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In his 59 years as front man of the Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger can rarely, if indeed ever, have penned a more aptly named song that coincided so perfectly with political events than yesterday’s surprise release, Easy Sleazy. Jagger’s duet with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl is about lockdown but its title could well make it the soundtrack for...

House of Lords rejects govt’s bid to limit war crimes prosecutions;...

The House of Lords has handed the government a major defeat over their bid to limit the prosecution of war crimes and torture by British soldiers serving overseas. Peers, supported by former military chiefs and led by former Nato secretary...

Scottish govt slams ‘morally repugnant’ UK govt in children’s rights row

The Scottish government has condemned the UK government’s decision to launch a Supreme Court challenge against laws protecting children’s rights that were unanimously passed by Holyrood last month. The SNP...

Is ex-PM Cameron at centre of ‘the greatest ethical scandal in British political history’?

David Cameron has broken his month silence over his lobbying for “scandal-hit” finance company Greensill Capital, admitting he should have acted through “the most formal channels”. Cameron said “there are...

Politics pauses following death of Duke

Political campaigning for the May 6 elections has been paused following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, aged 99. Parliaments in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh have...

Water cannon blasts Belfast rioters as US president calls for calm

Police used water cannon on rioters, and charged them with dogs, in Belfast last night (Thursday) after Joe Biden intervened to call for calm following a week of violence in Northern Ireland. The US president...

New advice ‘plays into hands of anti-vaxxers,’ says ex-Tory leader; did PM breach ministerial...

A former leader of the Conservative party has warned that the decision to offer under 30-year-olds an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine “plays into hands of anti-vaxxers”. Sir Ian Duncan Smith said the new advice...

Britain records greenest ever energy;  XR launch direct action against banks

Britain recorded its “greenest ever” electricity system on Bank Holiday Monday when 80% of the nations power was generated by “zero-carbon power sources”. Wind made up 39% of the energy, solar 21% and nuclear 16%...

‘Criminal cartel’ behind riots; NI policing is ‘politicised and toxic’

The worst violence in almost a decade has flared across Northern Ireland with petrol bombs, car hijackings and vehicle burnouts reported over several nights in Derry, Belfast, Newtonabbey and other loyalist communities. While politicians engage...

Vaccine passports risk ‘two tier nation of division’, while PM issues Easter warning

Boris Johnson has warned vaccinated people not to meet up indoors this Easter because the jabs “are not 100% effective”. The prime minister’s video message comes as politicians across party divides are uniting to oppose...