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The Guardian view on Channel migrants: shame on the scaremongers | Editorial

Ministers should respond with compassion and pragmatism to an upsurge in arrivals of small boats. Instead, we get histrionicsWhat do the images of cramped dinghies in the Channel make you feel when you see them? Or pictures of their passengers on the decks of grey Border Force vessels, or disembarking on beaches? More than 4,100 migrants and refugees have reached the UK this year so far in small boats, most of them arriving in Kent. Almost 600 arrived in a surge of crossings between Thursday and...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Kent, Border Force, Priti Patel


Scientists urge routine Covid testing when English schools reopen

Exclusive: experts say staff and pupils should be screened for virus, possibly by group testingScientists have called for routine Covid testing of teachers and pupils alongside a robust test-and-trace system, amid a debate over how to safely reopen schools in England.On Sunday, the children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, said teachers and pupils should have weekly tests, but Nick Gibb, the schools minister, ruled out the idea, saying instead that those who are symptomatic should be ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Education, UK News, Teaching, Schools, Education policy, Health policy, Nick Gibb, Anne Longfield, Coronavirus outbreak


Boris Johnson accused of scapegoating migrants over Channel comments

PM accused of using ‘inaccurate’ language after describing crossings as ‘dangerous and criminal’Boris Johnson has been accused of scapegoating people who are risking their lives by crossing the Channel to seek asylum in the UK and using “inaccurate and inflammatory” language to describe their plight. Humanitarian groups and charities criticised the prime minister for describing the migrant crossings as “very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal” on Monday. They urged the government to offer...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Migration, Home Office, Refugees, Royal Navy, Boris Johnson, Ben Wallace, Priti Patel


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson says he 'will not hesitate' to impose new quarantines if needed

PM says government will keep looking at data in all countries Britons are travelling to Coronavirus UK map: the latest deaths and confirmed Covid casesLockdown reduces cases of flu, colds and bronchitis in EnglandGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 3.28pm BST A newly described disease that occurs in children and is linked to Covid-19 has caused significant changes in white blood cells, experts say.The discovery may allow doctors to better assess their young patients’ condition and predic...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, UK News, NHS, Boris Johnson, Kawasaki, Coronavirus outbreak


Facebook kills 200,000-member QAnon group

Facebook took out one of its largest Qanon groups this weekend, deleting the 200,000-member "Official Q/Qanon" page citing "repeated violations of the company’s policies." Numerous posts in the group had already been removed for violating Facebook's policies on bullying, harassment, hate speech, and false information that could lead to harm, Facebook told Reuters. QAnon followers espouse an intertwined series of beliefs based on anonymous web postings from someone claiming special insider knowle...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, News, Social Media, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, QAnon


Boris Johnson says crossing Channel in small boats 'dangerous and criminal'

PM hints at law change to make it easier to deport people who make dangerous voyageBoris Johnson has branded attempts by people to cross the Channel in small boats as a “very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do” and hinted at changing the law to make it easier to deport such arrivals.Meanwhile a French politician has warned that the UK’s decision to send in the Royal Navy “won’t change anything”, and a former Home Office official has said he was sceptical of the plans. Continue...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Home Office, Refugees, Royal Navy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Ben Wallace, Priti Patel


Boris Johnson hints at law change to help deport migrants who cross Channel

Prime minister said crossing in small boats was a ‘dangerous and criminal thing to do’The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has branded attempts by people to cross the Channel in small boats a “very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do” and hinted at changing the law to make deporting arrivals easier.Johnson’s comments came as a French politician warned the UK’s decision to send in the Royal Navy “won’t change anything” and a former Home Office official said he was sceptical of the...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Home Office, Refugees, Royal Navy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Ben Wallace, Priti Patel


Protests erupt in Belarus after longtime dictator wins another "election"

The official result of Belarus's presidential election was never in doubt, with President Aleksandr Lukashenko often described as "Europe's last dictator" and opposition ruthlessly suppressed. But it's clear yesterday's poll—officially won with 79% of the vote—went as badly for him as it could have, with protestors swarming into the streets as soon as the cooked numbers were announced. Earlier, the central election commission said Lukashenko, in power for more than a quarter of a century, won 8...
Tags: Europe, Post, Politics, News, Intel, Belarus, Minsk, Lukashenko, Aleksandr Lukashenko, Thomas van Linge, Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, Tikhanouskaya, Minsk Best, Tadeusz Giczan, Hanna Liubakova


NYT: Trump inquired about adding his face to Mount Rushmore

In : "I started laughing. He wasn't laughing, so he was totally serious. He said, 'Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand, and so I shook his hand, and I said, 'Mr. President, you should come to South Dakota sometime. We have Mount Rushmore.' And he goes, 'Do you know it's my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?'" Trump has floated this idea before half-jokily, but now it makes him look needy and creepy he's denying it in the same breath as making it obvious that he did, in fact, do exac...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, South Dakota, Rushmore, Trump, Kristi, Mount Rushmore


UK coronavirus live: education secretary says Covid-19 unlikely to spread in classrooms

Gavin Williamson says plans for school reopening guided by evidence of little transmission Global coronavirus live: latest updates 7.24am BST Good morning, and welcome to the UK coronavirus live blog. I’m Archie Bland, at the helm for the next few hours. You can reach me at [email protected] or on Twitter.We begin with education secretary Gavin Williamson, who has said that the government’s plan to accelerate school reopening has been guided by advice that coronavirus is unlikely ...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Archie Bland, Association of School and College Leaders, Gavin Williamson, Geoff Barton, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Q&A: what’s the real story behind recent UK refugee arrivals?

Britain takes in very few of the world’s asylum seekers and only a minority of them arrive by boatQ: Media reports suggest that many refugees are making a beeline for the UK. Is this correct?A: The UK is home to just 1% of the world’s 29.6 million refugees. Asylum seekers make up a very small percentage of overall migrants to the UK with study and work cited as the main reasons why people want to come to the country, according to research from Oxford’s Migration Observatory. Asylum applications ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, France, Iraq, European Union, UK News, World news, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Migration, Oxford


'The system needs to change': Dawn Butler on being stopped by police

The Labour MP describes her experience of being pulled over with a friend in LondonLabour MP Dawn Butler stopped by police in LondonI was going through Hackney with my friend, who was driving. He’s male and he’s black. There were two police cars and the sirens went off, and we were wondering where they were going to. I thought something big must have happened. Then my friend stopped, and I asked him why. He said: “They’re stopping us.” That’s when I got my phone out and started to record.Two pol...
Tags: Politics, London, Police, Race, UK News, UK criminal justice, Labour, Hackney, Metropolitan Police, Stop and search, Dawn Butler, North Yorkshire He


The Guardian view on Brexit bureaucracy: tied up in red tape | Editorial

Businesses already struggling with the fallout from Covid-19 will be forced to deal with a mountain of new bureaucracy in the middle of a deep recessionThe government did not quite achieve the Brexit breakthrough it was seeking on Friday, when there was hope that a fast-tracked trade agreement with Japan might be reached. But it seems likely that a deal, essentially replicating one signed by the EU and Japan last year, will be done by the end of the month. Some kind of morale booster for Britain...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Politics, Science, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Canada, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Michael Gove, Pharmaceuticals industry


UK to plunge into deepest slump on record with worst GDP drop of G7

Official measure to be declared this week as coronavirus lockdown shrinks GDP by 21% in second quarterBritain’s economy will be officially declared in recession this week for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, as the coronavirus outbreak plunges the country into the deepest slump on record.Figures from the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday are expected to show that gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic prosperity, fell in the three months to June b...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Recession, Economics, UK News, Consumer Spending, Global Economy, Global recession, Economic policy, Economic recovery, Office For National Statistics, Brexit, Economic growth (GDP, Coronavirus outbreak


UK to plunge into deepest slump on record with worst fall in GDP among G7

Official measure to be declared this week as coronavirus lockdown shrinks GDP by 21% in second quarterBritain’s economy will be officially declared in recession this week for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, as the coronavirus outbreak plunges the country into the deepest slump on record.Figures from the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday are expected to show gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic prosperity, fell in the three months to June by 21%...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Recession, Economics, UK News, Consumer Spending, Global Economy, Global recession, Economic policy, Economic recovery, Office For National Statistics, Brexit, Economic growth (GDP, Coronavirus outbreak


Two-thirds of UK’s furloughed workers continued job in Covid-19 lockdown

Male employees flouted government wage subsidy scheme more than women, survey revealsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe majority of people who have been furloughed have carried on working during lockdown, with men significantly more likely than women to flout the rules of the scheme and work for their employer when they are not allowed to do so.Working mothers have also felt more compelled to volunteer to be furloughed than working fathers, research shared exclusivel...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Employment law, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus outbreak, UK job furlough scheme


Par for the course...

Just when you think we’ve reached peak 2020, the Libertarian Party candidate gets bitten by a rabid bat. https://t.co/y8VhBFqmwI — Kevin Creighton (@ExurbanKevin) August 8, 2020 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Wtf, News, Guns, Tam, Libertarian Party, Kevin Creighton


Big Labour donors returning to party under Keir Starmer

Several former financial backers report rejoining, with some ‘ready to give again’ in wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s departureFormer Labour donors who had abandoned the party are already considering renewing their support under Keir Starmer’s leadership, it has emerged.Figures who have given the party large sums in the past said they had rejoined Labour, with one major donor saying they were already prepared to give again. Another former supporter said there was “a long road” ahead after allegations of...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Party funding, Keir Starmer, Jeremy Corbyn, Starmer, Big Labour


Former Labour donors returning to party under Keir Starmer

Several former financial backers report rejoining, with some ‘ready to give again’ in wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s departureFormer Labour donors who had abandoned the party are already considering renewing their support under Keir Starmer’s leadership, it has emerged.Figures who have given the party large sums in the past said they had rejoined Labour, with one major donor saying they were already prepared to give again. Another former supporter said there was “a long road” ahead after allegations of...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Party funding, Keir Starmer, Jeremy Corbyn, Starmer, Former Labour


MoD considering request to deploy navy to stop Channel migrants

Home Office asked for patrols after saying migrants should face ‘real consequences’Alarm is growing over UK proposals to introduce hardline measures to discourage refugees and illegal migrants from seeking sanctuary after the Ministry of Defence confirmed it was considering a Home Office request to deploy naval ships in the Dover Straits.It comes after the immigration minister, Chris Philp, called for migrants caught crossing the Channel to be fingerprinted and face “real consequences”, before a...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Ministry Of Defence, Migration, Home Office, Chris Philp


Brexit backers Tate & Lyle set to gain £73m from end of EU trade tariffs

Greenpeace investigators say the firm, which also donated to the Conservatives, will be sole beneficiary of rule changes on importing raw cane sugar A company that backed Brexit and has donated to the Conservatives is in line to save £73m as the only direct beneficiary of a post-Brexit trade reform.Under plans that will come into force at the end of the year, the government has confirmed that companies will be able to import 260,000 tonnes of raw sugar cane from anywhere in the world, tariff-fre...
Tags: Politics, Eu, UK News, Food & drink industry, Sugar, Greenpeace, Tate and Lyle, Brexit, Lyle, Tate, Trade Policy


Alarm at fingerprinting and custody proposal for Channel migrants

Immigration minister wants ‘real consequences’ to stop people making journey to UKUK proposals to introduce hardline measures to discourage refugees and illegal migrants from seeking sanctuary have been met with alarm.The immigration minister, Chris Philp, called for migrants caught crossing the Channel to be fingerprinted and face “real consequences”, before a meeting next week with his French counterparts. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Home Office, Chris Philp


Coronavirus: just 10 enforcement orders issued for breach of UK quarantine rules

Fears measures may be extended to France, but little enforcement appears to be taking placeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust 10 enforcement orders have been issued to people for breaking quarantine rules after arriving in the UK, it has emerged, as fears of an extension of the measures to other parts of Europe led to a surge in last-minute enquires from customers desperate to get away before any further crackdown.This week travellers arriving from Belgium, Andorra ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Police, Spain, Travel & leisure, UK News, Health policy, Luxembourg, Bahamas, Coronavirus outbreak, Belgium Andorra


Just 10 enforcement orders issued for breach of UK quarantine rules

Fears measures may be extended to France, but little enforcement appears to be taking placeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust 10 enforcement orders have been issued to people for breaking quarantine rules after arriving in the UK, it has emerged, as fears of an extension of the measures to other parts of Europe led to a surge in last-minute enquires from customers desperate to get away before any further crackdown.This week travellers arriving from Belgium, Andorra ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Police, Spain, Travel & leisure, UK News, Health policy, Luxembourg, Bahamas, Coronavirus outbreak, Belgium Andorra


Trump vs. the U.S. Postal Service: Democrats demand investigation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s cost-cutting and investments

President Donald Trump's hand-picked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy launched a major overhaul of the U.S. postal mail service. Among the changes, the two top executives overseeing day-to-day operations have been let go and replaced with DeJoy's new picks, according to a reorganization memo released Friday. “The shake-up came as congressional Democrats called for an investigation of DeJoy and the cost-cutting measures that have slowed mail delivery and ensnared ballots in recent primary electi...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Washington Post, Senate, Post Office, Mail, House, Usps, Nancy Pelosi, Postal Service, Donald Trump, Trump, Sabotage, Calif, U S Postal Service


George Floyd-Inspired Officer Accountability Law Advances In California Legislature

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A proposed California law inspired by and to prevent a situation like the one that led to the death of George Floyd is advancing in the legislature. AB-1022 passed the California State Senate Public Safety Committee on Friday with a 5-1 vote. The law, introduced by Asem. Chris Holden (D-San Gabriel Valley), would establish guidelines law enforcement officers would need to follow when they see a possible case of excessive force by another officer. Lawmakers note that officers...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Local, Sacramento, California Legislature, San Gabriel Valley, Xavier Becerra, CBS Sacramento News, George Floyd, California State Senate Public Safety Committee, Asem Chris Holden


Fresh calls for Metropolitan police to investigate Cummings' Durham trip

Commons committee chair says new evidence should be examined by Scotland YardCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Metropolitan police is facing fresh calls to investigate Dominic Cummings’ decision to leave London for Durham at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.The calls come after the Guardian and the Daily Mirror revealed that Dave and Clare Edwards, two of four people who claim to have seen Cummings on 19 April, have complained to the police watchdog, accusing ...
Tags: Politics, London, Scotland, Police, UK News, Daily Mirror, Dave, Metropolitan Police, Durham, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Clare Edwards, Coronavirus outbreak, Cummings Durham


Jeremy Corbyn accuses Labour officials of sabotaging election campaign

Exclusive: Former leader and allies say alleged diversion of funds in 2017 could be fraudJeremy Corbyn and his former leadership team have openly accused disgruntled Labour officials of potentially costing the party the chance of victory by sabotaging the 2017 election campaign in a factional dispute.In a joint statement that shines a light on the scale of continued Labour splits, Corbyn, the former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and seven other former shadow ministers and aides have for the f...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, John Mcdonnell, Corbyn


UK plan to use navy to stop migrant crossings is unlawful, lawyers warn

Home secretary tells MPs she obtained legal advice that sending in the navy would be permittedPriti Patel’s plans to use the navy to tackle the growing number of migrants crossing the Channel from northern France would be unlawful and dangerous, lawyers have warned.Thursday was a record day for small boat crossings, with 235 people identified in 17 separate incidents. More than 2,000 people are said to have entered the country by this route in June – more than four times the known total of 500 f...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Patel, Priti Patel


UK coronavirus live: Preston lockdown restrictions tightened amid rise in infections

City latest to face tougher measures; Sage experts say R value as high as 1 in England; Scotland brings in law to force pubs to take customer detailsRevealed: rapid Covid test not yet approved by regulatorsSunak says UK will not hesitate to add countries to quarantine list Two stories, different witnesses: where was Cummings on 19 April?Which countries can holidaymakers visit without restrictions on arrival?Global coronavirus updates – live 5.17pm BST The mayor of Greater Manchester and othe...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Greater Manchester, Preston, West Yorkshire, Local Authority, Cummings, Coronavirus outbreak, Greater Manchester East Lancashire, Greater Manchester Combined Authority GMCA, Helen PiddTwo



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