Kicked into touch!: England captain's girlfriend dropped from anthem duties at Twickers today as rival soprano in the slit dress gets the nod ” class=”blkBorder” /> Despite being the girlfriend of the England Captain, Camilla Kerslake, 24, pictured left, found herself replaced by 22-year-old singing rugby player Laura Wright On paper, Miss Kerslake seems like a shoo-in. She has sung at four previous rugby internationals, and regularly travels with the team
Britain spending more on benefits than Scandinavians with 7 out of 10 children living in a home receiving handoutsAround 2.1 million children live in a home where no adult is workingLess-well off have become enslaved to state benefits, study says | UPDATED: 22:10 GMT, 21 December 2012 Britain pays out more on welfare than high spending social democratic nations in Scandinavia, according to a think-tank. Nearly seven out of ten children now live in a home that receives at least one cash handout other than child benefit, says the hard-hitting study by the Institute for Economic Affairs. And some 17 per cent of children – around 2.1 million – live in a home where no adult is working ‘easily the highest rate in Europe’.
How Britain's high sales tax 'holds back economic recovery'British shoppers face one of the highest levels of sales tax in the worldAverage sales tax is 15.97%, higher than European average of 15.5%Among Western nations, only Netherlands had higher sales tax at 18.18% | UPDATED: 01:00 GMT, 11 December 2012 Shoppers in Britain face one of the highest levels of sales tax and duty in the world, a study has revealed.
Fears over internet freedom as world's nations gather at crucial UN conference on web regulation to discuss 900 potential lawsSome nations, including Russia, call for laws to allow state censorshipOther countries, including America, call for internet freedomNearly 200 countries will give their position on the state of the internetFirst major look at the rules since 1988 – a decade before the web went mainstream | UPDATED: 13:47 GMT, 3 December 2012 The battle over web freedom and controls is set to take place over the next 11 days, with 193 countries gathering to discuss the future of internet regulation. When the United Nations delegates last met to discuss the laws of the virtual land, it was 1988, and the Internet was pretty much unheard of within the general public. At that time, Google was still a twinkle in the eyes of two 15-year-olds, auctions could only be won if you attended in person, and Amazon was a river in South America