Brexit means Brexit, but Theresa May has decided the people mustn’t find out what it really means

Brexit means Brexit, but Theresa May has decided the people mustn’t find out what...

Even within the overall context of the government’s grip on the Brexit process, which for some years now has made the Fawlty Towers hotel look like the moon landings, the latest comparatively minor train wreck is still worth briefly slowing down to admire.  In Theresa May’s new year reshuffle (the one that was prompted by…
The truth about the ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid that is not going to hit Earth

The truth about the ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid that is not going to hit Earth

An asteroid called 2016 NF23 is expected to “skim past” our planet in the next few days.  As it hurtles through space at a speed of over 20,000 miles per hour, a number of news reports have highlighted the “close approach” it will make towards Earth.   Given the potential devastation that could result from the collision, here The Independent looks at what…
Tom Watson demands evidence from Corbyn aide who claimed ‘deep state’ undermining Labour leader

Tom Watson demands evidence from Corbyn aide who claimed ‘deep state’ undermining Labour leader

Tom Watson has accused one of Jeremy Corbyn's senior advisers of spreading "fake news" with claims that the "deep state" is trying undermine the Labour leadership. Andrew Murray, a longstanding ally of Mr Corbyn and a part-time aide to the Labour leader, suggested the security services could be behind delays to approval of his parliamentary pass, which has been held up for nearly a year.…
Why can’t anyone be honest about John McCain’s legacy?

Why can’t anyone be honest about John McCain’s legacy?

It is difficult to encapsulate a political legacy without sliding into enraged hyperbole or saccharine fawning. With John McCain, it is even harder. That’s because we’re not in Kansas anymore, politically speaking: in the surreal presidential landscape we’ve found ourselves in, it seems almost quaint to refer to McCain as a dinosaur or a right-wing reactionary, or to say…
Salisbury attack: Russian spies ‘arrested on way to Swiss lab that tested novichok samples’

Salisbury attack: Russian spies ‘arrested on way to Swiss lab that tested novichok samples’

Two Russian spies were arrested while allegedly on their way to a laboratory that tested novichok samples from Salisbury, it has emerged. The two suspects, who are not the same pair charged with launching the attack on Sergei Skripal, were detained in the Hague in spring and sent back to Russia. Intelligence services suspected they were…
Not all of us want to be a part of the Brexiteers’ ideological day dream – that’s why the public deserves a say

Not all of us want to be a part of the Brexiteers’ ideological day...

As the dust settles from the latest round of cabinet in-fighting and chaos, it will be confirmed for certain there is no such thing as a good Brexit deal. I believe that Theresa May is going to end up with a botched Brexit that will satisfy no one and make sure that calls for a…
Brexit: Millions of diabetes patients could be ‘seriously disadvantaged’ by insulin shortages after if no-deal reached

Brexit: Millions of diabetes patients could be ‘seriously disadvantaged’ by insulin shortages after if...

Millions of diabetes patients, including Theresa May herself, could be “seriously disadvantaged” if supplies of insulin are affected by a no-deal Brexit, the chair of the UK medicines regulator has said. In the latest warning over disruption if Britain crashes out of the EU, Sir Michael Rawlins said the UK imports “every drop” of insulin, a vital medication used by…
Rising sea levels will soon destroy underground US internet cables, scientists warn

Rising sea levels will soon destroy underground US internet cables, scientists warn

Underground internet cables criss-crossing coastal regions will be inundated by rising seas within the next 15 years, according to a new study. Thousands of miles of fibre optic cables are under threat in US cities like New York, Seattle and Miami, and could soon be out of action unless steps are taken to protect them.…
Theresa May has ‘taken control’ of the Brexit negotiations. God help us all

Theresa May has ‘taken control’ of the Brexit negotiations. God help us all

When brand new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab stood at the despatch box of the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon he was the holder of arguably the biggest non-job in the country. But by the time he had dashed straight from there to his first appearance before the Brexit select committee it had been made…
Bodyguard episode 6, finale review: Utterly compelling

Bodyguard episode 6, finale review: Utterly compelling

*SPOILER WARNING* As the first series of the hit BBC drama ends, The Independent's Sean O'Grady reviews the finale So, it was a conspiracy then, and a weirdly multicultural one, involving Islamists, a bent copper, and some trad gangsters. And there really was a murder. Steely-but-vulnerable home secretary Julia Montague (richly nuanced by Keeley Hawes), has…

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