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Unions challenge Merthyr Council over plans to axe breakfast clubs

PUBLIC service workers are in dispute with Merthyr Council in Wales over plans to axe school breakfast clubs, threatening 150 jobs.

Unite, Unison and GMB say the move will have a “devastating effect” on Merthyr working parents whose children are cared for and fed at the clubs before ...

yesterday 19:02 open_in_new
One year on, we must recognise the misogyny of the Manchester bombing

On 22 May 2017, thousands of people headed to the Manchester Arena for Ariana Grande’s concert expecting a fun, exciting evening out. A year later, we’re all too familiar with the events that followed, when a bomb was detonated in a terrorist suicide attack in the main entrance to the ...

yesterday 17:05 open_in_new
“We’re out, accept it!”: on the road with Renew – the new political party trying to reverse Brexit

“I don’t want to talk about it,” barks a taxi driver outside Milton Keynes station, climbing into his cab and shutting the door. “That’s it,” he yells from the window. “It’s decided. We’re out. Accept it.”

“But don’t you think people have changed their ...

yesterday 17:05 open_in_new
Psychologist Jordan Peterson says lobsters help to explain why human hierarchies exist – do they?

Hierarchies are everywhere. It is often argued that they are a social construct, invented to allow certain people (such as white men) to have power over others. But not everyone agrees. While promoting his new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, psychology professor Jordan Peterson, ...

yesterday 14:59 open_in_new
Homelessness: Windsor follows the European trend of hiding rough sleepers

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In Windsor, homeless people living in the streets are discarded for the royal wedding festivities. Sadly, this is far from being a single case: despite the growing number of homeless people, many other cities are looking for ways to keep streets “clean” from rough ...

yesterday 13:08 open_in_new
From cheap wine to cellos: the orchestra for recovering addicts

When Dan Blomfield was hospitalised with acute pancreatitis in his late thirties, doctors told him that if he carried on drinking to excess he was unlikely to make it to his 40th birthday. He passed that milestone in May, fit and sober – a fact he puts down entirely to his membership of ...

yesterday 12:53 open_in_new
No, Katie Hopkins, there is no white genocide in South Africa

A search of the term “refugee” on the UK government’s petition site produces 27 results. Five of those petitions refer to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Another five demand the country stops accepting refugees, even ignore international law to do so if needs be, and deport those that ...

yesterday 12:53 open_in_new
The SRSLY Podcast: The Gilmore Girls Special

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

Listen using the player below. . . ...

yesterday 12:53 open_in_new
Why are “moderates” defending a Labour politician’s Isis sex slave joke about Emily Thornberry?

Labour has suspended Ian McKenzie, chair of its Lewisham East branch, over tweets he sent about shadow cabinet member Emily Thornberry in 2015 and 2016.

Responding to comments by Thornberry (who was shadow employment minister and shadow defence secretary at the time of his tweets) ...

yesterday 12:53 open_in_new
Why are “moderates” defending a Labour councillor’s Isis sex slave joke about Emily Thornberry?

Labour has suspended Ian McKenzie, chair of its Lewisham East branch, over tweets he sent about shadow cabinet member Emily Thornberry in 2015 and 2016.

Responding to comments by Thornberry (who was shadow employment minister and shadow defence secretary at the time of his tweets) ...

yesterday 11:50 open_in_new
What 24-karat gold chicken wings tell us about the return of food as status symbol

Earlier this month one of the unholiest viral food videos to infect the internet spread across Facebook.

Jonathan Cheban, a celebrity food tycoon who calls himself “The Foodgod” and is family friend of the Kardashian clan, revealed his latest culinary invention: the golden chicken ...

yesterday 11:50 open_in_new
The NS poem: The Witness

I would like references for my tenancy to be as bland and noncommittal –

“I didn’t know him well. He paid his rent on time and left the property in a fair condition” – ...

yesterday 11:50 open_in_new
How the Manchester bombing turned the city into a symbol for the far-right

Tuesday 22 May 2018, the anniversary of suicide bomber Salman Abedi killing 22 innocent people at an Ariana Grande concert, brings to a close a year of landmark dates in the city of Manchester.

Soon after the attack, it emerged that Abedi, an Islamist extremist, had become ...

yesterday 10:47 open_in_new
Should Jeremy Corbyn back a second EU referendum on the final terms of Brexit?

Guess who's back? Tony Blair‘s Institute for Global Change has weighed up the Conservatives' two preferred options for customs after we leave the European Union and found them both wanting. But that's not the only thing that Labour's only living election winner is finding fault with: he ...

yesterday 10:47 open_in_new
Italy is testing Mario Draghi to step in and do “whatever it takes”

This article is taken from our FREE daily investment email Money Morning. Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can ...

yesterday 10:02 open_in_new
Ken Livingstone quits Labour over anti-Semitism row

Ken Livingstone is to resign from the Labour Party, he has announced, admitting the row over his suspension for allegedly anti-semitic comments had become a distraction. 

Livingstone, who was suspended by the party in April 2016 after he claimed Adolf Hitler had been a Zionist ...

2018-05-21 21:02 open_in_new
What the new coalition means for Italy – and why it matters for the left in Britain

A citizens’ basic income of €780 a month, a fiscal stimulus, a national investment bank and a defiant middle finger to the European Commission should it dare stand in the way. There is a lot in the coalition agreement of the new Italian government for the left to like. But it comes laden ...

2018-05-21 18:56 open_in_new
2001: A Space Odyssey is even better in its unvarnished original state

It’s hard to escape Stanley Kubrick at the moment. But why would you want to? That is a question, perhaps, for Leon Vitali, who fell into the director’s orbit when he was cast as Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon, and remained there as his right-hand man, emissary and consigliere for the ...

2018-05-21 17:53 open_in_new
"Neoliberalismo in un paese": The struggle for Italy’s future matters here in Britain.

A citizens’ basic income of €780 a month, a fiscal stimulus, a national investment bank and a defiant middle finger to the European Commission if it dares stand in the way. There is a lot in the coalition agreement of the new Italian government for the left to like. But it comes laden with ...

2018-05-21 17:53 open_in_new
Jeremy Corbyn needs to realise there is only one Brexit reality – and it is a Tory one

Some disasters can only be seen with hindsight. Others are crushingly obvious for an extended period of time, like watching an asteroid move in ever-closer circles around the Earth. The Labour party’s relationship with Brexit is, for some of us at least, a perfect example of the latter. A ...

2018-05-21 17:53 open_in_new
Right-wing populism is rising as progressive politics fails – is it too late to save democracy?

These are dangerous times for democracy. Russia, Turkey, Hungary, Poland and other countries that once offered democratic hope are now, in varying degrees, falling into authoritarianism. Democracy is also in trouble in sturdier places.

In the United States, Donald Trump poses the ...

2018-05-21 16:50 open_in_new