Clare Algar, executive director of the campaign group Reprieve, said: ‘Ministers claim secret courts will only be used for a tiny number of cases but what this development shows is that once this dangerous legislation is on the books there is a real risk it will be used by future governments to cover up embarrassing facts which they would rather the public did not hear. … [Read more...] about Secret inquest plan back from the dead: Ministers in plot to smuggle in law, claim civil liberties campaigners
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The national security law is the final piece of the puzzle for Beijing to fulfill its "one country, one system" in Hong Kong, according to Ng. "The central government's special commission can command the Hong Kong government to do anything, which makes Hong Kong an agency for the central authorities… it will utterly change lives in Hong Kong," she said, adding that there will now be "even less room for any kind of moderate stand in the city." … [Read more...] about China’s security law: The end of Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status?
‘The deficit is down by a quarter and the Governor of the Bank of England has said the economy is slowly healing but we have said we will give it everything.’ … [Read more...] about Green Belt risk as ministers ‘think the unthinkable’ on planning law
The burly No.8 claimed the try which gave Sarries their first win at Quins for four years - and might have had another but for commendably owning up, before even being asked, to knocking on the ball in the act of scoring. … [Read more...] about Billy Vunipola gives Eddie Jones reason to be cheerful after injuries to England wings Jonny May and Marland Yarde
Antoine Griezmann and Arthur got the first-half goals at the Camp Nou as Barcelona moved to within a point of the top trio Granada, Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid. The former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back for Villarreal just before half-time. … [Read more...] about Barcelona’s return to winning ways marred by Lionel Messi injury worry