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Tories burn ‘heretic’ Obama

Tory students at St Andrews University in Fife have been caught burning an effigy of US president Barack Obama.

The Conservative Association at Prince William’s old college set fire to the first black US president at its “annual heretic burning”.

The society has a 30-year history of the stunts, with its favourite effigy to torch being Nelson Mandela. It burned a Mandela as recently as 2005.


Cameron wishes he was an earl

David Cameron wants to become the Earl of Witney when he leaves Number 10, a Tory source has revealed.

In stuffier times prime ministers used to become earls when they stepped down. The source says Cameron will “be very keen to revive the tradition”.

They added, “Don’t believe all that guff from Dave that he’s not interested in class… He’s obsessed by it.”


Tory lord mayor in robe rage

Peter Brookshaw, the Tory lord mayor of Plymouth, is raging at cuts—because the council has taken away his ceremonial robes.

The council is making 500 job cuts. But Brookshaw is angry that he won’t be able to wear the full regalia, ranting in the local paper that his “dream” has “been stolen”.

“Without the official chain you’re a nobody,” he said.

And worst of all, he says he isn’t always allowed a chauffeur any more. “You have to drive yourself so you can’t have a drink,” he complains.


Dave’s too dodgy for used cars

Would you buy a used car from David Cameron? Most people wouldn’t, a new survey shows.

A poll of 2,000 British adults rated Cameron the world leader they would least like to buy a used car from.

The only leader less trusted was Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi—and he has quit since the survey was done.


Travellers told: you’re barred

A Wetherspoon pub in north London refused entry to a group of Travellers.

The Coronet pub on Holloway Road refused to let in a group of 15 Travellers after the Irish Travellers Movement in Britain conference on Thursday of last week.

Wetherspoon has denied racial discrimination. The Travellers plan to sue.


Deportation for Afghan children

Britain is preparing to deport children to Afghanistan under a new European Union scheme.

Under the plans the government would start “repatriating” unaccompanied 16 and 17 year olds from next year.

There are currently 547 unaccompanied Afghan children who have applied for refugee status in Britain.


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Mon 28 Nov 2011, 13:46 GMT
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