The government will be hoping that the Jubilee flotilla of 1,000 ships on the river Thames will serve as a useful distraction while it pushes through more swingeing cuts. But, as Becci Heagney explains, the Diamond Jubilee is more than just a diversion. Behind the pomp and circumstance, the existence of the monarchy poses a potential threat to the fight against austerity and more.
Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former director of communications, has been arrested and charged with perjury as part of the Strathclyde police investigation into evidence given at the Tommy Sheridan trial in 2010. Coulson who was called as a witness by Tommy Sheridan during his perjury trial denied in court knowing anything about a culture of phone hacking at the News of the World when he was editor or payments to corrupt police officers. “I don’t accept there was a culture of phone hacking at the NoW. There was a very unfortunate, to put it mildly, case involving Clive Goodman. No one was more sorry about it than me; that’s why I resigned.”
By The latest budget announced by George Osborne consists of yet more public sector cuts, privatisation, and vicious attacks on the most vulnerable in society. It is another budget for the rich that will see the top rate of income tax cut from from 50p to 45p – a windfall to those on salaries above £150,000 – and a further cut in corporation tax on top of those previously announced. By 2015, it is estimated the planned reductions in corporation tax will see £5 billion per year lost to the public purse.
Shows the potential for anti-cuts election challenges
It was a week when New Labour was passively benefitting from multiple crises of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition – in particular Osborne’s budget for the rich, the ‘cash for Cameron’ scandal, and the queues at petrol stations.