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Mixed marks for Gove with Nazis out but Scout scabs in

Issue No. 2391

Troublemaker rarley celebrates a win for Tory education secretary Michael Gove. 

But the case involves a Nazi British National Party (BNP) member.

Adam Walker was banned from teaching for life after he verbally abused three boys, chased them in his car and slashed the tyres on their bikes.

Walker claimed Gove had intervened in his case and said the decision was “prejudiced” because of his politics.

But judge Clive Heaton QC ruled that Walker’s argument was “lacking any credible evidential base at all”.

But before you get warm towards Gove, consider the fact that he has told schools to organise scabbing for the looming teachers’ strike on 26 March.

His Department for Education has issued guidance to schools that scout leaders would make particularly good scabs.

Any scabs, or members of the “volunteer workforce” to use the lingo, with criminal record checks could work unsupervised with children, according to the guidance.

And in schools where head teachers strike, schools could get a retired head to scab.

Simon Carter for the Scout Association told Troublemaker that they “had not been approached by government to discuss any involvement during industrial action”. 

He added, “We are  concerned that guidance suggesting our volunteers would have a role to play during strike puts them in a difficult position.”


A vicar held a special church service for bankers—and none showed up.

Staff and managers from 12 local banks were invited to join Father Chris Fuller as he prayed for their souls.

Father Chris said, “Banks may not be popular but they offer a service and I think they’ve had a bad press.”

 No one came to the service in South Shields.


THE government has been offering cash incentives of more than £2,000 to strip clubs, lap dancing bars and massage parlours to hire workers. Strip clubs are not allowed to claim the subsidy for the performers, but they can receive the cash for other workers, according to Department for Work and Pensions guidelines. 


Insurance survive a flood of huge profits

Stuck with a home ravaged by floods and storms? Well at least you can rely on the insurance firms to help you out—or maybe not.

HomeServe got a fine of £30.6 million last week after mis-selling insurance.

The insurance gave emergency cover for plumbing and electrical problems such as burst pipes.

It’s expected to pay some £16.8 million to people who were sold insurance but didn’t need it.

The Financial Conduct Authority said HomeServe’s “profit-driven culture” lay behind the mis-selling.

  • House prices of homes with “hill” in the address rose by 9.6 percent over 2013.
  • Lloyd’s of London, the world’s largest insurance market, is planning on opening up another area. 

There are three floors dedicated to a sea of insurance companies. 

But such is the growth in the industry that a fourth floor is opening.


Let’s think about Miller’s expenses 

Culture secretary Maria Miller has claimed more than £90,000 in expenses for a second home that her parents lived in.

Miller claimed for a second home mortgage and costs on a London home where her parents and family lived between 2005 and 2009.

Labour minister Tony McNulty was reprimanded in a similar case in 2009 after letting his parents live in his funded second home. Miller’s office had an interesting response when a Daily Telegraph journalist rang for a comment. Miller’s representative on earth Joanna Hindley said, “Maria has obviously been having quite a lot of editors’ meetings around Leveson at the moment. 

“So I am just going to kind of flag up that connection for you to think about.”

Hindley added that the journalist should discuss the story with “people a little higher up your organisation”.


Something smells about Rose’s NHS job

Jeremy Hunt is drafting in ex-Marks & Spencers boss Stuart Rose to conduct a review of hospitals. But Troublemaker raises an eyebrow at Rose’s role with private equity firm Bridgepoint. It happens to own Care UK—a health firm at the forefront of the stealth privatisation of the NHS.

The government’s press release explained, “Sir Stuart will particularly look at the problems faced by the 14 trusts currently in ‘special measures’, the programme to turn-around failing hospitals introduced last year, where strong leadership was identified as key to improvement.”

Excellent news all round.


Royal scroungers William and Harry (above) threw around some sandbags during floods last week. A “royal aide” said that the two didn’t want any publicity.

So they must have been furious at the fact that the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, the Guardian, the BBC, Sky News, ITV and so on managed to find out.


It’s all just a profitable adventure

Cash-strapped councils are targeting children as they hunt for innovative ways to raise funds.

Wandsworth council spent £250,000 demolishing equipment in an adventure playground in Battersea, south London, last year.

Now private firm Go Ape is set to build a new adventure course there— but it seems few will be able to afford to use it.

Go Ape’s other London site in Enfield charges £24 for children and £32 for adults. 

The firm would pay £63,000 to the council every year plus 17.6 percent of sales.


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The Troublemaker
Tue 18 Feb 2014, 16:43 GMT
Issue No. 2391
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