A serious note to all government advisers, junior ministers and spin doctors – just some friendly advice from Scrapbook to you: The point at which “let’s make a rap video” sounds like a really good idea, is the point at which the brainstorming session should end and you should all go home. Learn a lesson from the […]

Nick Clegg’s grasp of economics has been called into question after he was found to have exaggerated the level of Sheffield Council’s cash reserves by more than £120m in an attack on his own city’s leaders. In an open letter, the Sheffield Hallam MP accused the council of sitting on £167m in “usable reserves” which could […]

The Home Affairs Committee has slammed plans to privatise the police, saying “You don’t know what you’re doing.” A new report on Home Office procurement practices lays into two forces who plan to rush through contracts worth £1.5bn — before democratically elected police commissioners are introduced: “The committee is not convinced that Surrey and West Midlands […]

The growth figures for the last quarter have been announced, and with a contraction of 0.2% the UK has two consecutive quarters of negative growth and is officially back in recession. This is the recession that George Osborne repeatedly assured us wouldn’t happen, despite OECD predictions that it would as recently as last month. But […]

French company Atos, which has a £108m per year contract with the government, has failed to remove grossly misleading claims from its website – despite being ordered to do so by the Advertising Standards Authority. The controversial outsourcing giant, which carries out benefits health assessments for the DWP, features impressive figures on its website which […]

While pasties and pensioners took a hammering on 21 March, Danny Alexander handed himself a budget bribe — in the form of VAT relief for ski lifts in his Highlands constituency. This is the second year in a row that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has benefited from changes in the Finance Bill. Buried […]

The government aren’t happy to hear that the number of Freedom of Information requests is increasing year on year; so much so that they’re planning to introduce a range of tariffs to restrict Freedom of Information requests. But at least there’s someone to blame: Eric Pickles. The government’s “transparency agenda” is leading to the rise in […]