News archive from 7 January 2017

Chief economist admits Bank was wrong over Brexit fears

THE Bank of England (BoE) admitted yesterday that it was wrong over its warnings of a swift and deep economic downturn following the EU referendum. Its chief economist Andy Haldane said his team were hit by the “surprise” health of the economy in the...

 

Tube strike back on

A STRIKE on the London Underground will go ahead from Sunday evening after talks failed. Members of rail unions RMT and TSSA will walk out in a long-running dispute over job losses and ticket office closures. The unions met LU bosses for several...

 

Fighting pollution – in the most delightful way

GREENPEACE campaigners launched a Mary Poppins cutout wearing a breathing mask over Parliament yesterday in protest against London air pollution, which has already exceeded EU limits. The environmental activists called on politicians to clean up the...

 

Turkey: Police make 18 arrests over checkpoint attack

TURKISH police arrested 18 people yesterday in connection with Thursday’s attack on a police checkpoint in the southern city of Izmir. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag claimed authorities had no doubt that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) “gave...

 

Balkans: Former Kosovo PM arrested under Serbian warrant

KOSOVO demanded the release of its former prime minister yesterday after he was detained in France under a Serbian arrest warrant. A French court ruled on Thursday that Ramush Haradinaj, a guerilla commander during the Kosovo war, should stay in...

 

United States: Four charged with hate crimes for filmed attack

FOUR young black Chicago residents were charged with hate crimes on Thursday over the shocking abduction and videoed abuse of a white man with learning difficulties. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said investigators initially concluded the...

 

SNP: lost in translation

AFTER losing referendums on Scottish independence and Britain’s membership of the European Union, why does Nicola Sturgeon bang on about a second independence vote? Yes, it’s a given that she and her party want Scotland to leave the United Kingdom....

 

The brouhaha in Northern Ireland

SO... this is 2017 is it? I can’t say I’m impressed so far. Ok there were some pretty fireworks and Auld Lang Syning, accompanied by the usual fake bonhomie and professions of not entirely sincere optimism. Self-deluding resolutions were made,...

 

Only the left can get us out of the Brexit omnishambles

JOHN REES lays out the eight issues the People’s Assembly believes should frame the debates to secure a people’s Brexit D AVID CAMERON’S decision to hold the EU referendum ranks as one of the most politically irresponsible decisions of any British...

 

Foreign policy: It’s time for a fresh approach

While Trump’s contradictory views on international policy leave us all perplexed, an upcoming London and SOAS CND conference will explore the global challenges ahead. CAROL TURNER explains why the conference is not to be missed W HAT exactly does the...

 

Sunderland going part-time is a step back for football

Although SUZANNE WRACK disagarees with the decision, the club had no choice as the women’s game is currently unable to provide its players with a genuine plan B If you’re passionate about women’s football, as I am, you could be forgiven for being...

 

‘Fifa not absolved of responsibility’

ITUC dismayed at Swiss court judgement on migrant workers THE ITUC and Playfair Qatar slammed the Swiss courts yesterday for rejecting trade union claims that Fifa should have forced Qatar to abolish its disgusting labour laws before being awarded the...

 

Rugby League: Wolfpack ready to pounce and replace Bradford

New ly formed Toronto Wolfpack would be ready to step in and take Bradford’s place in the Championship if given the chance, head coach Paul Rowley said yesterday. The Rugby Football League caused a stir by offering the defunct Bulls the chance to stay...

 

Hitting racism for six

TAYO ALUKO talks to Len Phelan about Just an Ordinary Lawyer, his show about the legal eagle and cricket buff who became Britain’s first black judge Your new show about Nigerian-born Tunji Sowande looks at the history of Western imperialism and black...

 

Maid for our times

Saint Joan Donmar, London WC2 4/5 THIS is a deeply intelligent and inspired production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan by Josie Rourke, beginning with a searing image of “The Maid of Orleans” that underpins the play and asserts its spiritual...

 


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