Why The Third Man is an essential primer for no-deal Brexit

As the classic noir gets a 70th anniversary re-release, its hard to ignore the parallels between a shattered postwar Vienna teeming with spivs and the future the Brexiters have in mind What perfect timing for The Third Man to step back out of the shadows. Often hailed as the finest film Britain ever made, a 70th anniversary re-release will see it return to cinemas with the government much in the market for symbols of national grandeur. While Boris Johnson has named his favourite film as Dodgeball for once, eerily believable as the great British breakdown goes on it is easy to imagine him waving a tiny Union Jack at Carol Reeds majestic noir. It is true, of course, that there …

To my merciless, brutal period: its time you and I talked | Emma Barnett

You got me out of swimming at school, and gifted me my son, but truly, I wont miss you when youre gone, says broadcaster Emma Barnett I am standing in a draughty, picturesque church on an icy Saturday in December, wearing four-inch gold glittery heels and silently cursing you as you churn up my insides without a thought for the occasion. Try as I might to focus on my friend, the gleamingly beautiful bride, and stand stoic during the hymns shes painstakingly chosen for us to chorus, all I can think is: will you please fuck off? And when can I rip off this fascinator, my heels, dress, tights and, while Im at it, my skin? The need for delicious …

Johnson could sacrifice majority by withdrawing whip from rebel MPs

Rebel Tories face deselection over Brexit, as PM abruptly cancels meeting with group including ex-ministers Boris Johnson is prepared to blow up his own parliamentary majority and withdraw the whip from dozens of Conservative MPs if they back plans to stop no-deal Brexit, Tory whips have warned potential rebels, in an extreme move by Downing Street that would pave the way for an imminent general election. As hostilities escalated, Johnson also signalled how serious his intention is to follow through the threat of deselection by suggestion from Michael Gove that the government may not feel bound by the legislation. Ahead of a historic week in parliament, a fierce briefing war erupted across the Conservative party as whips convened for Sunday …

Drug maker ‘will make $21bn from treating cystic fibrosis’

Vertex is accused of raking in vast profits while making Orkambi unaffordable to NHS A US company, which is refusing to drop its price for the life-changing cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi to make it affordable to NHS England, is set to make $21bn (17bn) in profit from that and a sister medicine, according to research. Countries around the world are struggling to pay for Orkambi, made by Vertex, which has a list price of 104,000 per patient per year and is not a cure. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) in England has said effective. On Monday, the Scottish Medicines Consortium will decide whether to approve the drug for children. Parents in England have campaigned, demonstrated on …

Duchess of Sussex to guest edit September UK Vogue issue

Meghan curated edition about Forces for Change focusing on inspiring women Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has been revealed as British Vogues guest editor of what is considered the magazines most important issue of the year, the September edition. The duchess was invited to oversee the edition by the titles editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, who said she turned down the opportunity to appear on the cover because she felt it would be boastful. Instead, the front of the magazine will feature 15 women who are trailblazing changemakers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers, according to Buckingham Palace. In keeping with the editions theme, which is forces for change, the duchess has assembled women including the actor Jane Fonda, the climate change …

Ambition fulfilled for Boris Johnson. But what next for Britain?

As he becomes PM, new Tory leader knows he has to unite his party and deliver Brexit Boris Johnson will underline his determination to unite a fractured and demoralised Conservative party and deliver Brexit by 31 October as he achieves his long-cherished ambition of becoming Britains prime minister. The new Tory leader has already begun love-bombing sceptical centre-ground MPs as Theresa May prepared to leave No 10 Downing Street after three fraught years. He is at heart a one-nation Tory. Thats who he is and thats how hell govern, insisted a Johnson ally. The former mayor of London swept to a convincing victory over Jeremy Hunt, after securing the backing of ardent Brexiters including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker. Johnson …

Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into new industrial frontier

Greenpeace report reveals 29 floor-exploration licences have been granted worldwide The worlds oceans are facing a new industrial frontier from a fledgling deep-sea mining industry as companies line up to extract metals and minerals from some of the most important ecosystems on the planet, a report has found. by Greenpeace revealed that although no mining had started on the ocean floor, 29 exploration licences had been issued covering an area five times bigger than the UK. Environmentalists said the proposed mining would threaten not only crucial ecosystems but the global fight against climate breakdown. Louisa Casson, an ocean campaigner at Greenpeace, said: The health of our oceans is closely linked to our own survival. Unless we act now to protect …

The 140-tonne, fire-breathing crane: inside Glastonbury’s hottest attraction

Powered by chip fat, this enormous crane rescued from Bristol docks is about to become the festivals dance hotspot. We have no idea if it will work, say the duo behind it The idea, says Pip Rush, is to take over the sky. Were standing on a 140-tonne crane, 30 metres above the Glastonbury festival site. Rush and his collaborator Bert Cole are sanguine as they take in the view, but Im clutching the railings, summer breeze blowing through the jasmine of my freaking mind. From its birth in 1975 until it was rendered obsolete by bigger kit, this crane lifted loads at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol. Rush and Cole bought it for an undisclosed sum, chopped it into two …

Walk the line: behind the story of Michael Gove’s cocaine use

Tory leadership hopeful revealed he had taken drug in mock-media interview for 2016 campaign In the run-up to his 2016 campaign to be Tory leader, Michael Gove was being subjected to a mock media interview by his team, as they tried to anticipate what questions he could face from journalists. In his soon-to-be published biography, Michael Gove: A Man in a Hurry, the journalist Owen Bennett writes that the then justice secretary was asked if he had ever taken drugs. Yes, cocaine, he replied, according to someone described as having intimate knowledge of the event. According to Bennett: He was firmly instructed not to give that answer in public, and told instead to fall back on the words [David] Cameron …

‘A bleak prospect’: why legal weed in Britain may be a pipe dream

While public interest is growing, experts say a mix of political and social factors is holding back change The legalization of cannabis in the US shows no signs of slowing down but the prospect of a green rush in the UK, experts say, is bleak. The consultancy Hanway Associates aims to bring North American-style cannabis capitalism to the UK and Europe. This month, the group is hosting the 59%opioid crisis, or the subsequent disillusionment with mainstream pharmaceuticals and the medical field. Nor is there an entrenched constituency of veterans suffering from PTSD, concussive brain injuries and other ailments, which have led to a desperate search for alternatives. While the British public is interested in medical marijuana, and cannabis oil she …

Trump’s family holiday to UK Disneyland makes for painful viewing | John Crace

With sketch writers banned from his press conference with Theresa May, I was forced to endure it on TV Monday Sometimes I worry I am more psychically connected to Tottenham Hotspur than is healthy. Having done my two events at the festival, I went back to the friends I was staying with to watch the Shoulder to shoulder with the president, negotiating a new trade deal. Instead, she cut a forlorn, diminished figure as she was both patronised and ignored by Trump, who made no secret that he was 75th anniversary commemorations profoundly moving, especially the handful of surviving veterans and letters from the dead. But theyve also generated some anger, because politicians may talk a good game about the …

Justice system smeared our mother, say Sally Challens sons

Family had to live with false narrative of killing before courts finally quashed domestic abuse victims murder conviction Sally Challen was portrayed as a controlling and jealous lover who planned to kill her husband by a criminal justice system that allowed the creation of a false narrative, her sons have said. In doing so it failed to recognise the decades of abuse and coercive control she had suffered at his hands, David Challen Observer that is heavily critical of how abused women continue to be viewed by the courts, a concern that womens rights campaigners said they shared. three times as likely to develop a mental health condition than those who do not, according to research by Birmingham University published …

Footballer Hctor Bellern calls on sport to oppose Alabama abortion ban

Arsenal defender says ban also an issue for men, and garners support from Ian Wright Hctor Bellern, the Arsenal and Spain defender, has challenged fellow football professionals to speak out against the Ian Wright (@IanWright0) May 18, 2019 The BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Gideon Coe said, while he supported Arsenals great rival Tottenham, some issues transcended football: Bravo. Im Spurs but that matters little compared to this, he tweeted. The LGBT activist Jack D said on Twitter: Absolutely thrilled to see a footballer using their platform to send a positive political message. Good on you!!! Now if only we could get more of this to support players coming out too. Solidarity. Other US states have followed the lead of …

US begins extradition case against Julian Assange in London

WikiLeaks founder declines to consent to being taken to US to face charges Julian Assange has declined a chance to consent to his extradition to the US at a hearing in London as Washington started pressing its case to take him across the Atlantic. Appearing via video link from Belmarsh prison, Assange said: I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected many, many people. Ben Brandon, the counsel for the US government, presented details of the US case against Assange at Westminster magistrates court on Thursday. He said the charges related to one of the largest compromises of information in US history. They were connected to the downloading …

The shocking rape trial that galvanised Spains feminists and the far right

The long read: The wolf pack case inspired widespread anger and protests against sexual assault laws in Spain. But the anti-feminist backlash that followed has helped propel the far right to its biggest gains since Franco In the early hours of 7 July 2016, surrounded by throngs of revellers dancing and drinking, an 18-year-old woman suddenly found herself alone. She was standing on Plaza del Castillo, a square in the centre of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, which was hosting its annual festival, the running of the bulls. The weeklong festival combines a religious celebration of the citys patron saint, San Fermin, with the eponymous bull run and copious amounts of alcohol. Every morning at the stroke of 8am, …

Who owns the country? The secretive companies hoarding England’s land

The long read: Multi-million pound corporations with complex structures have purchased the very ground we walk on and we are only just beginning to discover the damage it is doing to Britain Despite owning 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of land, managing a property portfolio worth 2.3bn and having control over huge swaths of central Manchester and Liverpool, very few people have heard of a company named Peel Holdings. It owns the Manchester Ship Canal. It built the Trafford Centre shopping complex and, more recently, sold it in the largest single property acquisition in Britains history. It was the developer behind the MediaCityUK site in Salford, to which the BBC and ITV have relocated many of their operations in recent years. …