Norman Baker quits, holiday firm says North Korea holidays 'easy and safe', dating site established for death workers

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Norman Baker quits, holiday firm says North Korea holidays 'easy and safe', dating site established for death workers
4th November 2014

Norman Baker, crime prevention minister, has resigned from the Home Office. 

The senior Liberal Democrat is believed to have resigned after disagreeing with Home Office policy and falling out with Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May. 

May and Baker clashed over drugs policy, with the Lib Dems recently calling for extensive changes to the UK's approach. This followed a Home Office report which found the UK's tough drug laws to be ineffective. Baker accused the Conservatives of blocking the changes.

Speaking to the Independent newspaper, Mr Baker said there was a lack of support for “rational evident-based policy” at the top of Ms May’s department. 

He continued: “They have looked upon it as a Conservative department in a Conservative government, whereas in my view it’s a Coalition department in a Coalition government.”

The acrimonious fallout within the Home Office and Mr Baker’s resignation are both thought to show the fractious nature of the Coalition government ahead of next year’s general election. 

Fancy a jolly to North Korea? 

A holiday agency specialising in trips to North Korea has hit London with a stall called “Experience North Korea.” 

Chief executive of the firm, Jordi Camps, said “I’m not going to say it’s a regular trip - that’s what makes it so special. But it’s not as bad as some people make it sound.”

The travel firm described travelling to North Korea as “not only possible, but easy and safe!” in promotional material. 

A recent UN report likened North Korea to a totalitarian state and said the country was committing "systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations" which "constitute crimes against humanity".

North Korea is currently banning all foreigners entering their borders following Ebola fears. 

Grave the last dance 

A dating website for those in the so-called “death-industry” has been established. 

Created by Londoner Carla Valentine, the site has more than 5,000 members and is intended for anyone in the “death industry”, such as funeral directors, taxidermists and grave diggers. 

The site was created so workers in these areas might meet a like minded person who wasn’t put off by their profession. 

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