Deputy PM to announce plan in which parents will be allowed to share up to a year’s leave after the birth of a childNick Clegg.
Under the new plans, new mothers and fathers would be able to divide up to a year’s leave between them with far fewer restrictions.
Nick Clegg has admitted that he had been forced to drop his plans to give fathers six weeks paid paternity leave but promised to revive the proposal in better economic times.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s plan ran into opposition from business leaders and the Conservatives. His aides said his retreat was an example of “coalition politics at work”, insisting he was being “pragmatic”. However, fathers-to-be will be allowed to take unpaid leave to attend two antenatal appointments so they can be more involved in the early stages of pregnancy.
My former-self has a habit of popping-up at the most inappropriate moments. Usually when I’m watching something on the news (I’m a real news-hound these days!), and often when a certain politician appears on-screen. Now, I’m a bit of a politico on the side, and this certain politician – let him remain nameless, but he could do with blowing his nose – really pulls the arrogant sod out of me.
I’ve undergone a change, a did a 180 degree turnabout from what I used to be. As a youth I was probably the most arrogant person you could meet.
I’m not sure if I’ve said this in my posts, or if it’s just in my bio, but I was a Conservative in the 80s (not a card-carrying-one I might add), but I believed the guff that Saint Margaret T proclaimed with all the relish and zest of a Young Tory Entrepreneur.
I’m better now. 🙂
At least, I’m a little less obsessively about something than I used to be. (Although, my beloved Nicci would have other things to say on that subject – especially when it comes to my blogging, and my political designs – lol.)
I have to say that New Labour just felt like a watered-down version of the old Tory standards to me (with a sprinkling of socialism thrown in to keep the masses happy). Tony B (or Almost-Tory Tony, as I think of him) never hit the spot for me. I couldn’t get past the insincere grin I’m afraid; but that’s just me – and my Labour-hating former-self – I suppose. So the New Labour run parliament with Tony and Gordon B didn’t make me feel any less like I was in an alternate-conservative reality – a bizarre trip into the political looking-glass.
Now we have this unnatural coalition between Cameron’s cronies and Clegg’s crowd. They are like a political Punch and Judy show with Dave as Mr Punch and Nick in the role of Judy (and Eddy M as the crocodile snapping at their heals).
(And being the very punk who would one day like to be PM of this great land, I can tell you just how bizarre that actually seems.)
Hopefully, in a couple of years, when we go back to the poles we might have someone that’s worth voting for. Currently, they’re all a bunch of no-hopers for Britain’s future.
Tell me what you think…
Re Posted from instant thorths.
I’m getting old. I must be. All I see around me is heartache and pain. Idiots and morons.
Does no one care anymore?
When I was a lad we cared. We cared about music and girls… we cared about politics and fashion… we cared about life and death… we cared about freedom and justice… we simply cared.
Today… No one cares. Continue Reading