War on crime | Public sector strikes will distract the police from fighting crime, Britain’s most senior police officer has warned. Sir Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said officers were being dragged into doing more health and social care work by minding mentally ill and vulnerable patients in A&E departments rather than spending their time catching criminals.
Bullying storm | Raab accused of hurling tomatoes in a fit of rage
Dominic Raab was on Friday accused of hurling tomatoes across a table in a fit of rage as he was embroiled in a bullying storm.The Deputy Prime Minister threw the contents of a Pret A Manger salad after being displeased at a briefing, according to reports….
Mr Justice Hayden said the “identified conflict of interest was so flagrant” and so “manifestly contrary to the fiduciary obligations of the attorneys”, that both Vinoo and Shanu Hinduja had “disclaimed the role”.
Family feud | Billionaire brother almost placed in council care home
A member of Britain’s richest family, the billionaire Hindujas, was nearly moved into a council care home during a bitter family feud, a court has heard.Srichand Hinduja, 86, is the eldest of the four brothers behind the Hinduja Group conglomerate and became the focus of a family row when he was diagnosed with dementia.
Made in China | Shops accused of hypocrisy over Christmas cards
The Telegraph has found that nearly half of the Christmas cards sold by major high street retailers and supermarkets are printed in China, prompting concern over messages of hope and peace being produced in a country with a poor human rights record.Our survey of some of the country’s biggest greeting card retail outlets found that 46 per cent of their Christmas multipack cards are produced in China.Out of 279 multipacks sold in the branches of 10 high street shops and supermarkets in central London, 129 were made in China.
New row | Nigerian chiefs say Benin Bronzes belong to their king
The universities of Oxford and Cambridge have pledged to return hundreds of Benin Bronzes, a collective term for artworks looted in 1897 from the Kingdom of Benin – now part of Nigeria – but questions over their eventual ownership are stoking local tensions.The most senior chiefs of the Benin people have warned that their king or “Oba” is the only acceptable owner of the artworks, despite competing plans for their future once they are returned to Nigeria.The dispute over a permanent home for the artefacts has prompted concerns that British repatriation of the Benin Bronzes will become a “fiasco” in which there is “no certainty that they will be kept safe or accessible”.
News focus | Tax rises: How the OBR has got every forecast wrong for a decade
It will be the most feared financial statement of recent times. When the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt finally stands up in the House of Commons on Thursday to unveil the Government’s long-term fiscal plans, he will end weeks of speculation about punishing tax rises and huge spending cuts.
A raid on pensions. A raid on entrepreneurs. A raid on the energy companies, or the banks, or on the rich, or on landlords. Add it all up, and Treasury officials and advisers have been launching more raids than the entire cast of SAS Rogue Heroes.
‘Illegitimate claimants’ | In an exclusive article for The Telegraph, Robert Jenrick says we need to ensure modern slavery laws are fit for purpose and cannot be exploited. He says the number of people claiming to be a victim is at an all-time high: “Last-minute modern slavery claims clog the system and of those who apply 90pc are approved.”
Review | Jeremy Hunt set to wage war on government waste
MPs have been outraged to hear ministers are considering lowering the threshold at which employees pay the 45p rate of income tax from £150,000 to £125,000, scrapping the triple lock and increasing levies on dividends and capital gains.
Auction fight | Liverpool art dealer sues US billionaire twins
An Iranian asylum seeker turned Liverpool art collector has struck the first blow in his David and Goliath art battle against America’s wealthiest billionaire twins.Amir Soleymani, who came to Britain a decade ago, has won the first round of his legal fight with Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss – the 6ft 5in one-time Olympic rowers and technology entrepreneurs whose combined fortune is estimated at more than $4 billion (£3.4 billion).
‘Fired up’ | Trump set to dismiss advice to delay presidential run
Donald Trump will forge ahead with his declaration of a third presidential run on Tuesday, according to a senior adviser – despite disappointing results in the midterm elections.The former president faced calls from senior Republicans, and some of his own aides, to delay the move in the wake of a lacklustre performance by candidates he had backed.But Jason Miller, a senior adviser in Mr Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, said the former commander in chief had taken the decision to go ahead.”President Trump is going to announce on Tuesday that he’s running for president. And it’s going to be a very professional, very buttoned-up announcement,” said Mr Miller.
The King greeted British diver Tom Daley at a reception at Buckingham Palace for Olympic and Paralympic medalists. His Majesty also hosted world leaders, business figures and environmentalists at the palace ahead of Cop27. See what else the Royal family has done this week.
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Perhaps the main reason people voted for Brexit was a feeling that globalisation was in danger of taking a wrong turn, allowing employers (and politicians) to overlook entire chunks of the population. The NHS has been one of the worst: half of new nurses registered last year were from overseas. The fact that we don’t train enough nurses to staff our own National Health Service is almost the definition of short-sightedness. Would it have hurt so much to train more here? Too many employers have become addicted to importing, rather than training, workers. Or saving money on machines by using cheap humans instead (we’re one of the least automated G20 countries).
In Ukraine itself, more immediate actions are being taken. The country’s hospitals are preparing for a mass-casualty radiological disaster as a precaution, with citizens stocking up on iodine pills and bomb shelters being equipped with nuclear survival kits.
“Various measures have already been put in place at hospitals, clinics, and other health-care facilities, while central and local authorities have stockpiled medicines for distribution if needed,” reported the Lancet medical journal on Saturday.
Private girls’ schools have managed to maintain a reputation for academic excellence rather than Etonian-style monied privilege – until now
The Bank of England’s latest forecasts for the economy make for grim reading as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street warns of a potentially lengthy recession. But they are just that: forecasts and nothing more.
A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world.
We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".
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