Brave activists from Amici della Terra took me on tour of dumping zones scattered along the lower slopes of Mount Vesuvius, which were leaking deadly chemicals into the water system. Mafia scouts watched closely and wrote down number plates. … [Read more...] about Barnier’s environmental and labour demands are a sham – Britain should stop trying to negotiate with the EU
Labour considers 2030 net zero emissions target
It wasn't Michael Gove, David Blunkett or even Kenneth Baker who first whipped up a fuss about "informal methods of teaching", and suggested a restored emphasis on the three Rs. No, it was prime minister James Callaghan, in a speech at Ruskin College in 1976. For four decades England has fretted about falling behind in the educational basics. And throughout those four decades, a thumping great OECD report concluded on Tuesday, far from the problem having been righted, England has increasingly had a real problem to worry about. … [Read more...] about Education in England: sliding down the class
Other smaller laboratories say they have volunteered to help with testing, too, among them the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford University and Systems Biology Laboratory in Abingdon, which is testing local GP staff already. Cancer Research UK said it is also providing equipment and expert staff to help with testing. … [Read more...] about Health Secretary is savaged over his promise of 100,000 coronavirus tests by the end of the month as he admits government still hasn’t got ANY reliable antibody kits that are crucial to getting Britain back to work and normal life
To keep businesses afloat, almost every country has deferred some, or most, tax payments. That is an effective and simple way for the government to give credit. Other policies involve tough trade-offs. Italy and Spain have enacted a moratorium on many loan repayments. Asking banks that are already fragile to roll over credits risks creating a financial crisis. Central banks have been buying government bonds to keep interest rates down, and have extended credit to banks with no limit and little cost, as well as directly to companies. In doing so, central banks are taking a lot of risk that these many credits will not be paid back. If they do not, history teaches us that the currency they issue is likely to sharply lose its value. … [Read more...] about How do countries differ in their response to the coronavirus economic crisis?
When a Labour MP raised the case of a man with learning difficulties who could not tell the time but had been sanctioned for being four minutes late for an interview, he replied: 'It is important that those who are seeking employment learn the discipline of timekeeping, which is an important part of securing and keeping a job.' … [Read more...] about Boris to hold his first Cabinet meeting TODAY after only finishing bloodbath reshuffle at midnight as he makes Raab deputy PM and rewards Rees-Mogg and forgives his brother in bid to deliver Brexit