Philip John Miles was a major beneficiary of the Slave Compensation Act, in which slave owners were paid for enslaved people freed in the colonies. Records show he sought over £36,000 for over 1,700 slaves at plantations in Jamaica and Trinidad. … [Read more...] about Would a wedding venue’s slave links make YOU think twice? As Ryan Reynolds sparks debate by saying marrying at a slave plantation was a ‘mistake’, FEMAIL unearths the dark histories of UK stately homes and hotels
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Many other nations, including the US and Germany, have also pledged aid. The European Union has mobilized millions of euros as well. This Saturday, the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, will travel to Beirut as a representative of the EU member states, and he would prefer a coordinated political initiative launched by all the European nations, including France, instead of Macron going it alone. … [Read more...] about Emmanuel Macron visits Beirut: Can there be a ‘French solution’ for Lebanon?
It comes, in the end, down to us and our wallets and what we say to these brands. Because the world has to realise that there’s no one and no thing coming to the rescue. Trump and Zuckerberg have formed an unspoken, almost certainly unstated, strategic alliance. Only the US has the power to clip Facebook’s wings. And only Facebook has the power to stop Trump spreading lies. … [Read more...] about Facebook is out of control. If it were a country it would be North Korea
“My landlady keeps harassing me as she wants me out,” says the mother-of-one. “I asked her if we could come to an agreement on the rent while we saw what happened. She went ballistic and demanded I pay it all. I’ve managed to keep paying in full but she’s still on at me to get out. You’re always one step away from eviction.” … [Read more...] about Where to now? End of eviction ban leaves tenants fearing for future
Try explaining the upper house of our national legislature to someone from abroad. Start with the 92 members who are hereditary peers, the rump left over as the price for getting rid of the rest without too much fuss when Tony Blair was prime minister. These hereditaries possess a vote in one half of our parliament because an ancestor swung his sword on the winning side of a battle fought long ago or was the illegitimate child of a priapic monarch or was owed a favour by the ruler of their time. The rest of the lords and ladies are “life peers”, the category invented by Harold Macmillan in the 1950s when a gesture was needed to acknowledge the rise of meritocracy but he did not want to do anything so modern as to make peers subject to election. The “lifers” are a gallimaufry of the genuinely distinguished, highly diligent and seriously expert, along with the lifelong bore and the absolutely pointless, the part-timers and the absentees, the ex-MPs seeking a … [Read more...] about The House of Lords is absurd because it suits MPs to keep it that way