The six Algerian men who were arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill the Pope during his visit to the UK have been released, due to lack of evidence that they were really planning to kill him. Evidently their conversation about how they might try to do it was really just idle chatter or a lark. Not surprisingly, the six men are now planning to sue HM government for grievously mistreating them.
In other news (also British), the “Conservative” government is considering replacing the current income tax withholding system with an new scheme in which all paychecks would be paid by employers to the government, rather than the employees themselves. Her Majesty’s tax officials would scrutinize the pay amount, calculate how much should be retained for tax, and then issue an electronic transfer for the balance to the employee’s bank account. Critics say the system would be open to abuse and that errors would be difficult to correct.
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