Sherelle Jacobs Assistant Comment Editor Follow 15 February 2019 • 6:00am The mask is slipping as the shadow chancellor creeps closer to power Is John McDonnell the most dangerous politician in Britain? This country has never – and will never – actively vote in a Marxist-sympathising Prime Minister. But if disillusioned Tory voters spoil their ballots or vote for a protest party at the next election, then we could end up with one by accident. Jeremy Corbyn might technically be leader, but the man in charge would undoubtedly be Mr McDonnell, the architect of Corbynism dubbed the Leader of the Opposition’s “puppetmaster”. The Labour number two’s blithe outburst about Winston Churchill being a “villain” – all because, McDonnell implied, Churchill had sanctioned the... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles … [Read more...] about Is John McDonnell now the most dangerous politician in Britain?
Bryony Gordon Follow 15 February 2019 • 10:00pm I am in a remote part of northern Uganda, where we are officially three hours ahead of the UK, but in reality about five hours behind. Time is treated differently here. It is fluid, changeable, something that exists as a concept but not as a strict condition that rules people’s lives. Ask someone the time and you will be given a ball park number that could be within an hour of the actual figure - it is roughly 10am, but it could just as well be 11; you order dinner for 7 o’clock, and if you’re lucky you will have it by half past nine. When you enquire where your food might be, the response is often a polite shrug accompanied by a broad smile, as if to say ‘darling, I know you claim to be hungry,... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only … [Read more...] about The Brexit process could learn a lot from slow-paced Uganda
Bullying bailiffs who break the law are not being held to account, worried MPs and charities claim. Their warning comes as a survey shows more than eight in 10 people think private agents who collect court debts should face stricter rules and be independently regulated. The Commons Treasury Committee says bailiffs working for national and local government are “worst in class” for aggressive tactics. Highlighting the case of a vulnerable resident in her Wolverhampton constituency, MP Emma Reynolds said: “It made me realise that once I had complained to the council, the bailiff company and their trade association, there was nowhere else to go. “We urgently need an independent watchdog. Bailiffs have become a law unto themselves as they know they can get away with breaking rules.” Last year 40% of those helped with bailiff problems by Citizens Advice had a disability or long-term condition. Eleven debt and mental … [Read more...] about MPs warn law-breaking bailiffs are getting away with abusive behaviour
After a lifetime of service to his country, Jack Riley sat in his corner office overlooking the Pentagon planning a retirement playing golf. As number two in America’s Drug Enforcement Administration, he had led the most successful operations in the agency’s history. The target of his obsessions were either dead or safely put away. But then in July 2015, Riley’s nemesis, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped. While being held in Mexico’s supposed maximum security Altiplano prison, the leader of the murderous Sinaloa Cartel – the world’s biggest drug-trafficking organisation – fled through a mile-long tunnel built under his cell before riding away to freedom on a makeshift motorbike. “I was going to retire until this d*** escaped,” Riley said. Chapo had been his white whale, the object of an infatuation that sidelined everything else, including his family. “I love my wife and kid, but I was never home … [Read more...] about Law agent tells of obsession that led him on a chase to stop drug lord El Chapo
A man has been arrested after admitting to raping a dog and leaving it with internal injuries so severe it had to be euthanised. Fidel Lopez, 51, grew frustrated that his fiancée would not respond to his calls and texts and allegedly raped the dog as he lay in bed. Lopez, from Portland, Oregon, told police that he’d been drinking alcohol at the time of the alleged incident and committed the assault “out of anger.” Estrella, a Lhasa Apso breed, initially “seemed fine” following the attack, court documents said. The girlfriend later heard Estrella whining while hiding under the couch and discovered blood and injuries to the animal, Oregon Live reported. She brought the dog to nearby animal DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital where vets took the decision to put the animal down. According to reports, the partner of Lopez told nurses that her partner displayed some "potential bestiality tendencies.” He once bragged about watching another person … [Read more...] about Man accused of raping dog that had to be euthanised due to internal injuries