In agreeing a deal to guarantee the Irish border remains invisible, with no checks fuelling inter-community tensions, the UK is moving the border to the Irish Sea. But the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) fears it will create an unwelcome new Brexit burden in Great Britain, forcing manufacturers to take on a mountain of paperwork and breaching Theresa May’s promise that east-west trade would remain unfettered. While the DUP softened its previous opposition to such an outcome, Sammy Wilson, the MP for East Antrim, raised concerns about the impact facilitating Boris Johnson’s new deal would have on businesses exporting from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Why is a barrier in the Irish Sea being discussed? If all goods entering the island of Ireland are checked before arrival for standards and tariffs, then cross-border trade can continue to flow unimpeded. It will also protect the single market and reduce the chance of suspect goods making their way to the continent via … [Read more...] about The ‘Irish Sea border’: what does it mean for GB business?
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Anxiety Much like the planet, people have a tipping point. Mine came last summer, when a respected scientist told me matter-of-factly that he thought it was “at least highly unlikely” that his teenage children would survive beyond late middle age. At that point, three decades of climate unease crystallised into debilitating dread, and I’m far from alone. “There are hundreds of people contacting us, looking for support,” says Caroline Hickman of the Climate Psychology Alliance. It’s not just individuals either. “We’ve reached a level where organisations are asking for professional help to support their staff: civil servants, museums, universities… They’re noticing massive increases in anxiety and concern.” Eco anxiety isn’t pathological: it’s a legitimate reaction to the climate crisis. “It’s mentally healthy to feel this way,” says Hickman. “It’s a sign of empathy.” The … [Read more...] about A-Z of climate anxiety: how to avoid meltdown
The world needs more new Christmas music: it sounds like something only a raving maniac would say, but there’s a grain of truth in it. The pantheon of celebrated Christmas pop songs is a surprisingly small. There have been attempts to expand the canon over the years by including songs that were relative flops on release – Elton John’s Step Into Christmas, left in the dust by Slade and Wizzard back in 1973, or the Waitresses’ Christmas Wrapping, in at 45 with a bullet in 1982 – but you could still fit the lot on one CD. And it’s the absolute apotheosis of music you’re going to hear whether you want to or not. In Britain at least, the only way to avoid repeated exposure to Wonderful Christmastime and Fairytale of New York over December is to adopt a lifestyle of hermetic seclusion with no access to broadcast media and no contact with your fellow man, or to spend the entire month wearing earplugs, drastic approaches both. For all the opprobrium … [Read more...] about John Legend: A Legendary Christmas review – tasteful covers need a tot of sherry
OVERSPENDING is easily done in a supermarket – but not anymore, as we reveal the best ways to save hundreds of pounds a year on your food shop. We’ve teamed up with money-saving pros to come up with 16 very easy ways to make your money go further while keeping your trolley full. It comes as the average family in the UK spends £60.60 on their weekly supermarket haul, according to latest data from the Office of National Statistics. From sussing out when yellow-sticker reductions hit the shop floor, to never shopping on an empty stomach, there are plenty of savvy saving tips that don’t require much effort. And saving doesn’t have to stop in the shop – there are things you can do in the kitchen to help stretch your food haul further. Here we reveal the best ways to slash your supermarket shopping bill.1. Write a list – and stick to it It might sound obvious but planning what you’re going to buy and making sure your trolley doesn’t steer … [Read more...] about 16 tips to slash your supermarket shopping bill by HUNDREDS of pounds a year
The Hotel Meurice in Calais is rather decrepit these days but, with its reasonable rates, it has long appealed to English tourists. The problem is that English tourists – as anyone trying to make a living in Calais will tell you – have fled, fearful of migrants and the general chaos that has taken hold of the city. Monsieur Cossard, owner of the Hotel Meurice, would very much like to sell his business, but alas, nothing’s selling in Calais. He would also like to take bookings from the ranks of the riot police, 1,800 of whose officers are deployed around the tunnel and the port; welcome custom for the managers of chain hotels such as Ibis, Novotel, and Formule 1. But the people who make decisions about this kind of thing at the Ministry of the Interior must have viewed the genteel decrepitude of the Meurice – its faded toiles, rickety day beds, and dusty frills and flounces – ill-suited to the rugged image of the forces of law and order. A few months ago, … [Read more...] about ‘That thing gnawing away at all of us’: Calais and the shantytown on its doorstep