Archbishop tells PM to ‘draw the poison from Brexit’ – BBC News

June 25, 2017

… by a senior politician, but without the authority to bind Parliament. “We need the politicians to find a way of neutralising the temptation to take minor advantage domestically from these great events,” the archbishop wrote. He added that Britain’s decision to leave the EU was the third time in two centuries that the UK had to “redefine the place of our country in the world”. …

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Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a ‘perverted comic book’

June 23, 2017

… Anti-Muslim extremists did hail the attack online, but some of Britain’s public far-right figures — like Tommy Robinson and Paul Golding — would not condone the attack. Golding and Robinson said it proved them right. Robinson, who says he has received a handful of death threats since the Monday attack, called the driver an “idiot” (along with profanities) and said the victims of the terror attack were innocent. But he also said the attack is proof of …

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Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case – BBC News

June 20, 2017

… accusations,” said Brad Kaufman from American firm Greenberg Traurig. Mr Varley was one of Britain’s leading bankers, having been chief executive at Barclays for six years, and the charges against him will stun the City. He is the first prominent British banker to face criminal charges in the wake of the financial crisis. Barclays took 7bn from Qatar in 2008, as banks scrambled to avoid nationalisation. The SFO looked into payments made to Qatar at the same time and after the deal, …

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Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign – BBC News

June 19, 2017

… conversations with Mrs May after the election, in which the Conservatives lost their Commons majority. Mr Hammond said the Tories should have focused more on their record of running Britain’s finances. “The end result is that in my judgement we did not talk about the economy as much we should have done.” Asked how long Mrs May had left in Number 10, Mr Hammond replied: “I think what the country needs now is a period of calm while we get on with the job at hand.” …

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UK wealth gap ‘widening over past decade’ says report – BBC News

June 19, 2017

… of the population has started to fall again”. “Given the hugely unequal distribution of wealth across Britain, it’s time we looked into how the nation’s wealth is divided up and what the consequences are for those who never build up assets of any significance,” said Conor D’Arcy, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation. “Falling levels of home ownership mean that, having once been a great force in driving down inequality, shifts in who owns what …

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NHS cyber-attack was ‘launched from North Korea’ – BBC News

June 16, 2017

The same group is also thought to have been behind the theft of money from banks. NHS hit In May, ransomware called WannaCry swept across the world, locking computers and demanding payment for them to be unlocked. The NHS in the UK was particularly badly hit. Officials in Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) began their own investigation and concluded their assessment in recent weeks. The ransomware did not target Britain or the NHS specifically, and may well have been a …

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Borough Market opens after London Bridge terror attack – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… in the country, with more than 100 stalls selling gourmet goods from both Britain and abroad. As well as selling food to take away, there are more than 30 bars, cafes and restaurants. It is a tourist attraction in its own right, attracting about five million visitors a year. The market and its surrounding streets have been used as film locations for such features as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. London Bridge spans …

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

June 10, 2017

… had a “strong relationship” and that she intended to form a government which could “provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country”. DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed she had spoken to Mrs May and that they would speak further to “explore how it may be possible to bring stability to this nation at this time of great challenge”. Mrs May’s decision to seek a deal with the DUP has prompted concerns from some Tories. …

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At a New York pub, the UK election is the main event

June 10, 2017

New York (CNN)British expats, vacationers and political geeks packed into the Churchill Tavern in midtown Manhattan on Thursday night to watch the results of Britain’s general election roll in. As the work day came to a close, a small crowd grew to more than 100. It was the second time in one day that some bars in the US would be packed with politics, not sports, fans. The testimony of former FBI director James Comey before Congress drew crowds in DC bars earlier in the day. …

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Why the UK election isn’t exciting Americans – BBC News

May 30, 2017

… exercised too little power rather than too much: they wanted him to use his royal prerogative to overrule parliament over its much-hated tax regime. America’s royal obsession sometimes has the feel of a cargo cult on a small Polynesian island, but its faithful to the thinking of some of the country’s leading founding fathers. History. That’s what continues to fascinate Americans about Britain, not its modern-day politics. That’s evidenced by the enormous popularity of the …

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Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

The name doesn’t seem to mean much to them. It would have been a different story 36 years ago, when the Thatcher government closed Consett’s steel works, with the loss of 3,700 jobs. The devastation inflicted on this remote town high on the edge of the Pennines, where unemployment soared to 36%, made the national news and became a symbol of the harsh medicine the Thatcher government thought it had to administer to Britain’s heavy industries. It sowed the seeds for the …

May 21, 2017
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Conservative manifesto: No timetable for migration pledge – BBC News

… in the Commons to be held on repealing the ban on fox hunting Launching the manifesto in Halifax on Thursday, Mrs May said: “We must take this opportunity to build a great meritocracy in Britain. It means making Britain a country that works, not for the privileged few, but for everyone.” The social care changes proposed are that the value of someone’s property would be included in the means test for receiving free care in their own home – currently only their income and …

May 20, 2017
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Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years

(CNN)They don’t call KLM “Royal Dutch Airlines” for nothing. King Willem-Alexander, reigning monarch of the Netherlands, revealed in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he’d regularly flown flights for a subsidiary of the Dutch flag carrier for over two decades. Calling the part-time role a “hobby,” the King says that he’d taken to the cockpit as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper — the airline’s short-haul carrier — …

May 18, 2017
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