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The Cornish are to Become a "National Minority" a Bit Like the Welsh

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is going to Bodmin! That's in Cornwall. It has two car parks and at least two bakeries that do very nice pasties. Alexander will use his trip to announce national minority status for the Cornish people, ranking them alongside the Scots, Welsh and Irish as a separate Celtic group. Read More >>

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Switching Fonts May Not Save the US Government Millions After All

We all love stories about teenagers schooling the government, but sometimes we get schooled, too. Last week, we wrote about 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani's research project that suggested the government would save $400 million (£240 million) by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond. Turns out, it's a little more complicated than that. Read More >>

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Hull Council Jumping On the Crypto-Bandwagon With HullCoin

Hull Council -- an organisation which, by its own admission, is suffering from 'breathtaking reductions' in funding -- has had a root around the bottom of the discarded policy drawer, and come up with its magic plan to solve all economic woes: its very own version of Bitcoin, lovingly dubbed HullCoin. Read More >>

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The US Government Would Save £240 Million if it Just Switched Typefaces

Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A teenager in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $400 million (£240 million) in ink. Read More >>

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Huawei, Once Accused of Spying, Has Been Hacked by NSA Since 2009

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei decided to withdraw from US business last year amid accusations that it built backdoors into American government and business systems. But while the US government was publicly accusing the company of espionage, the NSA had already established its own backdoors into Huawei's networks, say Der Spiegel and The New York Times. Read More >>

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More Secure 12-Sided £1 Coin Shown Off to Distract Us From Budget Day

Ahead of today's budget, Chancellor George Osborne dipped into his pocket and displayed a new 12-sided £1 coin, the coin's first redesign in 30 years. The reasoning behind this costly move? It's less-easy prey for counterfeiters, supposedly. Read More >>

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The NHS is Flogging Patient Health Records to Insurers

For those of you not content with just the NSA stealing your personal information, good news: the NHS has been selling patient data to private insurers, which, combined with info from your credit report, can give a fairly detailed impression of who you are, when you last had a cold, and what you had for breakfast last Thursday. Read More >>

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The US Government's Cybersecurity is a Total Shitshow

Today, a report from the US Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Minority Committee offered an overview of the US's current state of cybersecurity. How is the US government with which it's citizens entrust their most sensitive and private information looking? In short—bad. Very, very bad. Read More >>

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Government Ministers Banned From Tea and Biscuit Gravy Train

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says serving MPs have been told to keep their fingers out of the complimentary governmental biscuit tin, explaining that hospitality offered to visitors is for visitors alone and suggesting MPs have been ordered to avoid eating Hobnobs at the taxpayer's expense. Read More >>

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David Cameron Shamed Over Expenses Claim for 26p Tags and 38p Staple Remover

Powerful posho David Cameron's latest batch of MP expense claims have been published and scrutinised, revealing that the prime minister reclaimed a ludicrous 7p from the taxpayer to pay for a bulldog clip used to hold together files at his constituency office. Read More >>

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MPs Complain Their Parliamentary Offices are Being Overrun by Mice

Three blind mice. See how they run. That might have been running through Conservative MP Pauline Latham's mind as she returned from her Christmas break to find her House of Commons office desk peppered with mouse droppings and urine. Read More >>

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MPs Blew £250,000 on Some Rather Poor Portraits of Themselves

A bizarre new waste of money by those in power has been uncovered, revealing that members of the government paid £10,000 to commission a portrait of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and similar sums to immortalise the likes of William Hague and Diane Abbott in oil. Read More >>

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Former Canadian Defence Minister Claims 80 Species of Aliens Mingle With Us

Paul Hellyer is (or perhaps was) a serious politician, rising to the position of defence minister within the Canadian government in the 1960s. He's now come out as being a true believer in UFOs and aliens, claiming they live among us here on Earth. He used to be in charge of things. Read More >>

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Young Jobseekers Could Now be Encouraged to Take Work in Lap Dancing Clubs and Massage Parlours

On the dole and looking for work? Good news! The Government has widened the roles private companies can make available to jobseekers through the Department for Work and Pensions’ Work Programme. The catch? Many are in sleazy places like lap dancing clubs. Read More >>

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Cash Machine Notspots in the UK's Poorest Areas Add to the Misery of Poverty

300,000 of the UK's poorest people don't have access to a free ATM, meaning the banks and cash machine operators are heaping small amounts of extra misery on those who have no choice but to pay should they want to withdraw their cash locally. Read More >>

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UK Considers Facebook Voting Option to Counter Mass Voter Apathy

Would the young people of the UK be more likely to vote at the next election if they could do so by clicking a big "LIKE" button beneath Nick Clegg's sad face? That's the hope of a new parliamentary committee, which is asking today's tech giants to come up with a bulletproof method to make internet voting a possibility. Read More >>

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