The tone of Jonathan Sumption’s magisterial Reith lecture broadcast this week — in which the former Supreme Court justice charted the expansion of the role of law — was given pretty short shrift by a sparky audience who were keen to make clear that they were not intimidated by such an eminent figure. First Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws, QC, and Patrick O’Connor, QC, directed withering remarks at this embodiment of the English establishment for misguided nostalgic and tired neoliberal dogma. Then someone else suggested the expansion of the law was vital to protect minorities and there being too many lawyers in parliament. Sumption’s defence was that he was misunderstood and quoted out of context. Just wait until his next bout of evidence.
May 22, 2019 23:02 UTC
The number of university workers accessing counselling and occupational health services has shot up, according to research which describes “an epidemic” of poor mental health among higher education staff. Freedom of information requests revealed that at one university, staff referrals to counselling services went up more than 300% over a six-year period up to 2015 while, at another, referrals to occupational health soared by more than 400%. There has been growing awareness of the crisis in student mental health in recent years, but attention is increasingly turning to staff in universities, many of whom are said to be “at breaking point”. “Across the sector, there are many practical initiatives to support staff in mental health difficulties, to improve career paths and workplace cultures. “Just last month we added an additional wellbeing service for Warwick staff partnering with independent organisation Health Assured to provide all Warwick salaried employees with free access to additional wellbeing support.”
May 22, 2019 23:01 UTC
Parents and teachers who campaigned against plans to turn two popular primary schools in East Sussex into academies are celebrating after governors decided they should remain under the control of their local authority. Families and staff from Telscombe Cliffs and Peacehaven Heights primary schools in Peacehaven staged a day of action this month in protest at proposals to hand over the two schools to the Kent-based Swale Academies Trust. “These findings clearly show that staying under council control delivers better results for a school than those which convert to an academy,” she said. “It is unsurprising that local authorities fare better in an analysis which excludes schools that had failed under their leadership. However, the future of a third Peacehaven school, the community secondary, remains in doubt.
May 22, 2019 23:01 UTC
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has claimed a landslide victory that cements the Hindu nationalist leader as the country’s most formidable politician in decades. “Together we grow,” Modi said on Twitter as the results came in. But the figure of Modi has towered over the contest like no prime minister since Indira Gandhi in the 1970s. “There is no match for Modi among the opposition parties,” said Rahul Verma, a fellow at the Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research. Congress licks woundsThe main opposition Congress party, led by Rahul Gandhi, never found its footing again after the Pakistan strikes and has been out-gunned by the BJP’s deep pockets, relentless campaigning and disciplined party machine.
May 22, 2019 22:46 UTC
Leadsom’s supporters hope she will challenge Brexiter rivals Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab to win over enough leave-supporting Conservative MPs to be in the final two candidates put before the party’s membership. Tory leadership: the runners and riders Read moreOne of her closest confidantes, the MP Tim Loughton, told the Guardian that her resignation is a big loss to the government. “I am not surprised because she is a woman of principle and puts Brexit and the government ahead of her career. She may find it difficult to shake off her failed campaign for the Tory leadership following David Cameron’s resignation. Labour MP Jess Phillips said on Wednesday night she liked Leadsom and commended her work in helping to introduce proxy voting for MPs.
May 22, 2019 21:34 UTC
There is much to worry about in Summer of Rockets (BBC Two), Stephen Poliakoff’s latest drama. Will the posh Shaws turn up for the arriviste Petrukhin’s picnic? It is 1957, and Petrukhin – like Poliakoff’s father – is a Russian Jew and maker of bespoke hearing aids. Winston Churchill is a customer, though not during the war in case Petrukhin – what with his Russian-ness – was bugging his ears. All the better to hear Richard Shaw’s speech to his local Conservative association.
May 22, 2019 21:00 UTC
Manchester United were closing in on a £20million move for the 21-year-old. But James’ father has suddenly passed away aged 60 and his focus in now focussed on his family. The Sun report that James was due to complete the formalities of his transfer by the end of this week. It came as a shock that James’ ill father passed away. “Against Manchester City he matches the physicality of Kyle Walker, for example, and runs away from players at that level,” he said.
May 22, 2019 20:31 UTC
Wright posted an image of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the new jerseys - but then deleted the photo. However, quick-thinking fans were on hand to screenshot the image, which has got Arsenal supporters excited of what is to come. It has already been confirmed that the Gunners will ditch Puma for Adidas from next season. And the leaked kit - which has yet to be confirmed or denied - rolls back the years with the famous three stripes.
May 22, 2019 19:17 UTC
Leadsom, it transpired, had been at a meeting of the so-called Pizza Club group of MPs, which convened just before PMQs. Leadsom and Liz Truss, the Treasury chief secretary, were vehemently opposed to the Brexit plan, it emerged. Andrea Leadsom quits over Theresa May's Brexit bill Read moreThe inference was nonetheless clear. He demanded a meeting with the prime minister, although sources close to him stressed he was not asking her to resign. There was talk of a group of pro-Brexit ministers marching in to make their discontent known to the prime minister.
May 22, 2019 19:05 UTC
Donald Trump rejected a charge by the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, that he was engaged in a cover-up, saying he was the "most transparent president" the country had ever had. In a last-minute press conference in the Rose Garden, outside the Oval office, Trump condemned the Democats, and said "the crime was committed on the other side". Trump added he would refuse to work with them unless they dropped their investigations into his administration and finances
May 22, 2019 18:56 UTC
The force said it would review both cases and stressed prosecution was “rarely a course of action for someone with a mental health condition”. “Every incident is treated on a case-by-case basis and a prosecution is rarely a course of action for someone with a mental health condition. We speak to our colleagues in the mental health triage service and take their guidance before we decide on the most appropriate action. Alison Cobb, a policy adviser at the mental health charity Mind, said: “Police officers are often first on the scene when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis and have to deal with challenging situations quickly and calmly. He founded a mental health charity and now gives talks to encourage men to be open about their feelings.
May 22, 2019 18:46 UTC
Until quite recently, it was still accurate to say that the central problem in British party politics was Brexit. Now, and probably for much of the coming summer, the central problem in British party politics is no longer Brexit itself but the character of the post-Theresa May Tory party. Brexit has not gone away, but it has become a subplot to the battle for the Tory party. The air would go out of the Brexit party and Farage would return to spend more time with his money. The Tory party, like Labour after 2015, is wide open for a takeover by a surge of new members.
May 22, 2019 18:29 UTC
“So we decided to paint their boots and use the Indigenous round as a platform to create more awareness about youth suicide,” Watson said. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Lachlan Fitzgibbon’s boots, painted by 13-year-old Damon Russell-Tuhura. Photograph: Jodie Watson/Cultural Choice Association“It was a big job,” Jodie Watson added. They wrote to the Morrison government pleading for action in March, after four young Aboriginal people died in a single week in Queensland. “When there’s a young suicide, fingers are pointed at the families, and that’s not the way to go forward.
May 22, 2019 18:00 UTC
Andrea Leadsom, leader of the Commons, quit the cabinet saying she could no longer endorse the prime minister’s Brexit legislation. The prime minister’s debilitation has countless causes dating back to choices she made within months of her arrival in Downing Street. Features of the bill that the prime minister has presented as innovations are, in reality, political scaffolding intended to uphold a structure that has already collapsed. The prime minister did not cultivate relationships with continental counterparts that might have engendered trust and flexibility in talks. The Wab is a prop in a parochial Westminster power play that ends, sooner or later, in the prime minister’s resignation.
May 22, 2019 17:56 UTC
The United Nations general assembly has overwhelmingly backed a motion condemning Britain’s occupation of the remote Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. In London, the Foreign Office stressed the importance of the partnership with the US over the Diego Garcia military base. Wikileaks revelations A Marine Protected Area is established around the Chagos Islands. Government actions ruled illegal International Court of Justice rules that the agreement to separate the Chagos Islands from Mauritius in 1965 prior to decolonisation was unlawful. The UK government publicly acknowledged in 2008 that Diego Garcia had twice been used for US rendition flights, both in 2002.
May 22, 2019 17:56 UTC