By TOM NEWTON DUNN
FOREIGN Secretary Wil-liam Hague yesterdaydeepened a row betweenthe Government andbusiness chiefs — by insist-ing the only growth planmust be to “work hard”.
He hit back after firmsclaimed Ministers werenot doing enough to res-cue the economy in mea-sures outlined in lastweek’s Queen’s Speech.Mr Hague said: “Theyshould be getting onwith creating more jobsand exports rather thancomplaining. There’s onlyone growth strategy —work hard!”He also insisted theCoalition’s advice meantmuch more than LordTebbit’s “Get on yourbike to find work” callin the 1980s.Mr Hague added: “It’s‘Get on the plane, go andsell things overseas, goand study overseas.’”Communities SecretaryEric Pickles said: “Gov-ernment will create theconditions for us all towork a little bit harder.“Government can’t cre-ate growth, only the con-ditions for growth.”But British Chamber ofCommerce director ofpolicy Dr Adam Marshallsaid: “Businesses are bust-ing a gut to find newgrowth opportunities.”
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SUNSHINE and scattered showersfor parts of the North and Wales.Cloudy with rain in the SouthEast, but brighter and drier inthe Midlands.Becoming clearer tonight.Top temp: 13˚C (55˚F).Outlook: Showers tomor-row, with thunderstorms inplaces and brisk winds.Sunshine and showers onWednesday.
FOUR inches of snow blanketed South Yorkshire on May 14, 1960, as a spring-timeblizzard caused travel chaos in Sheffield.
SCANDAL-hit former ItalianPrime Minister Silvio Berlus-coni is lining up one of his“babes” to be the country’snext leader. The 75-year-old, who quitlast year after being charged over his sleazy bunga bunga parties, isbelieved to favour glamorousbusinesswoman Daniela Sant-anche for his old position.Brunette Santanche, 51,part of a group known as Silvio’s Babes, hasemerged as a front-run-ner to be the nextleader of his centre-rightPeople of Freedom Party. The political siren,
,has been dubbed Italy’s Sarah Palin for her goodlooks and thunderousattacks on opponents. She served as anunder-secretary in Ber-lusconi’s last cabinet.
HITS TOP BRASS
NICK Clegg will today
unveil a “deal” with teach-
ers — more cash and inde-pendence if they booststandards for poorer kids.The Deputy PM willalso offer career boostsfor staff willing to workin schools with largenumbers of disadvan-taged pupils.Mr Clegg will tell teach-ers: “We’ll give you thecash, we’ll give you thefreedom. But in returnwe want you to redoubleefforts to close the gapbetween poorer pupilsand everyone else.”
DEFENCE SecretaryPhilip Hammond hasgagged Armed Forces’chiefs from speaking inpublic without hispermission.
He ordered military topbrass and senior civil ser-vants not to give speechesor be interviewed unlesshe said so.
The move has been branded“insulting” and “paranoid” bysenior sources. It shows howthe bitter spat between ToryMinisters and Forces’ com-manders is worsening.David Cameron lost his tem-per with generals last year forcriticising swingeing cuts andthe Afghan withdrawal policy.The PM fumed: “You do thefighting — and I’ll do the talk-ing.” A senior source told TheSun last night: “Slapping agag on the chiefs just goes toshow how much trust hasbeen lost on both sides.
“We’re still fighting a war —now with even less resources —but the Government no longertrusts us to explain why.”
Mr Hammond is desperatelytrying to cut the Ministry ofDefence’s budget that plunged£38billion into the red underLabour.He will announce this weekplans to ensure the MoD willnever get back into debt. Hedeclared yesterday: “I’ve bal-anced the books.”But his dry style and fail-ure to express strong senti-ment for the Forces have lefthim deeply unpopular.Another senior figure said:“Hammond is a bean counter.His heart isn’t in the job andthe blokes can see that.”
Mr Hammond’s officials lastnight admitted that a freshDefence Instruction Notice hadbeen issued over the permis-sion needed to speak in public— but insisted it was just areminder of an existing order.
A spokesman said: “No onehas been gagged. Senior civil-ians and officers have alwaysbeen required to gain permis-sion to speak publicly beforeaccepting any invitations.”
I said shhhh!!! . . we mock upHammond as Lord Kitchener
Military chiefs furious at ‘insulting’ order
Patron . . . Berlusconi
HALF a million peopleare set to lose theirdisability benefits underGovernment plans.Work and Pensions Sec-retary Iain DuncanSmith said last night hewas determined to intro-duce radical reforms toslash the annual cost by£2.24 billion.Around 500,000 peoplewho receive disability liv-ing allowance (DLA)could no longer be eligi-ble for the replacementpersonal independencepayment (PIP).Mr Duncan Smith saidthere had been a 30%rise in the number ofclaimants in recent years,with the annual cost ofthe benefits soon toreach £13 billion.
Under the reforms, twomillion claimants wouldbe reassessed in the nextfour years and only thoseconsidered to be in needof support would qualify.
DAVID Cameron willthis week pledge totackle the rocketing costof child care.Brits pay some of theworld’s highest charges,taking a
of mostparents’ wages.The PM has told Minis-ters to look into schemesto ease the burden.They include Scandina-vian-style tax breaks forparents who employchild care help and strip-ping the industry ofpointless regulations.
Green Party leaderCaroline Lucas, 51, is tostand down from the rolein September.
BRITAIN’S vital Puma chopper force will be spared the axe, it was revealed last night. The Sun exclusively told how thehelicopters — set to play a key role in Olympic security — wereunder threat in the annualdefence budget review.But Defence Secretary PhilipHammond personally stepped in toreprieve the fleet and hundreds of jobs. A £355million upgradeprogramme will go ahead. This ison top of 14 new Chinooksordered last year for £1billion. A source said: “If Labour were stillin power they would have probably scrapped the Pumas to save cashin the short term — losing capab-ility in the long term. Thisdecision will help bolster our JointHelicopter Forces.” The Hercules — the RAF’s “Fat Albert” workhorse known allover the world — will get a£353million boost tokeep it flying into the2020s.
‘Work hard’ . . . Hague
PUMAS ARE SAVED
Monday, May 14, 2012