UK Sunday Times round up (16/11/08)
By: Alexa Williamson
A few interesting articles in this week’s paper that I wanted to highlight:
Teenagers to receive jabs to cut abortion
Nutshell: The govermnment wants to encourage GPs to give contraceptive jabs and implants to teenage girls so that it cuts down on the amount of abortions they have. The article also states that implants/jabs could render girls infertile for up to three years and that one-third of all abortions are repeat abortions.
Comment: Personally, I’m against the use of contraceptive pills as they are unnatural and can screw up a woman’s hormones and make her more susceptible to breast cancer and other illnesses. Some of the stories I have heard from women who have IUDs are horrifying. Teenage girls, imparticular, should not have their hormones and health put at jeopardy.
The great fixed rate [mortgages] loan rip-off
Nutshell: Banks reaping £3.7 billion a year on fixed-rate mortgage loans. Despite this, it is nice to note that fixed rates have come down since the last slash of the Bank of England base rate. The article also includes a ‘best-buys’ mortgage table.
Our tax manifesto: what Brown could do to help
Nutshell and comment: The ST has made an interesting and astute list of economic areas where Brown could make tax cuts or give tax relief.