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Book Review: Farewell My Colony by Todd Crowell

Todd Crowell is a journalist who has worked in Hong Kong for Asiaweek. He wrote Farewell My Colony to chronicle the experiences of the last years leading up to the handover. It is an eye-opening book, chronicling the hopes and fears of both the pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps as well as the UK and People’s Republic of China. The book takes you through interviews with locals, legislators in both camps whom Crowell had lunch with, and gives a comprehensive telling of Chris Patten’s democrati

Boris Johnson boost as new poll shows steep drop in Starmer support

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. Boris Johnson’ s net favourability is now at six points, an increase of two. The Tories are now leading in Westminster voting intention with 43 percent of the vote. Labour are second with 36 percent, with the Tories gaining one point and Labour losing one from a fortnight previously. The Liberal

Boris Johnson focuses on US satellite agency after UK loses access to EU's space system

OneWeb could be able to deliver the same services as Galileo. According to Mail Online, Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak signed off on the bid for 20 percent in the US operator on Thursday night. OneWeb filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to coronavirus disruption but has its headquarters based in London. In 2018, Brussels warned the UK’s role in Galileo was up for negotiation which angered ministers due to the amount of money Britain had invested in the project. Officials told the Times t

Jeremy Hunt accepts ‘share of responsibility’ for missing earlier pandemic lessons

He blamed Whitehall “groupthink” and called for scientific advice to be depoliticised for future pandemics. However, he denied accusations that austerity was a major cause in the high UK death toll. Mr Hunt told a virtual event with Politico: "The problems and the challenges we've had in tackling coronavirus don't relate directly to that pressure. "They relate more to the fact we didn't learn the lessons of SARS and MERS, which should have happened under my time as well. "I fully accept that I

Boris Johnson set to announce new social distancing rule to help reopen UK

This rule would allow people to go within one metre of each other providing they are sticking to other rules, such as wearing masks or meeting outdoors. The proposal, reported by the Sunday Telegraph, will be in effect from July 4 and is understood to apply to all venues. Professor Callum Semple on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has previously been against changing the current 2m rule but has said: “It is now a reasonable political decision to relax these rules." Mr Johnso

Brexit blow: EU leaders are refusing to backdown on fisheries for one reason

The EU has previously said an agreement on fisheries is a pre-existing condition to a free trade agreement. Britain insists any agreement must be based on an understanding that British waters are primarily for British boats, The UK formally left the European Union in January. Until the end of the year, it is a transition period. During this time, EU laws and regulations will still apply. This means fishing fleets of each country have full access to each others’ water. The first 12 nautical mile

Boris Johnson facing Cabinet backlash over plans to suspend Sunday trading laws

It is understood the plans to suspend them for a year are part of a larger coronavirus recovery plan. Britain’s Sunday Trading Act of 1994 allows large stores to open for no more than six consecutive hours between 10am and 6pm. Government Chief Whip Mark Spencer, Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg and Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Evans of Bowes Park have said the move is likely to attract “strong” opposition, particularly in the House of Lords, according to the Times. Chanc

Coronavirus horror as Boris Johnson urged by medical chiefs to prepare for second wave

There are concerns that the virus is still too prevalent for lockdown to be eased. Some health experts are demanding further easing is held off until a comprehensive track and trace system is functioning. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, explained to the Guardian: “The real concern is that we don’t have that same degree of trust, because we’re not having the kind of honest and open debates that we need. “We seem to be resorting to kind of fairly cheap political rhetoric about stu

Coronavirus holiday hope for Britons as Turkey ‘air bridge’ could be ready for July 15

The UK is currently discussing air bridges which would allow quarantine free travel with several countries. One official told the Financial Times that July 15 could be the date the air bridge comes into play. The official explained: “The two sides are in close contact. “The UK is a very important country for us.” Ministers have reportedly been given a list of countries to prioritise travel between. Turkey is high up on the list. Adil Karaismailoğlu, Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastruct

Boris Johnson plans new scheme to end Britain’s reliance on China

Boris Johnson unveiled the change in foreign policy at the national security council but it has been reported the Cabinet is split on the issue. US officials visiting the UK in January suggested a Western-backed conglomerate as an alternative to Britain using Huawei in its 5G network but this was ruled out due to time constraints. However, a senior Whitehall source told the Mail on Sunday: ‘We have lost expertise in dozens of major markets like technology and science, hence why we got into the H

Northwest and southwest England could face tighter coronavirus lockdowns as cases surge

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. This figure refers to the average number of people a coronavirus sufferer infects and if it rises above one it means the disease is spreading. Asked about the data at the most recent Government briefing, the Health and Social Care Secretary said the Government was looking to take a more localised approach to prevent further outbreaks. Mr Hancock said: “It is

Boris Johnson could make big concession to EU by accepting trade tariffs

The latest round of negotiations broke up without any significant progress. But sources have claimed that Mr Johnson’s chief negotiator David Frost has offered to accept tariffs on a small number of goods in return for Brussels dropping the demand Britain stick to EU rules. An official told the Daily Mail: “We floated that. “It fell slightly on stony ground at the moment but it is still in there in the discussions. “Obviously we would rather not go there but if it is what helps make progress, t

Thousands of coronavirus tests voided after decision to send to the US backfires horribly

The swabs were sent as a Northern Ireland laboratory suddenly stopped processing samples after reaching capacity. They had been voided due to the way in which they had been processed, those who took one of the tests will have to be re-tested, which will cost an estimated six-figure sum for the taxpayer. Lord Bethell, the Innovation Under-Secretary, told the Telegraph: “We worked hard to get complete tests for people under difficult circumstances. “In many cases that worked and we are grateful t

Boris Johnson vows to provide security for Hong Kong citizens fearing authoritarian China

The Prime Minister made the remarks in an op-ed in Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post. Critics of the proposed legislation fear it would undermine Hong Kong’s political, economic and judicial autonomy, that China agreed to in the Joint Sino-British Declaration. Mr Johnson said: “There is something wonderful about the fact that a small island in the Pearl River Delta rose to become a great trading city and commercial powerhouse of East Asia. “Wonderful, but not accidental or fortuitous

US Senator warns China is using Huawei to disrupt the special relationship with UK

The Arkansas Senator was speaking as debate continues as to whether Huawei can be trusted within the UK 5G network. There is concern that the telecommunications firm could allow Beijing backdoor access to sensitive information, something Huawei has always denied. Mr Cotton warned: “It is my hope that the special relationship remains strong although I fear China is attempting to drive a hi-tech wedge between us using Huawei. Washington has warned allies they risk being cut off from intelligence

Witness who claimed to have seen Cummings return to Durham AGAIN ‘made it up as a joke’

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that one of the witnesses to the first visit may have made a similar long-distance trip. According to the Mail on Sunday, the retired Chemistry teacher drove from his home in Barnard Castle to pick up his daughter who had been self-isolating at her boyfriend’s home in Berkshire. The daughter was seen at the family home last week, but the father insists he complied with relevant rules at the time. Meanwhile, the newspaper claimed the man who witnessed the alleged

Boris Johnson gives Dominic Cummings final warning after COVID-19 lockdown row

This comes after public attention surrounded Mr Cummings over a trip he took from London to Durham whilst he and his wife were self-isolating after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Now, Mr Johnson wants his aide to stay out of the public eye and to avoid any further incidents. A senior Downing Street source told the Mail on Sunday: “Dom’s been firmly put in his place.” According to the newspaper, Mr Cummings has been blocked from making media appearances and writing blog posts. A Number 10 insid

Humiliation for Labour as whip resigns from frontbench role after breaching lockdown

Rosie Duffield has resigned from the Labour frontbench We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. The Mail on Sunday revealed she met her married partner for a long walk in April. This happened before lockdown restrictions were eased allowing members of different households to meet. Ms Duffield said: "My partner and I have been attemptin

Piers Morgan BANS all Cabinet members who backed Cummings from GMB

Mr Cummings is alleged to have visited his parents in Durham when he was supposed to be self-isolating after suffering coronavirus symptoms. The Prime Minister’s special advisor has also been accused of going to Durham again after returning to work. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg says she has been told Mr Cummings stayed in a separate building and did not flout regulations after the allegations first surfaced via a joint Guardian and Mirror investigation. Mr Morgan tweeted: "In light of today’s dev

Piers Morgan demands Cummings RESIGN over alleged lockdown breach

According to an investigation by the Guardian and the Mirror, police attended a Durham address were a member of the public claimed to have seen Mr Cummings 250 miles from the Prime Minister’s special advisor’s North London home. The previous day a Number 10 official had told a coronavirus briefing that Mr Cummings was self-isolating after showing coronavirus symptoms whilst time the Government was advising against all non-essential travel. Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan took to Twitter t
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