By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY SCHOOL CUTS Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Friday morning. Spotted: Labour peer David Blunkett on a 10.35 a.m. British Airways flight to Barbados yesterday. Nice option, your lordship. DRIVING THE DAY THREE EXCELLENT RUMORS: To start your Friday. Playbook cannot substantiate one word of any of these, but they are way too delicious not to share. 1. Cam it be true? The Sun sets a hare racing through Westminster this morning with an arresting front page claiming David Cameron is eyeing a return to frontline politics. Political Editor Tom Newton Dunn reports Cameron has told friends he is “bored sh*tless” at home in his overpriced shepherd’s hut, and quite fancies being foreign secretary in the next government. The article stresses the improbable comeback would only happen once Cameron’s memoirs have been published in 2019, and after Theresa May has been replaced as prime … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by School Cuts: Cam it be true? — Ruddy Nora — Crouch End
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1. ARE HEARTS GENUINE TITLE CONTENDERS? Keith Jackson : They may not go the distance but they have set an almighty pace. Craig Levein’s men sit at the top of the table on merit and the more momentum they build the more realistic their chances will become. Anthony Haggerty : Yes. Welcome back Craig Levein. The Hearts boss has been a breath of fresh air and worked wonders since he reluctantly took the helm again. The men in maroon are beginning to believe something special is about to happen under Levein and it could you know. In the meantime lets just applaud and admire what is happening at Tynie. It is early days but credit where it is due. Craig Swan : Five matches is one thing. A full campaign of 38 games over 10 months is quite another and they won’t win it. However, given the return of an early League Cup Final last season, it opens a big door for the Jambos to use their current form and snatch a trophy. That’s a real target. Euan McLean : They are top of … [Read more...] about Are Hearts genuine title challengers after bright start to season?
Few understand the Clare v Galway dynamic better than Gus Lohan, who hurled for both counties in the same season, writes PM O'Sullivan. There was county football played too, for Monaghan, and Gus’ switch from Cappataggle in Galway to Newmarket-on-Fergus in Clare paid rich dividend for the Banner a generation later, when sons Brian and Frank won two All-Ireland titles. Today, in Croke Park, a father and son will take some joy whatever the result.Gus Lohan is admirably content with not remembering everything but he does recall his first score for Clare.The occasion was a Munster Championship first round against Waterford on May 19, 1968. “I was playing centre-back,” he says. “I caught a puckout, right at the end, and I hit it back over the bar. There must have been a good breeze behind me.”First scores are never less than memorable but this one was more special again. The twist lay not just in this point winning Clare the game, 1-12 to 2-8, a victory that … [Read more...] about PM O’SULLIVAN: Galway’s loss proved Clare’s gain, twice over
Ask most any smart investor what could cause the next crisis in markets and the likely answer would be a sharp rise in borrowing costs brought on by a selloff in the bond market. But the thing about markets is that the pain usually originates in places where it's least expected. That may be the case now with emerging markets. The fact is, investors have had a few years now to prepare for the inevitable rise in bond yields that is currently underway. That's seen in the record bets against U.S. Treasuries. What hasn't been expected is the big slump in EM, which attracted a record $315 billion in non-resident portfolio debt flows in 2017, as measured by the Institute for International Finance. At one point on Tuesday, an MSCI index of EM currencies was down 1.07 percent, the most since June 2016, and bringing its decline so far this quarter to 2.83 percent. Losses in MSCI's EM index of equities are almost 50 percent greater than the global market for stocks since January. A … [Read more...] about Emerging Markets Face Their Moment of Truth
A Republican candidate for governor of Georgia is driving a “deportation bus” around the state, promising to fill it with undocumented immigrants and “send them back to where they came from”. Michael Williams –a Georgia state senator and, according to his website, the first elected official in the state to endorse Donald Trump – announced this week that he would drive a bus around the state to raise awareness of the “overwhelming problem of illegal immigration”. “Throughout his bus tour of sanctuary cities, Williams will expose how dangerous illegal aliens ruin local economies, cost American jobs, increase healthcare costs, and lower education standards,” a statement on his Facebook page reads. Read more Georgia candidate who aimed gun at teenager in ad says 'get over it' A campaign video announcing the tour shows Mr Williams descending from the bus, which appears to be a refurbished school … [Read more...] about Republican gubernatorial candidate drives ‘deportation bus’ around Georgia