Liz Truss has admitted she “should have laid the ground better” ahead of her mini-Budget, but promised to stick with the package in full despite horror from the financial markets. Speaking on the first day of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham , the Prime Minister doubled down on her tax-cutting plan, but said the decision to abolish the top rate of income tax was left to Kwasi Kwarteng and was not agreed with the rest of the Cabinet. Ms Truss hinted at upcoming cuts to public services to reduce government spending, but said she could not bring forward a review of the public purse by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) because it is “not yet ready”. Ministers have faced criticism for the decision to announce a raft of tax cuts last month, prompting a fall in the value of the pound against the dollar and a spike in gilt yields. Speaking on the BBC on Sunday, Ms Truss accepted the market’s reaction was linked to her mini-Budget. ‘We announced it quickly … [Read more...] about Liz Truss: We should have laid the ground better for mini-Budget
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This is an edition of Up for Debate, a newsletter by Conor Friedersdorf. On Wednesdays, he rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Later, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Last week I asked, “If you could change one thing about the culture of your country by adopting a practice or attitude or folkway from another country, what would you change and why?” Meg recommends “the Japanese practice of bowing, not only to each other as a way of greeting or farewell, but also to the rooms one enters and exits.” Here’s her pitch for wider adoption: This moment of mindful respect for the people and spaces we encounter strikes me as a way to affect all of our interactions in ways that foster a deeper connection and a pathway to peace. On the giving or receiving end of this simple gesture, I feel blessed and honored. Simone wants people in the United States to eat like the French: If … [Read more...] about 12 Readers on What the Rest of the World Does Better Than the U.S.
Liz Truss today admitted she should have done a "better job" after her tax-slashing, high-borrowing mini-Budget triggered disaster on the markets. The Prime Minister refused to U-turn on her plan, which will cost £72bn in borrowing next year alone, despite a Tory revolt and threats to block scrapping the 45p top tax rate. She also refused eight times to rule out swingeing real-terms public sector or benefit cuts, saying: "What I'm going to make sure is we get value for money for the taxpayer." But she admitted on the BBC's Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg: "I do want to say to people, I understand their worries about what has happened this week. "I do stand by the package we announced, and I stand by the fact we announced it quickly, because we had to act. But I do accept we should have laid the ground better. I do accept that. Liz Truss being interviewed by the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg on Sunday today ( Image: BBC) Liz Truss told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg: "I … [Read more...] about Liz Truss admits she should have done a ‘better job’ over Budget disaster
There are two distinct ways to look at this LSU football team through five games. One is the 20,000-foot view. A team you knew would have some serious deficiencies going into Year 1 under coach Brian Kelly is 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference and ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 in the regular season for the first time in nearly two years. The Tigers got there with a never-say-die/don’t-count-them-out attitude that has allowed them to come back from double-digit deficits in four games and win three of them. That’s a remarkable display of toughness. “I think that early on we've been able to identify that this football team will fight,” Kelly said Monday at a news conference to open Tennessee week, the biggest game of the season so far. “It's got grit. Those are traits that sometimes don't ever show themselves during the season.” In that respect, LSU may be ahead of where it was expected to be in terms of building a winning attitude and … [Read more...] about Scott Rabalais: Brian Kelly knows as well as anyone LSU has done well, must do better
LIZ Truss should call an early election to get a new mandate for her radical changes, Nadine Dorries has said. The former Culture Secretary - previously a backer of the new PM - tore into the Government for ripping up years of work in her department. It came after Ms Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng faced a chaotic first day of their conference after a screeching u-turn over ditching the 45p tax rate. Just 24 hours after she said she would stick by her radical mini budget, The Sun revealed the Government would abandon it in the face of furious Tory MPs. Ms Dorries said there was "widespread dismay" that three years of work has "effectively been put on hold". She hit out on Twitter: "No one asked for this. "C4 sale, online safety, BBC licence fee review - all signed off by cabinet all ready to go, all stopped. "If Liz wants a whole new mandate, she must take to the country." Ms Truss has insisted she won't be calling an early poll after sweeping into … [Read more...] about Liz Truss must call early election to win public support for radical plans, says former minister
Published 6 February 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing By Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands Revolving Door "We're fighting a losing battle". That was how senior police drugs squad officers described their efforts to enforce the laws on substance abuse when I talked to them privately nearly 20 years ago. They told me the drugs epidemic was enabling organised crime syndicates to prosper and encouraging "acquisitive crimes" like burglary and thefts of and from cars by drug users desperate to feed their addiction. It was the first time I had heard that now-familiar reference to a "revolving door" of offending and reoffending. Prisons, far from controlling the problem, were becoming hotbeds of drug-taking, with criminal gangs reaping their ill-gotten gains from lucrative business operations on the inside, and out. And that was long … [Read more...] about Crime commissioner’s call for new West Midlands drug policy
Updated | Three Iranian-Americans arrived in Germany after leaving Tehran on Sunday in a prisoner swap that followed the lifting of most international sanctions on Iran under a deal U.S. President Barack Obama said cut off Tehran's path to a nuclear bomb. In a sign of sustained readiness to track Iranian compliance with remaining United Nations curbs, the United States imposed fresh sanctions on 11 companies and individuals for supplying Iran's ballistic missile program. The Obama administration had delayed the step for more than two weeks during tense negotiations to free five American prisoners, according to people familiar with the matter. Iran conducted a precision-guided ballistic missile test last October, violating a U.N. ban. Speaking after the released Americans had left Iran, Obama said Iran now would not "get its hands on a nuclear bomb" and the planet would be more secure. "This is a good day because once again we are seeing what's possible through strong American … [Read more...] about Obama Hails Diplomacy as Ex-Prisoners Leave Iran
When former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin left the agency last week, he penned a New York Times op-ed that said he was removed from his position because he opposed privatizing the nearly $200 billion agency. The White House denied it was considering privatizing the VA, but questions about privatizing the agency have dogged President Donald Trump since the campaign trail , and it is sure to be a critical issue during the confirmation hearings for new VA secretary nominee Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, the White House physician. Many Democrats and veterans' groups say privatization is a real threat to the VA, perhaps the best example of a fully socialized, single-payer healthcare system in the U.S. The system enjoys widespread support and popularity with major veterans groups, who worry turning too much VA funding over to private healthcare providers will drain the VA of the critical mass of funding that allows it deliver what they argue is excellent care. But one … [Read more...] about Is This Koch Group Trying to Privatize the VA?
Published 14 May 2021 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Climate change By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst Environmentalists are warning the government to ignore what they call “hype” over the use of hydrogen to provide heat. New natural gas boilers will be phased out next decade because their emissions add to climate change. Oil and gas firms are pushing for so-called “blue” hydrogen to be used to provide heat instead. But environmentalists say electric heat pumps are a much better option for most homes. In a letter to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday, groups including climate think tank E3G, WWF, and Greenpeace urged the government to drop funding for “blue” hydrogen. They said that it appears to be environmentally-benign, but really it’s not . What is blue hydrogen and why is it being promoted? … [Read more...] about Ignore hype over hydrogen heating, government told
BBC registers record 17.4m audience for final Fans pack out Trafalgar Square long before players arrive Williamson: 'What comes after Europe? The world!' 'It's come home': How world reacted to England's Euro win Lionesses have purged deepest ache in England's sporting psyche E ngland's triumphant Lionesses on Monday vowed to add next year's World Cup to their European crown as thousands of fans turned out to salute their achievements. Over 7,000 supporters assembled in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the 2-1 extra-time victory over Germany at Wembley on Sunday , England's first major football tournament win since 1966. On a day of national celebration, it also emerged that: Both candidates to be the next Prime Minister will back a bid to host a women's World Cup A record TV audience of 17.4 million watched the Lionesses' historic victory on BBC There are growing calls for all of the England squad to be honoured by the Queen Chelsea manager … [Read more...] about First Europe, now the world: England target World Cup after thousands celebrate Euro win