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Council polluted their own canal with oil that should have been biodegradable…but it wasn’t

 A council polluted their own canal with gallons of deadly oil and then had to wait a week to clean it up - because the water was 'too dirty.' Eight swans were rescued from the filthy canal, because it could have killed them, but the clean-up crew had to wait a week - because the 'bio-degradable' hydraulic oil did not biodegrade. Shepway Council in Kent admitted 40 litres of fluid burst from its barge into the 28-mile Hythe Military Canal...

Forget Hammond’s optimism – There is no “light at the end of the tunnel” for families across the country

Philip Hammond's Spring Statement was characterised by dangerous complacency and offers no light at the end of the tunnel for families across the country, according to Positive Money Executive Director Fran Boait.  The Chancellor attempted to deliver a more upbeat statement amidst the uncertainty that surrounds the UK economy, pointing to signals for stronger growth and falling inflation. But his sentiment hasn't been as warmly received as he might have hoped. John McDonnell accused Philip Hammond of 'complacency', saying he "hasn’t he...

Rex Tillerson sacked by Trump just hours after he linked nerve agent attack to Russia

Donald Trump has sacked Rex Tillerson just hours after the Secretary of State linked the nerve agent attack in the UK to Russia. The move will fuel speculation that Trump and Putin enjoy a cosy relationship, and will scupper Theresa May's hopes of US backing in response to the attacks. CIA chief Mike Pompeo, who has in the past played down findings by the CIA that the Russians attempted to influence last year's US election, will replace Tillerson. Trump tweeted the shock sacking of...

Labour MP slams “morally wrong” civil service for favouring public school applicants

The perception that many of the elite jobs in the UK are disproportionally handed to those from a private school background were given more credence today, after a Labour MP slammed the civil service for its recruitment policy, reports The Guardian. Senior civil servants along with lawyers, judges, doctors and journalists among other professions have traditionally been seen as careers that are unfairly given to those from a privileged educational background. Dan Jarvis, who was encouraged to run for the...

Brexiteer Liam Fox will fight Trump’s steel tariffs…”working closely with EU”

Many people will see this as a strange statement, from an ardent Brexiteer and one of the more prominent leave voices during the referendum campaign, but Liam Fox wants the EU’s help to fight tariffs from the US. Mr Fox wants to EU to help the UK out over the 25% import tax on steel and 10 % on aluminium introduced by the Trump administration. Trump's move has raised concerns that the US is planning a widespread trade war, which...

What Theresa May isn’t telling us about the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury

By Dr Roger Cottrell To listen to the selective media coverage and political sound bites regarding the poisoning, on March 4, in Salisbury, of Russian defector Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, you might for a moment start to believe that Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Amber Rudd planned to do something about it beyond throwing their toys out of the pram. After all, the implication of the Kremlin and of Vladimir Putin’s “murder incorporated” in this heinous and actually...

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