Daily View 2×2: 18 September 2009

2 big stories

Star Wars – the end?
The Guardian and the Times both lead with the news that President Barack Obama has decided to scrap US plans to build missile shields in Poland and the Czech Republic. This is seen by Republicans as an attempt to “appease” the Kremlin, which had objected that a missile shield so close to Russia’s borders would threaten its own defences.

President Obama justified the change of plan by citing new intelligence that shows Iran’s long-range missile programme to be far less advanced than previously thought. Instead of being close to developing missiles capable of hitting London, Paris and New York, Tehran’s threat came only from short and medium-range missiles, he said. As a result he proposed to protect US allies in Southern Europe and the Middle East with an existing sea-based system that requires no permanent land bases.

[Times]

Commons authorities to reveal MPs who flip homes

Commons Speaker John Bercow has said that MPs who have changed the designation of their second home will be named when the next round of expenses is published.

From the Telegraph:

Mr Bercow said that the public would be able to find out if their MP had changed the property on which they claimed second home allowance in order to maximise their expenses payments.

Although the full addresses of second homes were unlikely to be made public for privacy reasons, the Speaker said that the expenses claims for the 2008-09 financial year — which are expected to be published by the Commons authorities within the next few weeks — would indicate whether the designated second home was in London or the MP’s constituency.”

2 must read blog posts

Thames Water overcharging half of Kings Cross residents
Campaigner Jo Shaw makes another FoI request which reveals a raw deal for local residents.

In WC1H, only 598 out of 2,849 homes have been placed on this cheaper tariff, and only 633 have a meter, but most homes are flats so would benefit by having one of them. Jo Shaw, Holborn & St Pancras parliamentary campaigner, commented: “These figures are shocking. Thames Water must tell their customers that there is a better deal for them.”

Lib Dem-led Camden council has already negotiated a cheaper deal with Thames Water for council tenants, but Lib Dems want those in private accommodation to benefit too.

Jo Shaw, our prospective MP is writing to the price watchdog Ofwat to demand that it puts pressure on Thames Water over this issue.

If Baroness Scotland were a Football manager

Stephen Glenn knows a sporting euphemism when he sees one…

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