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Corbyn slams Saudi prince over Yemen

Published: March 9, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A visit to Britain by the Saudi crown prince came under fire from human rights campaigners protesting at breaches of civil rights in Yemen? The protests, which included an outspoken …

Italy faces chaotic election hangover

Published: March 5, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A populist anti establishment backlash has cast doubts over the long-term future of Italy in the European Union after initial general election results indicated a hung parliament. With final results …

Trump dismisses May’s trade war concerns

Published: March 5, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Donald Trump has  rejected Theresa May’s “deep concern” over his plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports into the US. In a telephone conversation, the prime minister urged the …

SPD risks all in new German coalition

Published: March 5, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Five months of political paralysis in Europe’s largest economy have ended in a “grand coalition” in which the Social Democrats have one again risked their historical soul. In a deal …

Call for supermarkets to abandon plastics

Published: March 2, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Supermarkets are being urged to follow European pioneers and open stores with no plastic packaging. The call follows action by a Dutch company which has opened its first non-plastic shop …

Trump threatens trade war

Published: March 2, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Donald Trump has declared the US would find a trade war “easy to win”. After announcing that steel imports would face a 25% tariff and aluminium 10%, the President also …

Tories obey media tycoons over Leveson

Published: March 1, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The government has controversially announced that it will not implement the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry which followed the phone-hacking scandal. The Tories have also U-turned over plans to …

GPs paid to avoid hospital refererrals

Published: March 1, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Family doctors are being encouraged with financial bonuses to reduce the number of patients referred on for treatment in hospitals. The financial incentives are being offered to GPs as part …

Cash for homeless still not paid

Published: March 1, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Government cash to help the homeless and rough sleepers has been shelved during the worst weather conditions on recent record. The decision comes at a time when a ministerial task …

Energy price hike is on the way

Published: February 28, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Householders have been told to expect increases in energy prices. Warning of the rises, by smaller suppliers wanting to pass on increases in wholesale costs, comes in the middle of …

Lawyers, Lorry Drivers and Brexit

Published: February 28, 2018
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

Our laws and the many ways we feed and supply ourselves are now so complicated that Brexit, as envisaged by Brexiteers, simply cannot be achieved. The people who seem to …

Labour changes tack on Brexit

Published: February 26, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Labour is poised to agree a policy change that would put clear blue water between the party and the Tories over Brexit. The shift would put an election-deciding gap between …

News in brief

Published: February 25, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Unemployment increased for the first time in 17 months at the end of last year.

Xi readies China for return to one-man rule

Published: February 25, 2018
Written by James Douglas

China’s governing Communist Party has proposed removing a clause in the constitution which limits presidencies to two five-year terms in a bid to allow Xi Jinping to extend his rule …