Why does Sunak have billions for dormant companies, but not a penny to safeguard our jobs?

Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak has again been urged to extend the furlough scheme that safeguards huge numbers of UK jobs during the Covid crisis – a scheme he is adamant will end on October 31. The Commons Treasury select committee has urged him to renew support for sectors of the economy that are still suffering because of the pandemic, saying the alternative is mass unemployment and an end to viable firms. But you can probably see the problem Sunak has in the committee’s own words: “Effectively targeted assistance to those…

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Cheese queen Truss trumpets free trade deal with Japan, selling Stilton to people who are lactose-intolerant

Liz Trust can’t get away from cheese, can she? The International Trade minister has just announced a brand-new post-Brexit free trade deal with Japan. Hooray! But didn’t we already have a free trade deal with Japan? Yes. Yes we did. But this one has added Stilton cheese! Let’s review Liz Truss and her association with cheese: Well, at least now she’s talking about exporting it… Quick summary of key benefits:-we get to sell Stilton to Japan, a country where 70% of the people are lactose intolerant. — Parody Boris Johnson…

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Nazanin to go back before Iranian court to face new charges – linked to Johnson’s blunder

Just when it seemed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Iranian prison ordeal was coming to an end, she’s being dragged back into court. And that country’s officials have taken great pleasure in letting us know that her plight is due to blundering Boris Johnson, the UK’s prime muppet. Johnson was the idiot who blurted out in Parliament – in 2017, when he was Foreign Secretary – that Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been “training journalists”. She had been doing nothing of the kind. A project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, she had been doing…

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Victim of its own success: Banksy-funded migrant rescue boat is itself rescued

A ship funded by Bristol street artist Banksy to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean was so successful that it had to call for help itself after it became too loaded with migrants to move. The ship, the Louise Michel, ended up with more than 200 traumatised migrants on its deck, meaning it was unsafe to move, while it was in the see near Malta. The Italian coastguard responded to calls for help and took 49 people, and another rescue ship, Seawatch4, arrived to help as well. But the ship’s 10-strong…

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Is it true that Boris Johnson won’t help free Nazanin for fear of offending Donald Trump now?

Boris Johnson can say what he likes but it is starting to seem that he has some kind of grudge against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. The British-Iranian woman, who was imprisoned in Iran in April 2016 on an apparently trumped-up charge, has been seeking the UK government’s help to release her for years. But in this effort, Johnson seems to be her nemesis. In November 2017, as foreign secretary, he told MPs Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been imprisoned for “simply teaching people journalism” – boneheadedly suggesting that she had committed the very act…

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Supine Sunak set to axe ‘Facebook tax’ because he’s scared of big, nasty Donald Trump

Could there be a more blatant display of the UK’s newfound powerLESSness in the world? The UK imposed a tax on tech companies like Facebook last year, expecting to bring in £500 million per year from firms that make more than £25 million each and would otherwise pay very little indeed. But now Rishi Sunak is reportedly planning to axe it, in the hope that doing so will encourage Donald Trump not to insist on sending chlorinated chicken to the UK. Sunak doesn’t even have the bargaining power to say he’ll do…

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Why is Israel’s latest bombing campaign against Gaza going unreported?

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. I think we know the answer to the question in the headline but let’s establish the facts. At the time the Morning Star article was published, Israel had been bombing Gaza for eight days, non-stop, in response to – Israeli authorities claimed – two missiles. Civilian property – mark that: civilian property – has suffered heavy damage,…

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Ice Cream giants take on Priti Patel over refugees. But are their motives really so pure?

Yes, it’s great fun watching Priti Patel losing whatever’s left of her sanity shouting at Ben & Jerry’s. The ice cream manufacturer took a side in the debate over asylum-seekers taking to boats in attempts to get into the UK: Hey @PritiPatel we think the real crisis is our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture. We pulled together a thread for you.. — Ben & Jerry's UK (@benandjerrysUK) August 11, 2020 And Patel ill-advisedly responded: OOOF! Home Office source: “Priti is working day&night to bring…

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The Tories want you to hate asylum seekers, so you forget that the UK caused the strife they’re fleeing

The UK is in a terrible state, thanks to the Conservatives, and what’s their solution? “Look at those filthy refugees trying to invade our country!” The way the authorities – and the media – have treated this situation is a national disgrace. For example: Priti Patel. She seems to think international law is an annoying burden because it prevents us from shooting innocent people out of hand. It turns out she was told back in November that her policies were causing asylum-seekers to use more dangerous routes into the UK:…

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