Britain ‘can’t wait forever,’ EU says
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson – pictured above taking on youngsters in table tennis – received a public warning from senior Tories not to raise taxes on the budget later this month after repeatedly failing to exclude an increase.
Political editor Ben riley smith reports how Cabinet ministers and top Tory backbenchers urged the PM to live up to his claims to be a low-tax Tory amid fears for the party’s reputation.
It comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to announce a new half-billion-pound campaign to get older people who have lost their jobs during the pandemic and others made redundant in recent months back to work.
Blairs reportedly avoided stamp duty of £ 312,000
Tony and Cherie Blair did not have to pay £ 312,000 in stamp duty when they bought a £ 6.45million house in London, leaked documents show. According to the records, known as Pandora Papers, the Blairs purchased the Marylebone property as an office for Ms. Blair’s business by purchasing the offshore company that owned it. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing, but Mr Blair has already spoken out against loopholes, describing the tax system as “a haven of scams, advantages, offers and profits.”
Reality test: is the long Covid overkill?
Post-viral illness has swept across Britain. Even for a nation accustomed to pandemic-sized disease numbers, the latest long numbers from Covid are extremely alarming. But clouds of confusion remain over the cause of the symptoms. Some experts argue that debilitating problems may never resolve – while others claim they are mistaken for other conditions. Is the long Covid overkill? John naish goes in search of the truth.
Today’s political cartoon
Seen FanBoris Johnson’s latest cartoon about Boris Johnson’s ambitious spending plans. Mast is far.
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Around the world: The long march
Shepherds near the town of Dunhuang, next to the Gobi Desert, ride camels to celebrate China’s National Day. The trek took place where, for thousands of years, camel caravans were used when the area was part of the Silk Road. Check out our gallery of stunning images of the world.