Liz Truss is facing a new battle with Tory MPs over reducing benefits in real terms, after being forced to abandon the abolition of the 45p top rate of tax . Downing Street is considering not increasing Universal Credit in line with inflation, but instead using a lower metric - such as the increase in average earnings - to encourage those on benefits into work. Tory rebels who forced the Prime Minister into her top tax rate about-turn, including Michael Gove , were already breaking ranks on Monday and warning against the change. The Telegraph can reveal there is also unease at the top of Government, with some Cabinet ministers understood to believe that refusing to increase benefits by inflation is a “non-starter”. But No 10, considering the options, is preparing to question whether it is fair for people on benefits to get inflation-linked rises while scores of workers get real-terms pay cuts. Unemployment levels in Britain are at a record low, making it harder for … [Read more...] about Liz Truss takes on Tory rebels in battle to rein in benefits
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A former Cabinet minister sees Liz Truss as a ‘dead woman walking’ who has ‘lost all credibility’, according to a report. In one of the most high-profile attacks from within her own party, the prime minister was warned her days at No 10 were numbered due to internal anger over her controversial economic plans. A number of independent think-tanks and economists have accused the government of ‘gambling’ with the country’s finances by funding tax cuts with debt which it insists pay for itself in the long run through higher growth. The cuts included a 1p reduction in the basic income tax rate and a 5p fall in the top rate of income tax, which would mean those earning more than £150,000 a year pay the same proportion as those on £50,000 a year. Tories began to fear a rout at the next election, which worsened when it emerged that the government was not ruling out scrapping a planned rise in benefits to help keep payments in line with inflation. The pressure climaxed … [Read more...] about Liz Truss is a ‘dead woman walking’, says ex-Cabinet minister
Max Verstappen could possibly face being stripped of his title if Red Bull broke rules (Image: GETTY) SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Red Bull are facing accusations that they broke rules last season by exceeding the £114million budget cap. The team have hit back at claims and denied any wrongdoing but will discover their fate on Wednesday when the FIA conclude their investigation into the team's financial data. Related articles Ferrari and Mercedes meet for further talks amid Red Bull rumours 'Toto Wolff insider' accused of being FIA 'mole' that leaked Red Bull' Depending on if they're found guilty, and how significant their overspend was, Red Bull could face severe sanctions, including Max Verstappen being … [Read more...] about F1 RECAP: Lewis Hamilton retirement hint, Red Bull view on Verstappen being stripped
Max Verstappen commits future to Red Bull signing £200m deal SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Toto Wolff’s “former employee” could have leaked the rumours that Red Bull have broken F1 rules, according to allegations made by Ralf Schumacher. The former F1 star claimed 'a close confidante' of the Mercedes team principal now works at the FIA and could have made the disclosure about Red Bull. Related articles Brundle has Mercedes and Ferrari suspicions amid Verstappen title fear Ferrari and Mercedes meet for further talks amid Red Bull rumours He has pushed the governing body to conduct a full investigation to find out how the news was revealed. Speaking to Sky Deutschland, he said: “We all know … [Read more...] about ‘Toto Wolff insider’ accused of being FIA ‘mole that leaked Red Bull’s rule breach’
If you’ve been worried by a fall in the New Zealand dollar this week, spare a thought for anyone you know in Britain. On the back of intense financial markets turmoil, the British pound fell to almost equal the US dollar this week – hitting its lowest point since the 1980s – and there were even concerns that some giant pension funds were at risk of collapse. The Bank of England was forced to take emergency action to head off a crisis. So what’s happening, and what does it mean for New Zealand? READ MORE: Britannia unhinged: The UK economy risks a crisis under Liz Truss UK central bank intervenes in market to halt economic crisis Government debt is becoming less of a big deal As far as new prime ministers go, Liz Truss has made her presence felt in Britain. Her new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng – he’s the equivalent of our Finance Minister – revealed a mini-budget on Friday . It included £45 billion of tax cuts, particularly for the well-off, … [Read more...] about ‘A global recession is ever more likely’: What does the UK meltdown mean for us?
IF you watched the Singapore Grand Prix, you may have noticed a significant difference during the race. The usual lap counter has been replaced by a countdown clock instead. Heavy rainfall in Singapore saw the race delayed in the Grand Prix . The Safety Car was sent out onto the track to check the conditions soon after, with the rain easing after 50 minutes. It was later confirmed by the FIA that the pit lane would open at 1:25pm as the race was given the green light to go ahead. The formation lap was then confirmed for 2:05pm after the weather cleared. However, with 23 laps remaining in the race, the lap counter has now been replaced by a countdown clock with just under 40 minutes being shown as the time to finish the race . Read More Motorsport F1 CALENDAR 2022 Latest updates for the 2022 Grand Prix schedule, tracks and results GET A GRIP What do F1 tyre colours mean and how much do they cost? Why … [Read more...] about Why does today’s F1 Grand Prix have a countdown clock instead of lap counter?
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.
Jacob Rees-Mogg gives update on Brexit to the Commons SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info South Carolina governor Nikki Haley told the Policy Exchange that Brexit will be a "positive game-changer for the future of Europe" and should be strongly supported by the United States. She stressed the importance of a united western front in response to Russian aggression. She explained: "This is a clash of civilizations — a classic struggle between light and darkness, good and evil, right and wrong. We need look no further than the streets of Mariupol, Hong Kong, and Tehran for proof." The former US Ambassador to the UN added: "Our challenges are steep, but they are not too steep to overcome, so long as we believe in ourselves and our fight … [Read more...] about Brexit: ‘Game-changer’ US governor throws weight behind Britain in stirring speech
Naga Munchetty called on her fans for advice after having a pet-related dilemma over the weekend. The BBC newsreader, 47, discovered a bat in her home, after her pet cat had brought it inside and took to Twitter, casking for advice from her followers. She wrote: "Does anyone know how to get a bat to safety? [bat emoji]. "Cat brought one in yesterday. It's alive this morning, no obvious injuries, but not flying. READ MORE: Naga Munchetty ‘told off’ by BBC Breakfast bosses on-air after ‘awkward’ interview "Currently in a box with towels and a little water. Any rescue centres I can take it to in Herts? X." Her followers came forward with tips and support, with one responding: "We had same. Give him mealworm and water in a milk bottle… RSPCA were brilliant. Ours was ridiculously cute and friendly. We still miss him!! X." Another wrote: "Get in touch with the Bat Conservation Trust and they will be able to put you in touch with someone local who can help take care of … [Read more...] about Naga Munchetty despairs over new addition to family, asking fans for help
Published 3 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics The Oscars By Paul Glynn Entertainment reporter Sacheen Littlefeather, the Native American activist who declined Marlon Brando's Oscar for The Godfather on his behalf in 1973, has died aged 75. The actress, who had breast cancer, died on Sunday, the Academy announced. Her death comes two weeks after the organisation honoured her at a ceremony in Los Angeles, publicly apologising for her treatment at the Oscars. Littlefeather, of Apache and Yaqui heritage, was booed while speaking on stage at the event 50 years ago. Dressed in full Apache attire during the first Oscars to be televised around the world, the Californian, born Maria Cruz, explained on Brando's behalf that he would not accept his best actor gong for the mafia movie in order to protest against the treatment of … [Read more...] about Sacheen Littlefeather: Native American activist and actor who refused Oscar for Brando dies