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Rail fares have risen at twice the rate as wages in the UK since 2010

It is a story that few will be surprised at. I was lucky enough to pay over £130 for a return to Newcastle, from London, last week. One train was so busy I had waited for the next one, as standing for three hours, and paying that much money for the privilege, just wasn’t for me. The next train wasn’t much better. Anyway, commuters have just been told, from analysis by the RMT, that the price of a rail journey...

Punters rush to back Jacob Ress-Mogg as leadership bid rumours circulate

Almost three-quarters of bets in the next Conservative leader market are now being placed on Jacob Ress-Mogg as rumours circulate that the MP is planning to launch a leadership bid. According to betting data Rees-Mogg's odds of becoming the next Conservative leader have been cut to 6/1 as the market starts to heat up. You can also find odds as short as 7/1 for him to be the next Prime Minister. Reports this weekend have suggested Mr Rees-Mogg was looking to launch a bid...

Stunning photos of the Perseid meteor shower

Stunning photos of the Perseid meteor shower have been released as the solar phenomenon graced our skies over the weekend. Pictures taken from Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire show the moon perfectly captured in the top window of the remains. The Abbey was founded by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow, on 9 May 1131, but provided a perfect vantage point for this spectacular display. Check out some of the best photos below: Perseid meteor shower seen over the Gargunnock Hills, Stirlingshire....

Low interest rates forcing Brits to switch to more quirky investments

Low interest rates are forcing Brits to switch traditional savings for more quirky investments – including books, vinyl records and TOYS. First editions by famous authors top the alternative investment chart, followed by collectable coins, toys, antiques and classic vinyl. Stamps, designer clothes, works of art and classic cars also appear on the list, which emerged from a survey of 2,000 investors by comparethemarket.com. Smart savings included: A “tatty” old watch bought for £6 at a car boot sale –...

Trump Watch: What can the rest of the world do to stop the madness?

As we move into what by rights should be a relaxing summer weekend – the Premier League is back, the trees are still green, books to read and lawnchairs to sit on – unless we choose to completely ignore the news our nerves are as frayed as a university student heading into a final exam with a hangover. The party's over, now what the hell do we do? The first headline I saw this Friday morning was on The Guardian:...

Dominated by “posh boys” number of public school Army officer cadets jumped a fifth last year

THE number of privately educated Army officer cadets jumped by a fifth last year, with equalities campaigners claiming the military continues to be dominated by ‘posh boys’. Figures released by the Ministry of Defence revealed 250 cadets entering the British Army’s officer training school at Sandhurst in 2016/17 were from fee-paying independent schools, compared to 330 from state schools – making up 43% of the year’s cadet intake. With just 6.5% of pupils in the UK being privately educated according...

Boris Johnson should be prosecuted for Brexit lies

'If we had an effective electoral law leading Brexiteers would now be in jail' David Davis’ former chief of staff says Boris Johnson should be in prison. The striking comments come just a week after Lord Sugar also claimed that Boris Johnson and Michael Gove should be behind bars for Brexit ‘lies’. Last week Lord Sugar told BBC Radio 5 Live that the pair should ‘100 per cent absolutely be thrown in jail for claiming the NHS would be £350...

Former mayor blasted for saying travellers should go “back to Ireland” with their “thieving and filthy ways” 

A former mayor was blasted for saying travellers should go “back to Ireland” with their "thieving and filthy ways". Chris Walker, 72, made the remarks in a heated email row in which he debated the number of travellers coming to the area with fellow councillors. One of his colleagues then posted the comments on his blog to highlight the “shameful" attitude against travellers in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Julian Ware-Lane. During the email chain, Julian Ware-Lane urged the council to find a...

Compassion in World Farming welcomes compulsory CCTV in England’s abattoirs

We are delighted that DEFRA have announced that CCTV will be mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under new plans announced today by Michael Gove. The demand for CCTV in slaughterhouses has been steadily building for years. The need for it has sadly been evidenced by many undercover investigations showing appalling acts of cruelty and the extreme suffering that can go on behind closed doors. Emma Slawinski our Director of Campaigns said: “We are absolutely thrilled that DEFRA has recognised...

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