Labour in disarray on welfare shake-up as its proposals for tough reform unravel

Labour in disarray on welfare shake-up as its proposals for tough reform unravel Labour leader Ed Miliband faces growing mutiny over his soft approachPolls reveal decisive public support for Government's benefit shake-upLiam Byrne rushes out proposals designed to harden up Labour's image By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 00:28 GMT, 8 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 8 April 2013 Labour was plunged into disarray over welfare yesterday, as its proposals for tough reforms unravelled – and Ed Miliband faced a growing mutiny over his soft approach.

RBS braces for fresh row over bankers" bonus pot

Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland setting aside 250m for bonuses… despite facing a 500m fine for rigging Libor rates Bank under pressure to claw back 4m in shares owed to John HouricanHead of the investment bank expected to leave shortly in restructuringRBS 'planning to pay 250m bonuses – 21,000 per employee on average' in the wake of the IT glitch. He could have got 2.4m on top of his 1.2m salary but has now waived his bonus in three of the past four years since taking over at the bank after its 45bn bailout by the taxpayer

UK can"t "cherry pick and choose powers to claw back from Brussels", EU president warns

UK can't 'cherry pick and choose powers to claw back from Brussels', EU president warns Herman Van Rompuy said the EU would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose powersHe said if UK departed it would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’David Cameron is expected to call for renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU next month | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 27 December 2012 Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep David Cameron will not be allowed to ‘cherry pick’ powers to claw back from Brussels, the EU president has warned. In a major blow to the Prime Minister’s strategy, Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep. Mr Van Rompuy said he wanted Britain to stay in the EU, adding that the UK’s departure would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’.

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Patients must have dignity until the end

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Patients must have dignity until the end | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 22 December 2012 Sadly, it has been a year in which disturbing questions have been asked about the way Britain’s health service – so admirable in so many ways – treats the sick and dying. There have been terrible instances of patients being killed by malnutrition and dehydration. Only this month, the Labour MP Ann Clwyd told how her husband – treated with ‘indifference and contempt’ by NHS nurses – had died ‘like a battery hen’.

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Patten must take the blame for a sorry saga

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Patten must take the blame for a sorry saga | UPDATED: 00:19 GMT, 21 December 2012 It was a shameless display of sneering arrogance. In his interview on the Radio 4 Today programme yesterday, everyone, according to Lord Patten, was to blame for the BBC’s shortcomings over the Savile and McAlpine scandals but the Trust chairman himself. The primary target of his scorn was the Commons Public Accounts Committee, which he twice accused of ‘shabby’ behaviour for daring to criticise the 450,000 severance deal – double the legal entitlement – that he authorised to failed Director General George Entwistle

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Shadow of fear over publics right to know

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Shadow of fear over public’s right to know | UPDATED: 23:27 GMT, 17 December 2012 'Plebgate': An officer has been arrested for allegedly leaking details of Mitchell's outburst to the Press In a chilling foretaste of a clampdown on the public’s right to know, a diplomatic protection officer is arrested on suspicion of leaking details of Andrew Mitchell’s ‘plebgate’ row to the Press. This paper takes no sides in the dispute over what the former Tory Chief Whip said to police when they refused to open the main gates of Downing Street to allow him to ride through on his bicycle. All we know is that the incident, in which Mr Mitchell belatedly admitted swearing at officers (though he denies calling them ‘plebs’), was deemed serious enough to cost him his Government job

Is Germany in the grip of its Nazi past once more? News magazine Der Spiegel"s astonishing condemnation of its own country

Still obsessed with Hitler and attracted by the lure of the far right: News magazine Der Spiegel's astonishing condemnation of Germany Best-selling magazine mourns the 'happy, cosmopolitan Germany of 2006''The scandal is that young Germans feel the need to be neo-Nazis' | UPDATED: 23:57 GMT, 14 December 2012 After decades of trying to shake off the shadow of Hitler, fears are growing that Germany is once more embracing the Fuehrer’s evil beliefs. The far Right continues to attract young recruits with its message of racism and arrogance. And now an alarm bell has been sounded by the country’s biggest news magazine.

"He can dish it out but he can"t take it": David Cameron accuses Ed Balls of being a bully in benefits rise row

'He can dish it out but he can't take it': David Cameron accuses Ed Balls of being a bully in benefits rise rowDavid Cameron hits back at heckles from the shadow chancellor during Prime Minister's QuestionsInsults hurled over plan to cap benefits at 1% for the next three yearsEd Miliband says people affected include those cleaning George Osborne's office while he is still in bed | UPDATED: 15:17 GMT, 12 December 2012 David Cameron today accused Ed Balls of being a bully who ‘can dish it out but he can't take it’ as insults were thrown in a Commons row over government plans to limit rises in benefits to 1 per cent a year.

Now Labour wants judges to regulate the press

Lord Leveson could end up regulating press personally under Labour plan: Inquiry judge in running to be Lord Chief Justice Opposition publishes draft bill calling for Lord Chief Justice to be in chargeLabour says plan would meet Leveson's demand for 'legal underpinning' But it drops support for Ofcom to oversee new Press Standards Trust Ed Miliband has discussed plan with Deputy Prime Minister Nick CleggIt raised prospect of Lord Justice Leveson overseeing new system | UPDATED: 15:32 GMT, 10 December 2012 Shadow culture secretary Harriett Harman said Labour's draft bill provided the 'essential' legal underpinning that Lord Justice Leveson demanded A legally-binding plan for the country’s top judge to oversee newspaper standards will be set out by the Labour party today. With David Cameron refusing to back statutory regulation, the opposition will publish a six-clause bill which would require the Lord Chief Justice power to sign off the effectiveness of an independent panel in holding the press to account

Black Dog : Danny"s dad is off message

Danny's dad is off message | UPDATED: 02:12 GMT, 9 December 2012 Ed Ball's spectacular failure to lay a glove on George Osborne during their Autumn Statement shoot-out was watched from the Commons public gallery by one Di Alexander – proud father of Liberal Democrat Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander. As the Shadow Chancellor floundered, Alexander Snr reached for his mobile phone and texted his ginger-haired son as follows: ‘God, the Opposition are weak. You should be getting a much harder ride.’ Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the Coalition’s financial management, was it Shadow chancellor Ed Balls was criticised by Di Alexander for his performance in the Commons All those intimate, cringe-making text messages between David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks have cost more than just extreme embarrassment for the Prime Minister.