How absurd all this PC has become. What a profound effect it has had on our world. Some people have so much to answer for!

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When is it an insult? And when is it the truth?

Oiyabrown posted this blog about this article.

All about if there should be legislation against insults.

Of course it degenerated into quite the folly. With ridiculous arrests being made about ridiculous words.

Was the young man insulting when he said he thinks his horse is gay? Probably not – he was just stating the facts as he saw them.

If you feel strongly about Scientology, you should feel free to say so, surely?

As far as I can see it’s only insults to minorities that’s getting the flack. The great unwashed must take their chances and deal with whatever insult gets heaped on their heads!

So, if you are gay, I’m not allowed to say it. Do you, as a gay person feel I’m insulting you for stating a fact?

If you’re black, am I not allowed to point…

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Dave Heads To The Summit

MORNING BRIEFING – By Benedict Brogan (Daily Telegraph

All eyes on Camp Davidtoday, where the G8 will try to persuade Angela Merkel to come to the euro’s rescue. Overnight, the focus has switched from Greeceto Spainwith Moody’s slashing the ratings of 16 Spanish banks.

Yesterday, David Cameron took the unusual step of setting out a three-point plan to save the single currency. He suggested the issue of so-called Eurobonds, which would effectively mean the debts of countries in crisis would be spread across the eurozone.
David Cameron has an op-ed on Politics Home this morning, listing his priorities for the summit, he says:

“We must work together to give the world economy the one big stimulus that would really make a difference: an expansion of trade freedoms – breaking down the barriers to world trade and getting global trade moving again.”

He follows this up with three further priorities on democracy making reference to the Arab Spring, work continuing in Afghanistan and development spending.

The Guardian lead says even Barack Obama is pushing for a switch from growth to austerity, and will lobby the German chancellor.

Mr Obama is expected to welcome François Hollande as a potential ally in his push for Europe to follow the US in giving a higher priority to expansionary policies.

In his column Jeremy Warner suggests Germany will step in to save the single currency only once Greece has been ejected. He says:

“Back in Britain, David Cameron is spot on with his analysis that Europe must either make up or break up.

“Privately, both Mr Cameron and his Chancellor, George Osborne, must prefer a break-up, which is plainly more in Britain’s long-term interests than Europe making a go of the single currency, leaving our island race stranded on the sidelines.”

Overnight, Mr Cameron’s speech appears to have been well received, though the FT points out that behind the three point plan for reviving European growth is a piece of political positioning: despite the seven French snubs listed by the Mail , Mr Cameron has tried discreetly to realign himself alongside Francois Hollande by embracing some of the growth reforms suggested by the French president.

The Times (£) has put on page 1 a version of the story that has been doing the rounds for months, namely that De La Rue is preparing new drachmas.

Martin Wolf in the FT has made a staunch case for greater stimulus spending in his column.. He says a Euro breakup would mean civil war in Greece and that George Osborne has consigned the UK to stagflation, concluding:

“The result is likely to be a permanent reduction in the output of the UK, not to mention permanent damage to a whole generation of the unemployed. I have words for such behaviour. Not on this list is the word “sensible”.”

NANNY STATE

But after all that hard talk, Dave wanted to talk about babies. We’ve splashed on his speech yesterday in Manchester where he said it was “ludicrous” that parents received more training in how to drive a car than in how to raise children.

The PM committed to a £3.4million digital information service, starting today, that will provide free email alerts and text messages with NHS advice “on everything from teething to tantrums”.

Dave anticipated the nanny state charge though – he’s said it’s the action of a ‘sensible state’.You could describe it as a bit of social supply side aimed at heading off the social failure that costs the taxpayer so much. The Guardian points out that it’s another of Steve Hilton’s pet projects. It’s nice to think he didn’t just leave behind a row about the civil service.

U-TURN IF GEORGE WANTS TO

Also in Manchester, Dave made a speech that was trumpeted as a Thatcher-style “no turning back” statement on deficit reduction.

But the image was ruined by another two U-turns. The Mail and the Times (£) report that the Chancellor has in effect exempt churches from the changes to the tax treatment of heritage buildings – he’s providing them a £30 million grant that’s guaranteed for the next three years – effectively a tax break.

And the Sun reports that he’s rolling back on the pasty tax. He’s considering only taxing pastry snacks kept in hot cabinets, while those in taken out of the oven and left to cool will be exempt.

More for the growing collection then.

THE LEVESON LEVY

But the Tories are doing their best to prevent more negative headlines. The Times (£) reports that both the Tory party and the government are spending considerable sums on lawyers and other advisers to prepare David Cameron and ministers for their appearances before Lord Justice Leveson.

The paper quotes sources saying: “It must be costing a good few million” and “There are concerns that quite a lot of quality time is being spent on this, but no one — except the lawyers — has been using a stopwatch.”

It’s also worth noting that the Guardian reports that Hannah Pawlby, one of Labour’s more effective special advisers, is filing a claim against NI after discovering her phone was hacked.

NO MORE MOSCOW

The FT reports that Lib Dems are pressing for a change in nuclear deterrent policy that would mean dumping Trident and going for something more modest. It’s all about nuking smaller cities, not Moscow, apparently.

Menzies Campbell has a column in the FT (£ ) making this case, saying:

“Britain should take such a decision now, by publicly renouncing the Moscow criterion at this weekend’s Nato summit in Chicago. What utility does it have, after all, if we know it is inconsistent with the stated policy of minimum deterrence?”

“The UK could make this decision without any prejudice to national security. It would make a significant contribution to the multilateral disarmament so eloquently promoted by US President Barack Obama. It would be entirely consistent with other multilateral political initiatives being taken on both sides of the Atlantic.”

CRUDDAS SUPERSTAR

The recently promoted, Jon Cruddas, has been given a must-read profile by Nick Watt in the Guardian. The kite-surfing philosopher now in charge of Labour policy.

The Cruddas Mantra, as described by one of his colleagues, is interesting:“Policy is about illustrations of a deeper story, the establishment of a deeper sentiment which Labour had and it lost.”

OMG!

At the press lunch yesterday, Danny Alexander said that Rebekah Brooks isn’t the only one to receive unusual text message abbreviations from senior members of the government. It’s just that his come from the Deputy PM:

“The first few months of our time in office, I thought we were getting really stressed out because every text he sent me started with the letters ‘OMG’. But it turns out that this is code in the Clegg household for ‘On Miriam’s Guidance’.”

TWEETS AND TWITS

The Labour Party seems to be in a modernising mood, launching an official Twitter feed for its whips this week. The party wants its @labourwhips feed to dispel some of the mystery and myths surrounding the office.

The Tories, however, are embracing tradition with Tory MP Glyn Davies tweeting:

@GlynDaviesMP: New Tory MP to Chief Whip after voting with Lab “Sorry – but its water under the bridge now” Reply- “Sounds more like career down the drain”

POLL WATCH

Latest YouGov/The Sun results: Conservatives 31%, Labour 44%, Lib Dems 7%, UKIP 9%

Overall government approval rating: -39

TOP COMMENT

In The Telegraph

Fraser Nelson: Turn off your iPad, David Cameron, and start dealing with Britain’s debt

Jeremy Warner: Are the Germans destined to save the euro?

Leader: The 1922 and 2012

Leader: Caught between the Rock and the euro crisis

Best of the rest

Martin Wolf in the Financial Times (£): Cameron is consigning the UK to stagnation

Menzies Campbell in the Financial Times (£): Time to abandon the ‘Moscow criterion

Philip Collins in the Times (£): Switch to Plan B before resurgent Labour does

Simon Jenkins in the Guardian: So, you think reason guides your politics? Think again

THE AGENDA

Today:David Cameron at the G8 Summit at Camp David

Today: Iain Duncan Smith gives a speech on parenting, Towcester, Northamptonshire

Today: The House will not be sitting

1pm: George Osborne to speak at the European Bank of Reconstruction. EBRD, 1 Exchange Square, Bishopsgate

Are the Germans destined to save the euro?

If there is one characteristic that defines the German nation, it is “Entschlossenheit” – or single-minded determination and resolve. It is worth bearing this in mind when attempting to analyse the eurozone debt crisis. Never underestimate Germany’s determination to make the euro work, a senior German industrialist cautioned me recently, after I’d reeled off the conventional Eurosceptic view of the currency – that eventually, and possibly quite soon, it would collapse under the weight of its own contradictions.

That was before the present, renewed outbreak of panic, but I doubt he’s changed his mind. Among the policy and business elite at least, German support for the euro remains unwavering. It is an article of faith that they can, and will, make it succeed.

Greece is one thing. It’s long been regarded by Berlin as a special case, an essentially ungovernable nation that should never have been allowed to participate in the first place. But there is a very different attitude to Spain and Italy. Whatever it takes, they’ll be defended to the last.

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Turn off your iPad, David Cameron, and start dealing with Britain’s debt

No one dispenses advice to the eurozone better than David Cameron. His speech yesterday was a fountain of good sense and hard truth. Quite rightly, he said there’s no point in any uncompetitive, debt-addicted country thinking it can just muddle along. Radical, structural reform is needed. He didn’t say which of the many basket-case European economies he had in mind, but one sticks out. It is increasing its debt faster than anywhere else in Europe. It languishes behind even Pakistan and Nicaragua on the global regulation league tables. Its growth prospects have almost evaporated.

How do you solve a problem like the United Kingdom? Two years in, and Mr Cameron seems no nearer to a solution. He is ambitious over welfare and schools, but on the economy he seems trapped inside a failed Brownite consensus. The Prime Minister does know what should be done, as we heard yesterday: radical reform, and accepting that you can’t (as he puts it) “borrow your way out of a debt crisis”. But his government is attempting to do precisely that, borrowing more over five years than Labour did over 13.

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