Shapps urges councils to increase houseboat moorings

Odd - one of my boyf's many mad ideas was for me to live on a houseboat... (not at my age thank you). Just think -when the water levels rise because of global warming it won't bother you in the least. Kevin Cosner's 'Water World' might start here.

BBC News - Shapps urges councils to increase houseboat moorings:

Rise in young people claiming JSA

Funny how youth unemployment started creeping up just around the time when they started to scrap the student grant - and students in (what should be full time education) had to get jobs to keep themselves alive. A massive pool of jobs for young people went right there. Then year after year, starved of Government funding the whole further educational and training system itself became a money-grubbing free-for-all. Want to learn a trade? Fine. Go to a FE college – that'll be £XXX in tuition fees then. No money to pay that? Go away then. Oh yes – then maybe the Employers will help fund the cost of training with apprenticeships? Oh no, they couldn't be asked – not when they can get a load of eager young already trained and fully qualified workers direct from Poland. (Where the state pays for their education – d'oh. See the flaw in the logic there?)

The whole system is a complete mess with no joined up thinking at any stage of the way. But there's one thing you can rely on the poor are going to get punished for being poor – and words like 'work shy', 'lazy' and 'moral collapse' are going to thrown around like confetti by the politicians and right wing media because that's a lot easier and cheaper than tackling the problem properly.


Rise in young people claiming JSA - Telegraph

This is sick

Up until now whenever a criminal has been caught and punished - the punishment has been limited to the criminal themselves, now suddenly we've a situation where that's not deemed enough. The punishment has been extended to the family... and they're to be made homeless wtf. Surely even murderers don't get treated like this!

So what the hell is happening here? We've had rioting and looting in the UK - well, since time immemorial and already have tons of laws on how to deal with the problem - but now that's just not quite enough? The Government has got to be seen to be that bit more macho?

UK riots: I'm not responsible for my son, says mother facing eviction from council house

Here comes the class war...

Cameron announces police can use rubber bullets and water cannons.

Here we go... the beginnings of an all out class war in all it's naked glory. Yes, it is a broken society Mr Cameron - your predecessors Thatcher - Major - Blair and Brown all had their hand in that. All acting like irresponsible parents - "Oh, let Johnny Banker have his way. He's said he can make 'loadsa money' if only we let him off the leash. Oh and mr Johnny Corporation can make 'loadsa money' if we let him move all their jobs abroad. And Jimmy big business said they can make a bit more money if they bring in cheaper labour from abroad. They've all said they'd make even more if we let them off paying any taxes, and making money is always good right?"

Later: "On noes! Johnny Banker what have you done? You gambled away all your money? Oh, we can't have you fail... here's some taxpayers money to get you back on your feet."

That's without mentioning all the money wasted in fighting wars in the Middle East and on terrorists etc.

Yup. Society is now well and truly broken and how is Cameron going to repair it? Stick it back together with rubber bullets and water cannon - and fast track a generation of youth into prison. That'll work.