Posts Tagged “eric pickles”

Should councils be able to cap the number of second and holiday homes in their area?

by Stephen Tall on November 2, 2011

Earlier this week, the Lib Dems’ Communities and Local Government Minister Andrew Stunell wrote here on LibDemVoice about the Coalition’s measures to increase councils’ powers to cut tax relief to those with second homes: … our plans [are] to allow local authorities to charge an Empty Homes Premium – up to an extra 50% of […]

Eric Pickles wins Talking Rubbish prize

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2011

A few weeks ago, the Voice highlighted that three Tory ministers — Eric Pickles, Carloline Spelman and Bob Neill — were up for a very special gong: the Friends of the Earth Talking Rubbish Award to help debunk the myths peddled by right-wing newspapers and some Tory ministers who ‘like to trash recycling’. Well, after […]

Which Tory minister do you think is Talking Rubbish most? Spelman, Pickles or Neill?

by Stephen Tall on April 6, 2011

Friends of the Earth is inviting the public to help decide the winner of its Talking Rubbish Award to help debunk the myths peddled by right-wing newspapers and some Tory ministers who ‘like to trash recycling’. The three nominees are as follows: The myth: Recycling means everyone is terrified of the ‘bin police’ “The iron […]

Coalition to rule out ‘pay as you throw’ waste charge – but why do they think it’s their job?

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 2010

The Guardian reports: Ministers are expected to announce that they are scrapping Labour plans to introduce “pay as you throw” rubbish schemes. Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, and Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, will confirm that they will end schemes in which people are charged for household waste collections or for producing too much rubbish. […]

LDVideo Easter Monday special: a quattro of Tory gaffes

by Stephen Tall on April 5, 2010

Welcome to this latest LDVideo instalment, and today as a special holiday treat we’re highlighting four political video clips showing the Tory leadership team at their most embarrassingly gaffe-prone.
First up is this one from Tory shadow chancellor George Osborne, committing a diplomatic faux pas by referring to “the Sarkozy box” used by the diminutive French […]

Clegg blasts Tory MP Sir Nicholas Winterton: “Sadly some MPs still just don’t get it …”

by Stephen Tall on February 18, 2010

Nick Clegg has just tweeted his reaction to Sir Nicholas Winterton’s railing against moves to reduce first-class train travel by MPs – the Tory MP said he needed “peace and quiet” while travelling, and that standard class carriages are occupied by “a totally different type of people.”
The Lib Dem leader’s having none of it, slamming […]

Eric v Paddy: who’s the “frail and confused” one?

by Stephen Tall on January 17, 2010

Eric Pickles has, we hear, labelled Paddy Ashdown “frail and confused”. It seems an odd charge for the lifelong political hack and current Tory chairman, Mr Pickles, to level against Paddy – a former Marine, diplomat and spy, who’s placed himself in danger in service of his country more times than Eric’s had hot dinners […]

Pickles 'n' Python: the remix

by Stephen Tall on April 1, 2009

As if Eric Pickles’ crash ‘n’ burn performance on last week’s BBC1 Question Time weren’t comedy gold enough, Beau Bo D’or thought it needed a bit of splicing up with Monty Python’s ‘Four Yorkshiremen’ sketch – here’s the result: (Personally, (…)

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At last, it's the Eric Pickles cock-up on YouTube

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2009

There may be one or two of you who haven’t yet seen the toe-curling embarrassment that was last week’s attempt by Tory party chairman Eric Pickles to defend MPs’ second homes on BBC1’s Question Time. Well, if you’re one of (…)

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Eric Pickles’ QT cock-up – the eerie silence of the right-wing blogs

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2009

I blogged earlier today on LDV about Eric Pickles’ pitifully embarrassing performance on last night’s Question Time, the Tory chairman riling the audience with his tone-deaf defence of MPs’ second homes. It’s not just in Lib Dem circles that this (…)

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