Category: Politics

Over 100,000 Scottish exam grades to be reinstated after row

More than 100,000 Scottish exam grades which were marked down last week will be reinstated, by restoring results to those recommended by teachers, Scotland’s education secretary, John Swinney, has said. Swinney made an emergency statement at Holyrood on Tuesday afternoon after a furious row erupted last week when the Scottish Qualifications Authority announced it had […]

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Trump EPA Poised to Weaken Obama Methane Rule, Despite Possibility of Later CRA Overturn

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The Trump administration is poised to roll back rules on release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas estimated to be 25 more potent than carbon dioxide and which accounts for about 10% […]

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Is the Media About to Screw Up Coverage of Biden’s Vice Presidential Pick?

Donald Trump’s attacks on Joe Biden aren’t working. The president has sought to portray Biden as a closet Antifa member out to abolish everything: the police, the suburbs, god. Those attacks aren’t working because they’re preposterous. Voters have a good idea of who Biden is—a moderate former vice president—and know he doesn’t throw on a […]

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Mike Bartlett on Albion, Brexit and Covid: ‘national identity is critical to coming out of this’

Mike Bartlett’s 2017 play Albion returned to London’s Almeida theatre in February, the week after Britain left the EU. It didn’t mention Brexit but the story reflected its mournful divisions. Then the Covid-19 pandemic struck and dwarfed the drama’s concerns of nationhood, patriotism and nostalgic notions of Englishness. Or did it? “Some were saying in […]

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How the GOP Became the Party of Resentment

Few have done more than Perlstein to help cement that interpretation of the decade. His first book, Before the Storm, began the story with a thickly descriptive examination of Goldwater’s consequential loss in the presidential contest of 1964. Goldwater, the scion of a prominent Arizona family, had inherited a department-store fortune. He hated Franklin Roosevelt […]

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The TPP Is Dead! Long Live the TPP!

Yves here. Established readers know we were very vocal opponents of the TransPacific Partnership, aka the TPP, and its evil European sister, the TTIP. We were delighted to see it die. Public Citizen did phenomenal research, particularly on the noxious Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions, and they deserve a lot of credit for this win. Jomo […]

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Race equality chief faces legal challenge over appointment

The academic chosen to lead the prime minister’s new racial equality commission, despite having cast doubt on the effects of institutional racism and making homophobic comments in the past, is facing a legal challenge to his appointment. Tony Sewell, the former head of an education charity, is Downing Street’s choice to lead the commission it […]

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Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold out to China? | Peter Wilby

In February 1970, students occupying the registry at Warwick University discovered dozens of incriminating documents. The university, at the behest of the business interests that dominated its governing council, was apparently spying on its lecturers and students and keeping files on their political activities. Among the targets was Prof David Montgomery, one of America’s most […]

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US election 2020 latest news: Trump evacuates press briefing due to ‘armed suspect’ outside the White House

DONALD Trump was rushed from his press briefing as the Secret Service shot an “armed suspect.” He was evacuated from the briefing room in just minutes into his conference on Monday afternoon. When he returned, the president told reporters someone had been shot outside The White House but everything was under control.  Meanwhile, Trump is […]

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Boris Johnson launches passionate defence of the Union ahead of Scottish staycation

BORIS Johnson has launched a tubthumping defence of the “magical” United Kingdom ahead of his camping staycation north of the border. The Prime Minister branded the Union between Scotland and England “the greatest political partnership the world has ever seen”. 3 Boris Johnson has launched a defence of the ‘magical’ UnionCredit: AP:Associated Press And taking […]

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Evil people-smugglers lure desperate migrants with ‘kids go free’ deals on dangerous small-boat Channel crossings

RUTHLESS people-smugglers are offering “kids go free” deals on perilous small-boat Channel crossings. They tell migrant parents they do not have to pay to carry babies and toddlers — and offer them further cut-price deals to take older children. 9 Evil people-smugglers lure desperate migrants with ‘kids go free’ deals The gangmasters’ latest tactic to […]

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Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarusian Dictatorship Is Going Down in Flames

Belarus remains in a holding pattern. The prevailing social contract, in which Lukashenko retains power in return for economic and socio-political stability, is clearly fractured, perhaps beyond repair. What comes next is anyone’s guess. Lukashenko might cede ground, as we saw in Armenia in 2018, allowing a new generation to rise. He could attempt to […]

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