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Grenfell cladding maker 'knew it fell below safety standard'

Arconic was aware panels were being used on tower and were unsuitable, inquiry is toldThe company that made the cladding panels on Grenfell Tower knew in 2011 they were “not suitable for use on building facades” and performed worse in fire tests than declared on safety certificates, a public inquiry into the disaster has heard.On the opening day of the second phase of the inquiry into the blaze that killed 72 people, bereaved relatives and survivors heard claims that Arconic knew the fire perfor...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, US, Society, UK News, Local Government, Boris Johnson, Grenfell, Arconic, Grenfell Tower, Grenfell Tower fire, Grenfell tower inquiry


Undue influence: Carrie Symonds and the curse of political wives

Boris Johnson’s girlfriend – whose influence over a ditched badger cull will be explored in court – is far from the first political “Wag” to be presented as schemingThe farmers of Derbyshire are up in arms because they have been denied a licence to cull badgers. The influence of the prime minister’s girlfriend is suspected, given that Carrie Symonds is an animal lover, a conservationist and was briefed by the Badger Trust a few weeks before the decision.This is no idle chatter: the National Farm...
Tags: Politics, Animals, Environment, UK News, Wildlife, Tom Watson, Boris Johnson, Derbyshire, Badgers, Nfu, National Farmers ' Union, Carrie Symonds, Symonds In response Labour


Labour defeat due to gimmicks and division, say members

Review led by Ed Miliband tasked with suggesting ways the party might find a path to powerGimmicky policies, horrible inefficiency and factional promotions are among the catalogue of errors behind Labour’s dismal performance at the general election, according to party members.The damning comments on Labour’s campaign forms part of an early release of views gathered by a team headed by the former party leader Ed Miliband consisting of MPs, union leaders and party members. They have tasked themsel...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Ed Miliband, Jeremy Corbyn


Japan to Get its Own Space Force

Japan’s ruling party has approved a bill aimed at creating the country’s own Space Force, which will no doubt cause great excitement amongst fans of sci-fi anime. After its approval by the Liberal Democratic party, the bill is set to be passed to the National Diet. Given the governing coalition’s comfortable majority in both houses, […]
Tags: Space, Japan, Politics, Technology, Law, Military, Anime, Announcements, Liberal Democratic Party


Boris Johnson hints at compromise over Huawei and 5G

PM says solution will allow technological progress but not jeopardise US relationshipBoris Johnson has hinted he will arrive at a compromise solution over the decision on whether to let the Chinese company Huawei build parts of the UK’s 5G network in the face of US warnings that it will compromise intelligence-sharing.The prime minister insisted he would do nothing to jeopardise the relationship between the US and UK when it came to cooperation on security. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, US, UK News, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Huawei, 5g


Democrats demand Bolton testify at Trump’s impeachment trial

By ERIC TUCKER, ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON  — The stakes over witness testimony at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial are rising now that a draft of a book from former national security adviser John Bolton appears to undercut a key defense argument. Bolton writes in the forthcoming book that Trump told him that he wanted to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid from Ukraine until it helped him with politically charged investigations, including into Democra...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, Uncategorized, Sport, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Fbi, Soccer, Democrats, Gop


Britons in EU urge Barnier not to use them as bargaining chips

Campaigners press negotiator to resolve their rights separately from trade talksBritish citizens in the EU have implored Brussels and London not to make them “a bargaining chip for the second time” in Brexit trade talks.They are deeply concerned that they are being “massively downgraded” and that they will be used by Brussels as leverage to exact concessions from the UK in the second phase of the negotiations. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Brussels, Brexit, Barnier


Nicola Sturgeon calls for Scotland to have own immigration powers

First minister says country needs strategy to tackle falling birth rate and Brexit impactLatest politics news – live updatesNicola Sturgeon has called for Scotland to have its own visa and immigration strategy to deal with the country’s falling birth rate and the impacts of Brexit.The first minister urged the UK government to start talks on devolving migration powers to the Scottish parliament, to allow it to introduce a flexible “Scottish visa” without the tight restrictions in force across the...
Tags: Politics, UK, Scotland, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish politics, Brexit


Brexit: No 10 does not rule out using fishing as bargaining chip in UK-EU trade talks – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenVaradkar: EU will have upper hand in trade talksImmigration: fast-track ‘global talent visa’ to be launched days after Brexit Auf Wiedersehen, adieu: UK MEPs face final week 12.07pm GMT From Boris JohnsonI was truly honoured to meet Mala Tribich MBE and hear her story of surviving the horrors of the Holocaust. We should all listen to her message, remember and commit ourselves to ensuring that this never happens again.#Holocau...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Ireland, Labour, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Northern Irish politics, Times, Huawei, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, UK EU


Varadkar: EU will have upper hand in Brexit trade talks – video

Leo Varadkar says the EU has a 'stronger team' than the UK in Brexit trade talks, comparing the size of their respective populations and markets. Speaking to the BBC before talks in Ireland with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, the Irish prime minister also warned Boris Johnson that divergence from Brussels standards would make an agreement more difficult in the time allowed. Brexit: EU will have upper hand in trade talks, says VaradkarAuf wiedersehen, arrivederci, adieu: UK MEP...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Bbc, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Michel Barnier


Philip Pullman calls for boycott of Brexit 50p coin over 'missing' Oxford comma

Critics fume over the omission of Oxford comma from phrase ‘Peace, prosperity and friendship’ as new coin enters circulationIt is a debate that has torn the nation in two, ripped friends and family apart, and entrenched deep and uncrossable lines throughout the land. Should the Royal Mint have used an Oxford comma on its Brexit 50p piece?Three million coins bearing the slogan “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” are due to enter circulation from 31 January, with Sajid Javid, chanc...
Tags: Books, Politics, UK, UK News, Culture, Oxford, Sajid Javid, Sterling, Philip Pullman, Brexit, European Union Continue


Brexit: UK must keep fishing waters open to EU boats if it wants trade deal for banking, Irish PM implies - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 10.18am GMT The BBC’s interview with Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach, was thorough and candidate. Laura Kuenssberg has written a blog about what Varadkar told her that you can read here, and I’ve already posted some quotes. Here is a fuller summary.The reality of situation is that the European Union is a union of 27 member states. The UK is only one country. And we have a population and a market of 450 million people. The ...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, Bbc, Britain, Ireland, Labour, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Northern Irish politics, Westminster, Johnson


Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of 'doing a runner' on Huawei

Labour leadership favourite urges prime minister to face MPs’ questions over 5G decisionSir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of “doing a runner” over the decision on whether to allow Huawei a role in the UK’s 5G infrastructure, as Washington gave a final warning to the UK government over what it called a “momentous” choice.Ahead of a likely decision on Tuesday, with the cabinet reportedly split and the Trump administration urging Downing Street to block any role for the Chinese telecoms fi...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, Washington, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Keir Starmer, Huawei, Trump, Starmer


Brexit: EU will have upper hand in trade talks, says Varadkar

Irish leader says EU has ‘stronger team’ and PM will struggle to strike deal on timeThe Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has said the UK that the EU will have the upper hand in post-Brexit trade talks.In a footballing analogy, he said the bloc had a “stronger team” because of its far larger population and market. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Varadkar


Brexit explained: how it happened and what comes next

Confused by the whole 1,300-day Brexit saga? This summary sets out how and why it happened, and what can be expected in 2020 and beyondWhere to start? There’s geography: Britain is an island, and has been since geologically Brexiting from the continent 8,000 years ago. And history: unlike most of western Europe, it has not spent the past few centuries as a battlefield. Its history, rather, is global and imperial. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Britain, Brexit


Brexit party MEP drafts two contrasting messages on Brussels vote

Leaked email shows John Tennant advocating voting down Brexit deal in one script and backing it in anotherThe message from the Brexit party MEP John Tennant could hardly have been clearer: Boris Johnson’s departure deal is “a trap” and must be voted down at all costs. But within a few paragraphs the tone changes. “It’s still a Brexit of sorts,” Tennant writes, now saying he will reluctantly support it.A leaked email that Tennant sent to aides this week appears to show two versions of a script fo...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Brexit, Tennant, Brexit Party, John Tennant


A Politicized Super Bowl Means Opportunities for Brands

The Super Bowl is more than snack stadiums and rating points. On the first Sunday in February, America's largest television audience does something truly remarkable: Viewers look forward to watching ads. And yet, this year's ad slate threatens to spoil the party. A double-dip of political ads--including two 60-second spots, one each from Michael Bloomberg...
Tags: Politics, Advertising, Voice, The Big Game


Fast-track 'global talent visa' to be launched days after Brexit

Boris Johnson’s scheme to attract scientists dismissed by Lib Dems as ‘gimmick’The government has announced it will launch a “global talent visa” on 20 February to encourage scientists, researchers and mathematicians to come to the UK, with no limit on how many people can be accepted.In addition, Boris Johnson said he was making available a £300m package for research into advanced mathematics. It will double funding for new PhDs and boost the number of maths fellowships and research projects. Co...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Boris Johnson, Brexit


A major rethink of HS2 is long overdue | Letter

Alan Wenban-Smith says it is revealing that his report on the regional impact of the high-speed rail scheme was not publishedNils Pratley hits the nail on the head (Lobbyists may be having a field day justifying HS2’s burgeoning cost, but a rethink is long overdue, 21 January). In 2009 I reported to the promoters that the benefits of high-speed rail beyond the south-east would require a well-integrated national plan for complementary measures (transport and non-transport). Without such a plan – ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Transport, Rail transport, Transport policy, Hs2, Rail industry, Alan Wenban Smith


Whatever happened to Mike Yenni, that Republican lawmaker busted for sexting a teen boy?

There seems to be an endless number of Republican politicians who’ve been caught behaving in ways that don’t reflect their self-proclaimed “family values.” One, in particular, who Queerty covered extensively in 2016 and 2017 is Mike Penni, the Louisiana lawmaker who was busted for sexting a teenage boy. We recently got to thinking: Whatever happened that guy anyway? So we decided to do some investigating… Just to recap: At the time the scandal broke, Yenni was the President of Jefferson Parish ...
Tags: Facebook, Sex Scandal, Politics, Lifestyle, Fbi, New Orleans, Catholic, Louisiana, Republican, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Michelle, Jefferson, Jefferson Parish, OXFORD MISSISSIPPI, Daigle


Andrew Cuomo's naked hostility drives out MTA president Andy Byford, the "Train Daddy" who has transformed the world's rail systems

Andy Byford comes from generations of public transportation workers and worked his way from a London Underground platform supervisor to running multiple British rail lines; then went to Australia where he oversaw Railcorp in NSW; then to Toronto, where he ran a successful five-year initiative that turned the TTC into the American Public Transportation Association's Outstanding Transit System of the Year -- and then he moved to New York City, to turn around the ailing MTA. Byford is a legend...
Tags: Post, Politics, New York, News, Australia, NYC, New York City, Toronto, Public Transit, Mta, Andrew Cuomo, London Underground, Albany, Amtrak, New York Office, Cuomo


Calls for Grenfell Tower inquiry to change way it deals with families

Chairman urged to put them at centre of process after panellist quits in conflict of interest rowThe chairman of the Grenfell Tower public inquiry is facing calls to change how he deals with survivors and the bereaved when hearings restart after a bruising conflict of interest row resulted in the resignation of a key panellist.Sir Martin Moore-Bick has been told to “bring this process back to putting families at the centre” by Grenfell United, which represents the majority of those who escaped t...
Tags: Politics, London, UK News, Boris Johnson, Grenfell Tower, Grenfell Tower fire, Martin Moore Bick, Grenfell United, Grenfell tower inquiry, Benita Mehra


Goemon Game Fan Translation Upsets Twitter

A fan translation for an old Super Nintendo Goemon game has caused criticism to congregate on the ever volatile social media platform that is Twitter as several individuals have been lamenting the translation’s use of the word “tranny”, labeling it as offensive and “right-wing”. The game in question, Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishi Juurokubee no Karakuri […]
Tags: Translation, Games, Politics, Internet, Lgbt, Anime, Emulation, Shishi Juurokubee


Brexit secretary says UK will set out trade talk aims by early February

Steve Barclay says UK will not diverge from EU for the sake of divergingThe UK will set out its negotiating aims for trade talks with the EU by early February and will not diverge from Brussels rules for the sake of it, Steve Barclay has said.The cabinet minister, whose job will become defunct when the UK leaves the EU on 31 January, set a more moderate tone than some of his colleagues who insist the UK will be looking for no alignment with the EU after Brexit. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Brexit, Steve Barclay


Farewell Europe: the long road to Brexit

The Observer’s political editor has reported on Britain’s place in the EU for more than 30 years. Here he charts the key moments in a stormy relationship and the missed chances to save it from destructionLast week, with the end of the UK’s 47-year membership of the club of European nations just days away, I looked back at some newspaper cuttings from my time as a Brussels correspondent. A picture of worried-looking farmers eyeing up their cattle at a market in Banbury stared out alongside banner...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, David Cameron, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Brexit, ERM, Jakob, Banbury


Porn Block Companies Sue British Government

Companies that had been developing porn-blocking software for the British government are now suing them for abandoning the idea, claiming damages of £3 million. Four companies – AgeChecked Ltd, VeriMe, AVYourself and AVSecure – explained that culture secretary Nicky Morgan (who is now a baroness) had no right to scrap the controversial porn-blocking scheme, which […]
Tags: Politics, UK, Money, Law, Censorship, International, Nicky Morgan, Courts, Pornography, Anime, AgeChecked Ltd


Revealed: the £12bn bill for scrapping high-speed rail link

As Boris Johnson assesses project, Tory mayor for West Midlands warns of political cost of scrapping itScrapping the HS2 rail project will cost at least £12 billion in write-offs and compensation and plunge major construction companies into financial peril, ministers are being warned.Sources close to the beleaguered scheme told the Observer that extra costs of £3bn-£4bn would be incurred even if it were scrapped immediately. £9bn has been spent already. With the issue causing tension inside the ...
Tags: Business, Politics, London, Conservative, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Construction industry, Boris Johnson, Birmingham, Transport policy, West Midlands, Hs2, Whitehall


Ahegao Clothes Keeps Getting Banned From Anime Conventions

In a span of just a few days, several anime conventions have decried the popular ahegao clothing line, effectively banning people from wearing it at their events. Colorado Anime Fest, Anime Detour, and Anime Milwaukee have all established new rules regarding ahegao hoodies and other clothing items featuring the faces of characters from erotic manga […]
Tags: Politics, Usa, Clothing, Censorship, Events, Anime, Announcements, Manga, Bans, Ahegao, Colorado Anime Fest Anime Detour, Anime Milwaukee


It's Brexit Day, let's party! – cartoon

A shindig to celebrate Britain leaving the EU: what a great idea…•You can buy your own print of this cartoon Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Brexit


US treasury chief warns Javid to shelve plans for big tech firm tax

Ahead of critical trade talks, Steven Mnuchin says ‘discriminatory’ levy no place in budgetOne of the most senior figures in the US government has warned Sajid Javid to delay a “discriminatory” tax on big tech companies, in the latest sign of tensions with Donald Trump’s administration ahead of critical trade talks.Steven Mnuchin, the US treasury secretary, used a breakfast meeting with the chancellor on Saturday to warn him directly against applying the new tax as part of his forthcoming budget...
Tags: Politics, China, US, UK News, US news, Britain, Digital Media, Technology sector, Sajid Javid, Donald Trump, Huawei, Javid, Steven Mnuchin