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More trouble at Britains biggest supermarket chain as new chief executive warns that first-half profits were overstated by around £250mLatest: Tesco shares fall 11.5% to 11-year lowAfternoon summary: Analysts fear more trouble aheadHere are the four execs now on leaveMorning summary: Tesco chairman under pressure as inquiry beginsTesco media call - highlights start hereEarlier: How the story broke:Tesco admits overstating profit forecasts by £250mShore Capital: Chairmans position under threat 4.59pm BST This chart, of Tescos share price over the last two decades, shows how shares hit an 11-year low tonight: 4.55pm BST Jim Osman, CEO at The Edge Consulting Group, has warned investors not to see Tescos share price tumble today as a buying opportunity.Osman reckons small shareholders should keep away until the companys future is clearer:We strongly advise investors to stay away from Tesco stocks. Tescos senior management team has severely misrepresented its figures and losses are just the start of major problems for the business. Theres little vision from senior management, with only small and ineffective changes being made, as the business continues to suffer decline.Investors in Tesco must push for a massive restructuring and break-up of the business if they want to see any further return on their investment. By separating the retail arm of Tesco from its £20bn property portfolio, it will be able to deliver true value for shareholders and kick-start the transition towards profitability.Tescos CEO should be looking at the value potential that a break-up of the supermarkets property portfolio will have for his shareholders and investors. Dave Lewis has to look beyond Tesco as simply being a retailer; its a retailer that has a substantial property empire and it must look at the possibilities of separating its property assets into individual listed companies. 4.36pm BST After a bruising day, Tesco shares have closed down 11.5% at 203p, their lowest level since June 2003.That wipes around £2.1bn off the companys market capitalisation. 4.10pm BST Retail advisor Paul Foley also suspects that Tescos weakening sales (down 3.8% earlier this year) prompted the profit overstatement.Tesco, not the first or last retail company to indulge in "creative accounting" when sales slow down! 4.09pm BST Business Insider has a handy summary of the main developments at Tesco:A Simple List Of All The Incredibly Suspicious Things Happening At Tesco Right Now http://t.co/cD7Ul7iuZ9 via @themoneygame 4.08pm BST Over on Comment is Free, Andrew Simms argues that Tescos relentless and blinkered pursuit of profits over many years has been its undoing.From putting suppliers in an armlock to relentlessly pushing on with store expansion even as shopping habits changed in the recession, Tescos overconfidence led it to todays humiliation, he argues.There are two types of chancellor, Gordon Brown used to joke. Those who fail and those who get out in time. Tescos former chief executive,Terry Leahy, now enjoying a lucrative career as a feted business guru, got out in time. The irony is that many of the problems now bringing the retail giant low are a legacy of the strategic decisions he made.... 4.02pm BST when does #Tesco become a bid target? 200p? 160p? 4.00pm BST Jasper Lawler of CMC Markets says Tesco shares are being crushed by unimpressed investors:Hopes of a turnaround at Tesco after prior CEO Phillip Clarke departed two months ago have been dashed. Lewis is not responsible and has seemingly acted on the front foot since learning of the news but wider questions are being asked of Clarke and the Board of Directors including Chairman Richard Broadbent.The more immediate worry for investors than the resulting investigation is that this is the 3rd profit warning in two months for Tesco who in the last quarter lost almost 1.5% of market share particularly to discounters newcomers Aldi and Lidl. 3.57pm BST This chart shows how Tescos shares are now hitting new 11-year lows this afternoon.Tesco $TSCO lurches lower still, down 12.5%. Fresh 11 year lows, back to May 2003 levels. Chart: pic.twitter.com/92G5yxmeZh 3.48pm BST Crumbs, Tescos shares are hitting new lows -- now down 12.5% at 201p.Espirito Santos warning that UK profits could fall to zero (details), and HSBCs suggestion that a rescue rights issue may be needed (details) may be spurring the selloff. 3.35pm BST We cant blame Dave Lewis for this crisis at Tesco, given he only arrived at the supermarket less than a month ago.The knives are being sharpened for chairman Sir Richard Broadbent, though. The pressure is clearly mounting higher and higher, said Bernstein Securities analyst Bruno Monteyne. [Can] he weather this storm?I didnt think he would weather the last storm [when Tesco CEO Philip Clarke left]. But with a new CEO in place, you wouldnt want the chairman to just be stepping down right away. 3.19pm BST Heres a video clip of Dave Lewis discussing how Tesco managed to overstate its profit estimate for the six months to 23 August by £250m. 2.33pm BST A reminder of the state of play.Rather than working on a repositioning, the CEO currently has another (major) fire to put out.Tesco chairman says finance director McIlwee hasn't been in the office because he hasn't been "directly involved in recent days or weeks".Tesco CEO Lewis says problem came to light from "internal alarm bell". Report was given to Tesco general counsel who alerted Lewis on Friday 1.47pm BST OK, weve now got hold of HSBCs research note into Tesco, and its a corker.David McCarthy, HSBCs head of European Consumer Retail Research, warned that investing in Tesco is investing in the unknown and is a high risk activity at present.The market is unsure what Tescos true level of profitability is, to what extent the new CEO may choose to rebase profits, and what todays news will do to morale and the management team (4 senior executives have been suspended while the matter is investigated by external lawyers and accountants). In short, confidence in Tesco has been undermined again, downwards momentum is accelerating, and it is unclear whether the real underlying level of profits has yet been found and to what extent the new CEO may choose to rebase profits. In short, we believe that Tescos gross margin has been falling rapidly and that this has been artificially hidden.Many issues remain unanswered and the possibility of a rescue rights issue should not be ignored.HSBC: "investing in Tesco is investing in the unknown and is high risk" #EveryLidlHelps 1.44pm BST Tescos crisis is also bad news for billionaire investor Warren Buffet.Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway is the third largest shareholder, with a 3.96% stake, so Tescos share price tumble (down 8.5%) has wiped around £57m off that holding, by my maths.Some investors might have bought the shares having a perception of quality based on Warren Buffets ownership, but in this case the free cash flows and business stability are not there, 1.35pm BST HSBC has just cut its target price on Tescos shares from 195p to 175p (compared to 211p today), Reuters reports. 1.29pm BST The FTs Lex team have also been kicking the tires of the Tesco warning today.They give this example of how supermarkets work today:Lets say the supplier is, say, Lexs Liverworst (LL).1) LL ships Tesco some liverwurst at an agreed cost of £100m (Tesco takes delivery, does not pay).Lex is doing a live note (like @ftalpha's Markets Live... but Lexy) on the Tesco accounting failure. Do tune in http://t.co/MbiFxYYkXR 1.10pm BST Were collecting expert reaction to Tescos profit forecast overstatement here: 1.10pm BST "Full & frank inquiry" promised by chief executive after #Tesco's £250m miscalculation http://t.co/jQJR7B0QRR pic.twitter.com/ilDz5BmDZg 1.08pm BST Observer food writer Jay Rayner has suggested that Tesco will respond to this crisis by tightening the screw on its supply chain:1/2 Any pleasure taken in probs @tesco this morning should be tempered by fact they sell 25% of all food in GB. Terrible news for farmers.2/2 When @tesco finds itself in a corner they do what they always do: cut prices and it's the producers who are forced to feel pain. Tragic. 1.03pm BST Those Espírito Santo analysts also fear that Tesco could be an even trickier turnaround job than Frances Carrefour, which went through a tough restructuring a few years ago.They say:We think both companies are drastically different. In our view, Carrefour benefited from good prices but poor price clarity as well as a local food supply, limited transport costs and the benefit of franchisees. Tesco has higher transport costs and limited domestic food supply as well as no franchising model, alongside poor value for money and produce quality scores based on our proprietary surveys. We think a turnaround at Tesco could take another 3-5 years. 12.41pm BST Analysts at Portuguese bank Espírito Santo have a dire warning for Tesco - they reckon its UK arm could eventually stop being profitable at all.They cut their price target on Tesco to 165p from 190p (compared to 211p now), and predicted that profits this year will almost halve:We believe most of the accounting issues will centre on UK profitability. As a result, we expect UK profits to be down 48% in 2014/15 implying a UK margin of 2.7%. With some prices 38% more expensive (ESIB estimate) than Aldi, questionable pricing architecture and higher levels of salt and sugar in some fresh products alongside an ailing non-food business, we believe that Tesco could eventually generate zero profits in the UK the extent of the risks to us remain large and uncertain. 12.27pm BST The cost of insuring Tescos bonds against default has risen, according to data firm Markit which tracks credit default swaps:Tesco CDS 19bps wider at 107bps after profit overstatement. A volatile credit in a traditionally stable sector 12.20pm BST How bad could this get for Tesco?Crawford Spence, a professor of accounting at Warwick Business School, reckons the company will face a fine, but probably avoid ending up in court.Given it this has been flagged up and dealt with internally it is unlikely any court proceedings will occur. Tesco could be fined by the authorities, but they will most likely wait to hear what the auditors, Deloitte, uncover first.Firms quite legitimately play around with their revenue and expenses all the time. However, when they do so aggressively, as Tesco appear to have done, this is usually because the firm is under pressure elsewhere. In Tescos case, it has been losing market share to its competitors steadily in recent years and losing value quite dramatically in its share price in recent months. Rather than fix the underlying problems, they have been playing around with their numbers to try to make things look better. 12.10pm BST Tesco CEO Dave Lewis has admitted that the £250m profit overstatement is only an estimate at this stage; it could be more.Speaking to the BBC, Lewis also faced more tough questions over whether Tescos finance office is running properly, as we dont even know when outgoing CFO Lawrie McIlwee was last at his desk (see 9.17am)Just interviewed Dave lewis CEO of tesco. He says 250m is an estimate could be more and discrepancies could date back further than H1 2014"Do you have a financial officer at the moment?" BBC News wallah asks Tesco's Dave Lewis. Ouch. 12.05pm BST Retail analyst Steve Dresser, who has good connections in the supermarket sector, is tweeting some interesting info from Tesco insiders: One source tells me that Tesco may have banked a full year's money into the half year, or assumed....that rebates would be paid and booked, however suppliers can withhold if they have compliance concerns - hence 'delayed accrual of costs'One positive? As a source indicates - Dave Lewis could essentially do a full kitchen sink job now.Another source reports that all WL3 (senior category heads) are to hand in company laptops and phones today as part of the investigation. 11.46am BST We have now confirmed the identities of the four senior executives who have been put on leave at Tesco.They are:Other Tesco execs put on leave I understand are John Scouler Commercial Director (buying) and Matt Simister Group Sourcing Director. 11.43am BST The FTs Alphaville team (always invaluable) are examining the situation at Tesco in their Markets Live webchat.Heres a flavour, quoting analyst Terry Smith: 11.35am BST This quote from the Tesco chairman is causing a stir:The wisdom of Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent - "Things are always unnoticed until they're noticed." 11.33am BST Timeline highs and lows of UKs biggest retailer 11.21am BST Its not been a great morning for shares in the City. Tescos sliding share price has helped to send the FTSE 100 index of blue-chip companies down 56 points, or 0.8%.Meanwhile Tescos woes seem to have hit the rest of the sector, with J Sainsbury down 9.1p at 275.2p and Morrisons 4.5p lower at 177.5p 11.08am BST Tescos auditors, PwC, are certain to face tough questions over their performance.They were aware that payments from suppliers needed to be handled responsibly. The proof lies in Tescos annual report (pdf), where they state that the recognition of commercial income was a top priority for them.We focused on this area because of the judgement required in accounting for the commercial income deals and the risk of manipulation of these balances.If everyone has been looking so hard at commercial income, how has the company still managed to make a mess of it? 11.05am BST Chris Choi adds that a can of (finest?) worms has now been opened..... Tesco: there have been high profile complaints by suppliers about Tesco's treatment now customers will want to know what's really going on 11.00am BST Chris Choi, ITVs Newss consumer editor, is alarmed that Tesco was even in a position to book revenue from its suppliers for promotional activity.Tesco Fiasco shows supermarket power over producers. it centres on money paid by suppliers Shouldnt payments be going the other way!! 10.54am BST Reuters Breakingviews also reckon Richard Broadbents days as Tesco chairman may be numbered:#Tesco warns guidance was overstated by £250m. With a lack of retail experience, is Chairman Richard Broadbent approaching his sell-by date? 10.42am BST Tescos shares had been pretty stable this month, as City investors watched to see how Dave Lewis performed.But todays 8% tumble has wiped around £1.5bn off its market value, from £18.8bn to around £17.3bn right now. Since Dave Lewis became @tesco CEO on September 1st, the company's market cap has fallen £1.5 billion pic.twitter.com/a1KIuYr6Dn 10.00am BST 9.56am BST Heres a summary of the latest crisis to engulf Tesco, after three and a half dramatic hours.1) Tesco has suspended four senior executives after discovering that it had overstated its profit forecast for the first half of this financial year by £250m. Wonder how much bonuses/excess pressure to get the numbers up were behind alleged Tesco behaviour?Tesco chairman says finance director McIlwee hasn't been in the office because he hasn't been "directly involved in recent days or weeks".Tesco chairman says companys finance functions "working well". Errr....Tesco Chairman: Shareholders Will Decide If I'm Part of Solution or Problem >> stock's down 8.5%, JFYIThis development may raise, indeed must raise, much more fundamental questions over the Chairmans position and the nature, composition and extent of the BoardFT: "Tesco reveals it overstated first-half results by £250m". It's it an understatement to call in 'overstated', when we talk about £250m. 9.44am BST Dave Lewis concludes the media conference call by insisting that Tescos turnaround wont be deflected by this inquiry.He tells reporters that he has tried to give as much information as he can today on the accounting problems, and promises to pursue that investigation to its ultimate conclusion. 9.43am BST #Tescos chairman says cant be sure £250mln figure is the limit to the overstatement 9.38am BST How long will the inquiry take?Lewis wont say, but promises to share what we know at Tescos interim results in October. 9.37am BST Shouldnt your auditors have picked up this unusual accounting practices?Dave Lewis declines to reach any conclusions until the investigation is complete. 9.37am BST Tesco's Dave Lewis says he has never seen anything like this in all his years as a supplier. 9.34am BST When was Laurie McIlwee, Tescos outgoing finance director, last in the office?Broadbent doesnt have that information to hand. 9.32am BST Why is Tesco receiving income from its suppliers at all? Shouldnt it simply be paying them for their goods?Once again, Lewis declined to give details, but he cited issues such as promotional support 9.31am BST Has Dave Lewis seen this kind of misreporting before?He has not. 9.31am BST Is this a one-off issue, or deeper?Lewis wont say at this stage 9.28am BST Can Tesco confirm that Robin Terrell has taken over as UK managing director?Robin will be running and leading the UK leadership team, Lewis replies. 9.27am BST Dave Lewis declines to comment on Cantor Fitzgeralds claim that Tesco has been overstating its gross profits by £200m per year (see 9.02am post for details) 9.25am BST Was Tescos board operating properly, given ex-CEO Phil Clarke had been effectively sacked and the companys finance director had resigned?Chairman Broadbent insists that Phil Clarke was fully engaged. 9.23am BST So what exactly went wrong in Tescos profit forecasts?Tesco CEO Dave Lewis explains that the problem centres on the way Tesco reports the income it receives, versus when the activity took place. 9.19am BST Shareholders are voting with their feet this morning, so shouldnt chairman Richard Broadbent resign? Broadbent replies that I always listen to shareholders 9.18am BST What time period will the investigation cover?It will cover the commercial income for Tesco. 9.17am BST Tesco chairman broadbent asked about clawing back exec bonuses. Says will "take all necessary actions and won't hesitate to do so". 9.14am BST Who is the Tesco finance director, and why isnt Lawrie McIlwee, the outgoing FD, on the call?(McIlwees replacement, Alan Stewart, is still serving his gardening leave from M&S). 9.14am BST Dave Lewis wont confirm that Chris Bush, UK managing director, has been suspended. Not prepared to discuss individuals today. 9.13am BST Does Dave Lewis feel he was misled?No, not at all. What has happened is totally out of the ordinary. 9.10am BST Next question is for chairman Richard Broadbent - will you resign, or is your position under threat?Broadbent will not be resigning. 9.09am BST Q: Is Phil Clarke (former CEO) still on the payroll, and could bonuses be clawed back?Yes, Clarke is still being paid. 9.08am BST Tesco is now fielding questions from the media - Im dialled in.First question - how did this profit overstating come to light? 9.07am BST Update - #Tesco suspends four senior executives including UK managing director Chris Bush while investigation takes place 9.05am BST Just joining us? Get up to speed with our news story on the unfolding crisis at Tesco.Tesco calls in investigators after overstating profit forecast by £250m http://t.co/Qye1JHvLL4 via @guardian 9.03am BST More speculation about the Tesco chairmans future (as flagged up earlier)Crikey. It's properly falling apart at Tesco. Amazed if chairman will survive this. Robin Terrell as interim UK MD a good move. Talented man 8.57am BST City firm Cantor Fitzgerald reckon that Tescos CEO Dave Lewis may have had suspicions about accounting practices even before he joined the company last month.Lewis was lured from Unilever; one of Tescos major suppliers.We suspect Dave Lewis was aware of Tescos actions while at Unilever and from comments across the UK/Global supplier base so we expect he already had several questions for Tescos commercial team when he joined. 8.52am BST Robin Terrell, the head of Tescos online operations, is taking over Chris Bushs role as UK managing director on a temporary basis, we believe.Terrell joined Tesco from House of Fraser last year, and also used to run John Lewiss online arm. 8.50am BST Tesco insiders have confirmed to us that Chris Bush, the managing director of the companys UK stores, is one of the senior executives suspended while the inquiry takes place. Tesco suspends its UK managing director Chris Bush 8.48am BST Richard Hunter, Head of Equities at Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers, says that Dave Lewiss baptism of fire continues.Whilst this does not come close to jeopardising overall profitability, it follows last months announcement when the market had assumed that, at least, the bad news was out in the open and being dealt with.Prior to todays precipitous drop, the shares had fallen 39% over the last year, and 21% in the last three months alone. 8.47am BST Marc Kimsey, senior trader at Accendo Markets, says that todays revelations is the last straw for some Tesco investors: Tesco is no longer a viable investment. Traders are clearing the books of all holdings and reallocating funds in sector peers. 8.41am BST After that initial slump, Tescos shares have recovered slightly but are still down over 8% this morning. 8.35am BST And thats the end of the Tesco analyst call. But Dave Lewis and chairman Richard Broadbent cant relax -- theres a media call in 25 minutes. 8.32am BST An internal alarm bell went off at Tesco last week, Dave Lewis reveals, triggering this mornings admission that profit forecasts had been overstated by £250m.Tesco CEO Lewis says problem came to light from "internal alarm bell". Report was given to Tesco general counsel who alerted Lewis on Friday 8.29am BST CEO Dave Lewis has promised that the investigation will uncover whether staff have broken any rules.1) Tesco CEO Lewis says that on "question about the breaking of rules, we are clear there is an issue here."2) Tesco CEO Lewis says: "We will let the investigation determine whether any rules were broken and what I need to do to address that." 8.25am BST Tesco CEO Lewis: "This is not in the ordinary course of events. This has been audited by a big reputable firm."Tescos usual auditors are PricewaterhouseCoopers. 8.24am BST Tesco CEO Dave Lewis confirms that the problem was discovered on Friday. 8.17am BST Tesco is now feeling the wrath of analysts, on a conference call.CEO Dave Lewis has revealed that a number of people have been suspended from duty while the investigation is underway. That includes four senior executives.Tesco CEO Lewis says has asked "a number of people to step aside from their role so we can facilitate a full and frank investigation".Tesco CEO Lewis says four senior people asked to step aside "across commercial and business operations".Tesco chairman Richard Broadbent getting a hard time from analysts. Says some may argue is governance failure. He says board working well. 8.16am BST Tescos share price over the last couple of years is not a pretty sight: 8.11am BST Tesco share price has hit a low of 202.5p, which I reckon is the lowest level since May 2003. 8.11am BST Tesco shares now down more than 40% in last 12 months. 8.05am BST Shares in Tesco have fallen by 11%, as traders punish the company for its admission that it has overstated its profit forecasts by £250m. 8.05am BST Tesco! Oh my giddy aunt. Never thought it would come to this http://t.co/bTZVKai4tx 8.00am BST Skys Newss Mark Kleinman reports that an unnamed Tesco director flagged up concerns about the companys profit forecasts on Friday, triggering this mornings shock admission.An unnamed Tesco director raised concern about profit overstatement with company general counsel on Friday, who alerted the CEO, I'm told. 7.52am BST This is simply not how well operated FTSE 100 companies operate, says Clive Black, Shore Capital Stockbrokers.Black has laid into Tesco, and pinned the blame firmly on the chairman, Sir Richard Broadbent. His position is now at risk, he suggests. Clearly there can be no suggestion of impropriety on behalf of the new CEO to our minds, who has been in the job less than a month. However, this development may raise, indeed must raise, much more fundamental questions over the Chairmans position and the nature, composition and extent of the Board, which to our minds has been lop-sided between executives and NEDs [non-executive directors] for far too long; such matters, of course, are for shareholders to decide.We are flabbergasted by this development and have no choice but to put our HOLD stance, which we only went up to through Mr. Lewis appointment, UNDER REVIEW. We expect the market to respond in a penal manner on the Tescos shares upon opening, well monitor with interest how the dust settles. 7.51am BST Traders are predicting that Tescos shares will take a fearsome hammering when the London stock market opens....Tesco called to open lower around 12% according to some brokers....!! 7.45am BST One remarkable aspect of this story is that Tesco has overstated its profit forecasts by £250m in a profit warning. That August 29 statement (online here) was pretty brief, so its not immediately clear exactly how Tesco managed to overstate its income and underplay its cost forecasts so badly. 7.44am BST Nick Bubb, retail analyst, says Tescos announcement will go down like a lead-balloon in the City. 7.43am BST Leisure analyst Mark Brumby is also alarmed:Tesco: Group uncovers profit overstatement, has been recognising income too fast. Profits will be £250m lower. That doesnt sound good. 7.39am BST 7.35am BST City analysts are amazed, and shaking their heads in disbelief at the news that Tesco has overstated its profit forecast by a quarter of a billion pounds.Heres some instant reaction:Just gets worse and worse for #TescoTesco. Mess co.It never rains but it pours dear old Tesco. It appears profits have been over-stated by £250 mn - shares could be down 5% at the opening@tesco postpones interim 1H results to 23 Oct, meant to be 1st Oct...as Deloitte investigate overstated profit estimate to tune of ~£250m 7.31am BST Tescos new CEO, Dave Lewis, isnt pulling any punches in todays shock statement, saying:We have uncovered a serious issue and have responded accordingly. The Chairman and I have acted quickly to establish a comprehensive independent investigation. The Board, my colleagues, our customers and I expect Tesco to operate with integrity and transparency and we will take decisive action as the results of the investigation become clear. 7.30am BST Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the financial markets, the world economy, business and finance.Some breaking news is shaking the City this morning. Tesco has just announced that it has overstated its profit forecasts for the first half of this year, by a jaw-dropping £250m. Continue reading...
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Labour conference: Ed Balls tightens Labour's austerity stance - Politics live blog
Carwyn Jones calls for home rule all roundOwen Smith says he wont let Cameron silence Welsh voices at WestminsterJim Murphy denounces exploitation of migrant workers in QatarDouglas Alexander rejects Blairite hubris that UK can re-order the worldEd Ballss speech -Snap verdictLunchtime summary 5.01pm BST Heres Natalie Bennett, the Green party leader, on Ed Balls speech.Mr Balls offer amounts to a continuation of the Tory-Lib Dem approach of making the poor, disadvantaged and the young pay for the errors, fraud and excessive risk-taking of the bankers.The offer of £8 minimum wage by 2020, compared to the Green Party offer of £10 by the same date made at our conference a couple of weeks ago, is simply inadequate. 4.43pm BST Here are two blogs on Ed Ballss speech which are worth reading.Bar a couple of jokes and a few brief moments which tugged at the heart-strings the lad in his constituency on a zero-hours contract and Balls mention of his own stammer the message was uncompromisingly, unremittingly tough.On top of things weve heard previously like the mansion tax and compulsory jobs guarantee, we had the new pledge to cut child benefit in real terms until 2017, the prospect of earlier increases in the retirement age, warnings of further public sector pay restraint in the next Parliament, and yet more clamping down on hedge funds and the tax avoidance industry.He wants to be seen to be austere and fiscally righteous - so that investors in Britain do not become anxious that Britains high public sector deficit, which is currently running at around 6% of national income, would persist for many years yet.To put Britains deficit into perspective, that gap between revenues and spending is about 50% higher than Frances - which has a lower credit rating than the UKs and is widely seen to be in a much bigger economic mess than this country. 4.26pm BST In his speech to the conference Ivan Lewis, the shadow Northern Ireland secretary, announced that he was setting up a commission to consider how a Labour government could work with the Northern Ireland executive to finds ways of improving opportunities for people with no stake in the economy.We are establishing an independent commission, with a remit to improve opportunities for those who currently have no stake in the economy and are at the margins of their communities. It will consider how an incoming Labour government can most effectively make a difference working in partnership with The Northern Ireland Executive. 4.11pm BST Delegates have now passed emergency resolutions dealing with low pay and work in the contemporary economy. They include a call for Labour to make the repair of earnings, especially for public service employees, and decisive action on closing pay gaps explicit missions of the next Labour government and for it to actively promote and support sectoral collective bargaining. 4.03pm BST Heres the Guardian video of Ed Balls delivering his speech. 3.56pm BST In the comments harleycx3 wants to know know more about what Robin Southwell, the head of Airbus, said in his speech. Here goes.Southwell did not get into party politics. Instead, he focused on how important being in the EU was to a company like Airbus. A belief in free trade is in our DNA, with the economic benefits which manifestly flow therefrom.We do not believe that Airbus Group would have achieved what it has in the UK to date without this country being an integral part of the EU. Our operations here simply could not have grown to the scale and breadth that we enjoy today if we were unable to enjoy the unfettered movement of people, capital, resource and technology that the present arrangement provides. 3.41pm BST My colleague Martin Kettle was in the hall for the Scottish speeches. He thinks Ed Miliband missed an opportunityHaving initially scheduled their debate on Scotland for Sunday of the annual conference, when relatively few delegates would be in town, Labour did a post-referendum rethink and at least had the nous to move the item to a more prominent place on the agenda, at the start of Monday afternoon. They managed to field not just the Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and the shadow Scotland secretary Margaret Curran but Alistair Darling, head of Better Together. Ed Miliband was there on the platform too.You might think that Labour would have used the opportunity to do two things. First to make the party feel good about the fact that, thanks to a huge effort of organisation, they had stopped the nationalists from winning the vote for separation. And, sure enough, the leaders tried. Each of the leaders made a good speech. Darling, in particular, was interestingly ecumenical, stressing the success of a multi-party campaign and, above all, the engagement of so many people who arent members of anything at all. 3.38pm BST My colleague Severin Carrell has sent me more on the rising SNP membership figures.The Scottish National party is poised to become one of the largest in the UK after all Scotlands pro-independence parties saw a sudden surge in membership after last weeks referendum.The SNP announced on Monday that more than 16,000 people had joined the party since it lost Thursdays referendum after a record increase in new applications, which has taken its overall membership to 42,000. 3.04pm BST Rachel Reeves, the shadow work and pensions secretary, has just finished her speech. Here are the main points.And for those Liberal Democrats who now say theyre against it too - we will see how serious they are when Parliament returns. Because we will call a vote on the Bedroom Tax. Today I have written to Nick Clegg to urge him to do the right thing and vote with us - not to water it down, but to cancel it altogether.Universal Credit stuck in first gear.Work Capability Assessments in meltdown. 3.03pm BST Here are the highlights from the Scotland section earlier.Apparently, the first minister of Scotland said today while hed lost the referendum, never mind, he might be able to seize power some other way. I just say to Mr Alex Salmond: you lost the argument, you lost the referendum, youve lost office, and now youve lost the plot. The people of Scotland are sovereign and the people of Scotland have said no thanks to separation and you must accept that result.In the past two years in Scotland, politics has been in our streets, our shops, our workplaces, our hairdressers and our pubs. And even on Irn Bru crates.Our vision is not constrained by the borders of nationalism.And that is what makes our vision all the richer.Mega drum roll... @theSNP now has 40,000 members. Big welcome to all 14,358 newbies. Join too and make a difference: https://t.co/kSeYpyEDK8If this keeps going, we'll soon be bigger than the UK-wide @LibDems. 16,186 new @theSNP members and counting. Join: https://t.co/kSeYpyEDK8 2.39pm BST As promised, heres a lengthy extract from the speech from Len McCluskey, the Unite general secretary, earlier.We have seen our political establishment including, lets be honest, our own party have a near-death experience in Scotland.We have seen an elite in a panic. 2.15pm BST Len McCluskey, the Unite general secretary, was on the World at One. He described capping child benefit as not the cleverest tactic from Labour and said Unite wanted an immediate rise in the minimum wage.But he confirmed Unite would make a substantial contribution to Labours general election fighting fund.Obviously this is our party ... We want our party to go into the election not with one arm tied behind its back because the Tories coffers are spilling over with money from the super rich and the corporate elite. We want it to be an even fight but we havent spoken about the specific numbers. 2.02pm BST George Eaton at the New Statesman has posted a blog with more detail on Ed Balls latest austerity commitment. Heres an extract.Balls announced for the first time that in our manifesto there will be no proposals for any new spending paid for by additional borrowing. As Ive previously reported, having pledged to eliminate the current account deficit, rather than the total deficit (in contrast to George Osborne), Balls had left himself with room to borrow for capital spending (such as housing, roads and other infrastructure projects).But as a spokesman for the shadow chancellor confirmed to me after the speech, he has now ruled out this option. We will not make proposals in the manifesto for extra capital spending paid for by borrowing, I was told. Policy commitments such as the pledge to build 200,000 houses a year by 2020 will be delivered by prioritising housing investment within the existing capital settlement for the next parliament. Having rejected the option of extra borrowing, Labour will now need to meet all its promises through tax rises or spending cuts elsewhere. Austerity really is here to stay. 1.44pm BST Here is some reaction to Ballss speechBusiness wasnt looking for any surprises and this speech sets out some of the foundations needed for long-term growth.Balancing the books is a given for whoever is in Government next, so the business community will be reassured by Mr Balls reaffirming Labours commitment to fiscal discipline.We welcome the Shadow Chancellors recognition that any government will have to continue to reduce spending after the next election, but the measures announced so far can only be a beginning if Labour is going to put the public finances on a sustainable footing ...However, they are on the wrong track if they think that raising taxes is the way to secure the economic recovery. Bringing back the 50p rate of income tax would raise an insignificant amount for the taxman while sending a clear signal that Britain doesnt want wealth-creators. Labours previous success came because they recognised the importance of enterprise in creating a prosperous society. To prove that he is still pro-business, Ed Balls must drop his commitment to this self-defeating, envy-driven tax.Businesses will welcome Ed Balls emphasis on embedding fiscal responsibility in government decision making. The proposal to task the OBR with objectively analysing the costings of party manifestos is a good one. Though arguably a gimmick, the proposal to cut, then freeze ministers pay until the budget deficit is eliminated mirrors the kind of action that the best businesses would take when managing their own finances ...However, businesses will be dismayed at the reintroduction of the 50p tax rate. Businesses have long said that the 50p top rate of income tax is a disincentive to enterprise, to wealth creation, and to investment here in the UK. There is little evidence it will raise additional tax.The shadow chancellor may plan to re-peg child benefit to inflation in the long run but its a bitter disappointment to learn that hard-pressed families must take another blow in the short term. Labours announcement on plans to cap child benefit rises comes after repeated squeezes on this bedrock of the family budget. It represents a major real-terms cut to 13m children. Policy is about making choices and the shadow chancellor has made a choice - to look for savings by cutting help for children. 1.42pm BST We cant say we werent warned. Even after the SNP started winning Scottish parliament seats in the east end of Glasgow, some in the Scottish Labour Party clung to the mantra of wooing the middle classes. It took a referendum campaign to remind us that you ignore the hopes of the working people at your political peril.Ive talked about the importance of our businesses. Ive talked about valuing the people who work in them. The bottom line is this - to be pro-jobs you have to be pro- the people that create them, our businesses. And to be pro-business, you have to be pro the people who work in our businesses.Broadcasters have a duty, a moral duty of care to their viewers to present a programme without any racial slurs or racial stereotypes. Britains global role will be diminished, if not damaged, if we do not challenge this. 1.26pm BST Heres some Twitter comment on the speech from journalists and commentators.From ITVs John AshmoreSo far this Ed Balls speech could have come from any conference since 2010, "same old Tories", 'can't trust the Tories with the NHS' etcBalls' calls for fiscal prudence being met by total silence in the roomBalls sought to assure voters that he can be trusted not to spend wildly. But he didn't provide a new announcement to dramatise restraintBalls' speech shows he's not a rival for Mili as Brown was for Blair. The BIG stuff is saved for leader's speech. Gordo wdnt hv allowed thatDeeply dispiriting that Balls used speech to slap EU migrants who make net contrib to UK econ & are less likely to claim benefits than BritsSome boos for Balls when he announces cap on child benefit.Speech sounding v familiar now. Quick check suggests @edballsmp has been apologising for lax bank regulation since 2011 at least.This affable, conversational section about what he stands for is much better from @edballsmpEd Balls reaches into hat. Roots around fruitlessly. Shakes hat out. Small brown heap thumps softly onto floor. Rabbit has died of boredomV flat Ed Balls speech though, set tongues wagging.New line in Balls's speech was that Labour manifesto will not include any new spending proposals paid for by borrowing - more soon. #lab14 12.49pm BST Snap verdict: Ed Balls seems to have toughened Labours austerity line. It was hard to spot anything new in the speech - the announcements about freezing child benefit and cutting ministerial pay were briefed to all news outlets overnight - but Balls did include this line in his passage about the fiscal rules Labour would follow.And we will legislate for these tough fiscal rules in the first year after the election and they will be independently monitored by the Office for Budget Responsibility.So in our manifesto there will be no proposals for any new spending paid for by additional borrowing. 12.48pm BST And heres Ballss peroration.Conference, this is what our first Labour Budget will do: A British Investment Bank set up. 12.47pm BST And he mentions his stammer, and its impact on his politics.Because as someone who has grown up with a stammer, I have worked all my political life to break down barriers so that all children can succeed, and to get extra help and support to those children who need it. Because I dont want to live in a society where children are held back by their special need or disability, by their parents income or by the colour of their skin.Thats why Im Labour. 12.45pm BST Balls explains what his priorities are.People rightly want to know who we are, what drives us on, what makes us tick.So let me say this. 12.45pm BST Walking away from Europe would be a disaster for jobs and investment, Balls says. 12.44pm BST Balls says Labour will devolve powers to cities and set up a national infrastructure commission. 12.42pm BST Balls confirms that Labour will set up a British investment bank, and give the green investment bank more powers.And Graham Cole, Chair of AgustaWestland UK is being asked to review for Labour what more can be done to back British exports, he says. 12.41pm BST Balls confirms that the national minimum wage will rise to £8 an hour.But whats the Tory plan for the next Parliament? They want to spend £3 billion on a tax break for a minority of married couples. People who are separated, widowed or divorced wont get it. 12.39pm BST Labour will transform vocational education, Balls says.And it will have a compulsory jobs guarantee, ending the scourge of long-term unemployment. 12.38pm BST Balls says technological change is altering the economy.The result is a hollowing out of our labour market: medium-wage, skilled jobs on the slide. Low-wage, insecure employment on the rise.Conference in this new world, we know we cannot succeed the Tory way through a race to the bottom - with British companies simply trying to compete on cost as people see their job security eroded and living standards decline. 12.37pm BST And he turns to the mansion tax.We will levy a tax on the highest value properties - a mansion tax on houses worth over £2 million.But we will do it in a fair, sensible and proportionate way. Raising the limit each year in line with average rises in house prices. Putting in place protections for those who are asset rich but cash poor. And ensuring those with properties worth tens of millions of pounds make a significantly bigger contribution than those in houses just above the limit. 12.37pm BST Labour will not undermine pay review bodies by rejecting their advice out of hand, he says. 12.36pm BST And Labour will reintroduce the 50p top rate of tax, he says.That is why, with the deficit still high and working people already paying more, we opposed David Cameron cutting the 50p top rate of tax. Now cannot be the right time to give the richest 1 per cent of people in the country a £3 billion tax cut. So as we get the deficit down in the next parliament, the next Labour government will reverse this Tory tax cut for millionaires. 12.35pm BST Balls confirms the propose child benefit cap, announced overnight. 12.34pm BST All money from the sale of the government stake in Lloyds and RBS will be used not for a frivolous pre-election giveaway, but instead on repaying the national debt, he says. 12.33pm BST Police and crime commissioners will be abolished, he confirms. 12.32pm BST He confirms that Labour would cut ministerial pay by 5%.So I can announce today that if we win the election, on day one of the next Labour government, the pay of every government Minister will immediately be cut by five per cent.Ministerial pay will then be frozen each year until we have achieved our promise to balance the nations books 12.32pm BST He repeats his call for the Office for Budget Responsibility to be allowed to audit the plans of Labour and the other parties. 12.31pm BST Balls reaffirms his commitment to tough fiscal rules.So Labour will balance the books in the next parliament.These will be our tough fiscal rules. We will get the current budget into surplus and the national debt falling as soon as possible in the next parliament. 12.30pm BST Balls says Labour will face a hugely difficult task.But three years of lost growth at the start of this parliament means we will have to deal with a deficit of £75 billion not the balanced budget George Osborne promised by 2015.And that will make the task of governing hugely difficult. 12.29pm BST Balls turns to what Labour will do.We also need to put right the mistakes this Government has made.So we wont pay for new free schools in areas where there are excess school places. 12.28pm BST Balls says Labour should also have regulated the banks more effectively.It should have done more to tackle underlying poverty. 12.27pm BST He turns to Labours mistakes.Where we made mistakes like all governments do we should be grown up about it.We should put our hands up, learn from the past and explain how we will do things differently in the future.Conference, we should have had tougher rules on immigration from Eastern Europe it was a mistake not to have transitional controls in 2004.And we must change the rules in the future. 12.26pm BST In 2015 Labour will have to save the NHS again. It will do whatever it takes. You can never trust the Tories on the NHS, he says. 12.25pm BST Labour has to show it will take the tough decisions we need to get the deficit down, and that we can change our economy and make it work for working people, he says.So Conference its more important than ever that we the Labour Party are honest with the country about what the last Labour government got right and what we got wrong. 12.23pm BST Balls recalls the story about Michael Gove telling Rupert Murdoch that only George Osborne was fit to lead the Conservatives after Cameron. Gove later said he was tipsy. Tipsy - he must have been legless, says Balls. 12.22pm BST Balls says nine Tories from the 2010 intake are leaving.Another scurrying off to Ukip. And Boris scrambling back to Westminster, preparing to elbow David Cameron out of the way.But today, perhaps the less said about elbows, the better. 12.21pm BST Balls includes Nick Clegg with David Cameron and George Osborne in a list of the same old Tories. 12.21pm BST Balls turns to the Tories. We know what the Tories really mean when they say theyve fixed the economy.The millionaires who got a massive tax cut. 12.18pm BST Balls says Labour has a great responsibility. It is fired up to get Ed Miliband into Downing Street. He has led the party, got more women into the shadow cabinet, got more black and ethnic minority candidates than ever before, stood up for the victims of phone hacking and led the movement.Ed Miliband has shown courage, strength, principle and vision, Balls says. He is our leader, and the next prime minister. 12.16pm BST Balls recalls meeting a constituent whose son is on a zero-hours contract. He has to ring in at 7am every morning. If no work is available then, he has to stay in in case something comes up.Millions of people are not getting a benefit from the recovery, he says. They are relying on Labour to make things better, he says. 12.15pm BST Balls thanks the Labour figures who campaigned in Scotland.But the decision was made by the people of Scotland. They did not vote for the status quo. They voted for change. 12.11pm BST Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, is speaking now.He says 20 years ago Labour decided to reform its constitution. That led to the new clause 4. 11.53am BST Douglas Alexander may be shadow foreign secretary, but his speech was just as short as all the other shadow cabinet speeches weve had so are. (Most of them barely cover three pages of text.)Here are the key points.In the face of such events, the next Labour governments foreign policy will reject two fallacies; the hubris that somehow as the United Kingdom we can re-order the world, or alternatively that we should simply settle for strategic shrinkage and decline.Because for Britain to now retreat from the world would be as foolish as it would be futile. As the problems we face become more complex and challenging, peoples confidence in the power of politics is declining. But what I saw in Scotland this summer in town halls and village halls, in school halls and church halls, from the Highlands and the Hebrides, to the Borders and to our great cities, taught me that we can win back that confidence. 11.50am BST Len McCluskey, the Unite general secretary, is speaking now. After a morning of perfectly good, but relatively low-key speeches, hes firing up the audience with a full-on socialist barnstormer. 11.24am BST Chuka Umunna, the shadow business secretary, has just introduced Robin Southwell, head of Airbus, as Labours surprise business speaker. 11.15am BST Heres the speech from Vernon Coaker, the shadow defence secretary. His main announcement was a proposal for a system of statutory defence reviews. The common theme across our evolving role in Afghanistan, in tackling the threat from [Islamic State] at home and abroad and in meeting the changed security environment in Europe, is, of course, the need for clear strategic direction about the UKs role in the world, how we work multilaterally within NATO, the EU and the UN, and how our Armed Forces are equipped to meet that.Thats what Britain has been missing. And thats where Labour will lead.Vernon Coaker offers reviews & processes on defence. No alternative understanding of security threats; little new stress multilaterlaism 11.03am BST Ocado socialism - that seems to be what Stewart Wood, Ed Milibands key policy adviser, was advocating at a fringe meeting at the conference last night. My colleague Rowena Mason was there, and shes sent me this.Every single worker should get shares in their employer as a potential way of reducing wealth inequality, one of Ed Milibands closest advisers has suggested.Stewart Wood (Lord Wood of Anfield), an academic and shadow cabinet minister, said companies could be offered bigger incentives to follow the Ocado model of business, where staff all have a stake in the grocery delivery company for which they work. 10.45am BST Jim Murphy, the shadow international development secretary, had an announcement about the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar working on the World Cup infrastructure in his speech. Delegates are debating global affairs, and composite 1, on global human rights, and that urges Labour to expose the companies benefiting from labour exploitation in Qatar.In his speech Murphy did not address that specific point, but he made another, related announcement.I met some of those we want to help when I travelled to Qatar home of the 2022 World Cup to see how the kafala system works.We went unannounced to one of the workers camps in the dead of night. Proud men trapped in sub-human conditions. One Kenyan father I met had been unable to see his son for five years because his employer had seized his passport and left the country leaving him stranded - unable to work or go home and trapped stateless. Others told of abuse and degradation, with as many as eight men shared a filthy room no bigger than a childs bedroom.The Tory Party are against prioritising universal health coverage abroad. The nation that gave the world the civilising force of the NHS should champion health care around the world. We are inspired by the NHS. So I can announce today that my very first act as Secretary of State on the morning after the election will be to instruct the UKs negotiating team at the United Nations to put universal health coverage at the heart of the worlds ambition for the next 15 years.Now being debated Composite 1 @GMB_union @UCATTunion - Global Human Rights - focus on Colombia and Qatar #Lab14 pic.twitter.com/DKmJ9ofm7K 10.29am BST Glenis Willmott, the leader of Labour MEPs, devoted almost as much of her speech to attacking Ukip as to attacking the Tories. Here are the key points. In fact we secured our best result on the European stage for 20 years and that was despite Nigel Farage managing to convince many voters he was the one who would stand up for working families. Yes, the same Nigel Farage who wants to charge you to see your GP. 10.19am BST Carwyn Jones was onstage with Owen Smith, the shadow Welsh secretary. The highlight of Smiths speech was his response to David Camerons English votes for English laws proposals.So instead of some tawdry trick to buy off backbench critics with the back of a fag packet, back room Balkanisation of Parliament and a purge of Welsh, Scottish and Irish influence.David Cameron should heed the words of Carwyn Jones & Ed Miliband and call a Constitutional Convention to forge a new Union for Britain.The scene at the Labour conference in Manchester. Owen Smith and Carwyn Jones are on stage this morning. pic.twitter.com/gww3EVnRSq 9.57am BST On Friday Ed Miliband announced that Labour was backing a full constitutional convention. It is an idea that Carwyn Jones, Waless Labour first minister, has been proposing for two years, as he reminded delegates in his speech. Here are the main points.As Gordon Brown has said, the old days of Westminster sovereignty are over. And I want to pay tribute today to Gordons vital contribution in the final days of the Scotland campaign.We can deliver a fair, better Britain together with a modern structure of government.Only Labour, with its representation in Wales and Scotland can do this.Because lets face it, Whitehall has had a dead hand around the throat of enterprise, innovation, and radicalism for long enough.And thats as true in Sunderland as it is in Swansea, or Stirling. We dont need independence to fix that, we need a devolution settlement that works.These causes and parties [nationalists and Ukip] are finding support because too many people are simply fed up of what they see as the status quo. Too many people think things - and politics in particular - cannot get any worse. Those people, to recall Archie Macphersons great speech in the campaign, who said you know, I think I will try a yes.I dont want to see anymore panicky responses from David Cameron to placate the ranting right in his own party, and the narrow nationalism of Nigel Farage. The Union has suffered a serious injury and a sticking plaster wont do.Pre-devolution, two year waiting lists in the NHS were not uncommon. Now the standard wait is ten weeks.Half of our students got 5 good GCSEs; last year it was more than three quarters. 9.55am BST Graham Poll, a referee, says in the Daily Mail that Ed Balls should have been sent off yesterday for his tackle in the football match.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2764092/Bruiser-Balls-leaves-journalist-bruised-bloodied-charity-friendly-football-clash.html 9.48am BST Weve got a surprise in store, according to the New Statesmans George Eaton.Worth looking out for special guest business speaker before Chuka Umunna speaks at 11am. #lab14 9.39am BST Digby Jones (Lord Jones), the former CBI director general, was a trade minister in the last Labour government (but not a party member). On the Today programme this morning, he complained that the party was now failing to do enough to win over business leaders.I would like to see them actually standing up and saying: we get it. Id like to hear Ed Miliband make a speech that says without a thriving business community in the UK, there will be no tax receipt and therefore you will have no public sector and no jobs. We get that, we understand it, we would like business to meet us halfway with better behaviour but we do understand that [business] is important. And therefore we will stimulate investment by lower taxation. 9.21am BST While were back on the subject of the West Lothian question, and the voting rights of Scottish MPs in parliament, this is a good spot. The Economists Jeremy Cliffe points out that last year the government was arguing that it would be a mistake to look for a solution quickly - as David Cameron is now doing. Ha! Govt statement from Nov warns against rushed answer to English question, says it shld be "thorough & rigorous": https://t.co/wS1zFFmQs0The McKay Commission [which studied the West Lothian question] has published its report, which included a menu of recommendations. The government is giving serious consideration to this report. Given the significance of the recommendations for both England and the UK as a whole, it is right to take the time required for a thorough and rigorous assessment. 8.30am BST Here are the main points from Ed Balls morning interviewsYou cant play political games with our constitution ... The danger is that the Conservatives are now going to completely destabilise the fairness and the accountability and the stability of that union by suddenly trying to play an English nationalist card, which I understand the political reason for doing, because Nigel Farage is taking Tory votes. But actually its playing fast and loose with the union and our constitutional settlement. I do think this is possibly the most un-prime ministerial thing Ive seen David Cameron do in the last few years. Here's @Sarah_Montague about to speak to @edballsmp and @bbcnickrobinson at #labourconference #r4today pic.twitter.com/3EkDfdkplZ 8.22am BST Weve now getting Nick Robinsons post-match analysis. He says the £400m child benefit freeze is a symbol that Labour would take tough choices.The most interesting thing is what Labour has to say about the NHS. It will be the centre of Ed Milibands speech tomorrow. Robinson says Labour has ruled out extra tax rises on normal workers. But, he suggests, Labour could propose a tax rise on high earners to fund the NHS. (See 7.54am.) 8.20am BST Q: The child benefit cut will target the squeezed middle. Are you hitting the right people?Balls says there is no doubt Labour stands up for hard-working people. He wants child poverty to go down. And he would like to see child benefit rise towards the end of the next parliament. 8.19am BST Q: The IFS says you would be borrowing £28bn more than the Tories.Balls says George Osborne is borrowing billions more than he expected. 8.16am BST Q: Why freeze child benefit for another year? It does not save a of money.Balls says it will save £400m. 8.14am BST Balls says he wants things to be fairer.Even Boris Johnson today is saying there is no easy solution. 8.04am BST Sarah Montague is interviewing Ed Balls.Q: Scottish MPs can vote on English-only laws. Are you comfortable with that? 7.54am BST For years Monday at Labour conference has been economy day and the highlight will be the speech from Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor. There are eight other members of the shadow cabinet giving speeches, but, if yesterdays short and rather cursory shadow cabinet speeches are anything to go by, they are unlikely to say anything that will knock Balls off the top of the news schedules.As usual, some elements from the speech have been briefed in advance. Heres the Guardian preview, and heres how it starts.Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, will underscore his willingness to take tough fiscal decisions when he reveals he will cap child benefit increases at 1% for the first two years of the next parliament, and force all government ministers to take a symbolic 5% pay cut.Balls, battling to improve Labours economic credibility in the polls, will defend his decision to back a fiscal stimulus in 2010, but will recommit himself to balancing the books in the next parliament, including by keeping child benefit rises below the rate of inflation and slashing ministers pay by £6,708 a year.Theres always a bit of rivalry between the journalists and members of parliament on the football pitch. But actually, we all get on really well and none of us realised it had happened because it was two of us coming together and colliding, the game carried on. We then saw that the journalist from the Northern Echo had taken a knock to his eye. Look, it was a complete accident and we both agreed that it could have happened to any of us and Im really sorry that he had that cut, but were good friends and no hard feelings.Shadow Chancellor @edballsmp speaking to @BBCBreakfast about Labour's Plan for Britain's Future #Lab14 pic.twitter.com/mvroCSCATi Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:59:30 GMT)

Syrian Kurdish fighters halt Islamic State advance near Kobani
Isiss latest attempt to take predominantly Kurdish town close to Turkey repelled with aid of Kurds crossing the borderSyrian Kurdish fighters have halted an advance by Islamic State (Isis) fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main armed Kurdish group said.Fierce clashes are still under way but the Isis advance to the east of Kobani has been halted since last night, Redur Xelil, spokesman for the YPG said via Skype. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:34:03 GMT)

Rockefellers and investors pledge $50bn divestment from fossil fuels
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, set up by heirs of the family that became rich on oil, will divest from fossil fuels over five yearsThe Rockefellers, who made their vast fortune on oil, and other philantrophic organsiations and high-wealth individuals on Monday will announce pledges to divest a total of $50bn from fossil fuel investments. The Global Divest-Invest coalition will announce new pledges and members one day before 120 heads of state address the United Nations on how their countries will contribute to a global effort to halt a dangerous rise in temperatures. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:49:23 GMT)

Looming London transport crisis 'risks sparking riots', says TfL chief
Sir Peter Hendy says there could be social unrest if low-paid workers now living on city outskirts cannot easily commuteLondon Underground: overcrowding in numbers (pdf)London could see riots again unless more trains and buses are provided at affordable fares for the poorest communities as the population soars, the city's transport commissioner has warned.He said the city will face "overwhelming" overcrowding on its congested transport networks by 2030 without urgent progress on new rail lines. Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:05:09 GMT)

Climate change activists stage Wall Street sit-in protest live updates
Demonstrators plan flood to protest financial industrys role in climate crisis, a day after massive rallies took place worldwideUS will not commit to climate change aid for poor nations 12.01pm ET The police have deflated the carbon bubble. Not a popular move with the crowd.Carbon bubble confiscated, swiftly deflated, by NYPD #FloodWallStreet https://t.co/Bchcm8hmTU 11.57am ET The Guardians Adam Gabbatt is also at the march:Brief drama as Wall Street bull involuntarily gores protesters' large "carbon bubble" #FloodWallStreet pic.twitter.com/fMINDeb9QS 11.53am ET The Guardians Amanda Holpuch is at the march and gets a shot of protesters in the streets: Front of climate march to the stock exchange pic.twitter.com/nTg4QcvLdz 11.52am ET More chants of whose streets? our streets! and now, whose planet? our planet!#FloodWallStreet has taken the streets! pic.twitter.com/XCdWw04uKh 11.49am ET The protesters are walking among stopped traffic down Broadway (against traffic). Whose streets, our streets! they chant. There are barricades blocking the sidewalk from the street. In this case the barricades are keeping the marchers on the street and off the sidewalk. 11.46am ET The marchers have left the park and are headed toward the financial district. They chant: Were changing up the system, were changing up the plan. We colonize [?] the water, we colonize the land. 11.34am ET Theres new pressure on leaders attending the UN climate change summit starting tomorrow to reach a global deal, the Guardians Fiona Harvey (@fionaharvey) reports: Efforts to forge a new global agreement on climate change, kicking off in New York this week, will not repeat the mistakes that dogged the previous landmark climate summit in Copenhagen five years ago, the UNs special envoy on climate change has vowed.This is a different environment to Copenhagen, Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and now the UNs climate change envoy, told the Guardian. Pressure on leaders for an agreement is building up more than 12 months ahead. I think leaders realise they need to have transformative change. 11.25am ET If you have an appetite for more granular information from todays rally, you can scroll through #floodwallstreet on Twitter. 11.19am ET Todays planned human flood of Wall Street is meant to evoke the flood of water with Hurricane Sandy that filled the area on 29 October 2012. Heres what Battery Place, a few blocks West of the protesters current location in Bowling Green Park, looked like on Hurricane Sandy night:Battery place is a river. Water has risen six inches in 10 mins pic.twitter.com/lCEaG1dE 11.17am ET Organizers are addressing the possibility likelihood it seems of arrest for some protesters. We believe well be facing fairly minor charges. And we believe if youve never been arrested before, this is the perfect action to join. Now its not so big. If you have friends or family who have resources, and there is bail leverage against you for some reason, we are going to ask that you talk to them first, so that those without resources dont rot in jail. One more thing. You can help us make the fund bigger. Were on Twitter @owsbail. You can share our donate link so that we can make the fund huge again to support actions like this and in the future. Correct link! A sea of BLUE ready to @FloodWallStreet ! Donate to our bail fund: http://t.co/ckowDhybfe @JennaBPope @OccupyWallStNYC 11.05am ET Police are creating new barricades and lines of defense in the Wall Street area.#nypd bring in more truckloads of barricades #floodwallstreet pic.twitter.com/GWGDOdV2wK 11.03am ET Event organizers are telling the crowd how the group will move.In a few minutes, were going to form a living river, and were gonna flow to Wall St and form a sea of humanity by sitting down together, an organizer says.Can we do one mic check? So I want to go over the brief plan. When were done here, we will flow out that side and this side. And well form a river right out on the walkway. Were not leaving right away. Were getting organized. There will be three groups. The first two are the same. Everyone thats willing to sit down and stay, and everyone thats willing to sit down anyway, for just a little bit, and when we need to, those of us will rise up. The very last group are people were assuming dont want to sit down. You still can. But that last group will help support. We have two code words and three signals. [A discussion of codes and signals ensues.]Final instructions before the #FloodWallStreet march. pic.twitter.com/kDptnSmvQe 10.49am ET One line of critique from todays march faults capitalism with promoting climate abuses. There is no clean energy in the capitalist system, a speaker in Battery Park concludes.Chris Hedges, the journalist and author, speaks next:Up that road lies the Emerald City of Wall Street. In that city the wizards of finance profit from the death of the planet. The wizards own the press, the politicians, the courts and the government. No one will stop them but the people. We are the people. This means revolution. @BrianLehrer pic.twitter.com/Bgpg4hudKC 10.39am ET Anna Merlan of the Village Voice is in Battery Park:Meanwhile in Battery Park, this guy. #floodwallst pic.twitter.com/cDgcAJaNRX 10.37am ET The @floodwallstreet Twitter account is a good one to follow for updates on todays march. And below find links to live streams of the event.Currently demonstrators are rallying at the World War II memorial in Battery Park. The march to the adjacent financial district is scheduled to begin at 11.30am. Here's the chant for later today #FloodWallStreet pic.twitter.com/spZ1NZQpsw#FloodWallStreet Livestreams: http://t.co/hREvKvjGLs & http://t.co/D4Z2PiBbg2 & http://t.co/dCoXrIl8Qd 10.26am ET Welcome to our live blog coverage of a mass rally in downtown Manhattan to highlight the role of Wall Street in fueling the climate crisis. A flood of people dressed in blue plan to march to the financial district and conduct a sit-in. Todays rally falls on the eve of a United Nations summit on climate change in New York. The Wall Street rally follows a historic demonstration on Sunday in which, according to figures provided by organisers, more than 300,000 marchers took to the streets of Manhattan and 2,700 climate events were held worldwide. NYC #climatemarch crowd est 310,000 MT @natmoss This photo my favorite of day #PeopleClimateMarch pic.twitter.com/MUZnQJYXxs Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:01:57 GMT)

Cameron faces pressure to seal Scotland deal
Prime minister's bid to outflank Ed Miliband on new constitutional settlement derailed by Danny Alexander's objectionsAn attempt by David Cameron to outflank Labour on a new constitutional settlement for the UK ran into trouble on Sunday night when a senior Liberal Democrat cabinet minister said that the plans for devolution in England should not proceed without attempting a cross-party consensus.As Downing Street was forced to issue an unequivocal "no ifs, no buts" declaration that the prime minister would deliver further powers to the Scottish parliament, Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, criticised the Conservatives' handling of the aftermath of last week's referendum north of the border. Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:36:02 GMT)

Sussex school defends offering STI testing to pupils
School says tests were part of NHS strategy that had been running for years, as parents express shock at not being toldA school has defended offering pupils tests for sexually transmitted infections (STI) during lessons.Blatchington Mill School in Hove, East Sussex, gives youngsters aged 15 or 16 the chance to do a chlamydia test as part of their personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:06:29 GMT)

EE snaps up Phones 4u stores for £2.5m
Deal with administrator to buy 58 shops safeguards 359 jobs and follows Vodafone move to take over 140 storesPhone network EE is to pay £2.5m to buy 58 Phones 4u stores safeguarding 359 jobs in a deal with administrator PwC which was confirmed on Monday.The agreement with administrator PwC comes after Vodafone said on Friday that it would buy 140 Phones 4u stores, safeguarding 887 jobs. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:03:05 GMT)

Hillsborough sergeant says he could have closed tunnel to crowded pens
William Crawford tells inquest that senior officers gave no warning they were going to open an exit gate and let large numbers inA South Yorkshire police officer on duty at the Hillsborough football ground in 1989 has said he could have prevented people going into already overcrowded pens on the Leppings Lane terrace, but senior officers gave no warning they were going to open an exit gate and let large numbers of people in.William Crawford, then a sergeant policing inside the Leppings Lane turnstile area, gave his evidence at the inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters in the lethal crush which developed on those central pens at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. He said that at the previous years FA Cup semi-final, between the same two clubs, as well as other matches, the tunnel leading to the central pens had been closed with large doors when they were full. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:53:38 GMT)

Activists urge renewed womens rights focus as UN meets in New York
Activists still demanding progress 20 years after Cairo deal, as UN meeting also aims to tackle newer problems of climate change and migration Cairo+20: what progress has been made on womens rights?A landmark conference in Cairo 20 years ago that sought to put womens rights, empowerment and well-being at the centre of discussions about population growth and development has brought some change, but has not lived up to its promise, according to womens rights campaigners.As world leaders meet in New York on Monday to discuss progress on the agreement and seek to address future challenges, Noelene Nabulivou, from the organisation Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, said: Here we are, 20 years later and there is still so much we need to do. Cairo didnt go far enough. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:33:44 GMT)

Alice Gross police request suspects murder conviction details
Police ask Latvian police for file on Arnis Zalkalns, who served seven years in prison after he was convicted of killing his wifeDetectives searching for missing teenager Alice Gross have formally requested full details of the murder conviction against the prime suspect in her disappearance, Scotland Yard confirmed.Police said an international letter of request has been sent to Latvia to obtain the full file on the case of Arnis Zalkalns, who served seven years in prison after he was convicted of bludgeoning and stabbing his wife Rudite Zalkalns to death in his native country. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:13:57 GMT)

US military searches for three Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod base
Three Afghanistan national army officers, do not pose a threat and may be trying to defect, state governor saysAs police and US military officials c searched for three Afghanistan national army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base, Governor Deval Patrick said one of the possibilities being investigated is that they may be trying to find a way to stay in the United States.Patrick said Monday that the military does not believe that the three soldiers pose a danger to the public. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:22:54 GMT)

Watchdog investigates Met police over handling of discrimination complaints
Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry follows PC Carol Howards successful claim against Met for discrimination Scotland Yard is being investigated by a human rights watchdog for deleting references to discrimination from internal reports to avoid problems at tribunals.The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has announced it will hold the inquiry in the wake of the case of PC Carol Howard, who was hounded for nearly a year because she is a black woman. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:44:00 GMT)

New murder trial begins for Florida man who shot dead black teenager
Michael Dunn, who killed Jordan Davis in argument over loud rap-crap music, to be retried after first jury failed to reach verdictMichael Dunn murder trial echoes Trayvon Martin case A Florida man who shot dead a black teenager in an argument over loud rap music blaring from a car returned to court on Monday for a new trial, seven months after a jury failed to reach a verdict on a charge of first-degree murder.Michael Dunn, 47, claimed he was acting in self-defence when he fired 10 shots at an SUV containing Jordan Davis, 17, and three of his friends at a Jacksonville petrol station in November 2012. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:48:22 GMT)

Woman tried to poison mother in plot inspired by Breaking Bad, court told
Kuntal Patel denies trying to murder her controlling mother using poison abrin that she bought online with bitcoinA woman tried to kill her mother by lacing her Diet Coke with poison in a murder plot inspired partly by Breaking Bad, a court has heard.Kuntal Patel, 37, allegedly slipped abrin to her controlling and selfish mother, Meena, 60, after she forbade her from marrying her boyfriend. Patel bought the deadly poison from a site based in the US using the virtual currency bitcoin. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:46:00 GMT)

Mayfair property prices break £5,000 per sq ft record
Sale of 18 flats at Clarges Mayfair on Piccadilly brings in £210m but deepens fears of a foreign investor-led house price bubbleFour luxury apartments in a development with views of Buckingham Palace have broken the price record for properties in Londons Mayfair an announcement that will add to fears that wealthy foreign buyers are fuelling a housing bubble in the capital.British Land, one of Britains biggest developers, said it had sold 18 of the 34 flats in its super-prime Clarges Mayfair development for a total of £210m an average of just over £11.6m each even though work only began on the site earlier this year. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:32:14 GMT)

Romanian Nuremberg trial for Communist labour camp commander
Alexandru Visinescu, 88, charged with crimes against humanity over conditions at brutal prison for Romanian political detaineesA trial that some have dubbed the Romanian Nuremberg opens on Wednesday in Bucharest, with the head of a brutal Communist-era labour camp charged with crimes against humanity.Alexandru Visinescu, 88, is accused of running an extermination regime at the notorious Ramnicu Sarat prison in the east of the country, which he headed from 1956 to 1963. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:12:15 GMT)

Django Unchained actor asked to apologise over LAPD racism claims
Danièle Watts now asked by civil rights official, who had originally supported her, to retract accusations Civil rights advocates have called on Django Unchained actor Danièle Watts to apologise for accusing an LAPD sergeant of racial bias, after she was arrested for a public display of affection with her white boyfriend.The activists, who initially supported Watts, told reporters they were now uncertain whether she had been telling the full truth about the highly publicised incident in the Studio City neighbourhood on 11 September, according to NBC News. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:29:31 GMT)

Family of veteran arrested at White House: 'This was a cry for help'
Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez, accused of scaling a fence and making it to the White House, needs counseling, family saysAn Iraq war veteran accused of scaling a fence and making it into the White House before the secret service stopped him posed no threat to anyone and needs counseling instead of prosecution, members of his family said on Sunday.Omar Gonzalez, 42, was arrested Friday and is expected in federal court Monday to face charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon a small folding knife in this case. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:05:28 GMT)

Iranian talks with Saudi Arabia may signal thaw in relations
Shia Muslim Iran and conservative Sunni kingdom, bitter rivals for influence in the Gulf, meet in New YorkIran and Saudi Arabia have held their first foreign minister-level meeting since the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, official Iranian media have reported, signalling a possible thaw in relations between the rival Gulf powers.Shia Muslim Iran and the conservative Sunni kingdom have been engaged in a bitter contest for influence in the region, evident in political and military struggles in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:15:36 GMT)

Israeli gay party promoter criticised for Isis parody
Promotional images for club night in Tel Aviv show orange-clad man kneeling in desert, and man in trunks holding black flagIf youre already a flamboyantly gay, party-going Israeli man, theres an argument that youve got little to lose when it comes to annoying Islamic State (Isis). Even so, promoting nightclub events with homoerotic reinterpretations of the fanatical Islamist groups videos was probably not a very good idea not least for the offence caused to relatives of the journalists who have been Isiss victims.Drek, a company that organises some of Tel Avivs more popular gay party events, is in hot water after putting together promotional images of extremely questionable taste for a club night last Friday called Drekistan at the Haoman. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:52:43 GMT)

Man due in court accused of driving car on Brands Hatch during race
Jack Cottle was charged after YouTube footage emerged of racing drivers evading Volkswagen Polo on former F1 circuit A man who allegedly drove his girlfriends car on to the former formula one circuit at Brands Hatch during a race was due to appear in court on Monday. Jack Cottle, 21, was arrested after footage appeared on YouTube in June of a white Volkswagen Polo being driven into the middle of a Fun Cup race at the Kent circuit. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:02:09 GMT)

The Sun rips off website exclusive without seeking permission
The Sun's splash today, "Inside Islamic State terror camps", is a terrific revelation about the training of jihadist fighters. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:50:00 GMT)

Nasa's Maven spacecraft could solve mystery of Mars's missing water
Mars was once awash with water. With the arrival of Nasas Maven mission at the red planet, we may finally be close to working out where it all wentYou might not have heard of Nasas latest Mars mission. Unlike the hoopla that surrounded the arrival and landing of their 2012 Curiosity Rover, Maven has slipped into orbit relatively quietly. It will not land on the surface but, arguably, is the more important of the two missions.If it achieves its scientific goals it could allow scientists to make full sense of Curiositys individual discoveries. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:45:08 GMT)

Final stretch of New York's High Line complete
New York celebrates the opening of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the final section of the citys elevated park, running through the Lower West SideThe final stretch of New Yorks High Line opened on Saturday, completing a 15-year project that has transformed the once derelict overhead railway into an urban park. Starting at Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, the High Line now runs as far north as 34th street, finishing where the line once terminated at Hudson Yards. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:41:43 GMT)

Edinburgh zoo says giant panda Tian Tian is no longer pregnant
Hopes for first British panda cub dashed after zoo says Tian Tian may have suffered from late reabsorption of the foetusThe UKs only female giant panda is no longer pregnant, Edinburgh zoo has confirmed.The zoo said there was no evidence Tian Tian had miscarried, and that late reabsorption of the foetus may have taken place. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:49:59 GMT)

TV reporter uses F-word as she quits to fight for marijuana legalisation
Alaskan station apologises after reporter says fuck it, resigns on air and reveals herself as owner of medical marijuana clubThere are many memorable ways to quit your job just think of Marina Shifrin, who left Taiwanese animator Next Media Animation with an interpretive dance set to Kanye Wests Gone. But the award for bluntness must go to Charlo Greene, a reporter for Alaskas KTVA, who resigned live on air on Sunday to fight for marijuana legalisation. After fronting a piece on a medical marijuana club, she told viewers: I the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club will be dedicating all of my energy for fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalising marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but fuck it, I quit. A stunned colleague then told viewers: All right we apologise for that well, well be right back. The station later apologised to viewers on Twitter:Viewers, we sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:56:07 GMT)

Fifa ExCo member: 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar
Germanys Theo Zwanziger believes tournament will be moved Excessive heat would trigger investigation by state prosecutor Fifa sets November target to rule on 2022 World Cup bidThe Fifa executive committee member Theo Zwanziger has broken ranks to claim publicly that, in his opinion, the 2022 World Cup finals will not be held in Qatar due to the extreme temperatures expected in the Gulf state.While those on the Qatari organising committee have consistently stated a summer tournament is viable thanks to the development of cooling technologies to be used at their facilities, sentiments their general secretary Hassan al-Thawadi reiterated on Monday, there is still widespread concern for the health of players, officials and supporters. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:26:58 GMT)

Tyson Fury tapes mouth in protest against fine for misconduct charge
Fury refused to speak after BBB of C fined him £15,000 Unbeaten fighter to face Dereck Chisora on 29 November Kevin Mitchell: jury still out on GrovesTyson Fury wore tape over his mouth and refused to utter a single word on Monday in protest against his fine from the British Boxing Board of Control.Fury was handed a misconduct charge and fined £15,000 for his behaviour at a press conference in June, when the 26-year-old launched into a number of expletive-ridden rants at Dereck Chisora and journalists. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:58:53 GMT)

Jorge Mendes: the most powerful man in football?
From Diego Costa to Angel di María, the Portuguese super agent is responsible for the biggest deals in football but is also in apparent breach of Fifa regulationsJorge Mendes, the Portuguese agent who has conducted many of the biggest transfers in European football, is serially involved in the third-party ownership of players in apparent breach of Fifa regulations, a Guardian investigation can reveal.Mendes, who brokered the years biggest deals, including Angel di Marías £59.7m move to Manchester United and Diego Costas £32m purchase by Chelsea, was seeking to attract 85m (£67m) from undeclared investors via offshore companies to buy stakes in players at clubs in Spain and Portugal, according to a document seen by the Guardian. The prospectus and further inquiries have shown that: Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:01:34 GMT)

Referee apologises for awarding goal while opponents were celebrating
Fara Williams scored as Birmingham celebrated in WSL 2-1 victory lifted Liverpool to second place in tableThe referee of a womens Super League match, Stuart Richardson, has apologised after he awarded Liverpool an extraordinary opportunistic long-range goal, from a re-start kick-off, as opponents Birmingham were still celebrating a goal of their own.The goal stood in a 2-1 win for Liverpool that lifted them to second, within a point of leaders Chelsea, in the English Football Association Womens Super League. Losers Birmingham are a further point adrift in third and Richardson has apologised to their management after the goal. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:24:42 GMT)

Chelsea are a small team who play like Stoke, says Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City manager questions Chelseas tactics They came to draw and they scored on the counterattack Match report: Manchester City 1-1 ChelseaManuel Pellegrini described Chelsea as a small team and compared their style with Stoke City during a tetchy end to their 1-1 draw at Manchester City that had José Mourinho once again getting his rivals name wrong and accusing Mr Pellegrino of double standards.Mourinho was annoyed when he found out Pellegrini had questioned Chelseas tactics after City recovered from 1-0 down to rescue a point with Frank Lampards first goal in their colours, against the club he served for 13 years. Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:36:19 GMT)

Roger Federer replaces injured Rafael Nadal for inaugural IPTL
Nadal still suffering from injury to his right wrist Federer will represent the Indian Aces franchise March 2014: inaugural IPTL draftRafael Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League but the organisers pulled off a coup on Monday by naming Roger Federer as a replacement for the injured Spaniard.Nadal dealt a big blow to the fledgling tournament by pulling out of the Indian franchise citing health problems. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:50:48 GMT)

Jenson Button happy he will remain at McLaren next season
Button is not worried in any way about his future McLaren director says progress is being made every day Singapore report: Hamilton wins to lead title raceJenson Buttons future at McLaren appears assured as the team draw ever closer to announcing their driver lineup for next season.Despite retiring from Sundays Singapore Grand Prix and failing to be classified at the end of a race for the first time in two years, the 34-year-old showed no qualms when asked about his fate for 2015. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:49:25 GMT)

Arsenals Mathieu Debuchy faces three months out after ankle surgery
France defender injured against Manchester City Arsène Wenger confirms Nacho Monreal is still sidelined Mesut Özil insists he has nothing to prove to anybodyThe Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, has confirmed that the France defender Mathieu Debuchy will be out of action for three months after ankle surgery.Debuchy signed from Newcastle for £12m in the summer sustained ankle ligament damage in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City last week and is now not likely to play again until Christmas, with Calum Chambers expected to deputise in his absence. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:14:36 GMT)

Juan Mata apologises for Manchester Uniteds defeat to Leicester
Spain midfielder came on as second half substitute Mata: The way back on the bus seemed really long Leicester win duel of diamonds against UnitedJuan Mata has apologised to Manchester United fans after the teams embarrassing 5-3 defeat to Leicester.United looked set for a comfortable win after moving 3-1 ahead at the King Power stadium on Sunday, but some abject defending in the final half hour allowed Leicester to record their first home win over the visitors in 29 years. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:51:14 GMT)

The best goals of the week: Hernández, Rodríguez, Riquelme and Eliseu
Featuring a goal from 90 yards out, a collection of finishes from Real Madrid and one of the worst free-kicks you will ever see Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:32:42 GMT)

Danny Murphy: Felix Magath gave masterclass in how not to run a club
Murphy: It was a mistake to keep him in charge Magath does not feel remorse after Fulham sacking Daniel Taylor: Fulham say farewell to madcap MagathThe former Fulham captain Danny Murphy says all Felix Magath has to offer English football is a masterclass in how not to run a club.Magath was dismissed at Craven Cottage last week after a desperate start to the Championship season which sees them at the foot of the table with one point from eight games. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:53:00 GMT)

Louis van Gaal: Wayne Rooney to play in midfield for Manchester United
Dutch manager favours Radamel Falcao for strikers role Juan Mata expected to make way for England captain Leicester stun Manchester United in comeback win Louis van Gaal has stated he is not satisfied with Wayne Rooney as a striker, believing Radamel Falcao is better in the position, and he has suggested the Manchester United captain may have to play in midfield, with the move implying Juan Mata is no longer first choice.United suffered a shock 5-3 defeat at Leicester City on Sunday having led 3-1 before Nigel Pearsons team scored four unanswered goals to hand the 20-times champions a second league loss of the season. It left the side in 12th place with only five points from five games. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:53:10 GMT)

RB Leipzig met with 15 minutes silence from 20,000 Union Berlin fans
At Alte Försterei stadium on Sunday, spectators dressed in black plastic ponchos as the protests against RB Leipzig continue FC Union Berlin: a club with their own Christmas traditionIn theory, RB Leipzigs players should have acclimatised to being the most widely loathed team in German football: over the past five years the club, owned and run by the Austrian energy drink giant Red Bull, has climbed through the lower leagues to its current position near the top of the second division, and the boos and jeers from opposing fans have got louder and louder.And yet it seems they still werent prepared for what happened on Sunday: when Leipzigs first XI entered Union Berlins Alte Försterei stadium at 1:30pm, they were greeted with 15 minutes of silence from the 20,000 spectators, clad almost entirely in black. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:49:58 GMT)

How Louis van Gaals tactics were exposed by Leicesters Nigel Pearson
Manchester United were outfoxed by Leicester, with the attacker Jamie Vardy highlighting the space left behind the full-backs Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United Michael Cox: Leicester win duel of the diamondsIn this weekends Premier League plot-twist, Louis van Gaal took Manchester United to Leicester City where the man whose CV boasts a European Cup, seven titles in three different countries and a reputation for being a tactical genius was outfoxed by Nigel Pearson as the 20-times champions were humbled 5-3.How did Pearson do it? Meet Jamie Vardy, a former Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town attacker. We had done our research this week and their attacking options are frightening but the diamond formation they play leaves a lot of space behind the full backs and we looked to exploit that, he said. This followed an unanswered second-half, 21-minute four-goal burst that took Leicester from 3-1 down to 5-3 up. It makes Van Gaal currently appear a manager out of place and time and a coach playing unwanted catch-up after being out of the club game for three years after being sacked by Bayern Munich in 2011. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:28:59 GMT)

Sergio García: the Ryder Cup will be a strange place without Luke Donald
The Spaniard had his own heartbreak in 2010 when he failed to make the Europe team, but he is back on form, in a happy place and ready for his Gleneagles debut Rory McIlroy ready for Ryder Cup responsibilitiesIn Sergio García, Luke Donald has a golfing ally and contemporary who knows what its like to look in at a Ryder Cup party. Arguably, García suffered even more than Donald will do this week.The last time the United States visited Britain, in 2010, García was handed a vice-captaincy role on the grounds of little more than compassion. The Spaniard was in the midst of a self-imposed break from competitive golf, which could genuinely have become permanent amid struggles with emotion and form. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:29:52 GMT)

Daniel Agger: differences with Brendan Rodgers led to Liverpool departure
I didnt feel he appreciated my contribution, defender says Agger rejoined Brondby in August for £3m Rodgers: Europe is disrupting Liverpools routineDaniel Agger has admitted that differences of opinion between him and Brendan Rodgers led to his exit from Liverpool after eight years at the club.Agger, who rejoined Brondby in August for £3m, suggested that Rodgers did not appreciate his contribution last season and believes his direct approach impacted on his relationship with the manager. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:01:56 GMT)

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action
Forward thinking for West Ham, spare some praise for Leicester and Europe is no excuse for Tottenhams latest loss The Dozen: best images from the Premier League weekendApologies if you want to read more about Manchester United - another post-mortem, further questions about the defence and the merits of spending £150m in the summer without replacing Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic. Forgive me for deciding to heap some praise onto Leicester City instead. Nigel Pearsons side have played three of last seasons top five - Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal - plus United in their opening five games: a daunting fixture list for any team, let alone a newly-promoted club. With that in mind, it seems particularly impressive that they have picked up eight points already. In Leonardo Ulloa, they have a powerful goalscoring focal point up front it is now five goals in five games for the Argentinian while Esteban Cambiasso, his countryman, has added a touch of class and experience to central midfield. Then there is Jamie Vardys aggressive running. Probably one of the most refreshing things about Leicester, though, is that Pearson is encouraging attacking football, trying to win games, no matter the opposition, rather than look to pinch a draw. That approach will not always work for them in the way it did against United, where they got a couple of breaks, but it guarantees entertaining football and, if the early results are anything to by, Leicester will pick up their fair share of points along the way. Stuart JamesVan Gaal rues big errors after Leicester defeatLeicester City 5-3 Manchester United: match report Balotelli racially abused after Tweet Michael Cox: Leicester win duel of the diamonds Rodgers: Liverpool cannot entertain talk of title challenge West Ham United 3-1 Liverpool: read the match report The Dozen: the weekends best photos Agger admits Rodgers differences Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea: read the match report Pellegrini: Chelsea played like a small team Tourés lack of appetite obvious despite performance Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea: five talking points All the best images from the Etihad Stadium Tottenham 0-1 West Brom: read the match report Southampton surprise Koeman by going second Latest Premier League table Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace: read the match report Newcastle 2-2 Hull: read the match report Cissé and Gutiérrez quell Newcastle fans revolt Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal: read the match report Wenger: Henry good act to follow for Welbeck QPR 2-2 Stoke City: read the match report Stoke City determined to keep Crouch Burnley 0-0 Sunderland: read the match report Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:57:09 GMT)

County cricket: the week's final over
Six talking points, including praise for the resourceful Chris Nash, the durable Chris Rogers and the prolific Chris RushworthNot so long ago, Australians would claim that county cricket is soft a bloated, 18-club anachronism full of players coasting to their benefits in contrast with their own lean, mean six-state Sheffield Shield. One wonders what Chris Rogers would say to that proposition now. Having conceded 523 to Somerset, with former Future Of English Batting, James Hildreth, leading the way with 182, Middlesex finished the second day 64-7 with this weeks final fixture against Lancashire sliding from awkward to desperate status. But Eoin Morgan eventually found a partner in No9 Toby Roland-Jones and Somersets bowlers were kept in the field for an extra (and crucial) 50 overs. Following on, Rogers did the thing he does best he dug in for a seven-hour double hundred and the game was saved, the five points for the draw taking the Londoners 19 points clear of the second relegation slot. Itll take the spirit of 2011, some unlikely autumn Manchester weather, and a remarkable performance if Lancashire are to overturn that deficit with a win over Middlesex at Old Trafford. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:31:16 GMT)

Peter Lim to buy 50% stake in Salford City from Class of 92
Giggs, Neville brothers, Butt and Scholes welcome deal Billionaire withdrew bid to take over Liverpool in 2010 Andrew Anthony on fat cats and football equalityThe Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim is set to purchase a 50% share in the Evo-Stik Division One North club Salford City, the club has confirmed.Lim, who withdrew a bid to buy Liverpool for £320m in 2010, has agreed a deal with the former Manchester United players and current owners of the Salford City Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes that will see him share ownership with them. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:00:18 GMT)

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to sign Manchester Citys Joe Hart?
Todays whispers are all of a flutterArsène Wenger is a visionary. The inventor of broccoli, passing and spectacular, unrivalled bottle-jobbery, he has already worked out what Arsenal need to do in the next transfer window, three months before it opens. It therefore comes as no surprise to learn that Wenger has moved with trademark sharpness to identify the areas of weakness in his squad and has decided that Arsenal will try to sign a defender and a defensive midfielder in January, with Manchester Uniteds Chris Smalling and Real Madrids Sami Khedira at the top of his shopping list. Thats why he gets paid the big bucks: only an elite football genius could have come to those conclusions so quickly.Elsewhere Brendan Rodgers has already gone off Simon Safe Hands Mignolet and wants to replace him with Joe Hart Hartdog, who fears that he could be for the chop at Manchester City given their reluctance to offer him a new contract. That is not very decent on their part. Poor Hartdog. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:41:57 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton wins F1 Singapore GP as Nico Rosberg fails to finish
Briton takes three-point lead in F1 world championship Mercedes team-mate Rosberg forced to quit on lap 14 Look back through Niall McVeighs lap-by-lap reportFor the first time in four months Lewis Hamilton leads the Formula One world championship; it will have felt more like a tortured aeon for the British driver.Hamiltons seventh win of the season here on Sunday thats two more than when he won his first, and so far only, title in 2008 took him past a forlorn-looking Nico Rosberg by three points at the top of the table. Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:40:20 GMT)

Gardener sends photo of 'weed' to BBC show  which turns out to be cannabis
Presenters of Radio Devons The Potting Shed identify 5ft bush with a sickly sweet pong, but police decide not to take actionAfter our earlier report that a US reporter quit live on air to front a pro-cannabis campaign, news reaches Monkey of another incident involving the green weed. The Western Morning News reports that a Devon gardener sent in a photo of a mystery plant to a BBC radio show for identification only to be told it was cannabis. Superb. @bbcdevon listener sent a pic of a mystery plant in her garden to identify. Better not put it on the bonfire! pic.twitter.com/LY1G8XM4Zl Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:56:28 GMT)

The Good Wife picked up where it left off last season. It's the best show on TV
The CBS drama returned for a sixth season last night. Its an engine with a million moving parts and it always keeps you guessingSpoiler alert: this piece discusses the first episode of the new season. Dont read on if youre waiting for it to show on More4 in the UKThere are a thousand things The Good Wife does beautifully, but the way that it can simultaneously deliver and resolve a cliffhanger is pure art. When the show kicked off its sixth season on Sunday on CBS (it will premiere on More4 in the UK later this year), it picked up right where season five left off, with Alicia Florrick (newly-minted Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) blinking in disbelief when her husbands chief of staff Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) asked her if she was interested in running to be the states attorney.As they sit in the dining room, Alicia laughs at Elis question (or possibly shes laughing because Eli returned from summer vacation with significantly darker hair and eyebrows, and expected none of us to notice). Alicia says, Im not interested, and then its over. So many shows do this: find some twist or contrivance for the final episode of one season and then smooth out that wrinkle in the next season premiere so that we can go back to life as usual. But The Good Wife is not most shows. If you thought the first episode of this year would be about Alicias decision to run (or not) for states attorney and Diane Lockharts (Christine Baranski) defection to Florrick Agos, you were only partially right. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:55:12 GMT)

How to wear pyjamas as daywear without looking daft
Pyjamas-as-outerwear have been knocking around since 2012 and made many appearances on street-style stars at Milan fashion week. So rather than fight it, weve relented and asked an expert how to wear themPyjamas-as-outerwear. Theres a chance youve ignored this trend for the last two years or so, because (silly!) pyjamas are for bedtime and flu-time, not daytime. For shame, though. At Milan fashion week, the stars of street style wore matching silk jimjams with heels and looked completely normal in the tricky, transitional weather. Silk is good in the heat, just as pyjama pockets are good for carrying car keys and loose change and big iPhone 6s. Like all good trends, rather than dying, pyjamas have been evolving since 2012, gently, through Celine, Jonathan Saunders (early lounge-lovers) to Topshop, H&M and M&S and are now here to stay. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:57:43 GMT)

Gone Girl review a bracing, scalding sketch of a marriage in meltdown
Gillian Flynns bestselling novel has become a feverish thriller that has all the emotional subtlety of a Punch and Judy show but is all the better for itThe knockabout Punch and Judy show undergoes a grand Hollywood upgrade on Gone Girl, a garish, gripping tale of a warring husband and wife that plays like a Relate counsellors worst nightmare. The fur flies and the blows are landed, and the smalltown cops are reduced to impotent bystanders. All credit to director David Fincher, who appears to take an unholy delight in tugging the rug and springing the traps. His film shoves us so forcefully past the plots mounting implausibilities that we barely have the time to register one crime before were on to the next. Thats the way to do it.Gone Girl is lifted from Gillian Flynns 2012 bestseller, which split its chapters between two unreliable narrators to chart a mysterious disappearance and subsequent media firestorm. Its a faithful adaptation of some faithless misbehaviour; a thriller that initially invites us to root for the woman and regard the man as pure evil. And yet if marriage is a mystery, then the truth is in the crossfire. Fingers crossed that it is eventually able to emerge unscathed. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:55:36 GMT)

How posh are you? Take our quiz
Do you know what a cummerbund looks like? Can you handle a punt? Is your nickname Binky? Chances are you're a little bit posh. Find out exactly how posh with our quiz... Posh Britain: will they always lord it over us? The seven rules of being posh Modern Toss on posh Britain Laura Wade on Posh and The Riot Club How to talk posh: video and glossary Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:00:00 GMT)

Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy review an exciting rollercoaster ride of beauty, horror and history
Born in Germany as the Nazis fell, Anselm Kiefers back catalogue is an astonishing look at the awful burden of history Inside Anselm Kiefers astonishing 200-acre art studio Anselm Kiefer was born in Germany in 1945. A new life can rarely have started in a less promising place and time. To enter the world as the Third Reich fell was to be a baby surrounded by human ash.Does that seem a tasteless way of putting it? Well, Kiefer is not tasteful. Ever since he posed for a photograph in 1969 giving the sea a Nazi salute, he has resurrected the terrors of the 20th-century in a shocking, pungent and explicit way that defies both the politeness of forgetting and the evasiveness of appropriate speech. He would rather you were angry than amnesiac. He will not let the ashes of historys victims blow away, but thrusts them in your face as a handful of truth. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:32:27 GMT)

Can you read a novel in three hours?
Speed-reading a Man-Booker-shortlisted novel with help from an app called Spritz was a thrilling ride that left me in agonyLast week, I decided to perform an experiment. At midday precisely, I sat on my couch to see if I could knock off a Man-Booker-shortlisted novel by teatime.Thats not as easy as it sounds. The book I picked was To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris at 110,000 words or so, its not particularly lengthy, but given that the average adult reader clocks in at between 250 and 300 words per minute (according to a 2012 study), it would still take around six hours to finish. And thats without considering the weighty subject matter: a Manhattan dentist dealing with a crisis of faith after a religious group steals his identity. Clearly, demolishing it by three or four oclock was somewhat ambitious. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:06:03 GMT)

Hilary Mantel hits back at critics of her Thatcher assassination short story
Author says it would be unconscionable to regard such a fictional account as off-limits, as some Tory MPs and rightwing commentators suggestRead The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher August 6th 1983The author Hilary Mantel has delivered a defiant response to criticism from Tory MPs and rightwing commentators of her imagined account of the killing of Margaret Thatcher by an IRA sniper.Mantels new short story, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher August 6th 1983, prompted outrage after it was published online by the Guardian on Friday. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:39:35 GMT)

Pink Floyd stoke anticipation for new album with global artwork launch
Showcasing its sleeve art in spots around London, New York, LA, Paris, Berlin and Milan, the band reveal details of new release The Endless River, a tribute to Richard Wright which includes 18 mainly instrumental tracksAdele, Pink Floyd and Prince herald the season of the comebackPink Floyd have launched their first new album for more than two decades by simultaneously unveiling the artwork in locations around the world. The band have completed unreleased songs, which were first conceived in the early 1990s, for new release The Endless River, with the first taster from the album trailed online today. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:00:19 GMT)

Six steps to perfect mobile phone etiquette
People are annoying. Add mobile phones to the mix and they can become unbearableLast week, a phone lane designed for texting pedestrians was unveiled in Chongqing, China. The lane has a phone painted onto the ground, similar to the painted bike which indicates a cycling lane. As it turns out, the lane is actually situated in a theme park and isnt a serious civic proposition, but of course a lie spreads halfway around the internet before the truth is even logging in, so it was shared and re-shared.This isnt the first phone lane. One was introduced to Washington DC earlier this year as part of a social experiment. And its obvious why the idea connects with us: people texting while walking is a perennial problem. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:27 GMT)

How to wear a manbag: are you a briefcase, bumbag or backpack man?
From Louis Vuitton to Gucci and Ralph Lauren, manbags are definitely a thing. Here are five styles for autumn/winter and how to wear themLast month, Matthew McConaughey offered a strident defence of the oft-derided bumbag and even some advice on how to wear one with aplomb. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:25:01 GMT)

Iggy Pop to deliver John Peel lecture on free music in a capitalist society
The Stooges frontman to give his first lecture as part of the annual BBC series in October Iggy Pops John Peel lecture in his own lyrics Charlotte Churchs 2013 John Peel lecture: pop wants women sex objects that appear childlikeIggy Pop will deliver the fourth annual John Peel lecture at this years Radio festival on the subject of free music in a capitalist society.Taking place in Salford on 13 October, Iggy Pops first lecture will tackle an issue he describes as a struggle which never ends, and should provide an illuminating follow-up to the talk by the Whos Pete Townshend in 2011, whose inaugural John Peel lecture explored the implications of digital music media in an age of free downloads.I get the feeling that John was the kind of guy who would have done his job for nothing, as long as he felt great about it. So we have that in common. I was interested to learn that he found his voice in large part through his wanderings in America. Sometimes it takes strange circumstances to provide a mirror in which to find yourself. Anyway, hes done a lot to give others a voice, and thats the most important gift you can give. Here was a person with strong opinions and enthusiasms who wasnt defined by any system, because of that his show became an exciting location, kind of like a shop thats a good hang. So it was a social as well as a musical phenomenon. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:14:19 GMT)

The neuroprotective lifestyle
6 ways to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimers Disease.September is the third annual World Alzheimers Month, a worldwide campaign organized by Alzheimers Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness of, and challenge the stigma associated with, this debilitating condition.Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia, affecting some 36 million worldwide, with an estimated annual cost of approximately $600 million. The greatest risk factor for Alzheimers is age, with the likelihood of developing the disease doubling about every five years after the age of 65. The number of people who suffer from the disease is therefore predicted to triple by the year 2050. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:00:32 GMT)

My boyfriend and I watch porn separately. He wants us to stop but its the only way I can orgasm
He watches it when he feels down, and it makes him feel worse. I watch it to fantasise about him with another womanMy boyfriend of two years and I both watch porn when the other isnt around. I can only orgasm through porn as I like to imagine my partner with another girl, but he watches when hes feeling down and it makes him feel worse. Our sex life is otherwise very good. He believes both of us should stop altogether. I worry that I would never orgasm. I just dont feel attractive enough to let go when having sex.Watching erotic material should only be a problem if it becomes truly obsessive and affects ones ability to function properly or sustain ones work or relationship. In your case, the problem is not porn; it is the issue of being distracted by negative thoughts during sex. Learning to appreciate your own body and sexuality can take a bit of time, but it is important to make a start. Focus on your positive features. Instead of externalising those porn images, imagine yourself as the exciting woman your boyfriend wants. Allow yourself to plan erotic encounters that please yourself as well as him. Ask him to tell you very specifically what turns him on and share some of your own erotic desires with him (he will probably enjoy the idea of another woman, as that is a very common male fantasy). So instead of your fantasy lives always being so separate, work together to find common ground. Orgasming with a partner is a matter of good communication; if you teach him exactly how to please you, it can easily be achieved. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:00:16 GMT)

High school American footballer delivers inspirational interview
The East View Patriots running back Apollos Hesters enthusiasm is infectious after a narrow victory over VandegriftAmerican football players have been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, but in an era of the same boring platitudes being whistled off during post-game interviews, Apollos Hesters excited take on his schools 42-41 victory over Vandegrift was refreshingly positive.Hester, a running back for the Texas high school East View Patriots, was charged up when speaking to the TWC news channel and having initially started off by discussing the narrow victory, things soon turned philosophical. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:23:55 GMT)

Colin Farrell says he will star in True Detective season two
The In Bruges, Alexander and Phone Booth actor confirms role in cult detective thriller, following months of speculation over cast True Detective season two: every casting rumour to dateColin Farrell will star in season two of HBOs noir detective thriller True Detective, he confirmed at the weekend. In an interview with Irelands Sunday World, the star of In Bruges and Phone Booth said: Im doing the second series. Im so excited.The revelation comes after months of speculation as to who will lead the show, with huge name Oscar-night regulars such as Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Christian Bale rumoured to be in the running for parts. All three denied they would be involved. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:14:06 GMT)

The daily quiz: cats and dogs
Today's questions cover the Famous Five, Saturday morning TV, Prefab Sprout and Breakfast at Tiffany's Follow @GuardianQuiz on Twitter for daily notifications Would you like to set the quiz? Email 10 questions to daily.quiz@theguardian.com along with your name, and they may be used in the weekly Friday readers' edition Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:45:00 GMT)

Emma Watson's UN speech: gender equality is a men's issue too video
The UN Women's goodwill ambassador, Emma Watson, has launched the United Nation's HeForShe campaign by inviting men to take part in the global fight for equality. The Harry Potter actress told an audience of UN delegates that men, too, must take action against sexism around the world, and the fight for feminist ideals must not be confused with 'man-hating' Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:18:00 GMT)

Toby Jones: totally Stoked
Toby Jones has been Alfred Hitchcock and Truman Capote. Now hes facing his biggest challenge yet: depicting the great English eccentric Neil BaldwinI got on the bus just after Id been on Midlands Today, says Neil Baldwin, and this woman says, Thats where Ive seen you before. TV last night. That was good. Its not the only good thing to have happened to Baldwin in the seventh decade of his life. Last year, he adds, I got an honorary degree from Keele University. This year, a film about my life. Who knows, maybe next year something nice will happen to Stoke City.It already has, says Toby Jones who plays Baldwin in the film, Marvellous, showing on BBC2 this week. Both men are, extraordinarily, Potters fans. We beat Man City last week, says Baldwin. It was great. Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:00:17 GMT)

What Americans really eat and tweet
A state-by-state analysis of the food-related words that Americans post on Twitter reveals some interesting trends about diet and health. Who knew that durian fruit was popular in Maine or flan on North Dakota?One of the most common criticisms of Twitter is that it is really just a bunch of people talking about what they had for lunch. And while this may well be true, its worth considering that what you had for lunch actually says rather a lot about you. In fact, tweeting about lunch rather than breakfast or brunch or dinner reveals something about where youre likely to live, how you probably vote, what you weigh and your chances of getting diabetes.Over an eight-month period up to May this year, researchers at the University of Arizona analysed more than three million food-related posts (pdf) made by American tweeters, and found that not only did the importance of each daily meal differ across the country (the Midwest goes for breakfast; the West Coast likes dinner), they were also able to identify the most popular food-related words in each state: flan, for instance, in North Dakota, capers in Oregon, potatoes (not wholly surprisingly) in Idaho. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:44:48 GMT)

Fiddler on the Roof at 50 mazel tov!
This classic musical is schmaltzy and shadowy and the role of Tevye the milkman continues to reward a star turnThe appeal of Fiddler on the Roof is paradoxical its a celebratory musical about loss. The show opened on Broadway on 22 September 1964, and is still revived 50 years on. Why did it succeed then, and why does it still hold audiences?Fiddler is a history musical, set in 1905 in a tiny Russian village called Anatevka (underfed, overworked Anatevka). Tevye the milkman and his wife Golde are scraping a living and raising a family in a state where indifference turns to hostility. His story is told in book, music and lyrics by, respectively, Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. They were badgered by Jerome Robbins, the shows director, to define its emotional core, eventually replying its about the dissolution of a way of life. On a domestic level, Tevyes daughters sidestep tradition, choosing husbands despite barriers of income, politics and religion. The entire Jewish community moves on in the wake of tsarist persecution Anatevkas fate figuring the upheavals across eastern Europe and the devastation of the shoah. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:22:54 GMT)

Constructing Worlds at the Barbican review how photography fell in love with architecture
From Manhattans thrusting skyscrapers to the elegant ruins of war-torn Afghanistan, a spectacular new show celebrates the drama of modern architectureConstructing Worlds: classic photographs that redefine our cities in picturesConstructing Worlds begins with Berenice Abbotts iconic Night View, New York, 1932, a black and white image of illuminated skyscrapers taken from the top of the Empire State Building. Abbotts evocation of an almost magical modernist metropolis echoes though the entire exhibition, which ranges from 1932 to 2011, but her way of seeing was influenced by Eugène Atget, whose studies of a much older city, Paris, so captivated her that she acquired most of his archive on his death in 1927.As a result, writes David Campany in his catalogue essay, an equivocal take on progress looking askance or awry at the white heat of modernisation became an important part of serious photography. It has been that way ever since even though, as this exhibition shows, form as an end in itself has captivated certain photographers, from Lucien Hervé to Hiroshi Sugimoto, as much as it has driven architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:29:36 GMT)

How American sports franchises are selling their cities short
Sports teams have a precious relationship with cities. But in the US, hometown pride and promises of economic growth are often leveraged to garner billions for new stadium megaprojects, taking public funds away from other pressing needsShare photos of abandoned sports stadiums in your cityThis place is sacred ground. At least it is for Tom Derry, who visits the fenced-off shrine in Detroits Corktown neighbourhood every week, in memory of the demigods who once walked here. He also cuts the grass. A star-spangled banner dangles above him from a 125-foot flagpole, standing guard over the 10-acre field. Across the field, another man repairs flood damage recently suffered at home plate, the altar of this former cathedral of American sport. A father and his young son, careful not to step on his handiwork, play catch nearby. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:15:37 GMT)

Posh Britain: will they always lord it over us?
In new film The Riot Club, based loosely on the antics of the notorious Bullingdon boys, a gaggle of toffs trash restaurants for larks. Who are these people, how did they turn out like this and what does it tell us about privilege today?The seven rules of being poshQuiz: how posh are you?Modern Toss on posh BritainLaura Wade on Posh and The Riot ClubHow to talk posh: video and glossaryThe posh, like the poor only more noisily, are always with us. Consider the new film The Riot Club. It is, youd think, a devastating critique of Britains ruling classes, an adaptation of state-school-educated dramatist Laura Wades 2010 play Posh, which, by dramatising the wretched roistering of a restaurant-ruining university dining society closely resembling the real-life Bullingdon Club to which so many of our current rulers belonged, skewered the sense of entitlement to power of a privileged, wealthy, public school and Oxbridge elite. The play, at least, was timely: it was staged just as that elite was about to become the government and put its collective foot more firmly on the throat of the poor than previous administrations.When Michael Billington reviewed Posh in 2010, he complained it was too implacable. [Wades] argument would be even stronger if it admitted that, even within the ranks of the bluebloods, there were occasional spasms of doubt and decency. But what made Posh bad drama for Billington made it good politics (certainly if youre of a socialist persuasion): why dramatise the decency of the posh when we, if only figuratively, should be strangling George Osborne with Boris Johnsons entrails? Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:00:10 GMT)

To help dyslexic pupils, go to the root of how children learn
Dyslexia isn't just about bad spelling teachers need to try a variety of strategies to build confidenceI have this issue with how I hear words, Gareth, a 31-year-old graphic designer, tells me."So for example, while I was growing up, it was really hard to tell the difference between the words 'girl' and 'grill' because the 'ir' and the 'l' kind of overlapped in time unless you spoke really slowly. My teachers were always just flabbergasted that I couldn't tell." Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:35:24 GMT)

Perfectly imperfect silicon chips: the electronic brains that run the world
The 20th-century invention flies planes, does your washing and runs your mobile with more computer power than a Moon rocketThe silicon chip in your mobile phone is not perfect because it is a single crystal like diamond, even though it is; nor because it is ultra pure, even though it is. No, it is perfect because it is an orchestrated collection of defects; it is these that give your phone its immense social power.Silicon chips are the electronic brains that run the world. They fly our planes, drive our trains, take care of the washing while we are out, keep us alive in hospital and handle our most intimate conversations. We get all this from a thin sliver of material the size of a postage stamp that was invented in the 20th century when the popularity of the telephone and the radio led to a general enthusiasm for all things electronic. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:01:27 GMT)

Friends at 20: how six Cs were the basis for a comedy masterpiece
The show is still enjoyed around the world and is gathering new fans but comedy is now often overlooked by US networksJust before Friends was about to hit the screens for the first time on 22 September 1994, Jimmy Burrows, the shows director, staged a private screening of the first episode for the cast on the Warner Bros jet en route to Las Vegas.Later, at Caesars Palace, he gave the six relative unknowns cash to play the tables, telling them to enjoy their last hours of anonymity. The six of you will never be able to do this again, he predicted. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:19:05 GMT)

Why is Thomas Piketty's 700-page book a bestseller?
Thomas Piketty is a French economist whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has swept American discourse. Four experts Brad DeLong, Tyler Cowen, Stephanie Kelton and Emanuel Derman take on why that isTheres been a bizarre phenomenon this year: a young, little-known French economist has written a 700-page tome about economic inequality dense with data, historical examples from France, and a few literary references to Jane Austen. Thats not the strange part. This is: its a bestseller. Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:00:09 GMT)

Poor people dont plan long-term. Well just get our hearts broken
Why do so many poor people eat junk food, fail to budget properly, show no ambition? Linda Tirado knew exactly why because she was one of them. Here, in an extract from her book, Hand to Mouth, she tells her story in her own wordsQ&A with Linda TiradoIn the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like theyd be OK for a while.After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? I thought I could at least explain what Id seen and how Id reacted to the pressures of being poor. I wrote my answer to the question, hit post, and didnt think more about it for at least a few days. This is what it said: Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:26:33 GMT)

Womb cancer: the most common diagnosis youve never heard of
Womb cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, yet there is very little awareness about it. One woman who was diagnosed with the disease last year explains the symptoms and treatment optionsYou would be hard-pressed to slip a cigarette paper between my half-sister and me. Both aged about 50, both a healthy weight and both pretty fit. Last winter our periods went a bit haywire, and we each reluctantly approached our GPs with questions about the menopause and fibroids. My half-sister needed a D&C (a minor surgical procedure to remove tissue from the lining of the womb). I was diagnosed with locally advanced cancer of the womb.Now, I am fairly well informed about health matters; I write about them for a living. Yet I had never heard of womb cancer, let alone that it is the fourth most common cancer in women (behind breast, lung and bowel), killing nearly 2,000 women in 2011. That cant be because the British public is prudish about womens cancers. Ovarian and cervical cancer are constantly in the news. We are awash (and quite rightly) with pink ribbons for breast cancer. But of womb cancer there is nary a mention. Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:30:11 GMT)

The real-life triumphs of the gay communist behind hit movie Pride
Friends recall 'a firecracker of a human being' as memorial fund for Mark Ashton receives more than £10,000He is one of the central characters in Pride, the feelgood film now in cinemas that tells how gay and lesbian activists threw their support behind a Welsh mining community during the strike of 1984.But while many of those who inspired the film attended its recent premiere, Mark Ashton was absent. He died in 1987 of an Aids-related illness at the age of just 26. But now the film has sparked a surge of interest in his political activism. A memorial fund in his memory has received donations of more than £10,000 since the film's release this month. Continue reading...
(Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:04:06 GMT)

Does sharing photos of your children on Facebook put them at risk?
Every time you post about your child on social media you are helping to create for them a data-rich, enduring and potentially problematic online profile. Some experts suggest we should exercise more caution How to share family photos safelyThere is an unwritten rule that one does not post photos of other peoples children on Facebook. I know this. And yet in October 2012, swept away with the excitement of the birth of my son (and probably a little sleep-deprived), I made a terrible mistake. My friend, lets call her Katy, invited me over to meet her own new arrival, a little boy exactly one month younger than my son, Max. I took a photo of the two of them lying side by side; one in a red Baby-gro, the other in white. Max was already a good two inches longer than the new baby, which I found startling as he was still so tiny, and he had already started to lose some of that crinkly new-baby look.On my way home, I looked at the photo and felt a swell of pride. It seemed to say so much: here were two fresh baby boys who would likely grow up with a catalogue of shared childhood memories, their friendship predetermined by their parents relationship. Without really thinking, I opened the Facebook app on my phone and uploaded the photo, alongside a reference to my friend and the caption: what a difference a month makes. Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:30:07 GMT)

Hilary Mantel: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher August 6th 1983
An exclusive short story by Hilary Mantel Mantel on Thatcher: 'I can still feel that boiling detestation'APRIL 25th 1982, DOWNING STREET: Announcement of the recapture of South Georgia, in the Falkland Islands.Mrs Thatcher: Ladies and gentlemen, the Secretary of State for Defence has just come over to give me some very good news ... Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:00:00 GMT)

The Great 2014 Celebrity Nude Photos Leak is only the beginning
There will always be another leak, because there is always curiosity in the bodies of naked celebrity women. There is always danger in being an Other Continue reading...
(Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:30:58 GMT)

Tesco suspends senior staff and starts investigation into overstated profits
UKs biggest supermarket chain delays half-yearly results after admitting first-half profits were overestimated by £250m Live blog: Mondays developments on Tesco Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:42:00 GMT)

Linda Tirado: It was insane. I got 20,000 emails in a week
The author of Hand to Mouth on the shock of going viral online, being vilified by critics, and now being able to afford to have her teeth fixedRead an exclusive extract from Hand to Mouth Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:02:05 GMT)

Lego sculptures: the Art of the Brick exhibition in pictures
Nathan Sawaya uses toy bricks to create unique sculptures, from anguished figures to an enormous T rex. About 80 sculptures made from more than a million bricks are on show at the Old Truman Brewery in London from 26 September to 4 JanuaryNathan Sawaya: the artist making sculptures from Lego Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:55:44 GMT)

Rick Perry suggests Joan Rivers might not have died under Texas abortion laws
Governor defends strict regulations on clinics in TexasPro-choice campaigner: Complications happen in all areas'Felony indictment threatens Perrys presidential makeoverRivers posts from beyond the grave Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:36:26 GMT)

Tesco: why did it all go so wrong?
A blinkered pursuit of profit has wounded Britains biggest supermarket group Tesco starts investigation into overstated profitsThere are two types of chancellor, Gordon Brown used to joke. Those who fail and those who get out in time. Tescos former chief executive, Terry Leahy, now enjoying a lucrative career as a feted business guru, got out in time. The irony is that many of the problems now bringing the retail giant low are a legacy of the strategic decisions he made.The latest blow to the company is the extraordinary overestimate of expected half-yearly profits amounting to a quarter of what was expected for the period that has seen Tesco lose about a tenth of its value, massive in City terms. Its an unwelcome greeting for the new chief executive, Dave Lewis, who has only just taken over from Leahys successor, Philip Clarke. The latter left after failing to resolve the problems he inherited. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:44:16 GMT)

The UN's New York climate summit is guilty of a major sin of omission
Despite a key role in cutting emissions, the ocean is completely absent from Ban Ki-moons climate meeting for world leadersOn Tuesday, the UN headquarters in New York is hosting the largest gathering of world leaders ever to address climate change. It is an enormously important event, intended to catalyse action ahead of next years Paris conference where leaders have pledged to reach a new global climate agreement, and a great credit to secretary general Ban Ki-moon and his team.But the summit is guilty of a major sin of omission: the ocean, over two-thirds of the planet, is completely absent from the programme. It is neither one of the eight action areas on which governments and other key players are invited to announce bold new commitments, nor one of the thematic sessions where states and stakeholders will share solutions. The summit is keeping its feet firmly on dry land and is highlighting the huge gap between scientific knowledge and political action. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:07:07 GMT)

Labours child benefit stance maintains the momentum of Tory cruelty
Ed Balls continued pursuit of Iain Duncan Smiths war on women is in the name of responsibility, but its an abandonment of the partys core valuesIt would be better to say Labour know not what they do. But they do. Fresh from making some lobby hack bleed, Ed Balls has announced a cap on child benefit. How lovely. One minute you go from the cosiness of a football match with the press, in which women can only watch from the sidelines, then you have the thrilling announcement that Labour will continue to pursue Iain Duncan Smiths war on women.You think its bit much to talk about child benefit caps like this? A little extreme perhaps? Except Yvette Cooper was doing it herself in January last year. As she and many others have said, women have lost out under all of the policies lashed to the mast of austerity. Talking last year about the benefit caps proposed by Duncan Smith, Cooper said: Once again women are baring the brunt of David Camerons damaging polices and paying the price for this governments economic failure the shocking truth is that working women are paying the price of these Tory boys political games. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:04:00 GMT)

TfLs boss is right: good public transport is key to social inclusion
Peter Hendy has put the spotlight on transport concerns in London, but what about Boris Johnsons housing schemes that are excluding the poor? Looming London transport crisis risks sparking riotsPeter Hendy, head of Transport for London, is right to highlight the dangers of a divided London. However, in many respects it is the policies of his boss, Boris Johnson, that are responsible for the trouble he says is brewing.As I have toured the capital talking to local groups in my quest to obtain the Labour nomination for mayor, it has become clear that people are not interested in Londons status as a world city; rather, they are worried about their ability to survive in the capital. Rising fares are a key issue, which is why I have developed policies based on affordability, livability and sustainability concepts that seem alien to Johnson but are essential to make life bearable for Londoners. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:28:54 GMT)

Theatre's gender inequality is shocking but change is in the air
With Agatha Christie the only female playwright represented in London's West End, a Tonic Theatre initiative is taking aim at the traditional gender imbalance in British playhousesThere was a week earlier this year when I went to see five productions. By the end of it, I had seen 19 men on stage and only four women. I had also seen work directed and written exclusively by men. That kind of experience is not uncommon for theatregoers, and if you are a woman it reinforces the feeling that our stages mainly reflect male experience, and that British theatre offers far fewer opportunities for women than men. Why keep going to the theatre if you seldom see yourself reflected there? Given that women make up just over half of the population and buy more theatre tickets than men, the industry is shooting itself in the foot if it fails to commit to real change. In the end, we women will simply vote with our feet. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:17:00 GMT)

Why is so little space given to menswear? Too few men care
Women are interested in fashion, they read style magazines and the industry gives them what they want. But for men the opposite is the case, and it creates a vicious circleWhy does the Guardians Weekend magazine major on womens fashion, with a mens lineup only once in a blue moon? We need regular help too, you know.Rob, by email Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:55:07 GMT)

When a station shuts, it hits locals hard. They should at least give us the facts
It could be your station next no lifts, no staff, machines only, and possible death to local businessesWere in a flap in my neighbourhood, because Transport for London is threatening to close our station, Tufnell Park, for seven months. Just like that. No consultation. That will mean possible death to local businesses: the lovely flower stall, restaurants, little independent shops. So I phone TfL for details.None of thats true, says the spokesperson, sounding crotchety. Where did you hear it? Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:58:30 GMT)

Labours top-down command has too many echoes of the Death Star
People are hungry for change. Ed Miliband needs to show he is no imperial overlord and empower citizens to bring it aboutAs the Labour tribe meets in Manchester for its final conference before next years election, theres one conundrum that needs urgently unpicking: the party could be in office by May next year, but never further from power.Labours plight was captured in Glasgow last week as about 60 Labour MPs were sent to make a final push for the no campaign. There to meet them was one man on a rickshaw, armed with nothing more than a boogie box, a loudhailer, a smartphone and a YouTube account. He followed the hapless MPs around, blasting out the theme from Star Wars, while shouting that Scotlands imperial masters had arrived. The stunt was an allegory for our times. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:31:13 GMT)

Is the devolution genie truly out of the bottle?
The Scottish independence referendum has revealed a huge hunger for greater self-determination across the UK. Our panel considers what happens next Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:03:43 GMT)

Hilary Mantels Thatcher assassination story: is thought a crime in the UK now?
Lord Bell has condemned Mantels The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and called for the police to investigate. But exactly what crime has been committed here? Read The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher August 6th 1983 An extract from the acclaimed memoir Maggie & Me by Damian BarrHilary Mantel is waiting for the soft-knock of Scotland Yard. Where her watch ticks steadily her wrist itches in anticipation of handcuffs. She is perhaps enjoying a final cup of tea before being taken into custody. Why? Because she made something up she wrote a story and it upset some very important people.The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher took Mantel 30 years to write and was inspired by a real event she spotted an unguarded Thatcher from her bedroom window in Windsor and, passingly, thought: If I wasnt me, if I was someone else, shed be dead. In her story she imagines she is two someone elses an IRA hit man and a seemingly ordinary woman with a fatally good view. These unlikely allies conspire to kill the prime minister. The writer succeeds where terrorists failed. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:26:15 GMT)

The battle between capital and labour is still raging on film
Billy Elliott, Brassed Off and now Pride. Its art outdoing politics in grasping workers strugglesIm trying to figure out why I loved Pride so much (the film, not the event). I dont want to get too cultural studies about this its mainly because its good. Yet Im struck by the number of times Ive sat sniffing in a multiplex over a film about the miners strike; the number of times weve revisited this clash in film; the magnificent performances, from Pete Postlethwaites lung-shot Danny in Brassed Off to Paddy Considines nearly-too-human Dai in Pride. This is no mere nostalgia trip we dont make films about CND (though, arguably, the world would be a safer place if we did).OK, there are some elements of coal mining that make it seem very much of its time. What makes it such rich territory creatively is that it isnt a straightforward clash of good and evil in which evil persistently comes out on top. Imagine how miserable that would be, sitting through Margaret Thatchers triumph, again and again, with no wider message other than Thatcher triumphed. Id rather see Sex and the City Two. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:00:08 GMT)

Equality isnt a womans issue, its everyones. In gaming and outside
The lack of women in technology is not a problem just for women to solveOn those fine summer mornings, the earliest light would tickle the tops of the trees and trickle in through our kitchen window. My sons are two and five, and bowl downstairs for breakfast too soon after the sun rises, so wed end up sitting around their tiny table in the sunlight, telling stories, them dribbling milky cereal on the floor, chattering about the plans for the day. Amongst the chaos, exhaustion and the brutal logistics of child-rearing are these tiny, precious moments of absolute delight, of demanding that we suspend all the things that seem to matter and just sit on the floor and play, or listen, which we adults find so hard.And our babies, these buds of people, grow into children, their personality unfolding, one petal at a time. We laugh a little, cuddle while reading a book, and maybe argue over getting dressed or about throwing a spoon across the room. And then I have to kiss them goodbye and get on a train to work. Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:30:22 GMT)

Scotlands young, feisty yes generation has nowhere to go
There is a political vacuum in working-class Glagow, which is echoed in English and Welsh cities and across southern EuropeFor several nights last week, George Square in Glasgow became a mosh pit of political passion and, on the final night, despair. As they waited for the referendum result, young working-class Scots grabbed each other around the head and danced. Their chants were improvised: No freedom, no party an ironic take on No justice, no peace and the more prosaic: Lets go fucking mental. The persistent fog that had clung to the river Clyde was augmented by a haze of skunk.These were kids drawn from an age group that across Scotland had voted by 71% to 29% to leave Britain, and from a working-class city whose majority had defied its Labour heritage to vote likewise. Their bid failed, but my time in that mosh pit incongruous in being middle-aged, sober and without face paint became a nightly seminar in the modern politics of identity. Continue reading...
(Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:00:12 GMT)

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