Ministers face mounting pressure to orchestrate bailouts of Britain’s biggest industrial companies amid fears that firms will collapse without state intervention. The government should provide direct financial support for companies in the aerospace, car and steel-making industries to avoid widespread job losses across industries hit hard by the fallout from coronavirus, Make UK, the manufacturing trade body, said. Stephen Phipson, the lobby group’s chief executive, said that businesses “have been driven to the cliff edge by the nature of this crisis and may not survive without direct government intervention”. Stephen Phipson, the chief executive of Make UK ALAMYThe warning puts further pressure on ministers to push ahead with Project Birch, the name given by the government to a rescue plan that would involve handing individually tailored bailout packages to strategically important companies
Telling us that our nearest and dearest were going to die was one thing. But standing there at the lectern and having the temerity to make “that” announcement, well, it beggars belief. “You could even have a barbecue.”Typically, within minutes, the country went barbecue crazy. The Co-op supermarket chain immediately launched an online campaign for its “new summer barbecue range”. GQ asked its male readers to “take your barbecue to
Richard Lochhead will raise concerns about the UK government’s plans to cap student numbersScottish ministers are urging Westminster to reconsider a cap on English students at Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish universities. Richard Lochhead, the higher education minister, will raise concerns about the UK government’s plans to cap student numbers. In a call with Michelle Donelan, the UK universities minister, he will urge her to rethink the proposal, which has not been discussed with the devolved administrations. Westminster claimed the measures were to bring some stability to English universities. Mr Lochhead said: “Like many other sectors, universities are facing significant challenges as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus has spread through our interconnected, globalised world with unprecedented speed. But as we fight back, we are fortunate to be able to call upon a force that previous generations did not have access to: the power of new, advanced technology. Since the start of this pandemic, our innovators, scientists, engineers and manufacturers have harnessed new technologies to tackle Covid-19 with urgency and agility. Four months after the first case was confirmed in Britain, it’s become increasingly clear that technology is no longer just an enabler of our political, economic and social response — it’s become the central organising tenet of everything we do as a nation to defeat coronavirus. Across the country, tech-driven businesses large and small have stepped up imaginatively to play a
Legal experts said that the ruling would demonstrate that posts on social media were legally “actionable like any other publication”An aspiring lawyer has won £15,000 in a landmark ruling after suing her uncle as part of a vicious Facebook row. Legal experts said that the ruling would have wide ramifications, demonstrating that posts on social media were legally “actionable like any other publication”. In a Facebook post by the uncle to his mother about his niece, he referred to the younger woman having received “treatment for mental health and self-harm”. The post was part of a long-running family row. The uncle added that his mother,
The quarantine about to be imposed on arrivals to Britain will “kill” the travel industry and have the same impact as the complete closure of the nation’s borders, ministers have been warned. Aviation leaders urged the government yesterday to rethink the plan, saying it was the equivalent of hanging up a “Britain is closed” sign. They warned that it would damage the economic recovery at a crucial time and cost thousands of jobs in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. They were joined in their opposition by tourism bodies and politicians. From June 8, all travellers to Britain, including Britons returning home, will be forced to spend two weeks isolating at a single address even if they have come from countries with few coronavirus infections.
There has been a “significant” increase in migrants crossing the Channel in dinghies in recent weeksThe National Crime Agency hopes to turn illegal immigrants into whistleblowers against traffickers by offering them the possibility of improving their chances of staying in the UK. Rob Richardson, head of the NCA slavery and human trafficking unit, said that prosecutions were difficult to secure unless victims went on the record. In return for helping the police, they could have any potential immigration offences handled more sensitively, Mr Richardson said. The NCA’s Operation Fort smashed a trafficking ring in the West Midlands last year. As many as 400 people, many of them Polish, were saved from rat- infested homes and menial, unpaid work.
Gavin Williamson has sought to reassure parents and teachers that the welfare of children and staff is at the heart of a plan to reopen schools today. Pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 6 are the first cohorts allowed to return, while providers such as nurseries catering for early years are also due to open their doors again this morning. Secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges will begin to provide some contact time for pupils in a fortnight’s time. Mr Williamson, the education secretary, acknowledged that there was nervousness about the plan but insisted the decision to ease the coronavirus lockdown in schools was “based on the best scientific and medical advice”. Almost every primary school in England is set to reopen
David Bowie has a cameo appearance in David Mitchell’s latest novel. Debbie Harry released her memoir last yearThe great rock’n’roll novel could finally be possible, one of Britain’s leading writers has suggested, because “survivors” from the 1960s are providing so much reference material in memoirs written for their pensions. David Mitchell, a regular presence on the Booker Prize shortlist with novels such as Cloud Atlas, said writing a book based on the tumultuous music scene of the 1960s and 1970s was fraught with difficulties. These included the need to find a way through the “legends” of the era, the difficulty in avoiding turgid prose when describing music, and the need to have accurate information about being in a band. In the past five years there have been memoirs from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, among others MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGESMitchell spent five years researching his forthcoming novel, Utopia Avenue, which focuses on a fictional London band emerging from the late
People from different households can now meet in groups of six, as long as they stay two metres apart. The government is ready to impose local lockdowns if a rise in cases suddenly becomes apparent. Primary schools are set to reopen, as are outdoor markets and car showrooms. More than two million vulnerable people who have been shielding since March will be allowed to spend time with other people outdoors. Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference yesterday Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, said: “We’re reasonably confident that the steps we’ve taken and will
Sir, It is an understandable stance from those of a metrocentric viewpoint that cash will “die”, but it ignores rural reality in the UK (“Crisis accelerates march towards cashless society”, News, “Going Cashless”, leading article, May 30). I and many others I know operate micro-businesses for the benefit of our local community in Cornwall that are totally dependent on cash and probably always will be. The seasonal café in my village, for example, operates from premises that have no telephone connection and no wireless broadband. How then are they supposed to conduct cashless transactions? Equally, we have farm-gate shops, unattended flower stalls and, in my case, an unattended bread stall, all of which are highly valued by their customers.
Martin Gilbert aims to help in the transition to a net-zero carbon emission economyOne of Scotland’s highest profile financial services executives is becoming chairman of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC). Martin Gilbert will take over at the technology accelerator from Archie Kennedy. Mr Gilbert, a chartered accountant, was one of the founders of Aberdeen Asset Management in 1983 and ran the business until its merger with Standard Life. He took on the joint chief executive role at the enlarged group, called Standard Life Aberdeen, but left the company last month. The not-for-profit organisation was set up to provide technology support
The return to school could cause some children to worryParents should be alert to signs that their children could be experiencing anxiety, distress or low mood as some pupils return to school today, according to NHS England’s top doctor for youth mental health. Prathiba Chitsabesan, a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, said that lockdown had increased pressure on children, partly because they had been unable to see their friends. The return to school could cause anxiety for those heading back but also for children who remain at home and feel left out, she added. NHS England has issued advice on signs parents should look for and steps that they can take to care for their child’s mental health. The signs include children appearing anxious or distressed or finding it hard to manage their
It was the sunniest spring on record in the UK and for some places May was sunnier than parts of Spain, where there were bouts of wet and dull weather this season. It was also striking how bright and blue the skies were this spring, thanks to lower pollution during the lockdown. That gave a tantalising glimpse of what a brighter and healthier future could be with less air pollution, although in China air pollution has already increased since its lockdown was relaxed. A question that intrigues us from a young age is: what makes the sky blue? The first inkling of an answer came from Leonardo da Vinci and, as with so many things that sparked his curiosity, he was ahead of his time.
From The Times: June 1, 1920It is sometimes urged against the Church of England that it is no longer in touch with the real problems of life. The reproach is probably as old as the Church itself, and just about as true today as it was in the age of St Augustine or Edward VI. As a rule, its severest judges are those who religiously abstain from ever setting foot in a place of worship. If they were to break their rule once in a while they would find that the alleged neglect of the problems of the day by the Church and its preachers is far less general than they suppose. The average incumbent — in the country no less than in towns