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Virgin sets aside £500m for bad debts

Virgin sets aside £500m for bad debts

Good morning: The FTSE 250 banking group Virgin Money has reported a larger than expected £141 million pre-tax loss in the year to the end of September, after [...] Read full article: Virgin sets aside £500m for bad debts...→

Over 120 whales and dolphins die in mass beaching off New Zealand

Over 120 whales and dolphins die in mass beaching off New Zealand

More than 120 whales and dolphins are dead after a mass stranding in the remote Chatham Islands about 500 miles east of New Zealand.Residents on the windswept [...] Read full article: Over 120 whales and dolphins die in mass...→

Ghislaine Maxwell ‘woken by torchlight every 15 minutes’ in Brooklyn jail

Ghislaine Maxwell ‘woken by torchlight every 15 minutes’ in Brooklyn jail

Ghislaine Maxwell is subjected to jail conditions more restrictive than those of the most notorious prisoners in America, her lawyer said in a complaint to the [...] Read full article: Ghislaine Maxwell ‘woken by torchlight e...→

Lex Greensill pilots the Ryanair of working capital

Lex Greensill pilots the Ryanair of working capital

The green leather chairs, mahogany panelling, oil paintings and antique maps resemble the headquarters of most private banks. Yet the solid respectability of G [...] Read full article: Lex Greensill pilots the Ryanair of work...→

Celtic face high-stakes pressure in Prague

Celtic face high-stakes pressure in Prague

What’s Czech for sack race? With Neil Lennon under mounting pressure ahead of Celtic’s Europa League tie against Sparta Prague tomorrow night, it will come as [...] Read full article: Celtic face high-stakes pressure in Prag...→

Three milestones and multiple roadblocks in the fight against Covid

Three milestones and multiple roadblocks in the fight against Covid

In the past fortnight three successive vaccine milestones have been reached in the global battle to combat the Covid-19 virus. Researchers in Massachusetts, Ge [...] Read full article: Three milestones and multiple roadblocks...→

MSP quits Tories and attacks party’s principles and policies

MSP quits Tories and attacks party’s principles and policies

A former Scottish Conservative leadership candidate has quit the party over its “positioning on policy and, indeed, its principles”.Michelle Ballantyne said sh [...] Read full article: MSP quits Tories and attacks party’s pri...→

Martin O’Neill urges Celtic fans to back manager Neil Lennon

Martin O’Neill urges Celtic fans to back manager Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon deserves more respect from Celtic supporters who should acknowledge the part he has played in the club’s success, insists the former Parkhead manag [...] Read full article: Martin O’Neill urges Celtic fans to back...→

Hearts back on track after seizing first-half control

Hearts back on track after seizing first-half control

Hearts shruggged off Alloa Athletic and went some way to making amends for last week’s surprise defeat at Dunfermline with a comfortable victory at a rain-lash [...] Read full article: Hearts back on track after seizing first...→

The Fall of Anne Boleyn review — a right royal stitch-up forensically revealed

The Fall of Anne Boleyn review — a right royal stitch-up forensically revealed

The Fall of Anne BoleynChannel 5★★★☆☆We Are Who We AreBBC One★★★★☆Anne Boleyn was executed in May 1536, yet in one way she never died: her enigma exerts fascin [...] Read full article: The Fall of Anne Boleyn review — a right...→

Lack of pilots leaves air corps unable to fill rescue role

Lack of pilots leaves air corps unable to fill rescue role

The Air Corps would not be able to take over all of Ireland’s aerial search and rescue operations because of a lack of pilots, according to an analysis by the [...] Read full article: Lack of pilots leaves air corps unable t...→

Want a pair of Club World slippers? Welcome to BA’s car boot sale

Want a pair of Club World slippers? Welcome to BA’s car boot sale

I hope you’ll join me in welcoming some thrilling news from “the world’s favourite airline”. British Airways is offering the chance to buy no end of tatty old [...] Read full article: Want a pair of Club World slippers? Welc...→

Paul McGinn ends goal drought to twice foil lively St Johnstone

Paul McGinn ends goal drought to twice foil lively St Johnstone

They may be as rare as snow in a hot country but two goals from Paul McGinn last night edged Hibs into third spot in the table, at least until Aberdeen play la [...] Read full article: Paul McGinn ends goal drought to twice f...→

The best jewellery gifts

The best jewellery gifts

Make them merry and bright with something that sparkles (no, not just on Zoom). Jewellery is the gift that keeps on giving — and we’ve sought out the most gene [...] Read full article: The best jewellery gifts...→

Eco chic that kills it (but not the planet)

Eco chic that kills it (but not the planet)

An unsurprising fact. That fast fashion is a blight on the planet. In April the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that the fashion industry p [...] Read full article: Eco chic that kills it (but not the plan...→

The inspiration behind Steve McQueen’s Small Axe: Red, White and Blue

The inspiration behind Steve McQueen’s Small Axe: Red, White and Blue

When Leroy Logan arrived at Buckingham Palace to be awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to policing, his father said something in his thick Jamaican accen [...] Read full article: The inspiration behind Steve McQueen’s S...→

Thunderer: Civil servants are the baddies in this inquiry pantomime

Thunderer: Civil servants are the baddies in this inquiry pantomime

If incompetence, ineptitude and inability were Olympic sports, Boris Johnson would have won more medals than Sir Chris Hoy. Every time he has stooped to a new [...] Read full article: Thunderer: Civil servants are the baddie...→

Dysfunctional devolution needs urgent repair

Boris Johnson’s apparent claim last week that devolution has been a “disaster” received the predictable backlash. Yet in that accidental way of his, the prime [...] Read full article: Dysfunctional devolution needs urgent re...→

Clarence House24th November, 2020The Prince of Wales this evening held a Meeting

Clarence House24th November, 2020The Prince of Wales this evening held a Meeting

Clarence House24th November, 2020The Prince of Wales this evening held a Meeting with The President of Ireland via telephone.Kensington Palace24th November, 20 [...] Read full article: Clarence House24th November, 2020The Pri...→

Ten-man Norwich survive late scare

Ten-man Norwich survive late scare

Teemu Pukki scored twice to keep injury-hit Norwich City at the top of the Sky Bet Championship but a second-half red card for Emiliano Buendía — and two Stoke [...] Read full article: Ten-man Norwich survive late scare...→

Junior Stanislas double deepens Nottingham Forest woe

Junior Stanislas double deepens Nottingham Forest woe

Bournemouth’s promotion push is gathering momentum going into a packed winter schedule as Junior Stanislas scored twice to help lift them back into the Sky Bet [...] Read full article: Junior Stanislas double deepens Nottingh...→

Hamish MacInnes obituary

Hamish MacInnes obituary

“Don’t worry”, said Michael Palin to shocked witnesses of a man throwing bodies into a ravine, “he’s the head of mountain rescue.” He and the other Pythons wer [...] Read full article: Hamish MacInnes obituary...→

PFA dementia plan faces embarrassing snub

PFA dementia plan faces embarrassing snub

The Professional Footballers’ Association is facing a potentially embarrassing rejection from key figures it has approached to join its advisory group on neuro [...] Read full article: PFA dementia plan faces embarrassing snu...→

Thomas Moyer faces charges for allegedly promising to supply 200 iPads to the Sa [...]

Thomas Moyer faces charges for allegedly promising to supply 200 iPads to the Sa [...]

Thomas Moyer faces charges for allegedly promising to supply 200 iPads to the Santa Clara county sheriff’s office in exchange for four concealed-carry firearms [...] Read full article: Thomas Moyer faces charges for allegedly...→

Covid lockdown in France: Macron’s sobering message to the nation

Covid lockdown in France: Macron’s sobering message to the nation

President Macron announced an easing of restrictions in France last night while preparing the nation for an unfamiliar festive season of sobriety, home-cooked [...] Read full article: Covid lockdown in France: Macron’s sober...→

Press baron loses title fight

Press baron loses title fight

Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Evening Standard, has taken the title of “Baron Lebedev, of Hampton in the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and Siberia in t [...] Read full article: Press baron loses title fight...→

Wind farms forced to use British suppliers

Wind farms forced to use British suppliers

Offshore wind farm developers will forfeit their subsidy contracts if they fail to meet plans to support the British supply chain, under government proposals.T [...] Read full article: Wind farms forced to use British supplie...→

Barry Griffiths obituary

Barry Griffiths obituary

As the leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Griffiths delivered world-class performances from the concert platform with a meticulous authority. Ye [...] Read full article: Barry Griffiths obituary...→

Car industry ‘faces £55bn loss’ under no-deal Brexit

Car industry ‘faces £55bn loss’ under no-deal Brexit

A no-deal departure from the European Union will cost the British car industry £55 billion over the next five years, the automotive sector has warned.Mike Hawe [...] Read full article: Car industry ‘faces £55bn loss’ under no...→

Boeing Max set to return with Ryanair next summer

Boeing Max set to return with Ryanair next summer

Ryanair has said that it aims to be in the front of the queue for deliveries of the grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft, with as many as 30 of them hoped to be in [...] Read full article: Boeing Max set to return with Ryanair ne...→

Coronavirus in Swale: ‘Wilful disregard for rules’ in towns worst hit by second wave

Coronavirus in Swale: ‘Wilful disregard for rules’ in towns worst hit by second wave

Bob Mays is worried. At 79, he is among those most at risk from Covid-19. And his home town of Sittingbourne has become worst hit in the second wave of coronav [...] Read full article: Coronavirus in Swale: ‘Wilful disregard ...→

A Suitable Boy: Hindu nationalists rage over ‘love jihad’ kiss in TV series

A Suitable Boy: Hindu nationalists rage over ‘love jihad’ kiss in TV series

An onscreen kiss has incurred the wrath of Hindu nationalists with some calling for a boycott of Netflix because a television series had insulted their religio [...] Read full article: A Suitable Boy: Hindu nationalists rage ...→

Pressure grows on booming retailers to return taxpayers’ Covid aid

Pressure grows on booming retailers to return taxpayers’ Covid aid

Retailers that paid out dividends after a boost in sales during lockdown are under growing pressure to hand back millions of pounds of taxpayer support after t [...] Read full article: Pressure grows on booming retailers to r...→

Return of supporters will showcase detail in club’s rigorous plans

Return of supporters will showcase detail in club’s rigorous plans

The government’s approval for clubs to begin to allow supporters back into stadiums was welcome news. It is a positive first step towards some degree of normal [...] Read full article: Return of supporters will showcase detai...→

We’re in a diplomatic arms race — if we cut aid we’ll fall behind

We’re in a diplomatic arms race — if we cut aid we’ll fall behind

It’s easy to count armies. The number of troops a nation has are codified in military books along with their ships and planes. But power is different. It can’t [...] Read full article: We’re in a diplomatic arms race — if we ...→

Countrywide is no bookies’ favourite

Countrywide is no bookies’ favourite

Two former bookies fighting over a knackered estate agency group. What sort of long shot was that? Well, less of one now that Countrywide chairman Peter Long h [...] Read full article: Countrywide is no bookies’ favourite...→

Blue jeans and heels — the perfect look for every tier

Blue jeans and heels — the perfect look for every tier

Another week, another crystal-clear, definitely-based-on-science set of guidelines. But what will you wear? Unfortunately, Boris Johnson doesn’t offer a dress [...] Read full article: Blue jeans and heels — the perfect look ...→

China sales help Tiffany’s profits shine

China sales help Tiffany’s profits shine

A rise in sales of more than 70 per cent in China and a recovery in demand at home meant that Tiffany & Co beat Wall Street’s expectations for quarterly profit [...] Read full article: China sales help Tiffany’s profits shine...→

From brat to wurst: Britain in EU sausage war

From brat to wurst: Britain in EU sausage war

There have been cod wars and scallop wars but never a sausage war — until now. Brexit negotiators are engaged in a stand-off over the future of the banger as t [...] Read full article: From brat to wurst: Britain in EU sausag...→

Only new testing technology can bridge the gap to a vaccine

Only new testing technology can bridge the gap to a vaccine

When Covid-19 struck at the start of the year, the UK science and technology community was quick to swing into action.It’s safe to say that the ability of the [...] Read full article: Only new testing technology can bridge t...→

Complicated figures, too much jargon . . . and too little trust

Complicated figures, too much jargon . . . and too little trust

On a day when we are set to be bombarded by a welter of figures and statistics, trust in economics is low among the public because there is too much jargon and [...] Read full article: Complicated figures, too much jargon . ....→

Times letters: Reducing aid and Britain’s global ambitions

Times letters: Reducing aid and Britain’s global ambitions

Sir, Ruth Davidson (“Britain’s global ambitions can’t be sacrificed”, Nov 24) is right to highlight the political consequences for the prime minister of renegi [...] Read full article: Times letters: Reducing aid and Britain’...→

The Times view on Boris Johnson and the Cabinet Office FOI clearing house: Official Secrecy

The Times view on Boris Johnson and the Cabinet Office FOI clearing house: Official Secrecy

Transparency is not a privilege or a gift bequeathed to a grateful citizenry by a benign government. It is a fundamental right of a free people to be able to s [...] Read full article: The Times view on Boris Johnson and the ...→

Coronavirus: Stop soldiering on at work if you’re ill, says Matt Hancock

Coronavirus: Stop soldiering on at work if you’re ill, says Matt Hancock

People should stop “soldiering on” when they have the sniffles and take more sick days to protect others, the health secretary has said.Matt Hancock said that [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: Stop soldiering on at work ...→

Sharp Edge accident: Hillwalker fell for his date — off a 60m ledge

Sharp Edge accident: Hillwalker fell for his date — off a 60m ledge

An experienced hillwalker has said that she is grateful to be alive after watching her date slip 60 metres on one of Britain’s most dangerous ridge walks on th [...] Read full article: Sharp Edge accident: Hillwalker fell for...→

Heading must be reduced but it must not be banned

Heading must be reduced but it must not be banned

Football has always been a massive contributor to the nation’s well-being — and remains so today. This is a message that should be proclaimed from the rooftops [...] Read full article: Heading must be reduced but it must not ...→

Ombudsman access must be extended, ministers told

Ombudsman access must be extended, ministers told

The government has been urged to grant hundreds of thousands more small companies access to independent redress services to address an “imbalance of power” wit [...] Read full article: Ombudsman access must be extended, minis...→

Italian ski resort closure over Christmas will cost millions, warn bosses

Italian ski resort closure over Christmas will cost millions, warn bosses

Ski slopes have been threatened with continued closure over Christmas by the prime minister of Italy as he urged Alpine neighbours to follow suit to keep the c [...] Read full article: Italian ski resort closure over Christma...→

AO World hails lockdown leap in sales

AO World hails lockdown leap in sales

AO World posted a 59 per cent increase in UK sales as demand for white goods surged during and after lockdown.The online retailer said that high levels of trad [...] Read full article: AO World hails lockdown leap in sales...→

Rishi Sunak targets Covid-19 jobless with £4.3bn support package

Rishi Sunak targets Covid-19 jobless with £4.3bn support package

Rishi Sunak is to acknowledge the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to a steep rise in long-term unemployment when he announces a £4.3 billion package to help the jo [...] Read full article: Rishi Sunak targets Covid-19 jobless wit...→

Steve McClaren joins Derby County for a fifth time

Steve McClaren joins Derby County for a fifth time

Steve McClaren has joined Derby County for the fifth time, becoming the club’s technical director and also its adviser to the board of directors.The 59-year-ol [...] Read full article: Steve McClaren joins Derby County for a ...→

Accessing your own cash the minute you earn it is long overdue

Accessing your own cash the minute you earn it is long overdue

Lex Greensill does not have the cuddliest image. The Aussie banker turned billionaire rose through the ranks of Wall Street firms to go it alone with an innova [...] Read full article: Accessing your own cash the minute you e...→

Janet Yellen in line to create history by leading US Treasury

Janet Yellen in line to create history by leading US Treasury

Janet Yellen’s career is one of firsts. She was the first woman to lead the US Federal Reserve and now she is expected to be the first woman to lead the US Tre [...] Read full article: Janet Yellen in line to create history b...→

The day the Iron Lady shed tears in front of me

The day the Iron Lady shed tears in front of me

Binge-watching The Crown on Sunday, we reached the point where Mrs Thatcher breaks down in tears while telling the Queen how her son Mark has become lost in th [...] Read full article: The day the Iron Lady shed tears in fron...→

No high-fives but you can sing: new code of conduct for fans

No high-fives but you can sing: new code of conduct for fans

Fans will be obliged to follow a spectators’ code of conduct to attend sports events when supporters are permitted to return next week, it can be revealed.The [...] Read full article: No high-fives but you can sing: new code...→

Avoid train travel at Christmas, Grant Shapps urges

Avoid train travel at Christmas, Grant Shapps urges

People should consider avoiding the railway at Christmas because of major “limitations” imposed on the network’s capacity, according to the transport secretary [...] Read full article: Avoid train travel at Christmas, Grant S...→

Paris police trigger outrage with violent onslaught on migrant camp

Paris police trigger outrage with violent onslaught on migrant camp

President Macron’s government was on the defensive today after police used brutal methods to clear about 500 homeless migrants who had erected tents to sleep o [...] Read full article: Paris police trigger outrage with violen...→

Investors fill up on oil stocks

Investors fill up on oil stocks

Oil prices reached their highest in more than eight months in anticipation of a sharp recovery in demand next year.The price of a barrel of Brent crude, the in [...] Read full article: Investors fill up on oil stocks...→

Ghislaine Maxwell quarantined after Covid case at Brooklyn jail

Ghislaine Maxwell quarantined after Covid case at Brooklyn jail

Ghislaine Maxwell has been placed in quarantine after a potential exposure to the coronavirus in the Brooklyn jail where she is being held before her trial nex [...] Read full article: Ghislaine Maxwell quarantined after Covi...→

Catering giant vows to emerge ‘stronger than ever’

Catering giant vows to emerge ‘stronger than ever’

The boss of Compass vowed to emerge from the pandemic “stronger than we’ve ever been” as the catering giant returned to profitability in the fourth quarter of [...] Read full article: Catering giant vows to emerge ‘stronger ...→

Times Sport Unseen: Ray Clemence’s life in pictures and a new perspective of the rugby

Times Sport Unseen: Ray Clemence’s life in pictures and a new perspective of the rugby

Bradley says: This week I am paying tribute to my first sporting hero Ray Clemence, the former Liverpool goalkeeper who died earlier this month. I have help fr [...] Read full article: Times Sport Unseen: Ray Clemence’s life ...→

Stephen Boxer on becoming Denis Thatcher, Gillian Anderson and The Crown

Stephen Boxer on becoming Denis Thatcher, Gillian Anderson and The Crown

As a man approaches his later years, it is not unusual for him to look in a mirror and discover his father’s face staring back at him. For Stephen Boxer it was [...] Read full article: Stephen Boxer on becoming Denis Thatcher...→

Return from Isis review — the mum who joined Isis for ‘something fun to do’

Return from Isis review — the mum who joined Isis for ‘something fun to do’

Return from Isis: A Family’s StoryBBC One★★★★★The Hijacker Who Vanished: The Mystery of DB Cooper — StoryvilleBBC Four★★★★☆What would a psychologist make of Sa [...] Read full article: Return from Isis review — the mum who jo...→

Mountaineering pioneer Hamish MacInnes dies aged 90

Mountaineering pioneer Hamish MacInnes dies aged 90

Tributes have been paid to Hamish MacInnes, one of the world’s most famous mountaineers, who has died at his home in Glen Coe, aged 90.A man of extraordinary e [...] Read full article: Mountaineering pioneer Hamish MacInnes d...→

Do we need the ex-prime ministers’ club?

Do we need the ex-prime ministers’ club?

In the past few years this country has been torn apart by division and rivalry: Remain vs Leave, Independence vs the Union, North vs South, but in these hardes [...] Read full article: Do we need the ex-prime ministers’ club?...→

Twelve activists arrested for criticising Thai monarchy

Twelve activists arrested for criticising Thai monarchy

Thailand has revived a harsh law banning criticism of the monarchy, as young protesters intensify their demonstrations against the wealth and lack of accountab [...] Read full article: Twelve activists arrested for criticisin...→

Windrush policies a ‘shameful stain on British history’, watchdog concludes

Windrush policies a ‘shameful stain on British history’, watchdog concludes

The Home Office unlawfully ignored warnings about the impact of its “hostile environment” immigration policy on the Windrush generation because of a tradition [...] Read full article: Windrush policies a ‘shameful stain on B...→

80% chance of Brexit trade deal, banking giant estimates

80% chance of Brexit trade deal, banking giant estimates

A global investment bank has estimated there is an “80 per cent” chance of a trade deal between the EU and UK after reports of progress in the latest round of [...] Read full article: 80% chance of Brexit trade deal, banking...→

Fast-track green policies to hit targets, recommends watchdog

Fast-track green policies to hit targets, recommends watchdog

Ireland is not doing enough to meet its climate change targets and needs to fast-track green policies to hit its targets, the environment watchdog has said.The [...] Read full article: Fast-track green policies to hit targets...→

HSE appoints lobbying chief as communications director

HSE appoints lobbying chief as communications director

The health service has appointed Mark Brennock, head of public affairs at Murray consulting group, as its interim director of communications.Paul Reid, HSE chi [...] Read full article: HSE appoints lobbying chief as communica...→

Predator sexually assaulted two women days after prison release

Predator sexually assaulted two women days after prison release

A predator who sexually assaulted two women in Dublin city centre had just been released from serving a ten-year prison sentence for falsely imprisoning a woma [...] Read full article: Predator sexually assaulted two women da...→

Coronavirus in Scotland: Public ‘should be told pandemic may stretch into the autumn’

Coronavirus in Scotland: Public ‘should be told pandemic may stretch into the autumn’

Leading scientific advisers have urged Scottish ministers to come clean with the public and explain that the pandemic may not be reined in until autumn 2021.Th [...] Read full article: Coronavirus in Scotland: Public ‘should ...→

Coronavirus in Ireland: Open cafés and restaurants to encourage Christmas shopping, retailers urge

Coronavirus in Ireland: Open cafés and restaurants to encourage Christmas shopping, retailers urge

Ireland needs to move to level two restrictions next week or else people will not feel comfortable travelling into towns and cities to do their Christmas shopp [...] Read full article: Coronavirus in Ireland: Open cafés and r...→

Meat traders demand clarity after Brexit

Meat traders demand clarity after Brexit

Immediate clarity is needed on whether there will be a ban on the UK and Ireland trading chilled meats including sausages after Brexit, an industry group has s [...] Read full article: Meat traders demand clarity after Brexit...→

The Times view on updating the public on Covid-19: Home Truths

The Times view on updating the public on Covid-19: Home Truths

Until this week, the Scottish government has been notably reluctant to release details of the advice it has received from its Covid-19 advisory group. Only the [...] Read full article: The Times view on updating the public on...→

Relative Values: Nicola Adams & Ella Baig

Relative Values: Nicola Adams & Ella Baig

NicolaWhen the BBC asked me to dance on Strictly I said I’d only do it if I could be in a same-sex couple, so when they agreed it was awesome. It’s a move in t [...] Read full article: Relative Values: Nicola Adams & Ella Bai...→

It’s Generation Great British Bake Off’s moment

It’s Generation Great British Bake Off’s moment

It used to be policemen who got younger, then it was chancellors of the exchequer. Now it is winners of The Great British Bake Off. This week Peter Sawkins, a [...] Read full article: It’s Generation Great British Bake Off’s...→

Thar’s gold in them thar Highland hills— but how much?

Thar’s gold in them thar Highland hills— but how much?

Gold rushes of centuries past shaped the New World, fuelled migration and forged the concept of the get-rich-quick California dream.That prosperous age of pann [...] Read full article: Thar’s gold in them thar Highland hills—...→

Ryan Christie’s desire for revenge over Sparta Prague ‘is personal’

Ryan Christie’s desire for revenge over Sparta Prague ‘is personal’

Ryan Christie has admitted that Celtic almost feel “a vendetta” in seeking to put their European record right after a disastrous start to their Europa League c [...] Read full article: Ryan Christie’s desire for revenge over ...→

Campaign reveals the other side of sex work

Campaign reveals the other side of sex work

A woman juggles her baby on her knee while another kicks back on the sofa and checks her phone.In the fresh air, a man cradles a cup of tea and a fresh-faced s [...] Read full article: Campaign reveals the other side of sex w...→

Simon Allford: ‘I’ve always really thought of myself as an anarchist’

Simon Allford: ‘I’ve always really thought of myself as an anarchist’

Architecture is in a state of crisis. The pandemic has caused thousands of job losses across UK firms, with a third of practices making redundancies. The cost [...] Read full article: Simon Allford: ‘I’ve always really thoug...→

Disaster in icy Channel threw England into turmoil

Disaster in icy Channel threw England into turmoil

After years of war between England and France, in 1120 the English king Henry I finally negotiated a settlement with the French king Louis VI. Satisfied with t [...] Read full article: Disaster in icy Channel threw England in...→

Camelot hails huge shift to online sales

Camelot hails huge shift to online sales

An advertising campaign encouraging people to play the National Lottery online has limited the damage to sales in shops caused by the pandemic, its operator sa [...] Read full article: Camelot hails huge shift to online sales...→

Scientists stumble across ‘space oddity’ in Utah desert

Scientists stumble across ‘space oddity’ in Utah desert

Scientists looking for wildlife as they flew over Utah spotted something glittering from the canyon below. As the pilot turned the helicopter around, they saw [...] Read full article: Scientists stumble across ‘space oddity’...→

Lockdown provides key for AO World’s return to profit

Lockdown provides key for AO World’s return to profit

A surge in sales of laptops and chest freezers during lockdown has enabled AO World to swing back into the black, with its online retail boss claiming that the [...] Read full article: Lockdown provides key for AO World’s ret...→

England resist temptation to use Ben Stokes as an opener

England resist temptation to use Ben Stokes as an opener

England will not change their T20 batting line-up and move Ben Stokes to the top of the order despite his success in that position at the IPL.Chris Silverwood, [...] Read full article: England resist temptation to use Ben Sto...→

Shamima Begum ‘risks a beating’ for talking to lawyers about citizenship appeal

Shamima Begum ‘risks a beating’ for talking to lawyers about citizenship appeal

Shamima Begum, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl who travelled to join Islamic State, will be put “in isolation and beaten” if she speaks to lawyers by phone, the S [...] Read full article: Shamima Begum ‘risks a beating’ for talk...→

1 Tough new restrictions on pubs when lockdown ends will cause landlords to lose [...]

1 Tough new restrictions on pubs when lockdown ends will cause landlords to lose [...]

1 Tough new restrictions on pubs when lockdown ends will cause landlords to lose 180 million pints in beer sales over Christmas, losing an average of £50,000 e [...] Read full article: 1 Tough new restrictions on pubs when lo...→

Rome’s driverless trains halted by absent staff

Rome’s driverless trains halted by absent staff

A tube line in Rome that boasts a fleet of driverless trains has ground to a halt due to staff shortages, the latest crisis to hit the city’s hapless transport [...] Read full article: Rome’s driverless trains halted by absen...→

The Times view on the Sussex Cricket League’s ban on tea: Plate Up And Play The Game

The Times view on the Sussex Cricket League’s ban on tea: Plate Up And Play The Game

When club cricket resumed in July, its most sacred rite remained forbidden. Tea now exists only in name: the urns empty, the sandwiches unmade, trestle tables [...] Read full article: The Times view on the Sussex Cricket Lea...→

America is back and ready to lead world again, says Joe Biden

America is back and ready to lead world again, says Joe Biden

Joe Biden declared that “America is back” and “ready to lead the world” after unveiling his top national security team, while President Trump desperately insis [...] Read full article: America is back and ready to lead world ...→

Countrywide chairman Peter Long quits as investors reject Alchemy deal

Countrywide chairman Peter Long quits as investors reject Alchemy deal

The chairman of Britain’s biggest estate agency group has resigned after failing to win shareholder support for a deal that would have handed control of the co [...] Read full article: Countrywide chairman Peter Long quits as...→

Tougher tiers trigger Tory revolt amid fears over economic impact

Tougher tiers trigger Tory revolt amid fears over economic impact

Tory MPs and ministers were in revolt yesterday over a tougher tier system amid predictions that it will be “extremely damaging” for the economy.Millions more [...] Read full article: Tougher tiers trigger Tory revolt amid f...→

Covid clouds lift over travel stocks in ‘reopening trade’

Covid clouds lift over travel stocks in ‘reopening trade’

Those businesses hit hardest by the pandemic finally enjoyed their day in the sun as the “reopening trade” gathered pace. Over the past couple of weeks, largel [...] Read full article: Covid clouds lift over travel stocks in ...→

Portugal’s two-speed European Union plan would cut out the frugal and the illiberal

Portugal’s two-speed European Union plan would cut out the frugal and the illiberal

Portugal’s prime minister has called for a smaller European Union of “values” after Brexit with other countries frozen out of future integration because they d [...] Read full article: Portugal’s two-speed European Union plan...→

Bitcoin back in reach of all-time high

Bitcoin back in reach of all-time high

Bitcoin came within touching distance of a record high last night as it broke through the $19,000 mark for the first time since 2017.The world’s most popular d [...] Read full article: Bitcoin back in reach of all-time high...→

Andy Murray: Make stars have coronavirus jab

Andy Murray: Make stars have coronavirus jab

Andy Murray believes that tennis players should be made to take a coronavirus vaccination if they want to play on the international tour next year.The view of [...] Read full article: Andy Murray: Make stars have coronavirus...→

Africa becomes new focus for Isis terrorism

Africa becomes new focus for Isis terrorism

Islamic State terrorism is surging in Africa while in the western world the threat from far-right extremists has overtaken that from jihadists.The 2020 Global [...] Read full article: Africa becomes new focus for Isis terror...→

Trump was right to deliver Nato wake-up call, says German minister

Trump was right to deliver Nato wake-up call, says German minister

President Trump’s intense pressure on Germany to spend more on defence was a “wake-up call”, its defence minister has said.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also insi [...] Read full article: Trump was right to deliver Nato wake-up ...→

Late rush for coronavirus PPE cost us £10 billion extra

Late rush for coronavirus PPE cost us £10 billion extra

The government paid £10 billion over the odds to secure protective equipment for healthcare workers after it was caught ill-prepared for a pandemic, a public s [...] Read full article: Late rush for coronavirus PPE cost us £1...→

Co-op sending out hundreds of robots to deliver groceries

Co-op sending out hundreds of robots to deliver groceries

Co-op is to roll out an army of 300 robots to deliver groceries to people’s doorsteps in response to booming demand for online shopping.After a successful pilo [...] Read full article: Co-op sending out hundreds of robots to ...→

Securing ventilators has been a success story in the Covid-19 response

Securing ventilators has been a success story in the Covid-19 response

Today’s public accounts committee report on the supply of ventilators for Covid-19 identifies those as the key elements in the successful efforts by the public [...] Read full article: Securing ventilators has been a success ...→

Dame Margaret Beckett and other Starmer aides grab key roles in new defeat for Labour left

Dame Margaret Beckett and other Starmer aides grab key roles in new defeat for Labour left

Sir Keir Starmer won another victory over the left yesterday after his allies were installed in key posts on Labour’s ruling body.Dame Margaret Beckett, the fo [...] Read full article: Dame Margaret Beckett and other Starmer ...→

Paris police criticised over migrant camp clearance

Paris police criticised over migrant camp clearance

President Macron’s government has been put on the defensive after police used brutal methods to clear about 500 homeless migrants who had erected tents to slee [...] Read full article: Paris police criticised over migrant cam...→

The Great British Bake Off review — Baby-faced assassin rises to the occasion

The Great British Bake Off review — Baby-faced assassin rises to the occasion

★★★★☆If there’s one thing to come out of The Great British Bake Off final, beyond a sense of benign wellbeing, it might just be a surge in sales of walnut whir [...] Read full article: The Great British Bake Off review — Baby...→

‘Higher dementia risk’ for female players

‘Higher dementia risk’ for female players

A leading researcher into sport-related brain injuries believes that female footballers could be at even greater risk of dementia and other neurological diseas [...] Read full article: ‘Higher dementia risk’ for female player...→

Sussex Cricket League has no time for tea any more

Sussex Cricket League has no time for tea any more

As Bill Bryson once observed, cricket is the only sport built around meal breaks. And though the days might be long gone when waitresses used to come on to the [...] Read full article: Sussex Cricket League has no time for te...→

To counter China, Britain needs a digital currency

To counter China, Britain needs a digital currency

Combating the China threat will be high on the new US administration’s agenda. President Biden will challenge China’s regional assertiveness and its efforts to [...] Read full article: To counter China, Britain needs a digita...→

President Trump sends B-52s to Gulf in final show of strength with Iran

President Trump sends B-52s to Gulf in final show of strength with Iran

The US sent a long-range bomber force to the Middle East at short notice over the weekend as leading American, Israeli and Saudi officials held an unprecedente [...] Read full article: President Trump sends B-52s to Gulf in f...→

Andy Murray: I knew I had to get back in shape – if I’m fit I’ll win the big games

Andy Murray: I knew I had to get back in shape – if I’m fit I’ll win the big games

When the former world No 1 and television pundit Mats Wilander questioned in September whether Andy Murray’s comeback was worth taking precious wild cards away [...] Read full article: Andy Murray: I knew I had to get back in...→

Olivier Giroud bails out Chelsea with stoppage-time winner

Olivier Giroud bails out Chelsea with stoppage-time winner

This match ended with a sight that has become familiar to English football watchers in recent years: a forest of hands patting the pompadour of Olivier Giroud [...] Read full article: Olivier Giroud bails out Chelsea with st...→

Biden boost pushes Dow past 30,000 for first time

Biden boost pushes Dow past 30,000 for first time

The Dow Jones industrial average broke through the 30,000-point barrier for the first time last night as investors bet on a swift economic recovery next year.T [...] Read full article: Biden boost pushes Dow past 30,000 for f...→

Lockerbie bomber convicted on ‘cherry picked’ evidence, appeal court told

Lockerbie bomber convicted on ‘cherry picked’ evidence, appeal court told

The Lockerbie bomber was convicted on evidence that had been “cherry picked” by judges to reach conclusions which could not be justified, a court has been told [...] Read full article: Lockerbie bomber convicted on ‘cherry pi...→

Travel quarantine: the new rules

Travel quarantine: the new rules

What are the new rules on quarantine?The government has announced that international arrivals into England from “high-risk” countries — those without travel co [...] Read full article: Travel quarantine: the new rules...→

Cambridge tutor’s council rebellion sets his pole apart

Cambridge tutor’s council rebellion sets his pole apart

The history of protest is known for small beginnings, be it Martin Luther nailing paper to a church door or Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a bus in [...] Read full article: Cambridge tutor’s council rebellion sets...→

How camel got cool — finally

How camel got cool — finally

What clearer evidence of the craziness of 2020 than that camel, that most reliably, well, taupe of tones should have gone crazy too? Introducing cramel: crazy [...] Read full article: How camel got cool — finally...→

Apple security chief accused of offering iPads to secure gun permits

Apple security chief accused of offering iPads to secure gun permits

Apple’s security chief has been accused of attempting to bribe a local police department with free iPads to secure gun licences for employees.Thomas Moyer face [...] Read full article: Apple security chief accused of offering...→

Unique Harry Kane, the striker who does not need goals to shine, makes Tottenham challengers

Unique Harry Kane, the striker who does not need goals to shine, makes Tottenham challengers

You have probably seen the clip from the Amazon Prime series where José Mourinho tells Harry Kane that he can help him become not just a top-class footballer b [...] Read full article: Unique Harry Kane, the striker who does ...→

Cambridge University says mis-shelved Charles Darwin notebooks now thought stolen

Cambridge University says mis-shelved Charles Darwin notebooks now thought stolen

Two of the most valuable manuscripts in the world, including Charles Darwin’s original sketch of the Tree of Life, are thought to have been stolen from Cambrid [...] Read full article: Cambridge University says mis-shelved Ch...→

Chineke!/Edusei review — defiance, rage, triumph and a seam of deep compassion

Chineke!/Edusei review — defiance, rage, triumph and a seam of deep compassion

★★★★☆When the Black Lives Matter protester Patrick Hutchinson was photographed in June rescuing an injured white counter-protester, the striking picture went v [...] Read full article: Chineke!/Edusei review — defiance, rage,...→

We’re stuck on clapping the NHS and flogging MPs

We’re stuck on clapping the NHS and flogging MPs

At the time of writing it’s not yet clear what caused a serious Zoom malfunction yesterday during the prime minister’s statement on the next phase of coronavir [...] Read full article: We’re stuck on clapping the NHS and flog...→

Profits fall 70% at Compass

Profits fall 70% at Compass

Good morning: Compass Group, the caterer, announced this morning that profits fell 70 per cent to £561 million in the year to the end of September, down from £ [...] Read full article: Profits fall 70% at Compass...→

RTÉ reminded staff of rules just before scandal broke

RTÉ reminded staff of rules just before scandal broke

RTÉ sent an email to all staff reminding them of social distancing the day before the story about senior presenters breaking the rules was published.The nation [...] Read full article: RTÉ reminded staff of rules just before ...→

Co-living ban ‘long overdue’

Co-living ban ‘long overdue’

The ban on co-living developments needs to mark an end to “shoddy” housing policies, the Social Democrats have said.Darragh O’Brien, the housing minister, yest [...] Read full article: Co-living ban ‘long overdue’...→

Inver House Distillers: Profits fall as malt sales rise

Inver House Distillers: Profits fall as malt sales rise

A Scotch whisky producer has suffered a drop in profit even as sales of single malt increased.Inver House Distillers, which is controlled by the Thailand-based [...] Read full article: Inver House Distillers: Profits fall as ...→

Compass boss Dominic Blakemore providing food for thought

Compass boss Dominic Blakemore providing food for thought

As blowouts go, at least it’s fitting. Who better to be wolfing down Britain’s biggest pandemic cash-call than the world’s largest contract caterer? Compass ha [...] Read full article: Compass boss Dominic Blakemore providing...→

189 days long and calling home from the Post Office – a reminder of how touring life has changed

189 days long and calling home from the Post Office – a reminder of how touring life has changed

For much of my first England tour, to Australia in 1990-91, I roomed with Wayne Larkins, the Northamptonshire dasher, or Phil Tufnell, the Middlesex spinner. B [...] Read full article: 189 days long and calling home from the ...→

Gocompare agrees surprise takeover by Future

Gocompare agrees surprise takeover by Future

The media group Future has agreed a £594 million cash and shares takeover of the owner of Gocompare, the financial services comparison website.The offer from t [...] Read full article: Gocompare agrees surprise takeover by Fu...→

Third year of losses for Virgin Money

Third year of losses for Virgin Money

Virgin Money chalked up a third successive year of losses after setting aside more than half a billion pounds in expectation of borrower defaults.Britain’s six [...] Read full article: Third year of losses for Virgin Money...→

John Gilbert Getty, heir to oil magnate’s billions, found dead in Texas hotel room

John Gilbert Getty, heir to oil magnate’s billions, found dead in Texas hotel room

John Gilbert Getty, grandson of the oil magnate J Paul Getty and an heir to his multibillion-dollar fortune, has died.Mr Getty, 52, was found unresponsive in a [...] Read full article: John Gilbert Getty, heir to oil magnate’...→

Micheál Martin says Britain must hold public inquiry into Pat Finucane murder

Micheál Martin says Britain must hold public inquiry into Pat Finucane murder

The British government “must” hold a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, Micheál Martin has said.The taoiseach told the Dáil that the Finucane fami [...] Read full article: Micheál Martin says Britain must hold pu...→

The new kale? Why we’ll be drinking duckweed in 2021

The new kale? Why we’ll be drinking duckweed in 2021

It is more commonly found on the surface of rivers and ponds, but duckweed — the floating green aquatic plant — is gaining a reputation as the latest ingredien [...] Read full article: The new kale? Why we’ll be drinking duck...→

Rangers look like they can win title with a bit to spare

Rangers look like they can win title with a bit to spare

Teams which win relentlessly aren’t only champions, they are spoilsports. Want the drama and excitement of a title race going the distance? Forget it.Liverpool [...] Read full article: Rangers look like they can win title wit...→

No-show witness in Brady trial ‘had received threats’

No-show witness in Brady trial ‘had received threats’

A key witness failed to give evidence in the trial of Aaron Brady for the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe after receiving “criminal or paramilitary” t [...] Read full article: No-show witness in Brady trial ‘had rece...→

What’s on TV and radio tonight: Wednesday, November 25

What’s on TV and radio tonight: Wednesday, November 25

For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplannerViewing guide, by Joe ClaySofia Coppola: Life CinematicBBC Four, 10pmSofia Coppola comes from bl [...] Read full article: What’s on TV and radio tonight: Wednesda...→

Coronavirus in Ireland: Pandemic is ‘chance for fresh thinking on climate change’

Coronavirus in Ireland: Pandemic is ‘chance for fresh thinking on climate change’

The country’s transition out of the pandemic is an opportunity for fresh thinking on climate change, the environmental watchdog said.The Environmental Protecti [...] Read full article: Coronavirus in Ireland: Pandemic is ‘cha...→

Grim death toll ‘exposes the scale of mental health crisis’

Grim death toll ‘exposes the scale of mental health crisis’

Drugs deaths and suicides broke records last year prompting calls on the government to do more to address Scotland’s “mental health crisis”.There were 1,260 de [...] Read full article: Grim death toll ‘exposes the scale of me...→

The new fifty-somethings: super-fit and ready to flaunt it

The new fifty-somethings: super-fit and ready to flaunt it

What woman of a certain age isn’t thinking it at the moment? That it’s time — after spending much of this year shuffling from sofa to fridge and back again — t [...] Read full article: The new fifty-somethings: super-fit and ...→

The Times Daily Quiz: Wednesday November 25, 2020

The Times Daily Quiz: Wednesday November 25, 2020

1 A seismograph is used to detect and record which natural disasters?2 A peekapoo is a cross between which two dog breeds?3 Which TV magician married his assis [...] Read full article: The Times Daily Quiz: Wednesday November...→

Coronavirus in Scotland: lockdown stays despite grounds for optimism

Coronavirus in Scotland: lockdown stays despite grounds for optimism

No further changes will be made to coronavirus restrictions in Scotland this week despite evidence the virus is in decline, Nicola Sturgeon has said.East Lothi [...] Read full article: Coronavirus in Scotland: lockdown stays ...→

The Teflar tote: an It bag for everyone (if you can find one)

The Teflar tote: an It bag for everyone (if you can find one)

If the recipe for an It bag is one part price tag, several parts exclusivity, then what to make of Telfar, the brand that makes a vegan leather tote inspired b [...] Read full article: The Teflar tote: an It bag for everyone ...→

Coronavirus in Scotland: more than 100,000 patients are forced to wait for diagnosis

Coronavirus in Scotland: more than 100,000 patients are forced to wait for diagnosis

More than 100,000 patients across Scotland are on waiting lists to be tested for cancer and other conditions.At the end of September, 102,716 people were on th [...] Read full article: Coronavirus in Scotland: more than 100,0...→

£700m drug haul in Thailand was lavatory cleaner

£700m drug haul in Thailand was lavatory cleaner

The Thai government has admitted that 11.5 tonnes of chemicals seized by anti-narcotics police are not drugs worth more than £700 million but a harmless stain [...] Read full article: £700m drug haul in Thailand was lavatory...→

Home Office ‘removal windows’ risked preventing access to justice for migrants

Home Office ‘removal windows’ risked preventing access to justice for migrants

Court of AppealPublished November 25, 2020Regina (FB (Afghanistan)) v Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentRegina (Medical Justice) v Same Before Lord Bur [...] Read full article: Home Office ‘removal windows’ risked pre...→

Bruno Fernandes: I wanted Marcus Rashford to keep scoring goals

Bruno Fernandes: I wanted Marcus Rashford to keep scoring goals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Bruno Fernandes as the complete attacking midfielder after he dismantled Istanbul Basaksehir to put Manchester United within one po [...] Read full article: Bruno Fernandes: I wanted Marcus Rashfor...→

Whitehall bungling wastes £5bn of taxpayers’ money

Whitehall bungling wastes £5bn of taxpayers’ money

A £5 billion hole in Whitehall spending is exposed today in an analysis of wasted public money.The bill for government losses has been increasing as transport [...] Read full article: Whitehall bungling wastes £5bn of taxpay...→

Vaccine hopes fire up oil and tarnish gold

Vaccine hopes fire up oil and tarnish gold

Oil prices rose to their highest level since March yesterday as traders bet on a resurgence in demand for fuel driven by the emergence of several hugely promis [...] Read full article: Vaccine hopes fire up oil and tarnish go...→

Salvador Dalí revealed as ‘father to adopted village boy’

Salvador Dalí revealed as ‘father to adopted village boy’

Salvador Dalí and his wife “adopted” a young boy in Spain whom they looked after for years, treating him as a son, a new book has revealed.The existence of the [...] Read full article: Salvador Dalí revealed as ‘father to ado...→

Garages - the modern highwaymen

Garages - the modern highwaymen

From The Times: November 25, 1920There is urgent need for radical reform in the conduct of motor garages in town and country. The standard of repair work has f [...] Read full article: Garages - the modern highwaymen...→

JD Sports takes hit over Debenhams rescue bid

JD Sports takes hit over Debenhams rescue bid

More than half a billion pounds was wiped off the value of JD Sports yesterday after it revealed that it was close to a takeover of Debenhams.A rescue deal cou [...] Read full article: JD Sports takes hit over Debenhams rescu...→

Pep Guardiola: Blame me for Manchester City’s lack of goals

Pep Guardiola: Blame me for Manchester City’s lack of goals

Pep Guardiola believes that only one person is responsible for Manchester City’s poor start to the season: himself.City’s performances in the Champions League [...] Read full article: Pep Guardiola: Blame me for Manchester C...→

Lifestyle choice is right for Ennismore

Lifestyle choice is right for Ennismore

The company that owns Gleneagles and the Hoxton hotel chain is to merge its operations with the lifestyle division of Accor, of France, to create a €1 billion- [...] Read full article: Lifestyle choice is right for Ennismore...→

‘A rugby genius’ – Christophe Dominici found dead at age of 48

‘A rugby genius’ – Christophe Dominici found dead at age of 48

Christophe Dominici, the France wing who played 67 times for his country and played a starring role in one of the great World Cup games, died yesterday aged 48 [...] Read full article: ‘A rugby genius’ – Christophe Dominici f...→

Five former PMs oppose move to cut foreign aid

Five former PMs oppose move to cut foreign aid

Five former prime ministers oppose Boris Johnson’s plans to cut Britain’s foreign aid target to help to reduce the economic fallout of the pandemic.Theresa May [...] Read full article: Five former PMs oppose move to cut forei...→

The End of the Storm: Liverpool film shows global reach of sport and magnetic personality of Jürgen Klopp

The End of the Storm: Liverpool film shows global reach of sport and magnetic personality of Jürgen Klopp

Gone are the days when a club could win a trophy and all you had to remember it by was a DVD of the best bits accompanied by a predictable soundtrack. Sports f [...] Read full article: The End of the Storm: Liverpool film sho...→

England ready for Welsh sledging, says John Mitchell

England ready for Welsh sledging, says John Mitchell

England expect their players to be personally targeted by international-standard sledging when they play Wales in Llanelli on Saturday.“We’re ready for anythin [...] Read full article: England ready for Welsh sledging, says J...→

Putin’s mobster regime is running out of time

Putin’s mobster regime is running out of time

The difference between Americans and Russians is that Americans are unable to imagine the worst ever happening while Russians know for certain that it will. Th [...] Read full article: Putin’s mobster regime is running out of...→

America’s institutions dodged the Trump test

America’s institutions dodged the Trump test

In the days before the election most shops, restaurants, offices and hotels in downtown Washington boarded up their windows. They were preparing for the possib [...] Read full article: America’s institutions dodged the Trump ...→

Housing sales boom as buyers trade up for bigger properties

Housing sales boom as buyers trade up for bigger properties

The housing market boom sparked by the end of lockdown in the spring did not let up last month, government figures show.However, industry experts warned yester [...] Read full article: Housing sales boom as buyers trade up fo...→

Cost-cutting points ‘stronger’ Compass back to profitability

Cost-cutting points ‘stronger’ Compass back to profitability

The boss of Compass pledged that the giant catering group would emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic “stronger than we’ve ever been” as it returned to profitabili [...] Read full article: Cost-cutting points ‘stronger’ Compass b...→

Nelson ready to hand over command at IQE

Nelson ready to hand over command at IQE

The founder of IQE is standing down after three decades running one of Britain’s biggest independent microchip companies.Drew Nelson will move aside when the N [...] Read full article: Nelson ready to hand over command at IQE...→

Finally, we have good news. The development of three coronavirus vaccines in und [...]

Finally, we have good news. The development of three coronavirus vaccines in und [...]

Finally, we have good news. The development of three coronavirus vaccines in under a year is a remarkable scientific achievement and a triumph of human endeavo [...] Read full article: Finally, we have good news. The developm...→

Freedom of Information Act undermined

Freedom of Information Act undermined

The architect of a law aimed at ensuring government transparency has called for an investigation into an “Orwellian” Cabinet Office system that is screening in [...] Read full article: Freedom of Information Act undermined...→

Couple face eviction from Hampton Court over £32 bill for charging electric car

Couple face eviction from Hampton Court over £32 bill for charging electric car

A couple have made a public appeal to the Queen after being served with an eviction notice from their Crown property home for using a communal plug socket to c [...] Read full article: Couple face eviction from Hampton Court ...→

Covid restrictions show what we’re really like

Covid restrictions show what we’re really like

Finally, we have good news. The development of three coronavirus vaccines in under a year is a remarkable scientific achievement and a triumph of human endeavo [...] Read full article: Covid restrictions show what we’re reall...→

Top jobs taken by the already wealthy

Top jobs taken by the already wealthy

Nearly nine in ten senior roles in financial services are held by the wealthiest third of households and staff from poorer backgrounds take longer to climb the [...] Read full article: Top jobs taken by the already wealthy...→

British Library sorry for linking poet Ted Hughes to slave trade

British Library sorry for linking poet Ted Hughes to slave trade

The British Library has apologised to the widow of Ted Hughes after suggesting that he may have benefited from the slave trade because of a distant relation.Th [...] Read full article: British Library sorry for linking poet T...→

We mustn’t surrender the UK’s reputation for fighting violence against women

We mustn’t surrender the UK’s reputation for fighting violence against women

Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we must demand that the government step up and commit to creating a safer world [...] Read full article: We mustn’t surrender the UK’s reputation...→

Quentin Letts: All power to your Elbows

Quentin Letts: All power to your Elbows

Three pop stars told MPs how badly they (the pop stars, certainly not the MPs) were paid. Can’t say I’d heard of any of them but that is more a sign of my foge [...] Read full article: Quentin Letts: All power to your Elbows...→

Covid-19 vaccines and the MHRA: a long road to gain approval

Covid-19 vaccines and the MHRA: a long road to gain approval

Who will approve Covid-19 vaccines for public use?The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has to issue a licence for every medical produ [...] Read full article: Covid-19 vaccines and the MHRA: a long r...→

Coronavirus: New pub rules will cost us 180m pints, say landlords

Coronavirus: New pub rules will cost us 180m pints, say landlords

Tough new restrictions on pubs when lockdown ends will cause landlords to lose 180 million pints in beer sales over Christmas, the industry has said.Pub bosses [...] Read full article: Coronavirus: New pub rules will cost us ...→

The Times view on Donald Trump handing over power: Biden Time

The Times view on Donald Trump handing over power: Biden Time

It may not have been the gracious concession that has traditionally marked the transfer of American power, but it was enough. President Trump’s announcement vi [...] Read full article: The Times view on Donald Trump handing o...→

Director Lawrence Walford crashed BMW after being ‘distracted by Frazzles crisps’

Director Lawrence Walford crashed BMW after being ‘distracted by Frazzles crisps’

An award-winning film director who left a couple with serious injuries after his BMW ploughed headlong into their car may have been distracted by a bag of Fraz [...] Read full article: Director Lawrence Walford crashed BMW af...→

Bruno Fernandes well on his way to cult hero status at Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes well on his way to cult hero status at Manchester United

When Manchester United fans are finally allowed back into Old Trafford they will surely start by signalling their gratitude to Bruno Fernandes, such an inspiri [...] Read full article: Bruno Fernandes well on his way to cult ...→

Five days of Christmas freedom from Covid-19 lockdown rules

Five days of Christmas freedom from Covid-19 lockdown rules

Families will be allowed to meet two other households in a “Christmas bubble” under a five-day festive relaxation of social distancing rules.People will be abl [...] Read full article: Five days of Christmas freedom from Covi...→

Hate crime bill: Saying trans women aren’t women could break the law

Hate crime bill: Saying trans women aren’t women could break the law

Activists who promote the view that a trans woman is not a woman will be breaking the law if a court rules their campaign was intended to stir up hatred, the j [...] Read full article: Hate crime bill: Saying trans women aren...→

David Dinkins obituary

David Dinkins obituary

According to conventional wisdom there is no place for nice people in the dirty, rough-and-tumble politics of New York. Ed Koch spent a dozen mayoral years fro [...] Read full article: David Dinkins obituary...→

Recipes from gastropub the Bull & Last, Giles Coren’s favourite local

Recipes from gastropub the Bull & Last, Giles Coren’s favourite local

It’s everything a proper pub ought to be, says Giles CorenThe first time I went for a pint in the Bull & Last, back in the early Nineties, when I moved from Cr [...] Read full article: Recipes from gastropub the Bull & Last, ...→

How Nasa’s nuclear science helped Jonny May score England’s try of the year

How Nasa’s nuclear science helped Jonny May score England’s try of the year

It was while watching an ice hockey match in Idaho Falls seven years ago that a Nasa nuclear scientist came up with an idea that helped lead to Jonny May’s spe [...] Read full article: How Nasa’s nuclear science helped Jonny ...→

Covid-19: now the next battle, against antivaxer virus of mistrust

Covid-19: now the next battle, against antivaxer virus of mistrust

The scientists have done their bit, developing at least three highly plausible coronavirus vaccines in nine months, where once the work would have taken a deca [...] Read full article: Covid-19: now the next battle, against a...→

Harry Dunn’s family lose High Court immunity battle with Foreign Office

Harry Dunn’s family lose High Court immunity battle with Foreign Office

The parents of a teenage motorcyclist killed by the wife of a US diplomat have lost their legal fight with the Foreign Office over claims ministers acted unlaw [...] Read full article: Harry Dunn’s family lose High Court immu...→

MPs to lobby against being placed in toughest coronavirus tier

MPs to lobby against being placed in toughest coronavirus tier

Ministers must clarify the criteria set to be used to place millions more people under stricter local coronavirus restrictions, the leader of a faction of Tory [...] Read full article: MPs to lobby against being placed in tou...→

Countrywide sacks chairman over failed bid to increase cashflow

Countrywide sacks chairman over failed bid to increase cashflow

The chairman of Britain’s biggest estate agency group has been sacked after failing to win shareholder support for a deal that would have handed control to a p [...] Read full article: Countrywide sacks chairman over failed b...→

Is there any way back for Jordan Spieth, the superhero stuck in a three-year rut?

Is there any way back for Jordan Spieth, the superhero stuck in a three-year rut?

This is not an anniversary, just a moment in time. Five years ago this week Jordan Spieth landed in Sydney to defend his Australian Open title. Among other thi [...] Read full article: Is there any way back for Jordan Spieth,...→

Pets at Home pays dividend and keeps taxpayer cash

Pets at Home pays dividend and keeps taxpayer cash

A boom in the number of people buying puppies during lockdown has led to a surge in profits and sales at Pets at Home, prompting the company to award a dividen [...] Read full article: Pets at Home pays dividend and keeps tax...→

President Trump allows power handover to begin but says fight will go on

President Trump allows power handover to begin but says fight will go on

President Trump in effect conceded defeat to Joe Biden last night by instructing government officials to begin a formal transition of power.After almost three [...] Read full article: President Trump allows power handover to...→

Tycoon Sir Tom Hunter launches hunt for ‘Scottish Greta Thunberg’

Tycoon Sir Tom Hunter launches hunt for ‘Scottish Greta Thunberg’

One of Scotland’s richest men is hoping to find the country’s answer to Greta Thunberg for ideas on how to address climate change.Sir Tom Hunter, the businessm [...] Read full article: Tycoon Sir Tom Hunter launches hunt for ...→

Spieth is adrift without his superpower

Spieth is adrift without his superpower

This is not an anniversary, just a moment in time. Five years ago this week Jordan Spieth landed in Sydney to defend his Australian Open title. Among other thi [...] Read full article: Spieth is adrift without his superpower...→

Compass boss Dominic Blakemore providing food for thought

Compass boss Dominic Blakemore providing food for thought

As blowouts go, at least it’s fitting. Who better to be wolfing down Britain’s biggest pandemic cash-call than the world’s largest contract caterer? Compass ha [...] Read full article: Compass boss Dominic Blakemore providing...→

Do we need the ex-prime ministers’ club?

Do we need the ex-prime ministers’ club?

In the past few years this country has been torn apart by division and rivalry: Remain vs Leave, Independence vs the Union, North vs South, but in these hardes [...] Read full article: Do we need the ex-prime ministers’ club?...→

Over 120 whales and dolphins die in mass beaching off New Zealand

Over 120 whales and dolphins die in mass beaching off New Zealand

More than 120 whales and dolphins are dead after a mass stranding in the remote Chatham Islands about 500 miles east of New Zealand.Residents on the windswept [...] Read full article: Over 120 whales and dolphins die in mass...→

Gocompare agrees surprise takeover by Future

Gocompare agrees surprise takeover by Future

The media group Future has agreed a £594 million cash and shares takeover of the owner of Gocompare, the financial services comparison website.The offer from t [...] Read full article: Gocompare agrees surprise takeover by Fu...→

Windrush policies a ‘shameful stain on British history’, watchdog concludes

Windrush policies a ‘shameful stain on British history’, watchdog concludes

The Home Office unlawfully ignored warnings about the impact of its “hostile environment” immigration policy on the Windrush generation because of a tradition [...] Read full article: Windrush policies a ‘shameful stain on B...→

Lex Greensill pilots the Ryanair of working capital

Lex Greensill pilots the Ryanair of working capital

The green leather chairs, mahogany panelling, oil paintings and antique maps resemble the headquarters of most private banks. Yet the solid respectability of G [...] Read full article: Lex Greensill pilots the Ryanair of work...→

John Gilbert Getty, heir to oil magnate’s billions, found dead in Texas hotel room

John Gilbert Getty, heir to oil magnate’s billions, found dead in Texas hotel room

John Gilbert Getty, grandson of the oil magnate J Paul Getty and an heir to his multibillion-dollar fortune, has died.Mr Getty, 52, was found unresponsive in a [...] Read full article: John Gilbert Getty, heir to oil magnate’...→

80% chance of Brexit trade deal, banking giant estimates

80% chance of Brexit trade deal, banking giant estimates

A global investment bank has estimated there is an “80 per cent” chance of a trade deal between the EU and UK after reports of progress in the latest round of [...] Read full article: 80% chance of Brexit trade deal, banking...→

Three milestones and multiple roadblocks in the fight against Covid

Three milestones and multiple roadblocks in the fight against Covid

In the past fortnight three successive vaccine milestones have been reached in the global battle to combat the Covid-19 virus. Researchers in Massachusetts, Ge [...] Read full article: Three milestones and multiple roadblocks...→

Micheál Martin says Britain must hold public inquiry into Pat Finucane murder

Micheál Martin says Britain must hold public inquiry into Pat Finucane murder

The British government “must” hold a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, Micheál Martin has said.The taoiseach told the Dáil that the Finucane fami [...] Read full article: Micheál Martin says Britain must hold pu...→

HSE appoints lobbying chief as communications director

HSE appoints lobbying chief as communications director

The health service has appointed Mark Brennock, head of public affairs at Murray consulting group, as its interim director of communications.Paul Reid, HSE chi [...] Read full article: HSE appoints lobbying chief as communica...→

Martin O’Neill urges Celtic fans to back manager Neil Lennon

Martin O’Neill urges Celtic fans to back manager Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon deserves more respect from Celtic supporters who should acknowledge the part he has played in the club’s success, insists the former Parkhead manag [...] Read full article: Martin O’Neill urges Celtic fans to back...→

Rangers look like they can win title with a bit to spare

Rangers look like they can win title with a bit to spare

Teams which win relentlessly aren’t only champions, they are spoilsports. Want the drama and excitement of a title race going the distance? Forget it.Liverpool [...] Read full article: Rangers look like they can win title wit...→

Coronavirus in Scotland: Public ‘should be told pandemic may stretch into the autumn’

Coronavirus in Scotland: Public ‘should be told pandemic may stretch into the autumn’

Leading scientific advisers have urged Scottish ministers to come clean with the public and explain that the pandemic may not be reined in until autumn 2021.Th [...] Read full article: Coronavirus in Scotland: Public ‘should ...→

The Fall of Anne Boleyn review — a right royal stitch-up forensically revealed

The Fall of Anne Boleyn review — a right royal stitch-up forensically revealed

The Fall of Anne BoleynChannel 5★★★☆☆We Are Who We AreBBC One★★★★☆Anne Boleyn was executed in May 1536, yet in one way she never died: her enigma exerts fascin [...] Read full article: The Fall of Anne Boleyn review — a right...→

What’s on TV and radio tonight: Wednesday, November 25

What’s on TV and radio tonight: Wednesday, November 25

For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplannerViewing guide, by Joe ClaySofia Coppola: Life CinematicBBC Four, 10pmSofia Coppola comes from bl [...] Read full article: What’s on TV and radio tonight: Wednesda...→

Meat traders demand clarity after Brexit

Meat traders demand clarity after Brexit

Immediate clarity is needed on whether there will be a ban on the UK and Ireland trading chilled meats including sausages after Brexit, an industry group has s [...] Read full article: Meat traders demand clarity after Brexit...→

Want a pair of Club World slippers? Welcome to BA’s car boot sale

Want a pair of Club World slippers? Welcome to BA’s car boot sale

I hope you’ll join me in welcoming some thrilling news from “the world’s favourite airline”. British Airways is offering the chance to buy no end of tatty old [...] Read full article: Want a pair of Club World slippers? Welc...→

Grim death toll ‘exposes the scale of mental health crisis’

Grim death toll ‘exposes the scale of mental health crisis’

Drugs deaths and suicides broke records last year prompting calls on the government to do more to address Scotland’s “mental health crisis”.There were 1,260 de [...] Read full article: Grim death toll ‘exposes the scale of me...→

Relative Values: Nicola Adams & Ella Baig

Relative Values: Nicola Adams & Ella Baig

NicolaWhen the BBC asked me to dance on Strictly I said I’d only do it if I could be in a same-sex couple, so when they agreed it was awesome. It’s a move in t [...] Read full article: Relative Values: Nicola Adams & Ella Bai...→

The best jewellery gifts

The best jewellery gifts

Make them merry and bright with something that sparkles (no, not just on Zoom). Jewellery is the gift that keeps on giving — and we’ve sought out the most gene [...] Read full article: The best jewellery gifts...→

The Times Daily Quiz: Wednesday November 25, 2020

The Times Daily Quiz: Wednesday November 25, 2020

1 A seismograph is used to detect and record which natural disasters?2 A peekapoo is a cross between which two dog breeds?3 Which TV magician married his assis [...] Read full article: The Times Daily Quiz: Wednesday November...→

Thar’s gold in them thar Highland hills— but how much?

Thar’s gold in them thar Highland hills— but how much?

Gold rushes of centuries past shaped the New World, fuelled migration and forged the concept of the get-rich-quick California dream.That prosperous age of pann [...] Read full article: Thar’s gold in them thar Highland hills—...→

The inspiration behind Steve McQueen’s Small Axe: Red, White and Blue

The inspiration behind Steve McQueen’s Small Axe: Red, White and Blue

When Leroy Logan arrived at Buckingham Palace to be awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to policing, his father said something in his thick Jamaican accen [...] Read full article: The inspiration behind Steve McQueen’s S...→

The Teflar tote: an It bag for everyone (if you can find one)

The Teflar tote: an It bag for everyone (if you can find one)

If the recipe for an It bag is one part price tag, several parts exclusivity, then what to make of Telfar, the brand that makes a vegan leather tote inspired b [...] Read full article: The Teflar tote: an It bag for everyone ...→

Campaign reveals the other side of sex work

Campaign reveals the other side of sex work

A woman juggles her baby on her knee while another kicks back on the sofa and checks her phone.In the fresh air, a man cradles a cup of tea and a fresh-faced s [...] Read full article: Campaign reveals the other side of sex w...→

Dysfunctional devolution needs urgent repair

Boris Johnson’s apparent claim last week that devolution has been a “disaster” received the predictable backlash. Yet in that accidental way of his, the prime [...] Read full article: Dysfunctional devolution needs urgent re...→

£700m drug haul in Thailand was lavatory cleaner

£700m drug haul in Thailand was lavatory cleaner

The Thai government has admitted that 11.5 tonnes of chemicals seized by anti-narcotics police are not drugs worth more than £700 million but a harmless stain [...] Read full article: £700m drug haul in Thailand was lavatory...→

Disaster in icy Channel threw England into turmoil

Disaster in icy Channel threw England into turmoil

After years of war between England and France, in 1120 the English king Henry I finally negotiated a settlement with the French king Louis VI. Satisfied with t [...] Read full article: Disaster in icy Channel threw England in...→

Ten-man Norwich survive late scare

Ten-man Norwich survive late scare

Teemu Pukki scored twice to keep injury-hit Norwich City at the top of the Sky Bet Championship but a second-half red card for Emiliano Buendía — and two Stoke [...] Read full article: Ten-man Norwich survive late scare...→

Bruno Fernandes: I wanted Marcus Rashford to keep scoring goals

Bruno Fernandes: I wanted Marcus Rashford to keep scoring goals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Bruno Fernandes as the complete attacking midfielder after he dismantled Istanbul Basaksehir to put Manchester United within one po [...] Read full article: Bruno Fernandes: I wanted Marcus Rashfor...→

Scientists stumble across ‘space oddity’ in Utah desert

Scientists stumble across ‘space oddity’ in Utah desert

Scientists looking for wildlife as they flew over Utah spotted something glittering from the canyon below. As the pilot turned the helicopter around, they saw [...] Read full article: Scientists stumble across ‘space oddity’...→

Hamish MacInnes obituary

Hamish MacInnes obituary

“Don’t worry”, said Michael Palin to shocked witnesses of a man throwing bodies into a ravine, “he’s the head of mountain rescue.” He and the other Pythons wer [...] Read full article: Hamish MacInnes obituary...→

Vaccine hopes fire up oil and tarnish gold

Vaccine hopes fire up oil and tarnish gold

Oil prices rose to their highest level since March yesterday as traders bet on a resurgence in demand for fuel driven by the emergence of several hugely promis [...] Read full article: Vaccine hopes fire up oil and tarnish go...→

England resist temptation to use Ben Stokes as an opener

England resist temptation to use Ben Stokes as an opener

England will not change their T20 batting line-up and move Ben Stokes to the top of the order despite his success in that position at the IPL.Chris Silverwood, [...] Read full article: England resist temptation to use Ben Sto...→

Thomas Moyer faces charges for allegedly promising to supply 200 iPads to the Sa [...]

Thomas Moyer faces charges for allegedly promising to supply 200 iPads to the Sa [...]

Thomas Moyer faces charges for allegedly promising to supply 200 iPads to the Santa Clara county sheriff’s office in exchange for four concealed-carry firearms [...] Read full article: Thomas Moyer faces charges for allegedly...→

Garages - the modern highwaymen

Garages - the modern highwaymen

From The Times: November 25, 1920There is urgent need for radical reform in the conduct of motor garages in town and country. The standard of repair work has f [...] Read full article: Garages - the modern highwaymen...→

1 Tough new restrictions on pubs when lockdown ends will cause landlords to lose [...]

1 Tough new restrictions on pubs when lockdown ends will cause landlords to lose [...]

1 Tough new restrictions on pubs when lockdown ends will cause landlords to lose 180 million pints in beer sales over Christmas, losing an average of £50,000 e [...] Read full article: 1 Tough new restrictions on pubs when lo...→

Press baron loses title fight

Press baron loses title fight

Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Evening Standard, has taken the title of “Baron Lebedev, of Hampton in the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and Siberia in t [...] Read full article: Press baron loses title fight...→

Pep Guardiola: Blame me for Manchester City’s lack of goals

Pep Guardiola: Blame me for Manchester City’s lack of goals

Pep Guardiola believes that only one person is responsible for Manchester City’s poor start to the season: himself.City’s performances in the Champions League [...] Read full article: Pep Guardiola: Blame me for Manchester C...→

The Times view on the Sussex Cricket League’s ban on tea: Plate Up And Play The Game

The Times view on the Sussex Cricket League’s ban on tea: Plate Up And Play The Game

When club cricket resumed in July, its most sacred rite remained forbidden. Tea now exists only in name: the urns empty, the sandwiches unmade, trestle tables [...] Read full article: The Times view on the Sussex Cricket Lea...→

Barry Griffiths obituary

Barry Griffiths obituary

As the leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Griffiths delivered world-class performances from the concert platform with a meticulous authority. Ye [...] Read full article: Barry Griffiths obituary...→

‘A rugby genius’ – Christophe Dominici found dead at age of 48

‘A rugby genius’ – Christophe Dominici found dead at age of 48

Christophe Dominici, the France wing who played 67 times for his country and played a starring role in one of the great World Cup games, died yesterday aged 48 [...] Read full article: ‘A rugby genius’ – Christophe Dominici f...→

Countrywide chairman Peter Long quits as investors reject Alchemy deal

Countrywide chairman Peter Long quits as investors reject Alchemy deal

The chairman of Britain’s biggest estate agency group has resigned after failing to win shareholder support for a deal that would have handed control of the co [...] Read full article: Countrywide chairman Peter Long quits as...→

Boeing Max set to return with Ryanair next summer

Boeing Max set to return with Ryanair next summer

Ryanair has said that it aims to be in the front of the queue for deliveries of the grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft, with as many as 30 of them hoped to be in [...] Read full article: Boeing Max set to return with Ryanair ne...→

The End of the Storm: Liverpool film shows global reach of sport and magnetic personality of Jürgen Klopp

The End of the Storm: Liverpool film shows global reach of sport and magnetic personality of Jürgen Klopp

Gone are the days when a club could win a trophy and all you had to remember it by was a DVD of the best bits accompanied by a predictable soundtrack. Sports f [...] Read full article: The End of the Storm: Liverpool film sho...→

Covid clouds lift over travel stocks in ‘reopening trade’

Covid clouds lift over travel stocks in ‘reopening trade’

Those businesses hit hardest by the pandemic finally enjoyed their day in the sun as the “reopening trade” gathered pace. Over the past couple of weeks, largel [...] Read full article: Covid clouds lift over travel stocks in ...→

A Suitable Boy: Hindu nationalists rage over ‘love jihad’ kiss in TV series

A Suitable Boy: Hindu nationalists rage over ‘love jihad’ kiss in TV series

An onscreen kiss has incurred the wrath of Hindu nationalists with some calling for a boycott of Netflix because a television series had insulted their religio [...] Read full article: A Suitable Boy: Hindu nationalists rage ...→

Putin’s mobster regime is running out of time

Putin’s mobster regime is running out of time

The difference between Americans and Russians is that Americans are unable to imagine the worst ever happening while Russians know for certain that it will. Th [...] Read full article: Putin’s mobster regime is running out of...→

Bitcoin back in reach of all-time high

Bitcoin back in reach of all-time high

Bitcoin came within touching distance of a record high last night as it broke through the $19,000 mark for the first time since 2017.The world’s most popular d [...] Read full article: Bitcoin back in reach of all-time high...→

Housing sales boom as buyers trade up for bigger properties

Housing sales boom as buyers trade up for bigger properties

The housing market boom sparked by the end of lockdown in the spring did not let up last month, government figures show.However, industry experts warned yester [...] Read full article: Housing sales boom as buyers trade up fo...→

Africa becomes new focus for Isis terrorism

Africa becomes new focus for Isis terrorism

Islamic State terrorism is surging in Africa while in the western world the threat from far-right extremists has overtaken that from jihadists.The 2020 Global [...] Read full article: Africa becomes new focus for Isis terror...→

We’re in a diplomatic arms race — if we cut aid we’ll fall behind

We’re in a diplomatic arms race — if we cut aid we’ll fall behind

It’s easy to count armies. The number of troops a nation has are codified in military books along with their ships and planes. But power is different. It can’t [...] Read full article: We’re in a diplomatic arms race — if we ...→

Nelson ready to hand over command at IQE

Nelson ready to hand over command at IQE

The founder of IQE is standing down after three decades running one of Britain’s biggest independent microchip companies.Drew Nelson will move aside when the N [...] Read full article: Nelson ready to hand over command at IQE...→