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9 December 2011         08:39 ET

EU members which use the euro have agreed to a tax and budget pact to tackle the eurozone’s debt crisis.

But a German and French attempt to get all 27 EU states to back changes to the union’s treaties was dropped after objections from the UK.

Prime Minister David Cameron had insisted on an exemption for the UK from some financial regulations.

Instead, eurozone members and others will adopt an accord with penalties for breaking deficit rules.

The new tougher rules on spending and budgets will now be backed not by an EU treaty but by a treaty between governments. It will be quicker to set up but it may prove less rigorous, says the BBC’s Europe editor Gavin Hewitt in Brussels.

But, he says, Europe has taken a big step towards closer integration, with binding rules over tax and spending, and sanctions against countries that overspend.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the leaders of 26 countries had indicated a desire to participate, pending consultation with their parliaments.

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Analysis

image of Gavin HewittGavin HewittBBC Europe editor

There is now a two-speed Europe – after this long night, the French president accepted that.

There is, too, considerable antagonism towards Britain – it used its veto in what is seen in Brussels as Europe’s hour of need.

What is unclear is whether European institutions can be used to implement a treaty between governments.

If EU officials are in the room, David Cameron has already laid down a marker that he expected the UK to be involved. It is all a recipe for further tussles.

The big question is what effect all this will have on the eurozone crisis. The main impact will lie in the long-term – the agreement has little to say about the debt mountains and the absence of growth in most of Europe.

Mr Cameron said he had not signed up to the deal because, he said, it was not in Britain’s interests.

“Those countries that sign this treaty… we wish them well because we want the eurozone to sort out its problems, to achieve that stability and growth that all of Europe – Britain included – needs,” he said.

EU leaders aim to have the pact ready to take effect by March.

Among the measures agreed on, leaders pledged to provide more money for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fund bailouts.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde welcomed the deal as “a really good step in the right direction”.

But the announcement from Brussels failed to lift the markets, which are still hoping for more intervention by the European Central Bank (ECB), and European stocks traded slightly down on Friday.

German praise

Nearly 10 hours of talks could not produce an agreement involving all member states. Instead, the 17 members of the eurozone will work on a separate deal outside EU treaties. They will be joined possibly by nine other countries, the EU statement said, leaving the UK as the only exception.

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Euro agreement – from the papers

The Guardian says Britain is “facing isolation in Europe” after David Cameron vetoed a revision of the Lisbon treaty.

In the Economist, the Charlemagne’s notebook blog describes the agreement – and Britain’s non-participation – as Europe’s “great divorce”.

The Financial Times says EU leaders are “struggling to cope” with what it describes as “a profound split”.

The New York Times describes the agreementas “not a perfect solution,” because it could be seen as institutionalizing a two-speed Europe – but it says the pact could be ratified much more quickly than a full treaty amendment.

On Friday, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said she would have to consult parliament before agreeing to sign up, according to a Danish press report.

Hungary’s Europe Minister Eniko Gyori told the BBC her country was willing to join with the consent of parliament – contradicting earlier reports. A revised EU statement said Hungary had signalled its intention to join the process.

Mr Sarkozy said the sticking point had been Mr Cameron’s insistence on a protocol allowing London to opt-out on proposed change on financial services.

“We could not accept this,” he said.

During the talks, eurozone leaders agreed to work on new budgetary rules, which envisage automatic penalties.

The main measures agreed to as part of the new agreement, called a “fiscal compact” include:

David Cameron: It is better to have eurozone countries make arrangements separately

  • a cap of 0.5% of GDP on countries’ annual structural deficits
  • “automatic consequences” for countries whose public deficit exceeds 3% of GDP
  • the tighter rules to be enshrined in countries’ constitutions
  • European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to be accelerated and brought into force in July 2012
  • adequacy of 500bn-euro (£427bn; $666bn) limit for ESM to be reassessed
  • Eurozone and other EU countries to provide up to 200bn euros to the IMF to help debt-stricken eurozone members

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, praised the plan of action, saying it would contribute to securing the euro.

“I believe that after long negotiations this is a very, very important result because we have learned from the past and from mistakes and because in future [there will be] binding decisions, binding rules, more influence from the commission, more community and with that higher coherence.”

ECB chief Mario Draghi said the accord would lead to much more discipline in economic policy, calling it “a very good outcome for the euro area”.

Our correspondent says the immediate test will be whether this agreement persuades the ECB to act more aggressively in the markets and so lower the borrowing costs of troubled countries like Italy and Spain.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-16104089

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David Cameron was born on October 9th, 1966 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_cameron

October 9th, 1966

10 + 9 +1+9+6+6 = 41 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Accept/reject.

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October 9th, 1966

October 9th

10 + 9 +2+0+1+1 = 23 = his personal year (from October 9th, 2011 to October 8th, 2012) = Taking action.

23 year + 12 (December) = 35 = his personal month (from December 9th, 2011 to January 8th, 2012) = Persevering.  Guarded.  Defending himself.

35 month + 9 (9th of the month on Friday December 9th, 2011) = 44 = his personal day = It is what it is.

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18 July 2011 Last updated at 05:35 ET

Profiles: The MPs who will quiz the Murdochs

The Chief Executive of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, and his son, James, chairman of News International, are to be questioned by MPs over the phone hacking scandal. Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks is also due to appear before the Commons select committee on Tuesday, 19 July, to answer questions over her role in the affair.

Appearing before the committee

  • Rupert Murdoch Chief executive,News Corporation
  • James MurdochChairman, News International
  • Rebekah BrooksFormer chief executive,News International
    • The Commons culture, media and sport committee

    • MPs will want to hold News Corp to account and find out if Parliament has been misled in the past
    • John WhittingdaleChair
    • Therese CoffeySuffolk Coastal
    • Damian CollinsFolkestone
    • Philip Davies Shipley
    • Paul Farrelly Newcastle-under-Lyme
    • Alan Keen Feltham
    • Louise Mensch Corby
    • Adrian Sanders Torbay
    • Jim SheridanPaisley
    • Tom WatsonW Bromwich E
  • Conservative
  • Labour
  • Liberal Democrat

Rupert Murdoch

Chief exec, News Corporation

Chairman and CEO of News Corporation – the world’s most powerful media conglomerate now facing the biggest crisis in its history. The 80-year-old Australian American faces questions over alleged phone hacking and other illegal activities by journalists working for his British newspapers. Agreed to appear before MPs after being issued with a summons.

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James Murdoch

Chairman, News International

Fourth of Rupert Murdoch’s six children. At 39, he is chairman and chief executive of News Corporation Europe and Asia, which includes News International – owner of The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times – and a stake in BSkyB. Faces questions about how much he knew about phone hacking at now defunct News of the World.

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Rebekah Brooks

Former chief exec, News International

News International’s former chief executive and editor of News of the World when voicemails of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s mobile phone were allegedly intercepted. Mrs Brooks was arrested on 17 July 2011 over phone hacking and corruption allegations.

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John Whittingdale

Committee chair and Conservative MP for Maldon

Former City banker and adviser to Margaret Thatcher. Chairman of culture committee since 2005. Believes MPs were misled about extent of phone hacking at News International and wants to “uncover the truth” – but says hearing will not be a “lynch mob”.  

Therese Coffey

Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal

Chemistry graduate and accountant who worked for confectionery firm Mars and the BBC’s property finance department before becoming an MP last year. Has said the witnesses will face “robust questioning” on “behalf of the nation”.

Damian Collins

Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe

Former advertising executive who worked for M&C Saatchi before being elected to Parliament last year. A past chairman of the Oxford University Conservative association. Has said the media must be “free from political interference” but “not above the law”.

Philip Davies

Conservative MP for Shipley

Former Asda marketing executive and MP since 2005. Right wing thorn in side of David Cameron. Campaigns for Britain’s exit from the EU. Urged Ken Clarke to resign as justice secretary over his “soft” sentencing reforms. Spokesman for the Campaign Against Political Correctness.

Paul Farrelly

Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme

Pursued a career in the City before becoming a financial journalist with the Independent on Sunday and Observer and elected an MP in 2001. Tough inquisitor who says role in Parliament is to ask “awkward questions” and “expose wrongdoing”.

Alan Keen

Labour MP for Feltham and Heston

Longstanding MP and committee member. Came in for much criticism, with wife Ann, then also a Labour MP, during expenses scandal. Former systems analyst and scout for Middlesbrough football club. Says it is the evidence “not the opinions of MPs” which is important.

Louise Mensch

Conservative MP for Corby

Best-selling “chick-lit” novelist (as Louise Bagshawe) before entering Parliament last year. Married Peter Mensch, manager of rock band Metallica, in June. Has been critical of police accepting media payments – but also warned against making “bogeymen” out of the Murdochs for wider press ills.

Adrian Sanders

Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay

Sole representative on committee from Lib Dems – a party long critical of Murdoch empire’s influence on British politics. Former aide to Paddy Ashdown, he became an MP in 1997. Believes Murdochs should give evidence to committee under oath.

Jim Sheridan

Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North

Former shipyard worker and trade unionist who entered Parliament in 2001. Chairs Unite group of Labour MPs. Brought in new laws to licence gangmasters. Attacked News International bosses in Commons over closure of News of the World and sacking of its staff.  

Tom Watson

Labour MP for West Bromwich East

Tenacious pursuit of phone hacking issue in Parliament helped blow scandal wide open. Says focus is now on James Murdoch’s alleged cover-up. Has been at war with News International since 2006 when he quit as a junior minister in failed Brownite coup against Tony Blair.

Select committee – 10 questions

BBC News website’s politics editor, Brian Wheeler, on what MPs might want to ask Rupert and James Murdoch about the phone hacking scandal?

1. When did you learn that phone hacking at the News of the World was not confined to one rogue reporter as senior News International executive Les Hinton – giving evidence to the culture committee in 2007 – claimed?

2. Did Mr Hinton, who has since stood down from his job, mislead Parliament?

3. James Murdoch, in a statement made on 7 July this year, said the News of the World “made statements to Parliament without being in full possession of the facts”. But wasn’t it the case that the paper was in possession of important facts that it failed to disclose to MPs?

4. Why did News International not hand over e-mails containing evidence of alleged illegality by its staff to police in spring 2007 when it gave them to solicitors Harbottle and Lewis for review?

5. Which executives at News International were aware of the e-mails in 2007?

6. Did Harbottle & Lewis give any advice to News International on the alleged criminal activity described in the e-mails?

7. How was it that James Murdoch did not have the full picture of wrongdoing at the News of the World until recently (as he says)?

8. Why did News International pay Gordon Taylor, head of the Professional Footballers Association, and others £1m in damages in 2009? Was it to buy their silence?

9. James Murdoch has admitted News International failed to get to the bottom of “repeated wrongdoing” at the News of the World. Who is responsible and are their positions now untenable?

10. The former head of the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism command, Peter Clarke, last week accused News International of deliberately trying to thwart the 2005 police investigation into hacking. And Assistant Commissioner John Yates said the company “appears to have failed to co-operate” in his review of the case. Do you accept this?

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14182907

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Tuesday July 19th, 2011

July 19th, 2011

7 + 19 = 26 = News International’s phone hacking scandal questioning before the Commons select committee core number = The media.  In the news.  Photos.  Phones.  E-mail.  Reporters.  Newspapers.

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Keith Rupert Murdoch was born on March 11th, 1931 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Murdoch
 
March 11th, 1931
 
March 11th
 
3 + 11 +2+0+1+1 = 18 = his personal year (from March 11th, 2011 to March 10th, 2012) = Surreal. This is madness.
 
 
18 year + 7 (July) = 25 = his personal month (from July 11th, 2011 to August 10th, 2011) = Excitement.  Thrilling.
 
 
25 month + 19 (19th of the month on Tuesday July 19th, 2011) = 44 = his personal day = It is what it is.  I am who I am.  Denial.  James Murdoch.
 
 
[Numerologically, a person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  James Murdoch was born on December 13th, 1972.  12 + 13 +1+9+7+2 = 44 = his life lesson number.
 
That it is Rupert’s 44 day indicates that his son (whose life lesson number is 44) is going to be significant on Tuesday July 19th, 2011.]
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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Rebekah Mary Brooks

RMB

942

her primary challenge = RB = 92 = Prosecution.

how she obtains/loses her heart’s desire = MB = 42 = Relationships. Misunderstandings.

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Rebekah Mary Brooks was born on May 27th, 1968 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebekah_Brooks

May 27th, 1968

May 27th

5 + 27 +2+0+1+1 = 36 = her personal year (from May 27th, 2011 to May 26th, 2012) = Abuse of power. Crushed.

36 year + 6 (June) = 42 = her personal month (from June 27th, 2011 to July 26th, 2011) = Relationships. Misunderstandings.

[When her number (42 (her salvation/undoing number)) comes up, that’s when she gets to live/experience what she is here to live/experience. So this is HER month!!!]

42 month + 19 (19th of the month on Tueday July 19th, 2011) = 61 = her personal day = Shadiness.  Trickery.  Sneaky.  Being evasive.

 

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Rebekah Brooks

9525218 296621 58

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 58 = Shunning. Outcast. Enforced isolation.

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Rebekah Mary Brooks

9525218 4197 296621 79

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 79 = Outrage. God’s wrath will be felt in an instant.

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Rebekah Mary Brooks

9                                    1

how she loses her heart’s desire = RS = 91 = Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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James Murdoch was born on December 13th, 1972 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Murdoch_(media_executive)

December 13th, 1972

12 + 13 +1+9+7+2 = 44 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Denial.  It is what it is.  I am who I am.

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December 13th, 1972

December 13th

12 + 13 +2+0+1+0 = 28 = his personal year (from December 13th, 2010 to December 12th, 2011) = Rupert Murdoch.

[Numerologically, a person’s life lesson number stand for themself.  Rupert Murdoch was born on March 11th, 1931.  3 + 11 +1+9+3+1 = 28 = his life lesson number.

That it is James’ 28 year indicates that his father (whose life lesson is 28) will be of significance.]

28 year + 7 (July) = 35 = his personal month (from July 13th, 2011 to August 12th, 2011) = Defensive.  Defending himself.

35 month + 19 (19th of the month on Tuesday July 19th, 2011) = 54 = his personal day = Inquiry.  Questioning.  Allegations.  Cunning.  Things are not as they appear.  Talking out of both sides of his mouth.  Cleverness eats it owner.

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David Cameron was born on October 9th, 1966 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_cameron

October 9th, 1966

October 9th

10 + 9 +2+0+1+0 = 22 = his personal year (from October 9th, 2010 to October 8th, 2011) = Are you kidding me?  You’ve gotta be kidding me.  Like a three ring circus.

22 year + 7 (July) = 29 = his personal month (from July 9th, 2011 to August 8th, 2011) = Competency.

29 month + 19 (19th of the month on Tuesday July 19th, 2011) = 48 = his personal day = Guidance.  Direction.

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8 July 2011 Last updated at 06:50 ET

Former News of the World editor Andy
Coulson has been arrested by police investigating phone hacking and corruption
allegations.

It came as David Cameron defended his decision to give Mr Coulson a “second
chance” and employ him as his director of communications – a job he has
left.

The PM announced two inquiries – one led by a judge – into the phone hacking
allegations and newspaper ethics.

Mr Coulson has denied any knowledge of phone hacking while he was NoW
editor.

Mr Coulson, 43, was arrested at 1030BST on Friday by detectives investigating
allegations of hacking the phones of various people in the news and is also
being questioned about corruption allegations.

He was arrested by appointment at a south London police station and is in
custody.

Mr Cameron said of Mr Coulson: “I became friends with him and I think he did
his job for me in a very effective way. He became a friend and he is a
friend.”

On Thursday News International shut down the News of the World following a
spate of fresh revelations.

The 168-year-old tabloid is accused of hacking into phones of crime victims,
celebrities and politicians. Police have identified 4,000 possible targets.

Remit of police investigations

  • Operation Weeting – investigating phone hacking or intrusion into the
    private lives of hundreds of people. They aim to contact all those whose
    personal details were found in documents seized in 2006
  • Operation Elveden – investigating alleged police corruption. Documents
    handed over by News International on 20 June were assessed by police as
    including “information relating to alleged inappropriate payments to a small
    number of officers”.

Mr Cameron said a second inquiry would look at the
ethics and culture of the press and he also said the Press Complaints Commission
(PCC) would be scrapped, adding: “I believe we need a new system entirely”.

He also questioned the tenability of Rebekah Brooks as News International
chief executive considering she was editor of the News of the World at the time
of Milly Dowler’s phone being hacked.

Mr Cameron said there had been reports she had offered her resignation and
added: “In this situation I would have taken it.”

In January 2007 the News of the World’s royal editor, Clive Goodman, and a
private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, were both jailed for plotting to intercept
voicemail messages left for royal aides.

The Guardian’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, claims he warned Mr Cameron’s team
not to employ Mr Coulson.

But the prime minister said he did not remember receiving “any specific
action or information about Andy Coulson” but would check with his
officials.

Andy Coulson
Mr Cameron said Mr Coulson had become a “friend”

However, Mr Cameron said Mr Coulson had said he was unaware of the phone
hacking which had been going on during his tenure at the paper.

Asked if he had “screwed up” on the decision to employ Mr Coulson, Mr Cameron
said: “People will decide.”

He said: “I decided to give him a second chance but the second chance didn’t
work. The decision to hire him was mine and mine alone.”

The prime minister said a company had been hired to run a “basic background
check” on Mr Coulson before he was employed while the Conservatives were in
Opposition.

The PM said: “At the time it looked as if a proper investigation had taken
place, someone had gone to prison, and it seemed reasonable to give him a second
chance.”

Mr Cameron admitted politicians were to blame for “turning a blind eye” to
bad practices in journalism.

He said this was a “genuine opportunity” and a “cathartic moment” both for
the media and for politicians and he said the phone hacking scandal was a “black
cloud” hanging over Fleet Street.

Rupert Murdoch, playing golf in Idaho, speaks to reporter
Rupert Murdoch has resisted pressure to force Rebekah Brooks to resign

Asked about the decision to close the paper, Mr Cameron said: “What needs to
change is not the name of the paper or the letterhead but the practices that go
on. It’s not for me to say which papers stay open or not.”

Police investigation

Mr Cameron admitted politicians and the media had got a bit “cosy” but he
added: “As a party leader you are bound to want to want a relationship with the
media because you want to get your message over and if that means talking to the
head of the BBC, the editor of the Guardian or Rupert Murdoch I will go out and
do that.”

He said the scandal showed the PCC was “ineffective and lacking in rigour”
and there was a need for a new watchdog.

Mr Cameron said the judge-led inquiry would look into “why did the first
police investigation fail so abysmally; what exactly was going on at the News of
the World and what was going on at other newspapers?”

“Of course the bulk of this inquiry can only happen when the police
investigation has finished. That is what the law requires,” he added.

Asked about the takeover of BSkyB by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, Mr Cameron
said Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was following “the proper legal processes and
procedures”.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the PCC was “a toothless poodle”

He said: “His role is to take the advice of independent regulators and, as
his department have made clear this morning – given the events of recent days –
this will take some time.”

Afterwards the Labour leader Ed Miliband said the prime minister “clearly
still doesn’t get it”.

He said: “He is ploughing on regardless on BSkyB. He failed to apologise for
the catastrophic mistake of bringing Andy Coulson into the heart of
government.

“His wholly unconvincing answers of what he knew and when he knew it about Mr
Coulson’s activities undermine his ability to lead the change that Britain
needs.”

Staff at the paper have reacted with shock to news that it will be closed
after this Sunday’s edition.

Its political editor, David Wooding, said the closure came as a “bombshell”.

Mr Wooding said 200 jobs would be lost due to the actions of a few
people.

News Corpration put out a statement on Friday saying: “News Corporation notes
today’s comments by the Prime Minister with respect to its proposed offer to
acquire the outstanding shares in BSkyB. Our priority is to continue to
co-operate with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
and the existing regulatory process.”

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14077405

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David Cameron was born on October 9th, 1966 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_cameron

October 9th, 1966

October 9th

10 + 9 +2+0+1+0 = 22 = his personal year (from October 9th, 2010 to October 8th, 2011) = Are you kidding me?  You’ve got to be kidding me.  Circus.

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