The United Kingdom’s descent into anarchy continues apace, with furious insults flying back and forth between its top politicians, and leadership favourite Boris Johnson facing court over misconduct claims.Emotions are at an all-time high, with 11 candidates now scrapping it out to take over from Prime Minister Theresa May after she tearfully announced she will stand down on June 7.Each contender has a different idea of how to extricate the UK from its Brexit impasse, with the debacle unresolved three years after the vote to leave the European Union.An angry war of words is now consuming the Conservative government, after it suffered its worst result in 200 years in the European elections. Whoever wins will face attacks on every side — from Labour, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, and Remain parties the Liberal Democrats and Greens.‘I SAY F*** “F*** BUSINESS”’The new prime minister will be elected first by Tory MPs whittling the field down to two … [Read more...] about UK leadership fight turns ‘nasty’
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0 Have your say In its 20 years the Scottish Parliament has had five First Ministers, each of them leading, failing and succeeding in very different ways, finds Gina Davidson It is highly unlikely that Donald Dewar ever considered himself to be the founding father of a new Scotland. Certainly his elongated, angular frame would have rebelled against the weight of any such pretension and his inclusiveness as a politician would see him point to others as being far more influential.But without doubt, Dewar was key to bringing devolution to Scotland, and creating the Parliament in which 129 MSPs sit today.It was he who took the Labour Party into the Scottish Constitutional Convention in 1988, who was a doughty defender of the additional member voting system for the election of MSPs, and it was he who said everything that wasn’t specifically reserved to Westminster, should be devolved.He was a driven man, taking on many constitutional fights within his own … [Read more...] about Scottish Parliament at 20: How have our First Ministers fared?
TORIES face a tough time at this week’s local elections as they are threatened with losing hundreds of seats over Brexit. Voters are fuming with the Government’s broken promises to deliver on the 2016 referendum, and are set to punish them this Thursday. Polling experts predicted Theresa May’s party could lose 800 seats, with Labour, the Lib Dems, and Ukip getting chunks of their vote. Two new parties, Change UK and the Brexit Party, aren’t standing in these local elections but have also been causing an upset. Where and where are they being held? The local polls will be held in parts of the country this Thursday, 2 May. More than 8,000 seats are up for grabs on 38 councils in England, and 11 councils in Northern Ireland too. Some councils only have a third of the seats up for grabs, such as Oldham, Sheffield, Coventry and Wigan. But in other areas the council is facing election - including Bournemouth, Bath, Dorset and Luton. Six mayoral elections will be held: … [Read more...] about Local elections 2019: Who’s going to win, what are the key areas and what will it mean for Brexit?
Sputnik: Today, terrorism has become a global problem. In your view, what is the most effective way of dealing with it at the international level? © AFP 2019 / Noorullah ShirzadaUS, Afghan Forces Kill More Civilians Than Taliban – UN ReportHamid Karzai: The most effective way to fight terrorism, given the experience of our country, is the cooperation of major powers. The United States, some of its European and Eastern allies must be honest in the fight against terrorism. Terrorism is a tool that some use. Therefore, it's necessary to make them stop doing this; and this is impossible without extensive and honest cooperation. Sputnik: What do you mean by "honest cooperation", especially, as you have noted, the US's "honest cooperation"? Hamid Karzai: This means that no one should use terrorism as a tool. We're seeing this in Afghanistan. Extremism and terrorism have become tools in Afghanistan. At the … [Read more...] about Ex-Afghan President Hamid Karzai: US Must Fight Terrorism Honestly (EXCLUSIVE)
Last year's annual report on malaria contained some startling and worrying figures. In 10 of the countries with some of the highest rates of the disease there were 3.5 million more cases of the deadly infection in 2017 than in 2016. Nigeria had a million more cases of malaria in 2017 compared to the previous year, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar each experienced half a million more infections in 2017 compared to 2016. However, one high-burden nation is bucking this concerning trend. India reported three million fewer cases of malaria in 2017 than in 2016, an incredible 24 per cent decrease. “Of the countries hardest hit by malaria, only India showed progress in reducing its disease burden,” a WHO spokesperson said. And it is the east coast state of Odisha, responsible for 40 per cent of cases in the entire country, which is driving the reduction. This is a remarkable feat … [Read more...] about World Malaria Day: how a remote tribal region is bucking the global trend