The Blairite reflex is to blame the left for every failure, but there are administrations around the country showing what a modern, socialist Labour Party can achieve
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An England footballer caught speeding at 90mph in his £140,000 Mercedes blamed his actions on "work pressures" as he feared the consequences of arriving late for training, a court heard yesterday. Callum Hudson-Odoi, who plays for Chelsea FC, faces a possible driving ban after police pulled him over last August for speeding in a 50pmh zone. The 20-year-old, who had signed a five year contract with Chelsea worth £120,000 per week 11 months before the incident, admitted he felt “ashamed” of what happened. “Prior to the offence, “I was going through an extremely difficult period in my life for personal reasons,” he wrote in a statement to Bromley Magistrates Court. “My employers were fully aware of these problems and I would say that I was under significant pressure at work,” he added. Hudson-Odoi said he was running late to training due to road closures on August 6 and worried “arriving late would only compound the problems I was having at work”. Three months earlier, the England winger had been arrested over a rape allegation while breaching lockdown with a model he had met online. The Met Police later confirmed they would be taking no further action against Hudson-Odoi. Hudson-Odoi had also been one of the first Premier League footballers to test positive for Covid-19 in March 2020, shortly before all games were called off. PC Shane Elsworth, who had stopped Hudson-Odoi’s car on a 50mph stretch of the A3, said: “There were no other vehicles traveling at anywhere near the same speed as this vehicle.” Hudson-Odoi explained he had “decided to try and make up some time” after the road closure, and is “ashamed of the choice I made”. “Being stopped by the police officer for this offence only compounded my problems and made my situation worse”, he wrote to the court in March this year. In May 2019 Hudson-Odoi was fined £700 and given three points on his licence for speeding along the exact same stretch of the A3. On that occasion he told the court: “Total mistake and very sorry”. Due to the speed he was travelling, Hudson-Odoi could face a driving ban. He has pleaded guilty to the offence of speeding. His latest court case, dealt with originally under the Single Justice Procedure, has been adjourned for an open court hearing at Lavender Hill magistrates court on July 7. Callum Hudson-Odoi's representatives have been approached for comment. Chelsea FC declined to comment
Israeli troops massed at the Gaza border on Thursday as military officials said all options are on the table, including a ground invasion. The call up of reservists came as Hamas fired a barrage of rockets into Israel while Israeli air strikes pounded Gaza. The hostilities, which have claimed at least 83 Palestinian and seven Israeli lives, escalated despite truce efforts mediated by Egypt. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday started sending thousands of troops to its border with Gaza as an IDF spokesman told reporters that plans were being presented to Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi and would then have to go to the Cabinet for approval.Additional troops have been redeployed to the Gaza border and reservists serving as paramedics and in intelligence and other units have been called up, according to the Jerusalem Post."We are prepared, and continue to prepare for various scenarios," army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told AFP, describing a ground offensive as "one scenario".Hamas responded to the troop buildup with defiance, with its armed wing spokesman, Abu Ubaida, urging Palestinians to rise up. "Mass up as you wish, from the sea, land and sky. We have prepared for your kinds of deaths that would make you curse yourselves," he said.The developments came as an Egyptian delegation arrived in Tel Aviv for talks with Israeli officials as a part of efforts to negotiate a cease-fire, according to Egyptian intelligence officials.Meanwhile fighting between Israel and Hamas entered a fourth day with no let-up of hostilities despite the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.Hamas fired rockets deep into Israel on Thursday, including a large rocket at the Ramon airport near Eilat. Israel has carried out bone-rattling strikes on the besieged, densely populated Gaza Strip. Gaza’s health ministry said the death toll has climbed to 83 Palestinians, including 17 children and seven women, with more than 480 people wounded since fighting broke out Monday. Seven Israelis, including a soldier, have been killed in the attacks.‘There is no atmosphere for Eid at all’In Gaza, a pall was cast over Eid al-Fitr, usually a festive time when families shop for new clothes and gather for large feasts.Instead, Hamas urged the faithful to mark communal Eid prayers inside their homes or the nearest mosques instead of out in the open, as is traditional.Hassan Abu Shaaban tried to lighten the mood by passing out candy to passers-by after prayers, but acknowledged “there is no atmosphere for Eid at all”.“It is all air strikes, destruction and devastation,” he said. “May God help everyone.”In Gaza’s southern town of Khan Younis, dozens of mourners marched through the streets carrying the bodies of an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old killed when an Israeli air strike hit near their home Wednesday.Netanyahu: 'We will achieve our goal'Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday visited batteries of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which the military says has intercepted 90 percent of the 1,200 rockets that have reached Israel from Gaza so far.“It will take more time, but with great firmness ... we will achieve our goal — to restore peace to the State of Israel,” he said.The previous evening, Israeli TV reported Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet authorised a widening of the offensive that the military says has already hit 600 targets in Gaza.The current eruption of violence began a month ago in Jerusalem, where the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers ignited protests and clashes with police. A focal point of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police was Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque, built on a hilltop compound that is revered by Jews and Muslims. US steps in at lastThe UN Security Council has held two closed-door videoconferences since Monday, with close Israeli ally Washington opposing adoption of a joint declaration, arguing it would not "help de-escalate" the situation.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had spoken with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, urging an end to the rocket attacks by Islamist groups, and that a US envoy would travel to the Middle East to seek to calm tensions.Netanyahu spoke late Wednesday with US President Joe Biden, who said that "Israel has a right to defend itself".Meanwhile fears of communal violence between Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens have mounted following riots in several Israeli cities this week.Violence also again rocked the occupied West Bank, where a Palestinian man was killed during a confrontation with Israeli soldiers near Nablus, the Palestinian health ministry said.(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)
After years as a senior practising therapist (I did 15 before retiring), you tend to be able to spot what we call “therapy speak” from a mile off. It tends to happen to people who’ve had a lot of sessions, over a very long time. They may have started all stiff upper-lipped, but after enough work, they end up speaking like us. Judging by his latest podcast appearance, in which he spoke with American actor Dax Shepard, Prince Harry is a prime example. Some of the words and phrases he uses – the focus on “awareness”, compassion and “lived experience”, how he is now “comfortable being able to discuss [his] struggles”, is “listening to [his] body” and learned to “pluck [his] head out of the sand – could be lifted straight from one of my therapists’ rooms. I would guess he’s had integrative psychotherapy, which is an eclectic style, and a good amount of psychodynamic therapy, which will often revisit childhood experiences, ask clients to look into their upbringing, and consider whether trauma or a lack of attention from primary care givers has affected them. “To me it’s always so fascinating to hear about someone’s struggles and then being able to trace it back to not what’s wrong with you, but what happened to you?” Harry said at one point. That’s psychodynamic therapy in a nutshell. That approach is particularly obvious when he spoke about consciously trying to “parent” his son, Archie, in a different way from his own upbringing. He spoke of “breaking the cycle” of inherited “pain or suffering” from his father, Prince Charles, who had his own difficulties as a boy. When Harry said he is “going to make sure I break that cycle so I don’t pass it on”, he’s reflecting the common psychodynamic method of having clients avoid what we call “repetition compulsion”: repeating traumas they themselves endured. Humans are naturally inclined to repeat trauma, but in consciously saying: “I recognise that, it’s a pattern, and I want to break free from it”, we can end the cycle. Clearly, Harry is actively involved in that process. Prince Harry is a product of his environment and experiences. He was once in the Royal family, at Eton, in the Army, in the tabloids, but now he is in Los Angeles, independent, and with Meghan, who certainly seems emotionally enlightened. That, as well as a hearty dose of therapy that may well be continuing, seems to have changed him profoundly. As told to Guy Kelly Sheri Jacobson is founder of Harley Therapy
Douglas Ross has accused a senior SNP of "inept and poor chairing" of the powerful Commons Scottish affairs committee after he focused on a second independence referendum rather than the Covid crisis. The Scottish Tory leader lashed out at Pete Wishart during the committee's session yesterday after the Nationalist spent the first 20 minutes quizzing Alister Jack, the Scottish Secretary, about another separation vote. Mr Wishart, the Perth and North Pertshire MP, questioned Mr Jack over last week's Holyrood election results and whether they gave the SNP a mandate for a referendum. He interrupted the Scottish Secretary repeatedly as he claimed that the SNP increasing its seat tally by one last week, but falling short of a majority, meant the UK Government must now transfer the powers to Nicola Sturgeon for another vote. Mr Jack confirmed that the Advocate General for Scotland, the UK Government's most senior advisor on Scots law, would give his opinion on whether any Independence Referendum Bill passed by Holyrood was within the parliament's powers. Called to ask a question via video link, Mr Ross said: "I have to say at the outset, how disappointed people must have been to watch the quite frankly inept and poor chairing of this committee so far by Mr Wishart."
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The NHS on Thursday night performed a climbdown over plans to use online and telephone "screening" for GP appointments and announced that every patient would now have the right to see their doctor face-to-face. The Telegraph revealed on Wednesday that family doctors had been told to introduce a system of "total triage", meaning those seeking to see their GP were being discouraged and told to have an online or phone discussion first. But NHS England has now ordered that the system be abolished amid a mounting backlash from patients' groups and doctors. New guidance to all GPs will instead say that every practice in England must make "a clear offer of appointments in person" and respect the preferences of patients. Dr Nikki Kanani, the NHS medical director for primary care, and Ed Waller, the director of primary care, wrote to all GPs on Thursday night to inform them that the new operating procedures supersede all previous guidance. "GP practices must all ensure they are offering face-to-face appointments," the letter says. "While the expanded use of video, online and telephone consultations can be maintained where patients find benefit from them, this should be done alongside a clear offer of appointments in person. "Practices should respect preferences for face-to-face care unless there are good clinical reasons to the contrary, for example the presence of Covid symptoms." It came after the Patients' Association, the Royal College of GPs, the British Medical Association and Jacob Rees-Mogg , the Commons leader, all raised concerns about the NHS proposal for "total triage".
Downing Street is introducing targeted vaccinations to those parts of England that have detected cases of the India variant, which is thought to be highly transmissible
Move came after Liz Cheney lost House leadership role for criticising ex-president’s election lies
Boris Johnson has said he is 'anxious' about the variant and hinted at the possibility of local lockdowns.
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Emergency admissions to London hospitals slumped by a quarter during 10 months last year, a new study into the impact of Covid-19 revealed on Thursday. It also highlighted that people from black and Asian communities were significantly more likely to have stayed away from the NHS between March and December. Overall, elective hospital admissions dropped by a third last year, while outpatient appointments and non-Covid emergency admissions each fell by a fifth.
St Paul's Cathedral could close permanently due to a lack of cash. The iconic London landmark which relies heavily on tourism for its funding, saw income drop by 90 percent due to forced closures during the Covid lockdown. The building is facing its worse financial crisis in 300 years, according to those who run it. The cost of operating St Paul’s amounts to 8 million pounds per year, and the cathedral recently received over 3 million pounds from the government’s culture recovery fund. Almost all renovation projects have been put on hold, including fixing a lead roof. Restructuring has also seen almost 25 percent of its workforce made redundant and some staff have been furloughed. St. Paul’s Cathedral will officially reopen its doors to sightseers on Monday May 17th – government guidance permitting.
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