Two important things happened on Labour’s campaign trail yesterday. Both events depict the party as terminally and institutionally racist and neither will have any impact on its popularity. That says a lot about Labour, but it says a great deal more about Britain. The first event was the leaking of the Jewish Labour Movement’s dossier of evidence submitted to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) as part of its investigation of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. The document, which in earlier political times would have a devastating impact on its subject, leading naturally to multiple resignations of senior figures, includes 70 sworn testimonies from current and former staffers, and... … [Read more...] about The most tragic thing about Labour’s anti-Semitism scandal is that so few voters care
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A fight with punk royalty Jean-Jacques Burnel (bass): In 1976, we played with the Ramones. In those days, [Clash bassist] Paul Simonon had a nervous tic: he used to spit on the ground. He did this just as we came off stage at Dingwalls in London, so I thumped him and it all kicked off. We were thrown out by the bouncers and it continued in the courtyard. On one side were the Pistols, the Clash, the Ramones and a load of their journalist friends. On the other side was us, a few of our fans and me, nose to nose with Paul. Dave [Greenfield, Stranglers keyboards] had John Lydon up against the ice-cream van. Jet Black (drums): It polarised opinion against us, but we've always been at our best with our backs against the wall. Burnel: Contrary to what has been written, Hugh [Cornwell, Stranglers singer] and I never had punch-ups. There was one incident in Rome where he tried jumping in the air during Hanging Around and managed to get two inches off the ground. I said something … [Read more...] about The Stranglers on 40 years of fights, drugs, UFOs and ‘doing all the wrong things’
Chloe Ayling is a Celebrity Big Brother housemate for summer 2018 and joins the likes of actress Roxanne Pallett, former TOWIE star Dan Osborne and celeb psychic Sally Morgan for what may be the last ever run of the series on Channel 5. Other names confirmed include Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves, footballer Jermaine Pennant, Love Island 2017 star Gabby Allen and former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas. The theme this year is Eye of the Storm and those entering have all been at the centre of some stormy times themsleves, so it looks set to be an entertaining ride. Chloe is no exception and hit headlines for the most extraordinary reason - when she was kidnapped. Before entering the house, Chloe talked about her ordeal, saying: "People thought it was a publicity stunt." She added: "I felt like I constantly had to defend myself against the media headlines, just because you don't cry and can put on a brave face." Here's everything you need to know about Chloe... Who is Chloe Ayling and … [Read more...] about Who is Chloe Ayling? What happened to the Celebrity Big Brother star in Milan and who is her child?
Plenty of promises have been made by politicians in the election campaign - but what big issues have they been quiet about?1. The UK's role in the worldOne of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's favourite slogans, Global Britain, doesn't actually appear in the Conservative manifesto. There have been arguments about potential post-Brexit trade deals with the US. Global issues such as climate change have featured prominently. And international issues were discussed during the Nato summit. But in-depth discussions about the kind of relationship the UK might want with the rest of the EU, if Brexit was to happen, have largely been avoided.Trade talks, both with the EU and other countries around the world, could be a dominant political issue for years to come. But the choices that would have to be made, and the effect they could have on businesses up and down the country, haven't been addressed in any detail. Brexit: What trade deals has the UK done so far? Rolled-over UK free trade deals 'are … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Nine big things forgotten by the parties
Sinkholes in former coalmining areas can be predicted and more must be done to stop them, an expert has said. Mine risk specialist Tom Backhouse spoke out after one appeared on a Cimla street - the third in the Neath area.Mr Backhouse said Neath Port Talbot council and the Coal Authority should do more - such as going into sinkholes to investigate where others may appear.A local authority spokesman said many were not sink holes but defects caused by leaking drains and water systems.In January 2016, Cimla Road was cordoned off because of a sinkhole discovery, with it only 1.5ft (0.5m) wide on the surface but collapsing below to 20ft (6m) deep.Geologist Mr Backhouse said where there were colliery spoil and mine shafts there was inevitably going to be "collapse and ground instability".While he said it was perceived nothing could be done, he added: "Sinkholes are seen as being pretty scary and almost unpredictable, but that has to change because they aren't actually unpredictable, … [Read more...] about ‘Stop sinkholes happening’ in coalmining areas call