News archive from 2 February 2016

Scotland: Demand up, but councils to be starved of funding

SCOTTISH councils are facing a huge funding gap according to a new report published just days after councils were urged to defy the Scottish government budget. Councils face a 17 per cent shortfall over the next five years, according to Scotland’s...

 

Call for UN to probe Tories’ ‘immoral’ tax credit policy

SNP MP Alison Thewliss has called on the United Nations to formally investigate the Tories’ proposed “medieval” rape clause and two-child benefit cap due to come into force in new tax-credit rules next year. Ms Thewliss slammed the proposals as...

 

Asylum-seekers offered Edinburgh scholarships

FIVE asylum-seekers will received fully funded scholarships to the University of Edinburgh, it announced yesterday. As well as the five undergraduate scholarships, the university will make £100,000 available for other forms of assistance such as...

 

Yemen: Al-Qaida group captures city as humanitarian crisis looms

AL-QAIDA’S affiliate in Yemen captured the city of Azzan in Shabwah province yesterday, exploiting the chaos of the country’s civil war. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula set up checkpoints on roads into the city of 50,000 inhabitants and besieged...

 

France: Castro dines with Hollande after welcome ceremony

CUBAN President Raul Castro received a formal welcome at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris yesterday on his historic state visit to France. He later attended a state dinner with President Francois Hollande. Cuba’s delegation is also meeting French business...

 

TTIP: Rotten to the core

SO, GERMAN MPs are finally to have access to documents relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It’s a relief to know that, when the United States and European Union are negotiating an important trade deal, at least some...

 

PMQs shows just how hollow Tory policy is

Cameron’s predictable parliamentary posturing is no match for real policies to bring about social justice, such as those put forward by Corbyn and McDonnell, writes CALLUM TOWLER Sometimes I watch PMQs as if it’s a dystopian pantomime, like if all the...

 

EU puts the boot into steelworkers

The European Union has forbidden member governments from financially supporting their steel industries – spelling job losses and community devastation for thousands, says LAURENCE PLATT THERE will be many in the labour movement, who while seeking...

 

No pasaran! From Spain to West Lothian

NEIL FINDLAY recommends From The Calton to Catalonia, which pays tribute to the selfless anti-fascism of the International Brigades THIS month Breich Valley Labour Party will bring From The Calton to Catalonia — Willie and John Maley’s story of their...

 

Barca open up gap at the top after Atletico victory

JAMES NALTON looks back at the action across Europe over the weekend This article is reserved for Morning Star subscribers. To read on, and gain access to the rest of the Star’s news, features, arts and sport, subscribe to our e-edition — letting you...

 

Circuitous ramble through 1956 and all that

1956: The Year That Changed Britain by Francis Beckett and Tony Russell (Biteback Publishing, £20) 1956: The Year That Changed Britain is just one of two recent additions to the shelves marking that momentous year’s 50th anniversary. The other, Simon...

 

Album reviews

Fatima Al Qadiri Brute (Hyperdub) 4/5 PIONEERING Senegalese electronic artist Fatima Al Qadiri set the bar to new-found heights with debut Asiatisch — a concept album in which she created an imaginary soundscape of China. Its crisp and distinctive...

 

A new sound in the jazz galaxy

Chris Searle on Jazz Dorothy Ashby The Jazz Harpist (Fresh Sound) DOROTHY ASHBY (1932-86) called one of her albums Hip Harp, and it wasn’t easy to encourage her very volatile instrument to become “hip.” But she did it, and the proof is here in this...

 

Stagnant Creeps

You’d expect any play on the life of a legendary comic to be full of laughs but Jeepers Creepers isn’t, says MAYER WAKEFIELD Jeepers Creepers Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2 2/5 FOR a play based on the life of “one of the most influential names...

 

Expansion brings BT its own risks

Nowadays, just about everyone wants to restructure BT. Or that’s how it seems, given the incessant noise from the bosses of Sky, Vodafone and TalkTalk. So how nice of Gavin Patterson, the telecoms group’s boss, to do it himself — and without any...

 


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