Ministers found in contempt of Parliament Government caves in, will publish legal advice Theresa May suffers three humiliating Commons defeats MPs secure right to greater control over Brexit process Reconstruction: Prime Minister's bruising day in full BBC calls off Brexit TV debate after failing to reach agreement Contempt of Parliament: What does it mean? Advocate General of ECJ: UK could unilaterally stop Brexit Lord King: PM's Brexit deal is a betrayal of Britain Tom Harris: Revoking Article 50 would ignore Brexit vote Theresa May suffered humiliation on an historic scale on Tuesday as her Government became the first to be found in contempt of Parliament. Mrs May lost three Brexit-related votes in the space of barely an hour, making her the first Prime Minister in 40 years to be defeated three times in one day. She was told she must cede control of Brexit to Parliament if her deal with the EU is voted down next week, effectively killing off the prospect of no deal. … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s Brexit deal in peril as ministers found in contempt of Parliament for first time
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Here’s a challenge for Scotland’s politicians. Who among you will have the guts and the gumption to stand up for the late Katie Allan and her family? To challenge injustice, upset the apple cart and bring about necessary change? To move off the safer ground and take on an establishment hiding behind its own culture of secrecy? The story of the 21-year-old’s conviction, sentencing and death should chill the spine of parents across the country. Katie, a popular high achiever, made a dreadful mistake in deciding to give a friend a lift home when she had clearly had too much to drink. Katie deserved to be punished. The resulting horror story which unfolded at the hands of Scotland’s criminal justice system, however, sounds almost Dickensian. First there’s the overly harsh sentence handed down by sheriff David Pender in a system so procedurally opaque, it is barely understandable. His decision, based on a flawed presentation of the facts, sent Katie into the … [Read more...] about Katie Allan’s prison death should chill the spine of parents across Scotland
Theresa May clashed with her Brexit secretary as a deepening row over the UK remaining tied to EU customs rules permanently threatened to wreck her hopes of a successful deal. Dominic Raab insisted the planned “backstop” to avoid a hard border in Ireland – the key hurdle to a withdrawal agreement – must be “time limited” or it would be rejected by parliament. Just hours earlier, Downing Street refused – four times – to say the backstop would have a strict end date, abandoning an assurance the prime minister set out four months ago. Instead, her spokeswoman said only that it must be “temporary”, a much looser word that – pro-Brexit MPs fear – will leave the UK locked into an effective customs union for many years to come. The clash came after The Independent revealed that Andrea Leadsom, the Commons leader, is prepared to resign if the compromise is made, with other cabinet ministers believed to be ready to follow … [Read more...] about Theresa May clashes with Brexit secretary over customs union ‘time limit’ as fears of cabinet resignations rise
From taunts about people’s looks to death threats and suggestions of suicide, online abuse is common in Ireland. Shamin Malekmian speaks to a victim and a perpetratorWHEN Ibrahim Halawa finally came home after four years of political incarceration in Egypt, he found himself in a new prison, one made of unkind words.The 22-year-old has been the subject of relentless internet trolling since his acquittal and subsequent release from an Egyptian jail, last year.Trolling is the intentional spreading of erroneous and incendiary comments on online platforms, often to agitate and lure a response.Ibrahim says some mordant remarks he read online, especially those that questioned his Irish identity left a lasting scar.“When I left Ireland for Egypt as a teenager, I still had the morals and principles that was fully Irish, and I never believed otherwise,” he says. “So, I come back to see so many people saying ‘oh, he’s not Irish,’ and it left me … [Read more...] about Game of trolls: What is it like to be a victim of online abuse?
There's an apocalypse coming and only one place will escape it: Fiji, the so-called "centre of the world as promised in the Bible". Well, that's what South Korea's Grace Road Church and its founder, Shin Ok-ju, has preached to hundreds of followers, many of whom have cashed in and moved to Fiji for salvation. But the promised land took a darker turn earlier this month when Ms Shin and three others were arrested in Seoul and charged with the enslavement of some 400 followers. Korean authorities said that when church members arrived in Fiji, their passports were seized and some were forced to endure violent rituals. Many more were either forced to work on a plantation or at several other church-run businesses. Those businesses, which South Korean prosecutors said were the front for a violent cult, were widely endorsed and supported by the highest levels of Fiji's Government. Last year, it received a Prime Minister's Business Award. In their announcement, Korean authorities said … [Read more...] about Fiji Government tight-lipped on links to Korean cult accused of slavery, ritual beatings