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      This timid ‘Ming vase’ strategy won’t turn Labour into a dynasty | William Keegan

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 06:00

    Caution is understandable, but, if elected, Starmer and Reeves will need to make bold decisions on investment and Europe

    Are you familiar, dear reader, with the “Ming vase” strategy?

    It seems to be a commonplace in inner Labour party pre-election discussion. It refers to the way that the man who is on the verge of being prime minister, and his chancellor to be, Rachel Reeves, are being so depressingly cautious in their electoral commitments that many natural Labour voters are asking themselves: what is the point?

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      Revealed: the ‘catastrophic scale’ of sewage spills in England and Wales

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 20:31

    Water companies have logged five sewage spills a day, every day, for a decade, analysis by the Observer shows

    Water companies in England and Wales have averaged five serious sewage spills into rivers or seas every day over the past decade, the Observer can reveal.

    Analysis of Environment Agency data has found that the 10 firms recorded 19,484 category 1-3 pollution incidents between 2013 and 2022, the most recent year recorded, an average of one every four and a half hours.

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      Starmer’s growth plan ‘doomed’ without access to EU markets, warn economists

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 18:00

    Labour leader told if elected he will have to rejoin the customs union to meet party’s manifesto pledges, while 56% of voters say Brexit was bad for economy

    A Labour government under Keir Starmer will fail to maximise the UK’s economic growth unless it takes the country back into the European Union’s single market and customs union, leading economists and diplomats have said.

    The warnings come as an Opinium poll for the Observer finds that 56% of voters now believe Brexit has been bad for the UK economy as a whole, compared with just 12% who believe it has been economically beneficial.

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      Restaurateur Jeremy King continues comeback with opening of the Park

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 08:00

    After losing his empire in 2022, the lauded host is opening a ‘new world grand cafe’ in London’s Bayswater

    This month, Jeremy King will open the Park, an all-day restaurant in Bayswater. It is the second of three big 2024 openings for the lauded restaurateur, who was behind the heydays of some of London’s most celebrated restaurants such as Le Caprice, the Ivy and the Wolseley.

    It follows the launch of Arlington in January, King’s modern reboot of Le Caprice, once a favourite with the stars from Diana, Princess of Wales to Mick Jagger. Later in the year he’ll be reviving another stalwart, Simpson’s on the Strand.

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      ‘News deserts’: if local newspapers are dying, will local democracy die with them?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 06:00

    Concerns over scrutiny of councils as publishers cull titles and residents turn to Facebook for local news

    “Do you have lots of stickers?” asks a mother with a buggy and two small children as Evelyn Akoto takes a break outside Coffee #1 in Trowbridgeduring a day of knocking on doors.

    If the national polls are correct, Akoto is in with a decent chance of becoming the first Labour MP for the South West Wiltshire constituency, where the Conservative incumbent Andrew Murrison is defending a 21,630 majority.

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      Boeing expected to escape charges for violating 2021 crash settlement – report

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 17:17

    DoJ will reportedly offer deferred prosecution agreement requiring federal monitor oversee safety improvements

    The US justice department is expected to allow the planemaker Boeing to escape criminal prosecution for violating the terms of a 2021 settlement related to the fatal 737 Max crashes in 2018 and 2019, the New York Times reported on Friday.

    The department plans to offer Boeing a deferred prosecution agreement, which requires the company to install a federal monitor to oversee safety improvements, the Times reported, citing people familiar with the situation.

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      UK consumers seek £382m from salmon producers in price-fixing case

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 16:30

    Law firm’s case against six Norwegian-owned fish companies is over alleged breaches of competition law

    A legal firm is seeking £382m on behalf of British consumers from some of the world’s largest salmon producers, which are accused of price fixing.

    Legal action filed this week at the Competition Appeal Tribunal said UK consumers overpaid for at least four years because of alleged breaches of competition law by the fish firms Mowi and its subsidiary Mowi Holdings, SalMar, Lerøy, Scottish Sea Farms and Grieg.

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      Former post office operators’ leader denies ‘betraying’ his membership

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 16:15

    George Thomson tells inquiry he was ‘too trusting’ of Post Office bosses about faulty Horizon IT system

    The former leader of an association representing post office operators has told a public inquiry that he was “too trusting” of information given by the Post Office about its faulty Horizon IT system, but he denied being “too close” to the state-owned body and “betraying” his own membership.

    George Thomson, a former general secretary of the National Federation of SubPostmasters (NFSP), an association that represents post office operatives, was testifying to a public inquiry that is examining why hundreds of operatives were prosecuted after the Post Office blamed them for financial shortfalls. It has since emerged that the Post Office’s Horizon IT system was not reliable and suffered from bugs, errors and defects.

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      Steelworkers to strike over Tata’s plans to cut 2,800 jobs in south Wales

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 14:39

    Unite members in Port Talbot and Llanwern to start indefinite action in July that union says will affect UK operations

    About 1,500 Tata workers at two south Wales steelworks are to begin strike action next month in protest at the company’s plans to cut nearly 3,000 jobs and close its blast furnaces.

    Union leaders are preparing to intensify industrial action , in a further escalation of a row over the 2,800 planned job cuts at the sites that has become a general election issue.

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