Michael Deacon Parliamentary Sketchwriter Follow 22 June 2019 • 7:00am Moderate Labour MPs have long feared a purge by the hard Left. But perhaps they may yet survive. According to reports this week, Tom Watson, the party’s deputy leader, is now offering lessons to his fellow moderates in how to avoid being deselected by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn. Unfortunately, since consorting with Mr Watson is itself an offence liable to result in deselection, moderates may be wary of accepting his offer. As an alternative, I present five tips of my own. In answer to all questions from the media about Brexit, reiterate the leadership’s clear and unambiguous position – which is to leave the EU but in a remainy sort of way, while remaining in the EU in a leavey sort of way. ... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 … [Read more...] about How to avoid the hard Left purge: a handy guide for Labour MPs
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That might sound like an obvious step along the path to maturity, but in fact, it's massive. The ability to understand that your value is not in how others see you is massive for any of us, but even more so for someone like Thalia, now 24, who has been modelling since the age of 15. After all, what is modelling except learning to become, temporarily, for the camera, what someone else wants you to be? The danger - as she well knows - is when you can't get back from that. "Because you're working off your self, using your body, or your face," she explains, "when you get turned down, or go to four or five castings a day, and nothing comes out of it, then you're running around on, literally, no income because there are no jobs coming in. I don't know if this is a personal thing, but I started to develop a sense that it was my fault. Because that's what you're told." "I was 15 when I started," Thalia continues. "Legally, a child. At that age, you're so impressionable. If someone told me … [Read more...] about How Thalia Heffernan finally learned to be kind to herself
1. Lunchtime Run This week do a lunchtime training test run. Most people do morning or evening runs so aren't used to running at the Women's Mini Marathon 2pm start time. On your test run day, eat breakfast as normal. Instead of lunch, eat something more easily digestible about an hour-and-a-half or two hours before your run. Something to give you enough energy for running - maybe a toasted bagel or toast with butter and jam. And some fruit. 2. Course Route Familiarise yourself with the route. It is nice to know what's around the next corner. Take note of the water station locations. Plan where supporting family and friends will be on the route so you don't miss each other. You will be overjoyed when you see one. Mini Marathon Eve, Saturday 3. Don't Run, Do Prepare As tempting as it may feel, don't run today. Instead, get your race gear ready. Attach your race number to your running top. Get your race bag ready. Pack a disposable rain poncho (or black bin liner) for before. A change of … [Read more...] about Mini Marathon tips to get you across the line
Snakebite The race to find a universal antivenom Snakebite The race to find a universal antivenom A crisis in the production of antivenoms is killing tens of thousands of people a year. Can scientists harness HIV technology to create a universal defence against the serpents? Colin Freeman and Paul Nuki report Three-year-old Shaibu Musa lies on a hospital trolley, his terrified eyes staring at his swollen right arm. The burning pain seems out of all proportion to the pinpricks left on his hand by the intruder in his bed last night. All he knows is that when he woke screaming, a small, brown creature no longer than his forearm slithered away into the dark. His parents, though, realised it was probably a carpet viper – a common killer here in north east Nigeria, and one of the deadliest snakes worldwide. "It happened about 2 o'clock this morning, while he was asleep in bed with his mother," says his father Musa Abdullahi, 37, a … [Read more...] about Snakebite: the race to find a universal antivenom
In her professional life, Wojcicki (78), is a respected educator whose work at Palo Alto high (where she runs the journalism programme) means that she's regularly solicited for advice and mentoring by business leaders. But it's her attributes as a parent that have brought her the attention of the wider public. Her three daughters are wildly successful. The eldest, Susan, is the CEO of Youtube. Janet the middle child, is a professor of paediatrics at the University of California and Anne founded the biotech company 23andme which has brought genetic testing to the general public. She's just published a book, How to Raise Successful People, which outlines the parenting philosophy she's developed and honed over five decades, gently guiding her own children and her students to the fulfilment of their potential. Wojcicki is a curious mix of progressive and old-fashioned. She's a champion of education-reform, a critic of high-pressure schooling and too much testing, a promoter of … [Read more...] about Is ‘panda parenting’ the key to rearing successful kids?