3 April update: what happened in Brexit this week?

3 Apr

The Covid-19 pandemic is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, but although Brexit negotiations have been suspended there is no official signal that Britain plans to ask for an extension. Ros Taylor (LSE) looks at the week’s developments. Perhaps the most salient Brexit-related story of the week was the contradictory accounts of Britain’s liaison with … Continued

Shayna Baszler is in ‘little buddy’ Ronda Rousey’s shadow, says WWE star Becky Lynch ahead of WrestleMania 36 clash

3 Apr

Becky Lynch says Shayna Baszler is only in WWE to try to get out of Ronda Rousey’s shadow. The Man defends her Raw Women’s Championship against The Queen of Spades at WrestleMania 36 this weekend. Lynch has held the red brand’s title since inflicting a first pinfall defeat on Rousey, Baszler’s real-life friend, at last […]

Tories Spent £650,000 Per MEP in 2019 Euro Elections

3 Apr

With an 80-seat majority under their belt, a new PM and riding high on 54% in polls, it’s easy to forget that just over 10 months ago, the Tories came 5th in the EU Parliament elections. The Electoral Commission has now finally released spending return figures, which show the victorious Brexit Party spent the most, closely […]

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By all means, hold the UK government’s feet to the fire. But collaboration with the Republic is no magic bullet.

3 Apr

We can hardly be surprised when the fault lines opened during this emergency.  As a society still in recovery from a different sort of crisis, let’s admit we all – all –  need help to avoid reverting to the old sectarian old ding dong. Social media is a virus in itself and social distancing is its incubator. The first thing to hold onto is that we really are all in this together. The second is that things can only get … Read more

Covid-19: how has the EU reacted so far?

3 Apr

Dionyssis G Dimitrakopoulos and Georgette Lalis analyse the EU’s actions so far in the Covid-19 outbreak. They argue that despite a slow and initially haphazard approach, the response has ultimately been substantial. Public health care systems, alongside state bureaucracies and public finances, are being tested to their limits by the Covid-19 pandemic. The same can be said – albeit … Continued

We don’t need ‘gotcha’ journalism now

3 Apr

We live in the age of the omniscient anchor. Not that the news-frontmen and women are really omniscient, of course, but in Britain and (even more so) in America there is a type of presenter who is held up — and certainly held themselves up — as though the world and everything in it was […]

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Andros Townsend EXCLUSIVE: Crystal Palace ace claims Premier League players have been ‘painted as villains’ during coronavirus pandemic

3 Apr

Andros Townsend has told talkSPORT footballers are being ‘painted as villains’ amid growing calls for big-money Premier League players to accept wage cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. Townsend’s former club Tottenham became the second top-flight side to furlough employees earlier this week using the government’s scheme, following Newcastle’s lead in reducing the salaries of non-playing […]

Mike Tyson tells Deontay Wilder to ‘grow up’ and warns ‘he will not last long’ against Tyson Fury if he does not make adjustments

3 Apr

Mike Tyson has warned Deontay Wilder to ‘grow up’ and keep going after his crushing defeat to Tyson Fury. The ‘Gypsy King’ reigned supreme during their Las Vegas rematch for the WBC heavyweight crown last month, emphatically stopping the American inside seven rounds. It was the first time ‘The Bronze Bomber’ had ever tasted defeat […]

It’s now or never: What advertisers, Government, readers and big tech must do to support the news industry

3 Apr

It’s been said that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. As far as the coronavirus crisis goes we can all play our part: doing our bit as citizens to maintain the rules on social distancing and as journalists to provide critically-important information to our audiences during … Continue reading “It’s now or never: What advertisers, Government, readers and big tech must do to support the news industry”

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Mike Ashley urged to finally ‘get out’ of Newcastle United while Premier League is halted due to coronavirus

3 Apr

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is facing fresh calls from supporters to leave the club during this Premier League blackout, following his response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Toon Army have been given a renewed hope that a new era at St James’ Park could be on the horizon. Reports on Tyneside this week have […]

UEFA insists cancelling competitions due to coronavirus is ‘last resort’… as Belgium stop Jupiler Pro League with Club Brugge to be crowned champions

3 Apr

UEFA has branded cancelling the 2019/20 season due to coronavirus a ‘last resort’ after Belgium made the ‘premature’ decision to end its leagues. The Jupiler Pro League – the highest division of football in Belgium – on Thursday concluded its campaign with current standings declared final. This resulted in Club Brugge being crowned champions as […]

Corbyn Tries Giving Son a Gong

3 Apr

Disturbing scenes yesterday evening as a doddery, elderly, retired gentleman was spotted wandering up and down his street in Islington trying to get neighbours and family members to bang on his drum, in complete disregard to social distancing. His son, who understands the guidance, sheepishly refused the proffered drum / large petri dish. Scientists believe […]

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