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
Michel Barbet, mayor of Guidonia. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP In the industrial town of Guidonia near Rome, its first Five Star mayor is pulling out all the stops as the populist movement gears up for a shot at national governance. Tall, bespectacled and originally from France, Michel Barbet won the mayoralty last year amid an outpouring of frustration and anger towards mainstream political parties. Although not up for reelection this time round, the man who locals still refer to as "lo straniero" – the foreigner – is again out campaigning for the anti-establishment movement's causes, notably anti-corruption measures, and this time from a position of power. "We were elected, almost by default, because of the widespread disillusion," says Barbet. The 59-year-old, who made Italy his home four decades ago, won in 2017 partly due to an abstention rate of 50 percent. "I wouldn't be here if the city had been well run," he says. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP The … [Read more...] about What a Five Star mayor says about the movement’s bid to govern Italy
As news cycles get accustomed to reporting the steady flow of car-crash tweets from the White House or the daily trickle of Brexit-related revelations, it becomes all too easy to forget things happen elsewhere. This applies just as much – if not more – to a Swedish government that is in a state of near-limbo, awaiting a possible vote of no confidence after summer break. Sweden, you said? That land of Ikea, Abba, welfare and stability, if not a kind of splendid boredom? Stereotypes aside, there is reason enough to care. While English-language coverage of the Swedish government crisis has been somewhat limited, this ongoing Nordic drama has something for everyone. More to the point, it contains a toxic mix that is highly relevant to political systems elsewhere in Europe. READ MORE: All The Local's articles about the Swedish Transport Agency The crisis resulted from one of the biggest IT-scandals in any developed country, following the revelation that the Swedish Transport … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why care about the Swedish government crisis?
The Calder Valley MP is calling on Calderdale Council to end its ‘incompetence’ after it received a warning from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid has issued the letter to the Council over its progress of the Local Plan. The government requires local councils to produce a Local Plan which identifies land to meet their requirements for new housing and economic development, over the next 15 years. Conservative MP for Calder Valley, Craig Whittaker, has backed the Secretary of State’s comments and told the council to ‘get on with the job’ to avoid further embarrassment.“It’s unsurprising that the Secretary of State is monitoring Calderdale Council closely,” he said.“Time and time again, the Labour-led council have demonstrated a clear incompetence with their management of the local plan, including delaying its initial release and public consultation for political purposes.“They have … [Read more...] about Craig Whittaker: Calderdale Council needs to end its ‘incompetence’ over Local Plan
The Mayor of London laid into Kensington and Chelsea Council over its ongoing response to the Grenfell Tower fire . Responding to a question from Labour Assembly Member Tom Copley at Mayor's Question Time on Thursday July 13, Sadiq Khan labelled the council "inept and incompetent and close to being useless". The strong wording was in response to a question about how support given to victims of the fire may have improved. Read More Grenfell Tower fire latest Mr Khan went on to say that not only was the support provided bad to begin with, but that four weeks on from the devastating fire, there is still very little council support. This adds to his comments about the rehousing of Grenfell residents, as he told the assembly that the deadline given to move all displaced residents of the ill-fated tower block to temporary or long term housing was badly missed. The Mayor said the deadline of three weeks to rehouse the survivors was not met, with just three households moving to new … [Read more...] about Mayor criticises Grenfell council as ‘inept and incompetent’