Martin Rowson on George Osborne's planning reforms – cartoon

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My family never benefited from property sales, says Peter Robinson

Northern Ireland’s first minister Peter Robinson has said that no one from his family ever benefited from the sale of Irish state-owned properties in the region worth more than £1bn. The National Crime Agency has been called in to investigate claims by an Irish leftwing parliamentarian that £7m was secreted into an Isle of Man bank account for an Ulster ...

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The Guardian view on the government’s productivity plan: more politics than policy | Editorial

The productivity puzzle, the failure of output to return to growth in line with pre-recession trends, has now been identified by the chancellor as the government’s big challenge for the next five years. Meriting just one mention in the Conservative manifesto, by Wednesday’s budget speech the search for higher productivity had become the driving narrative. There are sound economic reasons ...

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Background check mix-up allowed Charleston shooter to buy gun: FBI

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Miczek The Charleston shooting suspect should not have been allowed to buy a gun, but the 21-year-old charged in a church shooting rampage was able to purchase one in April because of a mix-up in his background check, Federal Bureau of Investigation ...

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Watch: Key and Peele Made a Feminist Pirate Shanty and It's Hilarious

“We’d say YO HO, but we don’t say ho, ‘cause ho is disrespectful, yo!” July 10, 2015 After suffering through weeks of white men complaining how political correctness is “ruining comedy” (read: “people have stopped laughing at my jokes”), the Key and Peele Show’s latest viral bit involving pirates singing a catchy feminist shanty offered a much-needed respite, showing that ...

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Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership bid helped by Unite members' vote push

Jeremy Corbyn’s prospects in the Labour leadership election were boosted when it was confirmed that about 30,000 Unite members have signed up as registered party supporters, able to vote in the contest. The trade union has been supporting the leftwing candidate initially seen as on the fringes of the four-way race, but he is gaining so much support that he ...

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Chechen Islamists Flock to Ukraine to Back Govt Against Rebels

Chechen Islamists Flock to Ukraine to Back Govt Against Rebels Ukrainian government efforts to portray their civil war as a fight primarily against the Russian Federation appears to be paying some dividends recently, as volunteer units of Chechen Islamists are arriving in Ukraine to join the government’s side in fighting against the rebels. “We like to fight the Russians,” declared ...

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Public health cuts could cost NHS extra and cause more unplanned pregnancies

Unplanned pregnancies are likely to rise and cost the NHS an extra £250m on abortions and maternity services because of the planned cuts to public health spending, leading sexual health experts have warned. The Advisory Group on Contraception said on Friday that the government’s £200m in proposed savings were a false economy as cutbacks in sexual health advice and provision ...

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Government unveils sweeping plan to tackle 'economic challenge of our age'

The government has unveiled a wide-ranging programme designed to boost the UK’s flagging productivity levels. The business secretary, Sajid Javid, announced a mix of deregulation and government intervention across housing, apprenticeships, skills, universities, transport and finance in an effort to address “the economic challenge of our age”. The measures – a mix of new specifics and re-announcements – were developed ...

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‘Na-na-nah, hey-hey-hey, goodbye': South Carolina removes Confederate flag from state capitol

South Carolina on Friday permanently removed the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds, sending away the rebel banner that is a symbol of slavery and racism to many but of Southern heritage and pride to others. The banner, which went up on the State House grounds more than half a century ago at the height of the U.S. ...

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The Dystopian Aftermath of the New York Stock Exchange Breakdown

I wake up from my whiskey stupor to the scent of burning motherboards, and I know that something is wrong. Out the window in New York’s Financial District, two men in torn bespoke suits roast a body over an oil drum. It looks like Thomas Friedman’s, but I can’t be sure. “Brother can you spare a bitcoin?” one screams. In ...

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The 'proper Conservative' budget – Politics Weekly podcast

It’s ‘a new contract with the country’, said George Osborne. Unshackled from his former Lib Dem coalition partners, this was the chancellor’s first opportunity for a ‘proper Conservative’ budget. And in some ways it was. But alongside the expected welfare cuts and business tax breaks, Osborne also ripped off large parts of Labour’s election manifesto, wrong-footing his political opponents with ...

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Michael Gove scraps £100m 'secure college' plan in U-turn

The justice secretary, Michael Gove, has scrapped plans for a giant £100m “secure college” for teenage prisoners, in a U-turn that will be embarrassing for his predecessor Chris Grayling. The government had already awarded a contract to build the prison to hold 320 young people, spent almost £6m on preparations and passed enabling legislation at the end of the last ...

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They shouldered the crash. Now we are beginning to pay young people back

The crash of 2008 hit us all hard. As a country we have had to recognise that we are not as rich as we thought we were. But the burden of adjustment has been carried particularly by younger generations. Pensioners have been protected from public spending pressures better than any other group. I can understand the reasons for this. It ...

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Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur blasts Jeb Bush: ‘Your family helped with the greatest robbery in history!’

On Thursday, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks TV tore into former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R)’s contention to the editorial board of the Manchester, NH Union-Leader newspaper that the key to rescuing the American economy is for workers to put in “longer hours.” “(W)e have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time ...

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Two of New York’s Finest Beat an Innocent Teen With Autism in Front of His Home

New York, NY — 17-year-old Troy Canales was hanging out just outside of his Bronx home last November when two NYPD cops pulled up to harass him. Canales has autism, and when people talk to him, he has a very hard time making eye contact. Apparently this lack of eye contact led to a brutal interaction between Canales and police. ...

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Injectable Brain Implant Spies on Individual Neurons

Electronic mesh has potential to unravel workings of mammalian brain. This soft, conductive polymer mesh can be rolled up and injected into the brains of mice. A simple injection is now all it takes to wire up a brain. A diverse team of physicists, neuroscientists and chemists has implanted mouse brains with a rolled-up, silky mesh studded with tiny electronic ...

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George Osborne is a magician – despite his record he’s seen as a success | Owen Jones

George Osborne should be regarded as one of the worst chancellors in modern British history. When the Tories came to power in 2010, Osborne choked off the then gathering economic recovery with an emergency austerity budget. Indeed, the “recovery” under his “long-term economic plan” is the most sluggish since the 19th century. GDP per capita remains lower than before Lehman ...

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Osborne's proposals to relax planning system a 'retreat from localism'

George Osborne will face accusations he has abandoned the Conservative manifesto commitment to localism as he unveils sweeping plans to force councils to accept development of brownfield land and allow homeowners in London to add up to two more storeys. The chancellor will say his reforms are designed to address the fact that Britain has been “incapable of building enough ...

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Newspapers split over significance of think tank's budget analysis

“What price the ‘One Nation’ Budget now?” asked the Independent on its front page. “Osborne took ‘much more’ from the poor”, said the Guardian’s splash headline while the Daily Mirror’s spread was headlined “13m hit by the Tories’ sucker punch”. The three left-of-centre newspapers were reporting the budget analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which said it was ...

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Bolivia’s president presents pope with bizarre-looking hammer and sickle crucifix

Image: Bolivian Pres. Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with hammer and sickle crucifix (AFP) Bolivia’s President Evo Morales handed Pope Francis an unusual and some say “provocative” gift Thursday during the pontiff’s visit to the country: a carving of Christ crucified on a wooden sickle and hammer. The sculpted juxtaposition of two of the world’s most potent symbols, Christianity and ...

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The Bystander Effect: Jackie Fox, Bill Cosby and How to Help Stop Sexual Violence

It’s taken Jackie Fuchs (whose stage name, as the original bassist of the legendary band the Runaways was Jackie Fox) nearly 40 years to speak out about her rape by Kim Fowley, the band’s notoriously predatory manager. The sexual assault, which took place when Fuchs was 15 years old, is described in a lengthy Huffington Post piece that provides a ...

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Politics Live – readers' edition – Friday 10 July

I am not writing my normal Politics Live blog today but, as an alternative, here’s Politics Live: readers’ edition. It’s intended to be a place where you can catch up with the latest news and find links to good politics blogs and articles on the web. Please feel free to use this as somewhere you can comment on any of ...

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Budget 2015: tax credit claimants will be up to £1,000 a year worse off, says IFS

George Osborne’s new “living wage” will fail to compensate low-income workers for the £12bn cuts in the welfare budget, some of which will leave tax credit claimants up to £1,000 a year worse off, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. In its analysis of the chancellor’s budget, the IFS said the budget was regressive, taking “much more” from the ...

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BP Deal: Path to a ‘Cleaner Gulf’–or Guaranteed Future Disasters?

The New York Times‘ depiction of the results of “careless behavior by the oil companies.” (photo: Richard Perry/NYT) “BP Deal Will Lead to a Cleaner Gulf” is the headline the New York Times puts over a July 8 editorial that, in its tone and substance, makes a pretty good illustration of why it almost assuredly won’t. The jig is up, really, with the Times‘ first words: “Though no ...

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MP challenges child tax credit plan that could require women to prove rape

The government has been challenged to justify an “incredibly distasteful” proposal in Wednesday’s budget which would require a woman who had a third child as the result of rape to justify her position in order to avoid losing tax credits. The plans to restrict child tax credits to two children for new claimants from 2017 incorporate a number of exemptions, ...

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Here are 11 things other countries do way better than America

Happy smiling young male backpacker tourist staying in front of Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. (Shutterstock) America! Land of the free, home of the brave, and the greatest country on the face of the planet, right? A country with seemingly limitless natural resources, and according to many politicians, anointed by God herself to lead the world out of the wilderness ...

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WATCH: Stephen Colbert Made a Hilarious Post-Apocalypse Video After The Stock Market Went Down Wednesday

A message from the Supply Lord of The Afterscape. July 9, 2015 Wednesday at around 1pm EST the New York Stock Exchange went down due to a “computer glitch.” Though NYSE has denied there was a hack, one of Anonymous’s most popular accounts tweeted out a rather ominous warning the night before, warning its 1.45 million followers hours before the crash ...

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'Road tax' rears its ugly head again for England's cyclists | Peter Walker

As a man who seems to mainly get the bike out when there are press photographers around, George Osborne probably never thought what potential troubles he was causing the two-wheeled with his changes to vehicle excise duty in his summer budget. The zombie is alive. “Road tax” is back. Well, sort of. Many people who have ridden a bike in ...

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London’s striking tube drivers have done rightwing nostalgists a favour | Gaby Hinsliff

So how did you dodge the tube strike? Did you engage in unarmed combat for the bus, lace up your trainers and walk, irritate the hell out of proper cyclists by wobbling in on a bike that hasn’t seen action since the last strike? Or did you simply take the precaution of being one of the 56 million people who don’t ...

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From grave to cradle: how the budget gets worse as you get younger

In terms of home ownership, income and work, all the data demonstrates that there is a growing penalty on youth. If the chancellor were a concerned social commentator, his budget might have addressed this. But he is instead a singularly ruthless operator, much less interested in arguments about intergenerational equity than in the Ipsos Mori post-election analysis revealing that the ...

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Site of burned Ferguson, Missouri, store to be Urban League center

Ferguson protesters force mall near St. Louis to shut down on ‘Black Friday’ (Wochit) A new community center will be built on the site of a former convenience store that burned 11 months ago in rioting that followed the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. QuikTrip Corp donated the property where ...

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Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981, Email Says — But It Funded Deniers for 27 More Years

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial. The email from Exxon’s in-house climate ...

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Union warns Royal Mail over threat to working conditions

The Communication Workers Union has launched a campaign against what it claims are threats to working conditions and services at Royal Mail from privatisation and regulatory intervention. Related: Government begins sale of remaining stake in Royal Mail The union said its “People’s Post” campaign was a response to the government’s declared intention to sell its remaining stake in Royal Mail ...

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Canada to Allow Unapproved GM Crop Contamination in Imports

A file photo of a genetically engineered corncob from a farm in Germany, Sept. 27, 2007. A new policy soon to be finalized will allow very low levels of genetically modified crops into Canada without a risk assessment by Health Canada. (AP Photo/Sven Kaestner) After three years of discussions, Canada is close to finalizing its new policy on genetically modified ...

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Foreign Office advises Britons to leave Tunisia in wake of attack

British tourists are being advised to leave Tunisia immediately after intelligence warnings of further terrorist attacks and concerns that the local authorities are unable to provide adequate protection. Tour operators are organising extra flights to bring back more than 3,000 UK tourists after the Foreign Office amended its travel advice to warn against all but essential travel to the country. ...

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George Osborne is saving green pennies, but spending nuclear pounds

In the world of renewable energy, they are still reeling from the budget shocker – the removal of the climate change levy exemption, a source of revenue that had seemed secure for at least another half-decade. To see the value of these exception certificates, look at the effect on the share price of Drax, which qualified by virtue of converting ...

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Many more Americans hit by government personnel data hack than previously believed

Data breaches at the U.S. government’s personnel management agency by hackers, with suspicions centering on China, involved millions more people than previously estimated, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said the stolen data included Social Security numbers and other sensitive information on 21.5 million people who have undergone background checks for security clearances. That is ...

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Donald Trump Gets Into Twitter War With Modern Family Writer—Is Obliterated

Because nothing says “presidential material” like being destroyed on your foreign policy by a television show writer in an online flame war, the Donald got a little bent out of shape a couple of years ago when Modern Family writer Danny Zuker made fun of how much of a hypocrite the Donald Trump is: HAHAHAHAHA. Oh well, he got you, Donald. But, ...

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George Osborne’s budget was more New Labour than Thatcherite | Martin Kettle

No event in the political calendar is more thoroughly scrutinised yet more routinely overhyped than the budget. Only a tiny handful of budgets actually change the country or remain lodged in the memory as agenda-shaping moments. So let the dust settle before being too categorical about the long-term importance of George Osborne’s latest budget – especially as it is his second in ...

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Osborne tears up planning laws to let Londoners build extra storeys on homes

George Osborne is to declare war on nimbys, saying English planning laws have made it impossible to build enough houses. In a sign of his intent at the launch of a sweeping policy initiative on Friday, the chancellor will say he wants London residents to be freed to build extra storeys on to their properties without needing local council planning ...

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Steve Bell on the parliament vote on fox hunting – cartoon

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Black man who can’t pay bail has spent 6 years behind bars — but hasn’t been convicted of anything

Warren McClinton has now spent nearly his entire 40th decade of life behind bars waiting for trial, even though he has never been convicted of any of the crimes he’s accused of in the case. The 48-year-old Las Vegas man is facing seven charges related to sexual assault. Last month, a jury threw out an eighth, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The judge ...

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The BBC’s Shameful Film: “Children of the Gaza War”. Coverup of Israel’s Orchestrated Massacre

A truly disgraceful piece of distortion from the BBC’s Lyse Doucet. The title of this film is a clear hint of the propaganda to come, based, as ever, on the fatuous ‘two sides’ narrative. There was no ‘war’, only another orchestrated massacre, a campaign of civil terror, in order to maintain Israel’s wicked, illegal siege. From the first minute of this shoddy film, one just wants to urge Doucet: tell the truth, give the ...

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Jeb Bush Steps in It Again: He’s Either a Stone-cold Plutocrat—Or Just a Terrible Pol Who Sounds Like One

Photo Credit: Andrew Cline/Shutterstock.com Jeb Bush apparently has a plan to grow the economy. He’s telling American workers to work longer hours, without a federal minimum wage, until they’re at least 70. Oh, and don’t expect a shot at debt-free college from Jeb – that’s just “more free stuff.” That’s what we can glean from Bush’s recent policy pronouncements. It ...

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The Guardian view on the budget aftermath: the elusive heart of Osbornomics

The chancellor wowed Westminster, where he is now hailed as a master strategist, architect of a budget as savvy as it was shameless, recycling ideas from an unlikely source: Ed Miliband’s manifesto. Living wages, obligations on firms to fund training, an assault on non-doms. Some in Labour had concluded that these things had been buried along with the Ed Stone, ...

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IFS picks the budget to pieces … again

It all seemed to be going well for George Osborne. A confident display in the Commons. A big increase in the minimum wage. Headlines to die for in the Conservative-supporting papers. Then the Institute for Fiscal Studies came along. Over the years it has become almost a ritual, whichever party is in power, for the IFS to pick the budget ...

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The after party: George Osborne greeted like the groom after a stag do

The after party looked to have been a lavish affair. Either that, or the multiple petites morts the Conservatives had collectively experienced at the end of the chancellor’s budget had been rather plus grandes than expected. Come the resumption of Commons business the next day, the government benches had the feel of a stag do that had gone on rather ...

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Donald Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina: poll

Real estate mogul Donald Trump leads the 2016 GOP field in a new survey on North Carolina. Mr. Trump was the choice of 16 percent of Republican primary voters in the state, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 12 percent apiece, according to the survey from the Democratic firm… Continue reading Could we ...

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James Galbraith: Greek Revolt Threatens Entire Neoliberal Project

Photo Credit: Shutterstock James K. Galbraith, author of The End of Normal and professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, has an inside view of the crisis leading to the recent referendum in Greece. Galbraith has worked for the past several years with recently departed Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis as both a colleague and ...

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