BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The head of Northern Ireland's public spending watchdog has blasted the Civil Service for a culture of shortcuts and a failure to manage taxpayers' money. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/rhi-scandal/public-spending-watchdog-lambasts-incompetency-of-civil-service-at-rhi-inquiry-37439069.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37439068.ece/9ebc3/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-10-20_new_45055411_I2.JPG Email The head of Northern Ireland's public spending watchdog has blasted the Civil Service for a culture of shortcuts and a failure to manage taxpayers' money. Giving evidence to the RHI Inquiry yesterday, Kieran Donnelly, comptroller and auditor general of the Audit Office, said he believed the scandal had exposed an urgent need for reform. The inquiry panel also heard scathing criticism from another auditor, Michael Woods, who headed the team that … [Read more...] about Public spending watchdog lambasts incompetency of Civil Service at RHI Inquiry
0 Have your say From: Jack Dart, Apperley Bridge. I LIVE in Apperley Bridge and work in Leeds. Last week, it took me over an hour to arrive at work, a journey which usually takes around 15 minutes because the service didn’t have enough carriages and we were not allowed to board the train, despite buying a ticket for it. Surely operator Northern should not be allowed to continuously charge for a service which is not up to scratch? If you or I went to a restaurant and we were served our food 40 minutes late and it arrived cold, I am sure we would both feel well within our right to send this back or not pay as the service wasn’t up to scratch.Tom Richmond: Rail’s own Chuckle Brothers are having a laugh at usDoes Northern surely not break the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which states that a product or service must be as described (which it is not) of satisfactory quality (of which it’s not) and fit for purpose (which it’s not)?Not only is a … [Read more...] about YP Letters: When will Government act on rail?
Jeremy Corbyn would be "incompetent" in Brexit negotiations with the EU, a majority of people think. A Sky Data poll found 22% of people thought the Labour leader would be competent to negotiate Brexit, compared to 71% who thought he would be incompetent.The figure was slightly more positive for Labour when asked if the party would be competent in striking a deal with Brussels.A quarter of people - 25% - agreed Labour would be competent, while 68% said it would be incompetent. It comes as delegates at the party's autumn conference in Liverpool prepare to vote on keeping open the option of holding a referendum on the final Brexit deal.Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, will say in a speech that Labour will vote against the government's Brexit deal.He argues that "the party that once promised to fix the roof while the sun was shining now seems intent on burning the whole house down". But it comes amid low ratings for Mr Corbyn from the public.Around 69% of people said they … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn would be ‘incompetent’ Brexit negotiator
News / UK and world by Press Association September 21, 2018, 10:25 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter UK Government advisers have come under fire for “incompetence” over Brexit deadlock. Former Conservative leader and hard Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith and Remain campaigner Gina Miller, who wants a second referendum, both attacked advisers after Theresa May’s plan was rejected in Salzburg. European Council president Donald Tusk ripped up Mrs May’s blueprint, saying it risked the integrity of the EU single market and the Northern Ireland border, in a move widely regarded as a humiliation for the Prime Minister after two days of talks. In response, Mr Duncan Smith said there were “question marks” over how the Chequers plan – dismissed as unworkable by the EU – had got so far. He stopped short of calling for top UK adviser Olly Robbins to consider his position, but said advisers had … [Read more...] about ‘Incompetent’ Government advisers blasted over Brexit deadlock