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18/02/2018: FRONT PAGE: Shock figures reveal the dire state of Britain’s failing prisons The scale of the crisis engulfing Britain’s prisons can be revealed today, after an Observer investigation found that two-thirds are providing inmates with inadequate conditions or unacceptable treatment. An analysis of hundreds of inspections...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FRONT PAGE: Corbyn under pressure to shift Brexit stance Jeremy Corbyn has come under intense pressure to shift Labour’s position on Brexit after 20,000 members demanded a say over the issue and former leader Neil Kinnock backed halting Britain’s EU exit altogether. It is understood that the Labour leader...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: ‘I’ve got things to say’ 40 years after the publication of Against Our Will, her groundbreaking book on rape and power, Susan Brownmiller talks feminism, #MeToo and chainsmoking with Rachel Cooke... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Actresses and activists join forces on Bafta red carpet to call time on sexism
The most famous female stars rs of British film are to stand together ther tonight, each dressed in black, k, on Bafta’s red carpet outside London’s don’s Royal Albert Hall, many accompanied nied by feminist activists rather than their husbands or...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Edited text of the Unity Letter
Dear Sisters, A little over a month ago Time’s Up was launched. You may have noticed women wearing black on the red carpet. You might have seen women coming forward to share their stories of harassment. Maybe you identified with some of the stories...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Cutting university tuition fees would be a subsidy to Tory voters, May is told
Theresa May has been warned against damaging disadvantaged students’ access to university in order to fund a tuition fees cut that has been described as “a sop to classic Tory voters”. The prime minister is under pressure to rule out allowing...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Crisis-hit Ukip ousts Bolton as leader after five months
Members of Ukip voted yesterday to sack Henry Bolton, who had been elected only last September as the crisis-hit party’s fourth leader in 18 months. Bolton had been clinging on to the leadership despite a revolt by senior figures after the press...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: ON OTHER PAGES Class, not age, is still the key factor in life outcomes... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Super Saturday sequel as Team GB makes Winter Olympics history
For decades they have been the poor cousins of the Winter Olympics, content with a handful of medals on each occasion but largely overshadowed by an assortment of triumphant Norwegians, Americans and others for whom competing on snow and ice is second...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: After 200 years, Italian maestro’s ‘lost’ opera finally gets its premiere... in Covent Garden
A lost opera by one of the great Italian composers is to have its world premiere in London almost 180 years after it was written. Gaetano Donizetti was a leading figure in 19th-century Italian music. His most famous work, Lucia di Lammermoor , written...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Javid urged to build 600 homes a week to give poor ‘a decent life’ Ministers are planning to build just a sixth of the affordable rented homes needed to meet demand, according to a damning assessment of England’s crisis-hit housing market. Nearly 600 extra low-cost rented homes need to be built every week if demand...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: ON OTHER PAGES Young people care about a decent place to live, not home ownership... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Putin’s chef, the troll farm in St Petersburg – and the plot to hijack US democracy
The plot against America began in 2014. Thousands of miles away, in a drab office building in St Petersburg, Russia, a fake newsroom was under construction with its own graphics, data analysis, search engine optimisation, IT and finance departments....... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: The tweets  “This is sickening. Hillary using the ‘Mentally Ill’ to incite violence at Trump rallies. #FreeJulian #BirdDogging…”  “BREAKING Hillary caught using a child actor at her townhall in Haverford, PA, Please, RT to expose this fraud!…”  DISGUSTING...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Ten key takeouts from Mueller’s Russia files  The indictment brought by Robert Mueller provides powerful new evidence that a Russian electiontampering plot, which President Trump has repeatedly denied, not only took place but involved an elaborate conspiracy going back to at least 2014.  It...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: More than a million benefits sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010
Disabled people receiving state benefits have been hit with a million sanctions in less than a decade, according to alarming new evidence that they are being discriminated against by the welfare system. A comprehensive analysis of the treatment of...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Sanctioned…
Nina Grant, 32 Nina Grant has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic collagen defect that causes chronic pain, fatigue and frequent joint injuries. She was sanctioned in 2016 after she informed the Department for Work and Pensions that she was carrying out...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Church spires set to spread digital word
They are cherished landmarks of the English countryside: church spires soaring heavenwards. Often visible for miles around, and many dating from medieval times, they now have a new purpose – to facilitate virtual communication in the internet...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Science reveals another layer to the artistic genius of Pablo Picasso
It looks like a study of forlorn resignation: Pablo Picasso’s La Miséreuse Accroupie (The Crouching Beggar) depicts a desolate woman in a green blanket, with a white headscarf But this very human portrait of misery – a major work from Picasso’s blue...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Saved for posterity … 40,000 memories of the Troubles
There are “Ulster Says No” cigarette lighters, Orange Order Christmas decorations and banknotes mocked up with an image of Gerry Adams at the time of the 2004 Northern Bank heist in Belfast. In all, Peter Moloney has collected 40,000 such artefacts,...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Labour hit by fresh battle over London regeneration plans
A new controversy over the use of public-private housing schemes has erupted in one of Labour’s north London strongholds, closely mirroring the row in neighbouring Haringey that resulted in the resignation last month of the party’s most senior woman in...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Observer shortlisted for nine press awards
The Observer has been nominated for nine awards at the prestigious National Press Awards. Winners will be announced on 13 March. The Observer’s sister paper, the Guardian, has been nominated for 22 awards.... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Black Panther has a burden that no superhero is strong enough to carry
Ilike my fictional heroes laced with moral ambiguity. When I was young, my favourite sci-fi series was not Doctor Who or Thunderbirds but the clunky, barely believable Blake’s 7. It told the story of the spaceship Liberator and of its crew’s lonely...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Is the answer that we have run out of good questions? John Brockman has run out of questions. Brockman, a literary agent, runs the science and philosophy site Edgeorg. Every year for 20 years, he has asked leading thinkers to answer a particular question, such as: “What questions have disappeared?” or:...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Keira Knightley to play ‘forgotten’ whistleblower of Iraq war in new film Her story has been all but forgotten in the years since the 2003 Iraq war ended, overshadowed by more recent, flashier tales. Now a new film, starring Keira Knightley and Matt Smith, will put GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun back in the spotlight – and...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: How reading about Dickens’ muffins and Sassoon’s eggs set me free from anorexia
Laura Freeman was first diagnosed with anorexia aged 14. A decade later she had begun to rebuild her life but still struggled with her attitude to food, eating small portions of the same thing for months on end. “At 24, I’d got to the point where I was...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Savouring Dickens “While I was reading Dickens something changed. I didn’t want to be on the outside, looking at pictures, tasting recipes at one remove, seeing the last muffin go to someone else. I began to want to want food. To share it, savour it, to have it without...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: MPs’ ‘fake news’ inquiry barred from UK embassy
The British embassy in Washington backtracked on promises to host a session of the parliamentary inquiry into fake news, because of worries it might offend Donald Trump, the Observer has learned. Barely a week before MPs from the digital, culture,...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Should we give nature one half of the planet?
The orangutan is one of our planet’s most distinctive and intelligent creatures. It has been observed using primitive tools, such as the branch of a tree, to hunt food, and is capable of complex social behaviour. Orangutans also played a special role...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS | SPECIAL REPORT: Green turtle
On 18 March 2015, the British government announced a plan to establish the largest marine reserve in the world, around the Pitcairn Islands in the south Pacific. At 834,000 sq km, the reserve will offer protection to some of the most pristine waters...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS | SPECIAL REPORT: Spoon-billed Sandpiper
China has announced a ban on land reclamation in coastal wetlands. In some areas, particularly in the Yellow Sea region, reclamation has caused many bird species to decline dangerously. For example, by 2014, it was believed there were fewer than 228...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS | SPECIAL REPORT: Addax
The addax – known as the screwhorn antelope – is one of the world’s most endangered antelopes. Only a few hundred remain in the wild, after the species was hunted to near extinction. However, the establishment of the Termit Tin Toumma national reserve...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS | SPECIAL REPORT: Giant otter
The western hemisphere’s newest national reserve, the Yaguas national park, in rainforest in north-eastern Peru, protects millions of acres of wilderness. Apart from the indigenous people who live there, the Yaguas is home to endangered creatures...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Lena Dunham’s choice is hers alone – whatever some people may think
Only the hardest of hearts would not feel sympathy for Girls creator, Lena Dunham, right now. She’s written – extremely eloquently – in Vogue about how, after many years suffering from crippling endometriosis, she elected to have a hysterectomy. My...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Please park the tired ‘unluckyin-love’ Aniston storyline The marriage of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux has ended “lovingly”. How does that even work? “Get out of my life! (I love you).” “I never want to see your miserable face again (You lit up my world).” “Don’t pack my coffee maker – you thief! (We...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Behind one homeless death lies a broader picture of despair and deprivation It has been revealed that the homeless man who died in Westminster, near where politicians walk every day, used to do some modelling. To an extent – so what? Yes, it’s an indictment of modern Britain that this man could die so close to power. And, of...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Iceland poised to be first European state to ban circumcision
Iceland is poised to become the first European country to outlaw male circumcision amid signs that the ritual common to both Judaism and Islam may be a new battleground over religious freedom. A bill currently before the Icelandic parliament proposes...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Screen freelancers back call on parental pay
Actors, performers and workers of the gig economy unite! An increasing number of Britons are living the precarious, job-to-job existence already familiar to performers. In response to this widespread change to patterns of employment, Tracy Brabin, the...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Through stained glass darkly: memorials to the lost McDonald boys
As winter light from a cloudless azure sky filters through the stained-glass window of St Matthew’s Catholic church to illuminate the name of the man to whom it is dedicated, some words from DH Lawrence come to mind. “We are bleeding at the roots,”...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: NEWS: Snapshot
Irish champion ploughman Tom Nixon harrows a wheatfield in Ruskin Park, south London, with the help of Heath, a shire horse from Operation Centaur, which maintains the last working herd in the capital. Photograph by Simon Dawson/Reuters... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: WORLD: Angry, grieving students lead protests against guns after Florida massacre
Unsure whether he would be a victim or a survivor of the mass shooting taking place outside his Florida classroom, 14-year-old Aidan Minoff sent a nine-word tweet. “I am in a school shooting right now …” Aidan said, before the world knew the day would...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: WORLD: Ramaphosa set to purge cabinet of Zuma cronies in war on corruption
Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president of South Africa, is expected to move within days to purge his cabinet of ministers tainted by allegations of corruption, and to intensify efforts to bring to trial high-profile businessmen alleged to have made...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: WORLD: Five years on, Pope who wowed world is now in troubled waters
Chatham House is one of the most important foreign affairs thinktanks in the UK. But on Wednesday its focus will not be a president, or an organisation like the World Bank, or the future of the EU after Brexit, but a religious leader: Pope Francis. And...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: WORLD: Francis in his own words On youth, 2015 On his election, 2013 “You know that it was the duty of the conclave to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one.” On sexuality, 2013 “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will,...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: WORLD: An audience with the Zapatistas, defiant in a mountain stronghold
Diners in the Tierradentro cafe in the southern Mexican town of San Cristóbal de las Casas can choose between a variety of omelettes. The “Liberty” has the most ingredients, the “Democracy” looks the best, but the “Justice” costs the most – possibly...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: WORLD: Amid the chaos of Syria, will Israel and Iran launch an all-out war?
Tensions between Israel and Iran have hit a new high following last weekend’s unprecedented military clashes inside Syria. The fighting has intensified fears that the Middle East is heading for all-out war. But such predictions assume both protagonists...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: WORLD: Portrait of a first lady puts black Baltimore artist in the spotlight
She is a Baltimore-based artist who only paints African-American subjects and always uses a muted palette. But last week, Amy Sherald became the art world’s latest sensation as her portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama was unveiled in...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FOCUS: Are Britain’s prisons facing a meltdown?
Few in government can now deny that our jail system is in the throes of a severe crisis. And yet no one seems to want to tackle it. Mark Townsend & Michael Savage report It is highly likely that Khader Ahmed Saleh felt fear in the weeks before he was...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FOCUS: ‘I strongly believe we can improve our prisons and make progress at pace’
It is more than 200 years since John Howard and Elizabeth Fry drove through the first reforms in our prison system. There have never been so many charities, volunteers and organisations working to support prisoners – from the Football Association,...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FOCUS: British jails in jeopardy Overcrowding The current male and female prison population is 84,255, having almost doubled in 25 years. Analysis suggests jails in England and Wales are holding more than 10,000 prisoners than they were built for, with two-thirds of prisons...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FOCUS: Platforms and sequins allow one designer to dazzle London
The question of where fashion sits within the ongoing post-Weinstein cultural awakening feels more pertinent than ever this weekend. Patrick Demarchelier, Princess Diana’s personal fashion photographer, has denied sexual misconduct accusations. A...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FOCUS: Once welcomed, now reviled Migrants feel chill of racism
Pape Diaw, originally from Senegal, arrived in Florence to study engineering in the late 1970s. Part of a group of 15 African students, he inspired curiosity among his Italian counterparts and the wider community, but never encountered racism. “I...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FOCUS: Aftermath: Shamed and fearful, Oxfam stumbles into the unknown
At an Oxfam shop in Haringey, north London, a volunteer was rearranging the window display. “People have been very nice and supportive,” she said, looking back on a week that has left the charity in turmoil. “The negative effect will be on the people...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FOCUS: In numbers
11.6 million The number of people Oxfam, which was founded in 1942, now reaches around the world £408.6m Oxfam’s British income in 2016-17. Its shop network and trading activities generating £90.9m 27,000 The number of volunteers working in...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FOCUS: ON OTHER PAGES Oxfam has a duty to win back the public’s trust If paying for sex in Haiti is wrong, why do we tolerate it in the UK?... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: FOCUS: A pregnant PM? My mother, Benazir Bhutto, led the way…
The news about Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, struck a poignant nerve with my sisters and me. It is indeed uplifting to see the world rejoice at her good fortune. While there are the detractors and naysayers, the barrage of good...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: How long can we treat the pain of animals as an inconvenient truth?
Scientific insight is a powerful thing, but will it ever override the human lust for health, prosperity and, saddest of all, convenience? This question entered my head as I read of the Labour party’s newly announced policies for animal welfare...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Russian meddling can no longer be called ‘fake news’ There will be understandable disappointment in many quarters that the latest indictments delivered by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, once again failed to nail Donald Trump....... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Public trust is more fluid than we allow, and Oxfam has a duty to win it back
Trust takes years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair. Oxfam is the latest organisation to feel the force of that old saw. The humanitarian agency was congratulating itself on its long history of fine work when it celebrated its 75th...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: If the abused can’t speak, we need other routes to their pain
‘Why did it take them so long to tell anyone?” This is a question we often hear at Survivors UK, especially when a high-profile trial, such as that of Barry Bennell, is in the news. Based on an analysis of our client data from a few years ago, we...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: If paying for sex is wrong in Haiti, why do we still tolerate it in the UK?
Finally, something on which we can agree: charity officials ought not to buy sex. No one, so far, seems prominently to have argued, of the Oxfam employees’ misconduct in Haiti and Liberia, that, providing their female purchases were adult, and not...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: The audit London Fashion Week £30m The amount of money LFW contributes to the London economy each season. 150The The number of British and international designers showcased. market value of £66bn the UK fashion industry £160m The estimated media value of the event’s publicity....... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: You’ve heard about the northsouth divide. How about the west-east one?
Place has always been destiny in Britain, but never more so than in 2018. Pity the child born in Weymouth, Corby or Carlisle, locked into poor schools, a lacklustre economy and few decent jobs; if he or she had been lucky enough to be born in Tower...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: May I have a word?
The shifting patterns of English. This week: baffling job titles If you thought that pretentious job titles were a modern phenomenon, the creation of HR department staff with too much time on their hands, think again. Dr Alun Withey, a historian at...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: This charming Olympian deserves another medal
As a casual and fickle consumer of sports – I’ll opt in for tennis and key international rugby and football tournaments and zone out for the less zingy ones, such as golf and Formula One – the Winter Olympics are a smorgasbord of unfamiliar delights, a...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Has there ever been a more gilded eco-warrior?
In an ordinary week, a story involving the Sultan of Bahrain, the Queen and a farting horse, as recounted by Paul Burrell on the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, might top the list of most welcome royal family news. It even...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Binge-watcher’s dream signs for Netflix. That’s TV heaven
Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Feud – and also Scream Queens, but everyone makes mistakes – has signed a deal with Netflix worth a reported $300m. Right now, streaming companies are throwing cash around...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Surely we’ve all joined groups for scrapping free healthcare?
Poor Dominic Raab, who was informed by Buzzfeed News last week that he was a member of a closed Facebook group called British Ultra Liberal Youth – the Ultras, which is, according to its “About” page, a group of Conservatives in favour of scrapping...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Taxpayers profit from rail It is simply not true to claim that the taxpayer will lose out on around £2bn from the East Coast franchise (Business leader, last week). Indeed, millions of pounds each month are returned to taxpayers via this line and this will continue to be the...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: This week’s issue Inequality makes poverty even worse
Steven Pinker certainly provides much food for thought (“Enlighten me…”, the New Review, last week). He is right to emphasise “the extraordinary progress that humankind has made in the past couple of hundred years”. And one may – reluctantly – agree...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Money could help teachers Kartar Uppal, a teacher, tells us: “Throwing money at recruitment is not working. The government needs to sort out the conditions in the classrooms” (Letters, last week). I’m not a teacher but am married to a former teacher and I have to take issue...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Obama proved right on Syria Your special report on the Syrian conflict provokes various melancholy thoughts, of which two stand out (News, last week). If you start a civil war, be as certain as possible that you have overwhelming support and will win it quickly; such wars have...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: The Yorkshire Post
“It is time for Government and society as a whole to re-prioritise this issue. Government needs to create a modern Clean Air Act that takes a holistic approach and does not just target individual sectors. It needs to encourage everyone to play a role...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology “The trend in emissions is no surprise as the UK has very little by way of policies to reduce ammonia emissions from farming. For example, the use of methods to reduce ammonia emission from manure spreading has been mandatory in a few parts of Europe...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: The Ecologist “Theresa May has a moral duty as prime minister to ensure the country has good air quality, according to three quarters of the public who responded to a survey.” Brendan Montague... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: For the record A leader on outsourcing and the private finance initiative said that Labour invented PFI in the late 1990s. PFI was introduced in 1992, during the Major years, and its boom was post-1997, the Blair era (“Rethink how the state does business with private...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Putting on hairs and graces Assuming she’s not being ironic, Barbara Ellen (Comment, last week) shows too much sympathy over Donald Trump’s hair “malfunction”. While he may not be able to help his hair loss, he can avoid the choice he’s made to conceal it. Trump’s constant...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: INews “I know first-hand how dangerous air pollution can be when you have asthma, because last year the fumes that drifted in through my bedroom window on a summer’s night nearly killed me, triggering an asthma attack that left me hospitalised.” Eddie Mills... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Yes, each to her own on comic taste, but is it so rare for women and men to laugh together?
The other day, I wanted someone to do something boring for me, because I was too lazy. “Can I bend you to my will?” I said, quoting for the millionth time from Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate, in which languid young aristos entreat one another...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: The world’s view on… gun control in the US
National Review ‘Warning signs’ “When policies fail, people can and should rise to the occasion. Looking at the deadliest mass shootings since Columbine, we see that the warning signs were there, time and again. People could have made a...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Animals in danger
Last week the Scottish wildcat was revealed to be the UK’s most endangered mammal, but efforts are under way to maintain a “wildcat haven” in western Scotland. Eurasian beaver After a decline in numbers due to hunting, the Eurasian beaver was...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: A quest for lost glory
Working on one of my final stories as the Guardian and Observer’s Moscow correspondent, I took my seat at the Bolshoi Theatre one evening last December for the premiere of Nureyev. The ballet told the story of superstar dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Wild about Warhol
This has been National Warhol Week. The notorious American wonder boy of Pop, whose painting of a tin of soup fetched £25,000 at a recent auction, has moved in on London in a typical blaze of stealthy publicity. Not only is there a full-scale...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: The Observer files Roy Jenkins’s Obscene Publications Act, passed nearly four years ago, is about to face the two biggest tests of its usefulness since the Lady Chatterley trial in November, 1960. Allen and Unwin are to publish on Thursday a translation of the Indian...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: KEY QUOTE During the war, it took us a matter of months to train a Spitfire pilot. I decline to believe it takes five years to train a bricklayer. Lord Hailsham... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: COMMENT & ANALYSIS: TALKING POINT Enough parathion, an extremely toxic insecticide, is sprayed on Californian farms each year to kill five times the population of the world. This is one of the many disturbing facts quoted in Silent Spring, a book about the hazards of pesticides, by...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: BUSINESS & CASH: Looks like RBS is in the money – but looming multibillion-dollar fine may put paid to that
This week should be a landmark for Royal Bank of Scotland. The publication of its annual results on Friday should mark the first time since the financial crisis that the taxpayerbacked bank has reported a profit for shareholders. RBS’s dire run...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: BUSINESS & CASH: Vital statistic 11,800 Number of Carillion workers waiting to hear about their future after more than 4,400 jobs were saved last week. £72m Fees the big four accountants charged Carillion in the 10 years before its collapse.... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: BUSINESS & CASH: Bitcoin bubble gets pumped up again Bitcoin was on the rise again last week. After slumping to less than $6,000 in February – from almost $20,000 in December – the cryptocurrency headed back towards $10,000. Charlie Munger – sidekick to Warren Buffett, the world’s richest investor –...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: BUSINESS & CASH: Persimmon boss was always really giving After months of uproar about his £110m bonus, Jeff Fairburn, chief executive of housebuilder Persimmon, revealed that he never wanted that much in the first place. He always planned to give away a big chunk but, in an old-fashioned way, he wanted it to...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: BUSINESS & CASH: Pay rises expected to overtake inflation Pay is likely to rise faster than prices in 2018, according to the Bank of England. Companies expect to increase wages by 3.1% in 2018, the Bank’s agents reported. Inflation stood at 3% in January. The Bank will see rising wages as a reason to raise...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: BUSINESS & CASH: Doors fall off the furniture sector Laura Ashley issued a profit warning and Warren Evans, the bed retailer, went into administration last week. Laura Ashley said a slump in demand for furniture was partly responsible. Don’t be surprised if there are more casualties in the furniture...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: BUSINESS: The walking wounded…
House of Fraser Trying to agree lower rent bills and slash size of stores by 30%. Also battling to secure investment funds. Chinese owner Sanpower put in £25m to see it through Christmas. House of Fraser debt is at junk status. Debenhams Closing two...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: BUSINESS: Apocalypse now for Britain’s retailers as low wages and the web cause ruin
“Who’d be a retailer now?” That was the comment from City economist Jeremy Cook when the latest set of grim retail sales data was released by the Office for National Statistics last Friday. “The average Brit,” he added, “has spent the past few years...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: BUSINESS: … and the goners Warren Evans The ‘ethical bedmaker’ went into administration last week, with 14 showrooms at risk. East The fashion brand with 34 stores and 15 concessions went the same way in January for the second time in two-and-ahalf years. Juice...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: ECONOMICS: Labour is dreaming if it believes UK wants socialism
At this stage of the Brexit talks there seem to be few barriers to the Tory party dominating the outcome. It’s not the string of opinion polls showing Theresa May either ahead, neck and neck or only marginally behind Labour, all of which are stunningly...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: ANALYSIS: Sky netted a sweet Premier League deal but it isn’t over for the TV rights bubble
On the face of it, the outcome of the latest battle for Premier League TV rights appears to be business as usual. Sky has taken the lion’s share of the best matches, extending its stranglehold on the biggest prize in British sports broadcasting to at...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: ANALYSIS: Little sense in allowing London’s public transport to go down the tubes The man who spent the first half of the decade shredding public services as a way to tackle the nation’s deficit never did manage to wipe it out. But George Osborne helped create a new one. This year, Transport for London must operate with no state...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: ANALYSIS: Accountancy big four must be held to account for Carillion ‘feast’ Amonth on from the spectacular implosion of government contractor Carillion and the toxic mushroom cloud is still spreading. Several banks are likely to write off sizeable loans to the firm when they report annual results this week. That will draw a...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: CASH: Concern for vulnerable grows as those on lifeline benefit face ‘second mortgage’
Last May, James Martin* decided to give up work and look after his mother full time after she was diagnosed with cancer. A few months later, his father suffered a stroke, leaving the 49-year-old as the main carer for both parents. With income support...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: CASH: It’s time to go that extra mile for the best-value holiday deals
Flying long haul would barely enter the thinking of many families planning their annual holiday, with the perceived cost ruling out many destinations before the search had even begun. However, this year a series of colliding events, including a weak...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: CASH: Your problems The play-it-safe banks freezing out customers
Frozen: £19,221 Barclays bank summarily closed my personal and business accounts four years ago and has still not returned £19,221 that was in them. After numerous letters, emails and telephone calls, and three visits to the UK from my home in India...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: TRAVEL: Five of the best
1. Bada Sikdang I love this no-frills restaurant for its budae-jjigae (army base stew), which was invented after the Korean war when food was scarce. People scrounged ingredients – mainly sausages, spam, and baked beans – from US army bases and mixed...... Pubdate:

18/02/2018: WEATHER: Speedy crossword Across 1 Least risky (6) 4 Musical slow movement (6) 9 Gregorio -------, Baroque composer famous for his ‘Miserere’ (7) 10 Helicopter part (5) 11 Tough cynical detective created by Raymond Chandler (6,7) 12 Malevolent concept (4,7) 16 Black...... Pubdate:








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