30 March 2017 Week in Brief: UK Westminster ARTICLE 50: Britain has served notice under article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, beginning the two year countdown to its exit from the EU. LABOUR: Shadow Brexit secretary Kier Starmer has set out six conditions which his party will require if they are to back the
30 March 2017 Could You Be A Soldier? Marine A and the National Army Museum. By Lynda Goetz Sergeant Alexander Blackman (also known as Marine A), who was convicted of murdering a wounded Taliban terrorist in November 2013, has had his conviction overturned and replaced with one for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
23 March 2017: Issue 97 Week in Brief UK International Financial Comment Silence is golden by Robert Kilconner Hardball negotiations Moving the interest rate goalposts by Frank O’Nomics The Bank of England has forgotten its mandate The politics of envy by John Watson Mr Osborne’s portfolio Justice or Injustice? by Lynda Goetz New Rape Evidence
30 March 2017 Crossword by Boffles Great Captains Across 1 Self-promoting naval one? It’s fiction (10) 8 Company and church include his for Apache leader (7) 9 Cook was the first European to …… his feet on Australian soil (5) 10 He was red but discovered a land of a different
30 March 2017 Full Circle Should the EU go for a fighting retreat? By Robert Kilconner Just occasionally absentmindedness can be a good thing, particularly if the result is that you forget to go to the bookshop. “No thriller this week” you think glumly. None of those Booker shortlisters will be gracing your bedside table.
30 March 2017 Week In Brief: INTERNATIONAL NEWS Europe BELGIUM: An armed Frenchman of Tunisian origin drove a car at speed towards shoppers in Antwerp last Thursday. He was stopped by troops fled but was caught and arrested. No-one was hurt. A pump action shotgun was found in the car, together with knives and a
30 March 2017 Week In Brief: BUSINESS AND THE CITY NOTHING HELPS: When it was first announced, the proposed Tesco purchase of Booker was hailed as the final mark of the supermarket giant’s recovery from the accounting scandal and poor performance which have damaged its reputation over the previous four years and seemed to confirm
30 March 2017 Family Matters An old fashioned virtue by J.R.Thomas There is an expression popular in the media, the “Westminster bubble”. It is one those pithy phrases that seems to summon something up, even though nobody ever seems quite sure what it is. Whatever it means, the effect of living in that Westminster bubble