DWP 'bailing out the rich and kicking the poor in the teeth'
news review & Glenn Greenwald on RTE about a year of Edward Snowden revelations: Potential new leader of the European Union. Cameron may fail to stop Jean-Claude Juncker getting EU president job – but is the EU democratic? Avon & Somerset Police Chief Constable, Nick Gargan, and gross misconduct – he was also part of Lady Diana inquiry in Paris but was suspended from that. Why and what does he know? Benefit assessment firm ATOS has been found to lie in getting the DWP contract by Public Accounts Committee, about ability to fulfil contracts – delayed assessments and payments; Work Programme found worse at getting disabled people to work than previous system – Universal Credit catastrophe, 'bailing out the rich and kicking the poor in the teeth'; 'Rabbit Hutch Britain' - smallest properties in Europe, bedroom tax; Kelston (near Bath) A431 road closure – 10 mile detour but simple fix by local man stopped by Bath and NE Somerset council jobsworths, cuts; PMQs Charlotte Leslie – volunteering in Avonmouth, community pubs, air pollution and flies in Avonmouth, Bristol Port Authority, cash for questions (barrage); Iran hanging and jailing billionaire bankers for banking fraud; public sector borrowing rising – tax receipts weak, housing bubble, national debt £1.28 trillion, £200bn more than planned; more bankers dying – suicide?, JP Morgan; Whiteladies Road cinema to be opened again; UK spooks say monitoring of social media legal because companies based abroad; interview with Glenn Greenwald on surveillance state from RTE (Irish radio).