Police spend FOUR WEEKS tracking down mother, 45, after she made Facebook joke about egging PMDebra Burt, 45, made remark in frustration over government cuts She wrote 'Cameron – I'd like to egg him' on a friend's Facebook wall Two officers visited her – they had been looking for her for 4 weeks, she said By Vanessa Allen PUBLISHED: 12:29 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 25 March 2013 Exasperation: Debra Burt typed 'I'd like to egg him' about David Cameron on her Facebook timeline, only to have police turn up at her door warning her to stay away from him To Debra Burt, it was no more than an innocent expression of her frustration at Government spending cuts. She vented her feelings about David Cameron on a friend’s Facebook page with the comment: ‘I’d like to egg him.’ But the mother-of-two was astonished when two detectives arrived on her doorstep to question her…and announced they had been trying to track her down for four weeks.
Ditch austerity Boris tells Osborne amid fears the economy is heading towards a trip dip recession Office for National Statistics announces negative growth for final quarter of last yearResults mean there was no growth overall for the whole of 2012 Nick Clegg admits government was wrong to cut funding for big building projects, damaging jobs and growth Boris Johnson says it is time to 'junk the rhetoric of austerity'IMF chief economist says the Chancellor should use the Budget in March to 'take stock' and change courseExperts warn of longest depression in living memory , which meant there was no growth overall last year” class=”blkBorder” /> The Office for National Statistics said the economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the last three months of 2012, which meant there was no growth overall last year Construction grew by 0.3 per cent, but not enough to make up for sharp drops in the last year In a very public challenge to mainstream Conservative policy, London mayor Mr Johnson warned that the ‘hair-shirt’ agenda set by the Chancellor and gloomy remarks from the Bank of England threaten hopes of a recovery. And in a sign of coalition tensions over the flatlining economy, Nick Clegg made clear the Liberal Democrats will demand higher capital spending on infrastructure projects in the next public spending review – a shot across Mr Osborne’s bows. IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard said the Budget in March would be a good time to slow the pace of austerity The slump rounded off the worst four-year period for the British economy, excluding the aftermath of war, since the 1830s.
Families put big spending on hold to pay off their mortgages as debt falls by 8bn in three months Homeowners paid off more than they borrowed in the third quarter of 2012It was the 18th quarter in a row that mortgage debt has fallen . It was the 18th quarter in a row that mortgage debt has fallen, and families have now ploughed 137.5billion of equity into their homes since early 2008. The injection of equity – which increases the proportion that households own against the proportion that is mortgaged – is in stark contrast to the borrowing binge of the decade before the financial crisis struck
Today is 'frazzled Friday' – which means half of us will lounge on the sofa with the curtains closed after overdosing on food, alcohol and relatives over Christmas 72 per cent of us have spent one day too long with our family and friendsToday will be a struggle thanks to overspends and overdosing on treatsAverage adult will have piled on 4lbs by todayWe will have battled through or witnessed five arguments over festive period | UPDATED: 04:57 GMT, 28 December 2012 Today has been named 'frazzled Friday' to mark three days after Christmas when the festive excesses finally get the better of us. Overdosing on food, alcohol and spending time with relatives, coupled with a realisation there is very little left in the bank to get through January, means today will be a struggle, a study has found. And as many as one in two of us will spend today lounging on the sofa with the curtains closed taking time out to settle frayed nerves
Christmas rush begins in earnest with 3.8bn expected to be spent on high street's big day Retailers are predicting a last-minute spending spree of 3.8billion tomorrow on the British high streetUnprecedented rush could see as much as 5billion spent over coming two days, according to British Retail Consortium The spree – combined with predicted heavy downpours – is expected to result in gridlock in town centres across the country | UPDATED: 19:51 GMT, 21 December 2012 Retailers are predicting the biggest high street shopping day in British history tomorrow with a last-minute spending spree of 3.8billion. The British Retail Consortium believes as much as 5billion could be spent over the coming two days in an unprecedented rush
Proof Labour is unfit to run the economy | UPDATED: 00:33 GMT, 7 December 2012 With awesome predictability, Ed Balls – whose catastrophic performance the day before was one of the political own goals of the year – took to the airwaves yesterday to denounce the cancerous ‘unfairness’ of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. He was particularly keen to savage the Chancellor’s decision to peg welfare rises at 1 per cent for three years – a policy designed to save 4.2billion and end the perversity of benefits for the unemployed rising faster than wages. Yes, we regret those drawing in-work benefits will suffer
The 150-mile traffic jam: Motorists trapped for THREE DAYS after heavy snowfall in RussiaDrivers faced three days in freezing cold as tailbacks stretched 150 milesRussian authorities scramble rescuers and snowploughs But many drivers say they got no help at all during ordeal | UPDATED: 12:07 GMT, 3 December 2012 Thousands of drivers were trapped since Thursday in a huge traffic jam on a major freeway connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg, caused by heavy snowfall.
NHS paid 6million to five doctors over three years for providing 'top-up' services to just one trust The extra contracts for healthcare services like asthma and baby clinics mean they benefit from commercial salaries on top of their normal payTwo of the GPS also employed their wives to help with their work, with one spouse earning more than 600,000 | UPDATED: 19:27 GMT, 2 December 2012 Dr Vijay Bathla, pictured in 2002, was paid 809,053 during 2007 to 2010 thanks to a system which encourages GPs to compete with private companies by selling 'top-up' services to the NHS A new report examining GP pay at the Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust (HoB) from 2007 to 2010 has revealed that the NHS paid five GPs almost 6million over the three-year period, according to The Sunday Mercury.
It’s probably better to talk: How checking our phones 60 times a day is driving away friendsMobile phones are eroding our personal relationships, according to a new studyScientists have compared constantly texting and checking phones to addictions like compulsive spending | UPDATED: 10:33 GMT, 1 December 2012 Compulsive: Constant texting is an addiction, experts say Young people's attachment to their mobile phones is eroding their personal relationships, according to a new study. The claims come after research revealed that young adults – in addition to sending over 100 texts – check their mobile up to 60 times a day