Also in the news: stories we may have missed

Who can read them all? But some of the stories in the news every week are genuinely worth reading – or at least knowing about.

In fact these are stories that Yr Obdt Srvt missed over the last week because I was writing about something else.

I haven’t had a chance to write about a few things – partly through overwork and partly because I appear to have a stomach bug today. What follows are only some of them.

1. Craig Murray jailed.

It has been described as a travesty of justice:

2. Commons Speaker Lyndsay Hoyle came under criticism for trying to sidestep having to take action over Boris Johnson’s incessant dishonesty.

3. NIESR said the end of the government’s furlough scheme would make 150,000 more people unemployed.

The ending of the government’s furlough scheme will lengthen dole queues by 150,000 despite a boost to activity from the ending of lockdown that will make the UK the fastest-growing G7 nation this year, a leading thinktank has said.

In its quarterly update on the UK, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (Niesr) said it had revised up its 2021 growth forecast from 5.7% to 6.8%.

But the thinktank said that even though the UK would move from the bottom to the top of the G7 league table for growth, there would still be a hit to jobs from the ending of wage subsidies at the end of September.

Niesr said the jobless rate would increase from 4.8% currently to 5.4% once the furlough scheme had been phased out

4. We discovered David Cameron shielded offshore trusts from an EU crackdown on tax havens.

David Cameron intervened personally to prevent offshore trusts from being dragged into an EU-wide crackdown on tax avoidance, it has emerged.

In a 2013 letter to the then president of the European council, Herman Van Rompuy, the prime minister said that trusts should not automatically be subject to the same transparency requirements as companies.

The EU planned to shine a light on the dealings of offshore bodies by publishing a central register of their ultimate owners but, in a letter unearthed by the Financial Times that remains publicly available on the government’s website, Cameron said: “It is clearly important we recognise the important differences between companies and trusts … This means that the solution for addressing the potential misuse of companies – such as central public registries – may well not be appropriate generally.”

Now, why on Earth would Cameron want to protect the identities of people avoiding taxes by being in offshore trusts?

I dare say more stories have happened – possibly while I’ve been writing this. Personally I can’t wait to see what they are.

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