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Tory crime strategy will increase risk of major public disorder | Letters

Cllr Mark Blake says an enforcement approach to curb youth violence will fail, while Prof Saville Kushner says stop and search will undermine democratic policing. Plus letters from Mary Jones, TG Ashplant, Susan Ellery, Lynn Beudert and Christopher ReillyBoris Johnson’s announcements around his crime reduction strategy are worrying and predictable (Weird and gimmicky’: police chiefs condemn Boris Johnson’s crime plan, 27 July).As a councillor in Haringey who previously led on the council’s work ...
Tags: Politics, Police, Society, UK News, Boris Johnson, Haringey, Metropolitan, Saville Kushner, Cllr Mark Blake, Mary Jones TG Ashplant Susan Ellery Lynn Beudert, Christopher ReillyBoris Johnson

Revealed: Queen vetted 67 laws before Scottish parliament could pass them

Extent of arcane practice known as crown consent in Scotland has until now been unknown to the publicThe Scottish government has given the Queen advanced access to at least 67 parliamentary bills deemed to affect her public powers, private property or personal interests under an arcane custom inherited from Westminster.The Queen’s consent procedure, which critics have called anti-democratic, has been used repeatedly by the monarch in recent decades to secretly lobby for changes to proposed UK le...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Scotland, UK News, Monarchy, The Queen, Scottish politics

Queen secretly lobbied Scottish ministers for climate law exemption

Monarch used secretive procedure to become only person in country not bound by a green energy ruleThe Queen’s lawyers secretly lobbied Scottish ministers to change a draft law to exempt her private land from a major initiative to cut carbon emissions, documents reveal.The exemption means the Queen, one of the largest landowners in Scotland, is the only person in the country not required to facilitate the construction of pipelines to heat buildings using renewable energy. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Law, Climate Change, Scotland, Environment, UK News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Monarchy, The Queen, Scottish politics

Ken Clarke says he was not responsible for blood products during scandal

Tory who was a health minister in early days of infection controversy says it ‘hardly came across my desk’Ken Clarke said he was not responsible for blood products during the early days of the infected blood scandal despite being a health minister at the time, an inquiry has heard. Lord Clarke, who was a Conservative health minister from 1982 to 1985, said the emerging controversy surrounding the blood products was something that “hardly ever came across my desk” as he was dealing with policies ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, NHS, Clarke, Politics past, Aids and HIV, Kenneth Clarke, Ken Clarke, Contaminated blood scandal

MPs and campaigners alarmed at UK’s ‘discriminatory’ crime reduction plans

Government’s proposals include more frequent stop and search and making community service street cleaners ‘more visible’MPs and campaigners have sounded alarm at a series of proposals in the government crime reduction plan, including more frequent stop and search, a trial of “alcohol tags” and criminals undertaking “visible” community service cleaning streets.Liberty said the permanent relaxation of search powers would “compound discrimination in Britain and divide communities” and the former sh...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Police, UK News, Britain, Liberty, Diane Abbott, Priti Patel, Stop and search

Court orders US Capitol rioter to unlock his laptop ‘with his face’

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered a man accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6 to unlock his laptop “with his face” after prosecutors argued that the laptop likely contains video footage that would incriminate him in the attempted insurrection. Guy Reffitt was arrested in late January, three weeks after he participated in the riot, and has been in jail since. He has pleaded not guilty to five federal charges, including bringing a firearm to the Capitol grou...
Tags: Security, Politics, Law, Washington, Articles, Tech, Cnn, Fbi, United States, Washington Dc, Password, New Jersey, Lawyer, Laptops, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U S Supreme Court

Covid: more EU states to restrict venue access for unvaccinated people

Ireland and Italy among those joining France in requiring vaccine passes to enter bars and restaurantsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn increasing number of European governments are planning to prevent unvaccinated people from being able to attend hospitality venues such as bars and restaurants this summer, as Emmanuel Macron celebrates the fruits of the recent announcement of the policy in France. France on Monday passed the threshold of 40 million people having rec...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, England, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, Spain, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands

Sajid Javid apologises for saying it was time to stop ‘cowering’ from Covid

Health secretary says sorry for ‘poor choice of word’ after backlash from bereaved familiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSajid Javid has apologised for saying it was time to stop “cowering” from Covid, after an outcry from families bereaved by the virus.On Saturday, the health secretary said on Twitter that he had recovered from coronavirus – which he contracted despite having had two doses of the vaccine. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Health policy, Sajid Javid, Javid, Coronavirus, COVID

Foreign Office is ‘complicit in British man’s Somalia torture’

‘David Taylor’ claims hooding, sensory deprivation and waterboarding was to persuade him to cooperate with the CIAA British citizen has claimed he was tortured in Somalia and questioned by US intelligence officers, raising concern that controversial practices of the post-9/11 “war on terror” are still being used.The 45-year-old from London alleges he has endured hooding, sensory deprivation and waterboarding at the hands of the Somali authorities to persuade him, he believes, to cooperate with t...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Law, Africa, US, UK News, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Somalia, David Taylor, Foreign Office, CIAA

How England’s ‘pingdemic’ took a heavy toll on the Tories

It was billed as a return to freedom, but the week ended with empty supermarket shelves and cancelled trains as many thousand workers – including the PM and chancellor – self-isolatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLast weekend, as MPs prepared for their long summer holiday break from Westminster, a senior member of Boris Johnson’s cabinet had this to say about the Conservative government’s achievements in steering the country through the Covid-19 pandemic. “It seems ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Opinion polls, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Focus, Coronavirus

Britain faces ‘decades of financial risk’ as £370bn pandemic bill mounts

MPs call for immediate inquiry into Covid response to learn the lessons of what went wrongCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTaxpayers will be left facing “significant financial risk for decades to come” because of the levels of emergency government spending on the pandemic, totalling more than £370bn, a powerful committee of MPs says today.In two separate reports, the all-party public accounts committee (PAC) paints a daunting picture of the lasting financial strain cau...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Public finance, Britain, NHS, PAC, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID

Former Trump inaugural chairman Tom Barrack's bond set at $250 million by federal judge

Former Trump Inaugural Committee chairman Tom Barrack speaks at at a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 AP Photo/David J. Phillip A federal judge set financier and former Trump ally Tom Barrack's bond at $250 million. Barrack is charged with illegal foreign lobbying, making false statements, and obstruction. Barrack must wear an ankle bracelet, observe a curfew, and not spend more than $50,000 at...
Tags: Politics, Law, California, Washington, US, Trends, Brooklyn, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Uae, Trump, Lincoln Memorial, Christina Wilkie, Barrack, David J Phillip

A Senate panel just took a step closer to requiring women to register for the US military draft

Female soldiers from the US Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division training on a firing range in Fort Campbell, Kentucky on September 18, 2012. Mark Humphrey/AP Photos A Senate panel included the requirement that women register for the draft in its annual defense policy bill. Changes to the draft law have been debated since restrictions on military service for women were lifted. Last year, a congressionally-mandated commission argued in favor of amending the law. See m...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, Politico, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Military, House, Vietnam, US Army, US supreme court, Sonia Sotomayor, Senate Armed Services Committee, National Coalition

Activision Blizzard Sued Over Alleged Sexual Harassment to Females & Inequality

Activision Blizzard is about to suffer a new lawsuit as the company has ironically been accused of promoting a “frat boy” culture, resulting in female employees being subjected to sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation, certain to have many wondering if they are merely baseless accusations to slander the company or the typical result of […]
Tags: Business, Games, Politics, Crime, Law, California, Blizzard, Feminism, Courts, Anime, Activision Blizzard, Activision

Public consent for test and trace in England at risk, says Jeremy Hunt

Scrap self-isolation for people fully vaccinated, former health secretary urges amid ‘pingdemic’ chaosCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government “risks losing social consent” for its test-and-trace programme if it does not immediately allow fully vaccinated people to avoid isolation, the former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. His comments came as it was revealed that a record 618,903 people in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts in the week to...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, England, Wales, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Supermarkets, Retail industry, Public services policy, NHS, Economic policy, Health policy, Jeremy Hunt, Vaccines and immunisation

Leading Democrats oppose Biden plan to end house arrest and potentially return inmates to prison after the pandemic

Prisoners stand outside the federal correctional institution in Englewood, Colo. AP Photo/David Zalubowski Since March 2020, more than 28,000 people have been released from federal prison due to COVID-19. Those released were assessed to face severe health risks if they contracted the coronavirus. Those released currently have to return to prison a month after the pandemic formally ends. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two leading Senate Democrats are urging the White House...
Tags: Politics, News, Law, Congress, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, New Jersey, Department Of Justice, Biden, Illinois, Criminal Justice, Charles Davis, Booker

Not just COVID: mortality rates are up from homicides, drug overdoses, accidents

Mortality rates from drug overdoses, homicides, and unintentional injuries increased since the pandemic began. Surprisingly, the suicide rate was below expectations.Cancer deaths may increase in coming years due to delayed diagnosis and reduced treatment.In the U.S. the COVID pandemic cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Most deaths were directly attributable to the virus, but a substantial number were caused through the exacerbation of chronic social problems. A catastrophic increase in drug ...
Tags: Death, Politics, Cdc, Drugs, Society, New York Times, Innovation, Addiction, Usc, Derek, JAMA, National Cancer Institute, COVID-19

A shameful betrayal of victims of the Troubles | Letters

Readers respond to the government’s plan to impose a statute of limitations on prosecutions for crimes committed in the Northern Ireland conflictMy sister Maxine Hambleton was murdered in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974. The decision by Boris Johnson’s government to introduce a statute of limitations on atrocities linked to the bizarrely named “Troubles” (Report, 14 July) is yet another punch in the face for the victims of terrorism linked to Ireland.Once an amnesty is granted to terrorists ...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, Military, Ireland, Northern Ireland, British Army, Boris Johnson, Northern Irish politics, Birmingham, Maxine Hambleton

Offering aid without development is costing lives in the global south | Letter

The west is acting like the empires of old and failing to help poor people stand on their own two feet, says Benny DembitzerThe debate in the Guardian (Outrage aimed at No 10 as MPs back £4bn cut to foreign aid budget, 13 July; Letters, 15 July) over the past few days has only contributed to the continuation of a fundamental error that is literally costing millions of lives in the global south. None of the politicians or correspondents who have intervened in the discussions have emphasised the p...
Tags: Politics, Environment, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Farming, World Trade Organization, Aid, Benny DembitzerThe

“Stop acting like a child”: police denial of Black childhood

On 29 January 2021, Rochester police responded to an incident involving a Black nine-year-old girl, who they were told might be suicidal. An extended police body camera video of the incident shows the agitated child, her mother, and an officer attempting to de-escalate the situation. The police detain the child by restraining her in handcuffs and placing her in the backseat of the police vehicle. Several of the nine officers who responded to the scene repeatedly threatened the child with pepper ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Law, Mental Health, Racism, United States, Rochester, Police Brutality, Police Violence, Black, Social Sciences, Science & Medicine, Arts & Humanities, Psychology & Neuroscience, Online products

Trump said he regrets not 'immediately' sending in the US military to quash nationwide unrest last summer

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to Air Force personnel during an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump attended the event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. Alex Wong/Getty Images A new book from two Washington Post reporters reveals one of former President Trump's regrets. He told them he wishes he had sent in the military "immediately" to quell unrest last summer. The nationwide unrest followed the murder of George Floyd by ...
Tags: Politics, Maryland, Minneapolis, Washington Post, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, Military, United States, Washington Dc, Protests, Portland, Pentagon, The New York Times, Air Force

UK children will not be offered Covid jab unless vulnerable

Sajid Javid accepts JCVI advice that jab should only be offered to clinically at-risk children over age of 12 Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren in the UK will get a Covid vaccine only if they are over 12 and extremely vulnerable, or live with someone at risk, as scientists raised concerns about inflammation around the heart linked to the Pfizer jab.Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said he accepted the advice of scientific advisers that only children over 12 w...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Children, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Sajid Javid, JCVI, Coronavirus

Trump says Gen. Mark Milley should be 'court-martialed' if he thought the former president potentially sought a coup

Flanked by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, US President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders at the White House on October 7, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS Trump said that Gen. Mark Milley should be "court-martialed" if the reports are true that he feared a potential coup. "There was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened," the former president said. Milley has been the chairman of Joint Chief...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Washington Post, White House, Defense, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Military, Washington Dc, Cia, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Trump

'This is really f---ed up down here': GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan called Mark Milley during the Jan. 6 riot and spoke against a tentative plan to evacuate senators, book says

Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska. Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP Sullivan told Milley on Jan. 6 that a tentative plan to move senators by bus could present danger. Senators had already been rushed to a secure location within the Capitol after the riot broke out. Pelosi and Schumer later got on a call with Pentagon leaders to express alarm at the response. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. After Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska surveyed the harrowing scene at the Capitol dur...
Tags: Politics, New York, Congress, California, Washington Post, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Military, Gop, Alaska, House, Pentagon, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Miller

Arizona Democrats call for investigation after report that Trump, Giuliani pressured state elections officials

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Phone records show that ex-President Trump and his allies pressured Arizona elections officials. "We need you to stop the counting," Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward told an official in Maricopa County. President Joe Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes. See more storie...
Tags: Politics, New York, Law, Washington, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, New York Times, Arizona, US Senate, Republican, Biden, Giuliani, Donald Trump

UK plan for Troubles amnesty breaches international obligations – Irish minister

Simon Coveney says plan would harm peace process and add ‘years of misery’ for familiesIreland’s foreign minister has warned that a British government plan to bring prosecutions for killings during the Troubles to an end would breach its international obligations.The proposals would also undoubtedly be tested in the courts and add “years of uncertainty and misery for families with no benefit”, Simon Coveney said. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Northern Irish politics, Simon Coveney

UK confirms plan to call time on Troubles prosecutions

Proposals to end prosecutions relating to Troubles before 1998 opposed by Irish government All criminal prosecutions relating to the Troubles and future attempts to take civil actions would be blocked under UK government plans that have united Northern Ireland’s parties in opposition. The proposals, which are also opposed by the Irish government, were announced by Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, who told MPs it was a “painful truth” that criminal investigations were unlikely to de...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Military, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Ira, Northern Irish politics, Brandon Lewis, Democratic Unionist party (DUP, Good Friday Agreement

UK confirms plan for statute of limitations on Troubles prosecutions

Northern Ireland secretary outlines proposals to end prosecutions relating to Troubles before 1998Plans to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles before 1998 have been announced by the UK government.Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, said current and future generations would be “condemned” to division, and reconciliation would be impended if the government did not act. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Military, Northern Ireland, Northern Irish politics, Brandon Lewis

End to Covid rules for England ‘leaves 3.8m vulnerable people feeling abandoned’

Charities warn that shift on 19 July to personal choice on virus precautions is instilling fear in many most at riskCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCancer patients, disabled people and other clinically extremely vulnerable groups say they will feel unsafe stepping the house after hearing that mask and social distancing requirements are to be abandoned, charities have warned.Campaigners estimate that 3.8 million people have been left feeling abandoned by the government...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Disability, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus

Third of England still without any Covid immunity, scientist warns

Some argue delaying reopening would make little difference while other say government taking big riskCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs ministers proceed with lifting most of England’s restrictions next week, a third of the population is still unprotected from getting infected with Covid, scientists have estimated.There have been about 15 million infections so far (roughly 27% of England’s population), and once partial and full vaccinations are accounted for that leav...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, University of Warwick, Coronavirus, Matt Keeling

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