The Guardian put the following questions to the main politicial parties to draw them out on specific key climate and environmental issues ahead of the election. Is the climate crisis the biggest issue the UK faces as a nation? Conservatives: Yes, it is one of the biggest issues facing the world. Thanks to the efforts of successive governments, the UK has cut carbon emissions by more than any similar developed country. We have also already doubled our support for developing nations to tackle climate change. Greens: Absolutely. The science is clear: it is the biggest threat facing the UK and the world. Labour: Yes and this election is our last chance to tackle it. We’re already off course to meet our targets and radical and urgent action over the next five years is essential. Liberal Democrats: Yes, a Liberal Democrat government would solve Brexit on day one, so climate change would be the biggest issue. SNP: Scotland – like the rest of the world – faces a climate … [Read more...] about What will you do about the climate crisis? The parties answer
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On the wall in the new presidential campaign offices of France’s Front National leader Marine Le Pen hangs a portrait of Hollywood tough guy Clint Eastwood. He might seem an odd choice of pinup for Europe’s biggest far-right, nationalist, anti-immigration party, but Le Pen admires Eastwood’s “bravery” in voting for Donald Trump in the US election last month. Dirty Harry, like Trump himself, has become something of a feel-good mascot for the French far-right’s battle for the leadership of the country. Instead of a gun, the ageing but still snarling Eastwood is pointing a blue rose, Le Pen’s new campaign symbol. Trump’s US victory blew apart any notion of foregone electoral conclusions, leading Paris’s mainstream politicians to warn that the world’s next political earthquake could happen in France. Le Pen winning the French presidential election in five months’ time – something that had always been seen as impossible … [Read more...] about The fear of Marine Le Pen – will the next political earthquake happen in France?
Everyone – from the government, to housing charities, to housebuilders – has bought into the conventional wisdom that the dysfunction that racks our housing market is a matter of demand and supply. We’re not building enough houses, so house prices have been sent rocketing, taking home-ownership out of reach for growing numbers of young people. But in reality, our housing problems are not a simple feature of supply and demand. Rather, our housing market has a bitcoin problem. What has bitcoin mania got in common with house prices, especially in the capital? For starters, both are speculative bubbles. Vast sums of money have been poured into finite supplies of bitcoins and London property. Both have consequently exploded in value, albeit over different time periods. And so both have become financialised assets that deliver capital gains far in excess of people’s ability to earn income from work, or from investment in the real economy. And as with bitcoin, so with … [Read more...] about Why building more homes will not solve Britain’s housing crisis
In agreeing a deal to guarantee the Irish border remains invisible, with no checks fuelling inter-community tensions, the UK is moving the border to the Irish Sea. But the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) fears it will create an unwelcome new Brexit burden in Great Britain, forcing manufacturers to take on a mountain of paperwork and breaching Theresa May’s promise that east-west trade would remain unfettered. While the DUP softened its previous opposition to such an outcome, Sammy Wilson, the MP for East Antrim, raised concerns about the impact facilitating Boris Johnson’s new deal would have on businesses exporting from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Why is a barrier in the Irish Sea being discussed? If all goods entering the island of Ireland are checked before arrival for standards and tariffs, then cross-border trade can continue to flow unimpeded. It will also protect the single market and reduce the chance of suspect goods making their way to the continent via … [Read more...] about The ‘Irish Sea border’: what does it mean for GB business?
Video of police arresting Salim Mehajer at his suburban mansion and then waiting for him to find the right pair of pants has been played in a Sydney court. Two officers, one wearing a body camera, arrived at his Lidcombe home on June 3 and accused the Sydney identity of emailing a witness in breach of bail conditions set by police. The vision, played in the Parramatta District Court on Thursday, shows Mehajer deny he contacted Hassan Kanj before asking if he'll be allowed to get changed out of the track pants he's wearing. From his enormous walk-in wardrobe, he puts on a fragrance before saying: 'I don't even know where my clothes are.' The vision shows Mehajer deny he contacted Hassan Kanj before asking if he'll be allowed to get changed out of the track pants he's wearing For the next 10 minutes, police follow Mehajer from room to room as he searches. From his enormous walk-in wardrobe, he puts on a fragrance before saying: 'I don't even know where my clothes are.' He then takes … [Read more...] about Does my bum look big in this, officer? Astonishing moment Salim Mehajer makes police WAIT for him to pick out an outfit, moisturise his face and spray his hair during arrest