The US Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis, has ordered Britain to spend more on defence or risk the end of the “special relationship”. By complete coincidence, his letter has leaked to the Sun just as Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is manouvering to oust Theresa May, and five days before the showdown at Chequers over Brexit. Williamson has demanded an extra £20bn for his department. May, in return, has asked him to “justify Britain’s status as a Tier 1 military power”. What’s the real story? Ten years into austerity, the Tory government is beginning to grasp a truth known to every teenager who has played Sid Meier’s Civilisation. You have to choose between guns and butter. The more productive your economy, the more of both guns and butter you can have. But if your economy is rubbish you can’t be Tier 1 at anything. The truth is, Brexit risks damaging not just Britain’s economy, not just its geopolitical standing in the one … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight The Tories’ divisions over defence give Labour a chance to outflank them
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Sajid Javid has pledged to ensure police have the resources they need while admitting he has no “magic wand” to increase government funding or turn around the loss of thousands of officers. In his maiden public speech as home secretary, he sought to endear himself to the rank and file by describing his brother’s policing career and the racial abuse they both suffered during a patrol. “My pledge to you I this – I will prioritise police funding in the spending review next year,” he told Police Federation members gathered in Birmingham. Read more Knife crime in England and Wales increases by largest margin ever Man stabbed to death on busy London street as commuters look on Police budget cuts driving violent crime, chief says after stabbings “I will give you the tools, the powers and the back-up that you need to get the job done.” But pushed on whether he wanted a real-terms increase in funding from central government, Mr Javid did not … [Read more...] about Sajid Javid admits he does not ‘have a magic wand’ to increase police funding
Sam Leith 12 May 2018 9:00 AM 12 May 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics Michael PollanAllen Lane, pp.480, £20 When Peregrine Worsthorne was on Desert Island Discs in 1992, he chose as his luxury item a lifetime supply of LSD. He may, according to the American journalist Michael Pollan’s fiercely interesting new book, have been on to something. Acid has a bad name these days: either a threat to the sanity of your children, or a naff 1960s throwback favoured by the sort of people who sell you healing crystals at markets in Totnes. Yet in LSD-25, psilocybin, DMT, mescaline and others we have a family of molecules with startlingly powerful effects on the human mind. They are not addictive, carry little or no physiological risk, and their association with the desire to jump out of windows has been distinctly exaggerated. They might even be good for us. They have done much … [Read more...] about Might LSD be good for you?
Whatever the size of your company, with the right knowledge and skills, even small and local businesses can and attract more customers. Ash Sharma is the founder and author of SKIPS Educational, a business based in Birmingham that produces educational books for primary school children. Ash visited the Google Digital Garage to learn how to make his business more visible online. After attending several one-to-one sessions with a Google trainer, Ash learnt how to create a strategy to reach teachers and parents online, including how to use keywords to help his website appear in search results, and how to connect with others using hashtags on social media. Follow these tips to be like Ash and help make your business more visible online and attract new customers: Make sure you are visible: You don’t need to immediately invest in a website, although it is generally worth the effort. You can get your business online quickly by signing up for a free ‘Google my Business’ page … [Read more...] about Tips to make your business fly online from Google Digital Garage
Something Mathieu Baudry said during his press call on Thursday rather neatly summed up this Doncaster Rovers display. “Defend from the front, attack from the back,” was the Frenchman’s motto of choice as he called for individual and collective responsibility from his frustrated teammates. And those words were almost carried out to the letter as Rovers secured their first win in 2018 against a Fleetwood side clearly in free-fall. Boss Darren Ferguson had read the riot act to his players following their feeble performance at Walsall last week. The Scot will accept defeat if Rovers are beaten by the better team. He will understand if his players have the odd off day. But what he will not stand for is watching his team surrender and fail to compete like they did at the Bescot Stadium. He subsequently made five changes to his starting eleven and asked his players to show their true colours against the Cod Army. Those selected duly stood up and were counted. The victory … [Read more...] about Doncaster Rovers 3 Fleetwood Town 0: After Keepmoat pitch issues, Darren Ferguson’s men produce perfect display before Uwe Rosler is sacked