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by Euro Reporter
2008-05-15 08:05:57
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Brown targets 'family finances'

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that helping family finances was his "immediate priority" as he outlined his legislative programme for next year. He pledged help for first-time buyers, a savings scheme for the low paid and flexible working rights for parents. Employees will also get the right to ask for training and hospital funding will be linked to performance.

Additional bills planned to aid family finances include free lollipops for under-sevens, discounts on oven mitts for families with three or more children, buy-one-get-one-free on packs of four AA no-brand batteries for single mothers and an A4 Gordon Brown poster for all teenagers.

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Skins 'orgy' poster is banned

A poster promoting Channel 4's teen drama "Skins" has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). It features two of the stars, April Pearson (Michelle) and Mike Bailey (Sid), surrounded by couples apparently taking part in an orgy. The ASA said the image "could cause serious or widespread offence" and was inappropriate for poster sites that could be seen by children.

A poster is certainly the worst sexual influence on a child living in 21st century and it is lucky we have safeguards, like the ASA, in place to protect our vulnerable children. On a side note, I thought Mary Whitehouse had died seven years ago.

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Brits warm to Work from Home day

The UK is gearing up for the second annual National Work from Home Day on 15 May. Over five million people are expected to duck out of the commute and work from the comfort of their own homes. The day has been organised by non-profit group Work Wise UK, which was set up by the IT Forum Foundation. Members include the TUC, CBI, British Chambers of Commerce, BT, Transport for London and the RAC Foundation.

How this will work for taxi drivers, doctors, nurses, policemen, firemen, miners, airline pilots and many more remains to be seen, although prostitutes and politicians are prepared to give it a go.

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Bull semen panel 'to be neutral'

A scrutiny panel investigating whether to allow the importation of bull semen into Jersey will be neutral, its chairman has said. A States debate on the issue was withdrawn in April when the panel decided it wanted to investigate the issue further. Announcing the delay Senator Frank Walker said he hoped the debate would happen before the Summer recess.

We can only hope that the decision doesn't take too long because I am not sure how long a cow can keep its legs crossed.

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