Margaret Thatcher "witch song" insult: BBC to play Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead

BBC WILL play Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead in chart countdown but won't broadcast tasteless Thatcher protest single in fullSong has now sold 20,000 copies since Thatcher's death on Monday It has been pushed up the charts due to an internet campaignThe track, which costs 79p online, is currently No1 on iTunesAlso on course to become the shortest top 10 single ever at 51 seconds BBC confirms it will play it on Radio 1 this Sunday – but a shorter version'The BBC finds this campaign distasteful but does not believe the record should be banned,' a spokesman said , Osterode am Harz, Germany — Illustration – an old woman is using facebook on her iPhone. Photo: Frank May — Image by Frank May/dpa/Corbis” class=”blkBorder” /> The power of a Facebook campaign should not be underestimated.

House prices "will overtake pre-crisis peak by next year thanks to government"s new help-to-buy scheme"

House prices 'will overtake pre-crisis peak by next year thanks to government's new help-to-buy scheme'House prices will hit record highs while millions can't afford to buy home 130billion scheme will 'add 1,000 to the price of a property next year' By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 20:52 GMT, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 07:38 GMT, 1 April 2013 The cost of the average home will jump by nearly 50,000 over the next five years, partly fuelled by the Government’s mortgage lending scheme, a report reveals today. The Centre for Economics and Business Research said house prices will pass their pre-recession peak next year and will go on to hit record highs at a time when millions cannot afford to buy their own home. The economic consultancy predicts the 130billion lending scheme, unveiled in last month’s Budget, will add more than 1,000 to the price of a property next year.

Npower"s profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises

Npower's profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises German-owned company saw profits soar by 77million from 313millionIncreased gas tariffs by 8.8% in November and electricity by 9.1%The company's price rises pushed the average bill up by 108 to 1,352Bosses blamed government policy, including green energy plans, for risesMP on Commons energy select committee described profits as 'despicable' , taking its total up to 606million. Profits at parent company Centrica rose 14 per cent to 2.7billion. Britain’s six biggest power firms insist they must make strong profits to finance 150billion of spending on rebuilding Britain’s energy supply

Abu Qatada goes for a walk monitored by new top of the range cameras

That's a nice CCTV system you've got in your street Mr Qatada! Freed terror suspect goes for a walk monitored by new top-of-the-range cameras | UPDATED: 19:38 GMT, 23 December 2012 CCTV cameras have been installed outside the home of hate preacher Abu Qatada to monitor him around the clock, it was reported today. They were used to keep track of the Al-Qaeda sympathiser, 52, when he went on a rare journey out yesterday

Now PM slaps down Clegg over his call to relax drugs laws after he said Britain was losing on "industrial scale"

Now PM slaps down Clegg over his call to relax drugs laws after he said Britain was losing on 'industrial scale' Deputy Prime Minister urges David Cameron to show 'courage' and look again at narcotics lawsTory leader backed reclassification of ecstasy in 2002 but now insists government policy 'actually is working' Home Affairs select committee urged government to examine Portugese 'depenalisation' strategy where drug users escape prosecution Campaigners warn over link between cannabis and mental illnessPoll shows 60% back a Clegg's call for Royal Commission to consider decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs | UPDATED: 01:14 GMT, 15 December 2012 Nick Clegg was slapped down by David Cameron yesterday after saying Britain was ‘losing the war on drugs on an industrial scale’.

A little dusty, one of life"s softly spoken charmers

A little dusty, one of life's softly spoken charmers | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 4 December 2012 With what chewing-gum officialdom knots the shoelaces of its masters. Take a select committee meeting yesterday examining the charities world. Our witness was William Shawcross, new chairman of the Charity Commission.

BBC refuses to release all the evidence from Savile report

BBC refuses to release all the evidence from licence fee-funded report into Savile scandal | UPDATED: 00:01 GMT, 29 November 2012 Not all the evidence gathered during the BBC's inquiry into the shelving of a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile will be automatically available to licence fee payers.

David Cameron: Don"t shackle our free Press say 86 MPs and peers on eve of Leveson report

Don't shackle our free Press say 86 MPs and peers on eve of Leveson report The cross-party group of 86 insist statutory regulation of the media undermines a cornerstone of our democracyThey are urging the Prime Minister to reject any form of regulation Lord Justice Leveson's report into media standards is due to be released There is speculation that Leveson will recommend some form of 'underpinning' in law to a new Press watchdog | UPDATED: 23:30 GMT, 27 November 2012 Dozens of MPs and peers, including nine former Cabinet ministers, today urge David Cameron to resist laws which would shackle Britain’s 300-year-old free Press. On the eve of Lord Justice Leveson’s report into media standards, the cross-party group of 86 insists that any form of statutory regulation risks undermining a cornerstone of our democracy and asks the Prime Minister to reject any form of statutory media regulation.

George Entwistle asked for MORE to leave BBC as Lord Patten admits payoff is "a hell of a lot of money"

BBC chief who got 450,000 golden goodbye after just 54 days in the job wanted MOREBBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten defended Mr Entwistle's 450,000 payoff after just 54 days in the job as Director-General Before his dramatic resignation, Mr Entwistle asked Lord Patten 'Are you urging me to go' Trust chairman replied, 'No, but we are not urging you to stay'They finally agreed a deal of one year's salary, legal fees and private healthcare for 12 monthsIf Savile inquiries conclude Mr Entwistle breached broadcasting guidelines, BBC can claw back moneyLord Patten refuses to publish hours he works calling it 'impertinent' Licence fee payers will pick up bill for two BBC Savile inquiries, MPs told, with 200,000 spent so far Those interviewed as part of Pollard review will each get up to 50,000 of legal fees paid, acting DG Tim Davie reveals | UPDATED: 04:08 GMT, 28 November 2012 George Entwistle demanded even more than the 450,000 exit deal he secured after a disastrous 54 days as director general of the BBC, it emerged yesterday.