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17/05/2021 UK economy could resemble that of Italy by end of 2020s – report ,,

Thinktank says new strategy needed in face of Covid, Brexit, net zero, automation and demographic change

Britain risks mirroring Italy’s economic woes unless it develops a strategy for tackling the five seismic changes that will shape a decisive decade for the country, a report has warned.

A joint project by the Resolution Foundation thinktank and the London School of Economics said the UK was neither used to nor prepared for the challenges posed by the aftermath of Covid-19, Brexit, the net zero transition, automation and a changing population.

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17/05/2021 The Guardian view on Covid ethics: easier to enter lockdown than leave it | Editorial ,,

It is a concern that the prime minister opted to ease restrictions without a sure grasp of the facts

The rollout of the vaccine in Britain has seemingly sprung the lock that kept the public indoors during the past pandemic year. For many this is a cause for celebration. Some may have paused, however, and wondered why many scientists appeared reluctant, as coronavirus restrictions eased, to take advantage of the new freedoms. For these experts, the risks are just not worth it. Indoor mixing, potentially with lots of different people, allows for circumstances fraught with danger in a viral pandemic.

The situation is made much more tricky by the emergence of the fast-spreading B.1.617.2 variant of Covid-19, first identified in India. Cases of this “variant of concern” are doubling every week and it is taking hold in different parts of the country. It opens up the question whether the government’s criteria for moving ahead with its road map for “opening up” has been met.

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17/05/2021 Frost hopes EU will not ‘react’ if UK suspends Northern Ireland protocol ,,

Brexit minister tells Commons’ select committee that Britain could act unilaterally over border checks

The British government has said it hopes the EU would not take retaliatory measures if it was forced to unilaterally suspend the special Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.

Lord Frost told MPs that in the interests of stability and peace, he hoped that the “EU would not make that more difficult by reacting to it”.

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17/05/2021 Number Of India Variant Covid Cases Jumps By 1,000 Over The Weekend As Matt Hancock Urges Those Eligible To Get A Vaccine ,,Matt Hancock has revealed the number of cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 has jumped by 1,000 amid fears its spread may impact the easing of lockdown restrictions. www.politicshome.com Visit...
17/05/2021 Handcuffed, detained, denied medicine: EU citizens’ UK border ordeals ,,

Travellers caught up in extension of ‘hostile environment’ policy tell of being made to feel like criminals

Alarming stories have emerged of EU citizens being handcuffed at British airports, made to sleep in parked vans or prevented from accessing medication after being denied entry into the country under Brexit rules.

Ana Silvestre, 20, an Italian and Brazilian dual national, was refused entry at Luton airport on 8 May together with her Brazilian husband. She was handcuffed at the airport and left in a van overnight before being taken to Colnbrook detention centre, where she spent seven days before being sent back to Italy.

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17/05/2021 Home Office letter wrongly tells British citizens to apply for settled status ,,

Long-term citizens alarmed at letter saying they risk losing rights to work and healthcare unless they apply for post-Brexit status

A number of long-term British citizens have expressed alarm at receiving letters from the Home Office telling them they risk losing the right to work, benefits and free healthcare unless they apply for UK immigration status in the next six weeks.

Campaigners said they were concerned that the “scattergun” mailshot, which was sent out to thousands of people instructing them to apply for EU settled status before the end of June, revealed weaknesses in the Home Office’s databases, and a lack of bureaucratic clarity about who has the right to live in the UK.

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17/05/2021 Government Didn't Expect Brexit To Be So Disruptive For Northern Ireland, David Frost Admits ,,The government underestimated the impact Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol would have on businesses trying to send goods across the Irish Sea, David Frost has said. www.politicshome.com Visit...
17/05/2021 Trump, Facebook, democracy and rights: how to handle free speech in an age of information chaos ,,

Marc Limon writes about Facebook's decision to ban Trump indefinitely from their platform; the Oversight Board warned that social media companies have a responsibility to strike a balance between free speech, and safety. In an age of information chaos, tech firms have significant influence over expression, but America may be moving towards increased intervention.

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17/05/2021 Dominic Cummings Attacks UK’s “Joke” Border Policy Amid Row Over Keeping India Off “Red List" ,,Dominic Cummings has labelled the UK’s border policy a “joke” amid a row over whether keeping India off the “red list” for two weeks helped import a mutant Covid variant to the country. www.politicshome.com Visit...
17/05/2021 Exclusive: Labour Calls For Door-To-Door Vaccines In Covid-19 Hot Spots ,,Exclusive: Door-to-door vaccines in parts of the country where take-up is low and cases are rising should be considered by the government, Labour has said today. www.politicshome.com Visit...
17/05/2021 Kensington And Chelsea Council Bans Grenfell Cladding Firms From Work On Local Projects ,,Several companies appearing at the Grenfell inquiry have been blocked from working on projects in the borough following anger from residents. www.politicshome.com Visit...
17/05/2021 The Council of Europe and the UK ,,

Michael Hindley writes about the history of Council of Europe (which is often confused with the EU); Churchill was ardently in favour of its creation. Out of the Council came the European Convention on Human Rights (later the ECHR) which was essential at the time of the collapse of the USSR.

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16/05/2021 UK ‘faces labour shortage’ as Covid and Brexit fuel exodus of overseas workers ,,

Experts say recovery at risk amid sharp fall in EU workers and dwindling interest in UK jobs from abroad

Britain’s employers are struggling to hire staff as lockdown lifts amid an exodus of overseas workers caused by the Covid pandemic and Brexit, industry figures reveal.

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the recruitment firm Adecco, employers plan to hire at the fastest rate in eight years, led by the reopening of the hospitality and retail sectors as pandemic restrictions are relaxed in England and Wales on Monday.

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16/05/2021 European Green Deal: Developing a sustainable blue economy in the European Union ,,The European Commission has proposed a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts. A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic. ec.europa.eu Visit...
16/05/2021 Withernsea pier: the history behind the landmark ,,

John Heywood delves into the history of Withernsea pier, finished being built in 1877; an awful storm was to damage vessels on the pier, and four sailors were killed. The Genesta disaster was also relentless and destroyed 300 feet of the pier.

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16/05/2021 Agroecological Farms are Needed to End Food Colonialism ,,

George Richmond tells our video reporter Julian Greenbank why it’s so important for farming to migrate to an agroecological base. Agroecology may be a new term to many but it is being promoted by many responsible environmental organisations. The British ‘Soil Association‘ defines agroecology as: “… sustainable farming that works with nature”. The United Nations […]

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16/05/2021 Major Lockdown Lifting Overshadowed By Indian Variant Spread ,,The spread of the Indian variant could cause disruption to the government's lockdown roadmap, Matt Hancock has suggested. www.politicshome.com Visit...
16/05/2021 Pie of the Week: Snowdens of Harden ,,

Can a pie turn things around for Keir Starmer? After Hartlepool, maybe the Labour leader needs fresh inspiration? Maybe erotic short stories starring the former DPP can change his image? And what rile might Mr Tumble play?

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16/05/2021 How drinking habits changed during the pandemic ,,

Drinking habits changed for many people during the pandemic. Is this trend mirrored across other countries?

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16/05/2021 Relegation’s too good for Boris Johnson and his team of Brexit fantasists | William Keegan ,,

England’s football clubs may be of Champions League quality, but the current political debacle reveals our politicians are not

It turns out that throughout the Brexit discussions with the British government, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, was keeping a diary. That he managed to do this at the end of days of usually frustrating talks says something for Barnier’s staying power. And to judge from speculation about the next French presidential election, he intends to stay around for some time.

His diary has been published in France. Surprise, surprise: with one or two exceptions, the British side does not come too well out of what our football commentators would call “the Frenchman’s” reflections.

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