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What deficit? asks confused Cameron


Fat cat of the week

Fat cat of the week


David Cameron has received a stern letter from the UK statistics authority, telling him to stop getting deficit mixed up with debt.

In words and pretty graphs it tries to make the difference very very simple.

Cameron regularly claims to be “paying down Britain’s debts”. But that debt has actually risen by £290 billion since the Tories started their deficit reduction plan.

Authority chair Andrew Dilnot sent a copy of the letter to Labour, who said it was “hugely embarrassing” for Cameron.


No wheelchairs allowed at disability tribunal

The government told Sylvia Middleton to report to a tribunal to see if her Disability Living Allowance would be reinstated.

She’s had to manage on her pension since her benefit was suspended due to “administrative error” in 2011.

But when she arrived she was told she couldn’t even enter the building—because she was in a wheelchair.


Oil portrait

Far be it from us to find similarities between George W Bush and Adolf Hitler. But when not invading other lands, the former US president likes to paint.

A hacker last week revealed several Bush self portraits—in oil, naturally.

One shows him in the bath, another in the shower. But then, with the blood of a million Iraqis on his hands, who wouldn’t be fixated on getting clean?


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The Troublemaker
Tue 12 Feb 2013, 16:39 GMT
Issue No. 2340
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