British Prime Minister Theresa May, who gave a speech at the opening day of the air show, said the government is funding "the next phase of the Future Combat Air System Technology Initiative through a ground-breaking partnership known as Team Tempest." … [Read more...] about UK reveals fighter jet ‘Tempest’ for post-Brexit era
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Try explaining the upper house of our national legislature to someone from abroad. Start with the 92 members who are hereditary peers, the rump left over as the price for getting rid of the rest without too much fuss when Tony Blair was prime minister. These hereditaries possess a vote in one half of our parliament because an ancestor swung his sword on the winning side of a battle fought long ago or was the illegitimate child of a priapic monarch or was owed a favour by the ruler of their time. The rest of the lords and ladies are “life peers”, the category invented by Harold Macmillan in the 1950s when a gesture was needed to acknowledge the rise of meritocracy but he did not want to do anything so modern as to make peers subject to election. The “lifers” are a gallimaufry of the genuinely distinguished, highly diligent and seriously expert, along with the lifelong bore and the absolutely pointless, the part-timers and the absentees, the ex-MPs seeking a … [Read more...] about The House of Lords is absurd because it suits MPs to keep it that way
May had been tipped to carry out a reshuffle after the Conservative party conference, when the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, caused controversy by appearing to set out a distinctly different Brexit position from the prime minister, and saying tourism in Libya could flourish once “the dead bodies” had been cleared away. … [Read more...] about Theresa May angers Tory MPs with choice to replace disgraced Fallon
It's a number that even serial entrepreneur Richard Branson is unable to ignore. Branson is already in on the game with Virgin Galactic, which aims to send tourists into space. And with Virgin Orbit, he's grasping the small sat sector by both antennae, too. Virgin Orbit is a founding shareholder in One Web, which plans to launch 800 small sats over the next few years to bring broadband internet to four billion people. … [Read more...] about Farnborough Airshow: Brexit? What Brexit?!
It says the sanctions available under the Licensing Act – such as requiring a business to apply new conditions to operate safely, or in the worst cases revoking a licence – would be better suited to preventing the risk of infection spreading than the tools available under health and safety laws. … [Read more...] about Half of Covid cases in newly-locked down Preston are under 30: ‘Bold’ youngsters are warned to stick to social distancing rules and ‘don’t kill granny’ – amid calls for rule-breaking pubs to be closed nationwide