Jeremy Corbyn has suffered a few knocks in a bruising summer but a Tory Government pushing aside G4S to take back control of cockroach infested privatised Birmingham prison is another little victory for his campaign. Labour's manifesto scored big approval ratings for promises to renationalise water (83), gas (77), electricity (77), rail (76) and mail (65). So too did ejecting Richard Branson profit-syphoning tax haven billionaires from the NHS, while a majority also favour restoring local ownership of bus companies. Pollsters such as YouGov and Populus have even discovered that a sizeable minority would like to see airlines and travel agents run by the state. The world has turned upside down from the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s when a Tory privatisation mania saw first Margaret Thatcher and then John Major sell off the family silver. Or the New Labour era of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown when private operators were invited into the NHS and nationalisation an emergency when … [Read more...] about Kevin Maguire: Jeremy Corbyn is winning big on public ownership
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THE debate over decriminalising cannabis in the UK has waged for decades - but the drug remains illegal to this day. As the case of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell triggers fresh debate on both sides, we take a look at the pros and cons - and which politicians support a change in law. What are the main arguments for and against? Many support decriminalisation solely for medicinal uses - the drug is already used by tens of thousands in the UK and is shown to have benefits in the relief of pain and symptoms. Medicinal use aside, some campaigners hold that criminalising cannabis can create more harm for users and their societies. According to drugs charity Release, users of "soft" drugs like cannabis are more likely to try something harder, including heroin, when both are illegal. One of the strongest arguments for legalisation is that it would make the substances safer - regulation would decrease the risk of harmful effects. But critics - including the Home Office - have previously said that … [Read more...] about Legalising cannabis in the UK – who’s for and against it, what is the current law and is there a petition?
Freddy Gray 14 June 2018 1:31 PM 14 June 2018 1:31 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp ‘Imagine Trump doing Brexit — what would he do?’ asked the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, at that dinner which was recorded and leaked to Buzzfeed. ‘There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think that he’d gone mad. But you might actually get somewhere.’ Well, let’s imagine. What follows, brought to you by Destiny Media, is Part I of how Prime Minister Donald J. Trump might negotiate and tweet his way through Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. June 24, 2016 5 a.m. The votes are in and Britain has elected to leave the European Union. Prime Minister Trump leaves Downing Street and calls a special press conference at his golf course, Turnberry, in Scotland. 7.15 a.m. The Prime Minister arrives by helicopter and puts on a Make Turnberry Great Again baseball cap. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump does Brexit, Part 1
Sir Richard Branson has revealed he is training to become an astronaut - saying he expects to be shot into space within months. The Virgin boss is trying to get Virgin Galactic - the commercial space travel company he founded - off the ground and is eager to be one of the first space tourists. "We're talking about months not years - so it's close. There are exciting times ahead," the billionaire told BBC Radio 4's You And Yours, to be broadcast on Monday. "I'm going for astronaut training, I'm going for fitness training, centrifuge and other training so that my body will hopefully cope well when I go to space." Read more Richard Branson fears tourist tax will drive away visitors Richard Branson posted a job advert and it has gone viral Richard Branson overturns Virgin Trains' Daily Mail ban Sir Richard, tech titan Elon Musk and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos are fronting the charge in commercial space travel as they race to become the first to catapult tourists into space. While Sir … [Read more...] about Sir Richard Branson to blast himself into space ‘in months’ after training as an astronaut
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Friday morning. DRIVING THE DAY CORBYN SURGE STALLS: Labour’s hopes of scoring dramatic wins in last night’s local elections appear to have been largely dashed this morning, albeit with around a third of the results still to come in. Labour has to date hit only two of its big targets, taking control of Plymouth and becoming the largest party in Trafford. But it has missed out on a raft of other hoped-for town halls such as Wandsworth, Westminster, Dudley and Hillingdon, and is on course to miss their No. 1 target of Barnet too. And in smaller towns such as Derby and Nuneaton, Labour actually lost control of councils where it previously had majorities — definitely not great for a party that claims it is headed for power. Relief for May: The Tories scored similarly mixed results, which frankly is much better than had been expected — and means … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Corbyn surge stalls — 5 more years of Brexit — How to go on strike