Sunday, July 01, 2007

Recent Bonfires- 69

In the news this week:

Tour de France costs us £6.8m- "The 94th race will have its "Grand Départ" in London on Saturday... Starting the tour in Britain has cost £6.8 million, including a £1.5 million fee for the event's organisers. Transport for London has stumped up £3.2 million and the London Development Agency a further £2.4 million. Remaining costs will be met by Kent, Canterbury and Medway councils, UK Sport, Sport England, British Cycling and the South East of England Development Agency." (S Telegraph 1.7.07)
£700 takeaways for prisoners- "Police stations are spending thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on takeaway food for prisoners held in their cells because of prison overcrowding. Police officers are buying the take-outs for overspill prisoners because they do not have time to cook for them. One station, at Halesworth, in Suffolk, spent £700 a week on takeaways for inmates, the BBC reported." (Telegraph 25.6.07)

£3.8bn pa on EU brainwashing campaign- "The European Union is spending £3.8 billion a year on "propaganda" to win over its sceptical citizens, it is claimed. As well as publishing a plethora of pamphlets and employing an army of public relations staff, the EU has spent hundreds of millions of pounds on teaching aids, school trips and even cartoons... Let's Explore Europe Together, an online teaching aid aimed at nine to 12-year-olds, describes the EU as a "really good plan that had never been tried before". The European Parliament has also funded a cartoon called Operation Red Dragon, featuring a daring, fictitious MEP, Elisa Correr, who becomes "embroiled in a risky and fascinating adventure while in pursuit of her parliamentary activities". (Sunday Telegraph 1.7.07)

Yet another useless NHS website for £15m- "Doctors have accused the Government of needlessly stoking anxiety among the "worried well" by launching a website that predicts which illnesses people are likely to fall victim to. The new NHS Choices website features a "health profile", based on an individual's age, sex and postcode, which calculates the five serious conditions most likely to lead to him or her being hospitalised. The website reveals that a 40-year-old woman living in Westminster, central London, is most likely to be hospitalised for breast cancer. A man of the same age, living in the same area, is most likely to suffer a hernia. If the pair moved to Manchester, however, the man is most likely to be struck down by heart disease, while the woman would most likely find herself facing gynaecological procedures. Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the British Medical Association, accused the Government of offering patients "totally misleading and useless" information which only increases anxiety. The Patients Association described the £15 million website as "an absolute nonsense". (S Telegraph 1.7.07)

Total for week- £3,821,800,700

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