It is, in fact, a matter of discussion as to what title the Monarch's spouse is given when the Monarch is crowned.
There are a number of options to deal with this:
There is a bill coming to parliament that would facilitate resolving this aspect of sex discrimination where a Queen is treated as being less important than a King.
"China has passed a law requiring adult children to visit their elderly parents regularly or risk being sued.
The law does not specify how frequently such visits should occur, but warns that neglect could risk court action."
At the same time the council has decided to put up the wages of all council staff paid under £7.20 to £7.20. This is called the "living wage". Many people who earn less than this get tax credits. Hence it is substantially a swap between central government costs and local government costs. They have also included the 16-21 year olds. Hence some of them have had increases of 75% or 85%.
It is a nice policy in the sense that it is being nice to people. However, because they propose also to ensure that contractors do the same they wish to find £10m per annum for the same policy.
At the same time they want to raise more council tax by charging people on JSA 24% of the council tax.
The council could find £10m pa by sacking over 300 additional staff.
This is why the council's pleadings are misleading. They build up a large forecast deficit by putting in things that they would like to do.
Most people would be happy for low paid people to be paid more. However, it is not a zero sum issue. Something has to happen.
For example we could close libraries to save money to pay council staff more. We could charge people on JSA council tax to pay council staff more. We could put up council tax in order to pay council staff more. We could sack 300 people and put up the pay for other council staff.
I am not sure myself that these proposals would find favour. All of the council's headline figures need checking in the same way.
It is the fact that the country as a whole needs to cut public spending to bring it back to about 2/5 of the national cake. This is a greater proportion than under the Blair governments and is not a small state.
If Labour wish to argue that a cut of 1.11% is too much they need to explain what cut is acceptable rather than simply wailing in the Temple of Doom.
Why should those whose function is to investigate wrongdoing by the powerful be held to higher standards than anyone else in society?
Judges have a different view on communication and information than others. They tend to believe that it is better to be tightly controlled. Hence it is not surprising that he came up with an idea to stop journalists squirreling away information in the hope that at some stage it might be useful. The point about that is that at the start they don't know for certain that it is useful. Hence if you apply a public interest test to that process at that stage then you basically stop the collection of information. Even Ed Milliband could see that this was wrong.
The timing of the Welsh Government's attempt to censor Pobl y Cwm (see here) could not have been more opportune.
Here is a government using an Ofcom regulatory process in an attempt to stop the republication of a program for exactly the same sort of reasons that Leveson would wish to stop things being published. The difference is that Ofcom is responsible to the UK government and not the Welsh Government.
Leveson has a lot of good proposals in it, such as limits on newspapers employing ex police officers are columnists (for a while). However, as a whole it is an attack on free speech and the accountability of the powerful.
A number of journalists broke the law and the police failed to investigate and prosecute. It is the issues of the failure of the rule of law that need to be looked at not questions as to how tightly we can bind up the media with the consequence of protecting the powerful.
A press subject to the Leveson report as a whole cannot be described as "free".
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