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Cross-party MPs deride government’s ‘inconsistent’ green jobs policy

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The government has come under fire from the environmental audit committee of MPs for its “inconsistent” policy on green jobs. The committee said that despite pledging millions of pounds to green jobs initiatives, mini...

The government’s net zero plan is impressive, but it is high risk

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Two weeks before the most important climate conference in history, the UK government has finally published its long-awaited net zero strategy, alongside a bevy of other policy documents upwards of 2,000 pages. By its ...

The UK government’s skills bill is a disaster for young people

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Last night the combined opposition – and some Conservatives – passed an amendment in the House of Lords in an attempt to stop the government’s cull of most of the technical qualifications available in this country. Su...

UK politics live: Tory ministers try to defend government’s Covid response after critical report

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Latest updates: Stephen Barclay says pandemic was unprecedented situation ministers were ‘learning about as we went through’

New Zealand government’s pivot from Covid elimination ‘surprised’ top health experts

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A number of epidemiologists and public health experts who have been central to helping chart and communicate New Zealand’s Covid response thus far say they were taken by surprise by its new direction, and not consulte...

Britain’s public sector is paying the price for the government’s consultancy habit

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When he was leader of the opposition, David Cameron did not mince his criticism of the Labour government’s dependency on consultancy companies. Speaking in 2008, he lambasted how, “for the last decade or so, in the na...

Kabul government’s female workers told to stay at home by Taliban

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Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital said on Sunday, detailing the lates...

Government’s callous approach to Covid deaths

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I doubt whether your headline (Bring in measures soon or risk 7,000 daily Covid hospitalisations, Sage warns, 14 September) will make any difference to the callousness shown by the government towards those dying from ...

Governments falling woefully short of Paris climate pledges, study finds

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Every one of the world’s leading economies, including all the countries that make up the G20, is failing to meet commitments made in the landmark Paris agreement in order to stave off climate catastrophe, a damning ne...

The government’s winter Covid plan can prevent another UK lockdown – if we all work together

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As the days become shorter and colder, and the country gets ready to head into autumn and then winter, two key questions I am repeatedly asked are: what will the next six months look like; and will there be another na...

Tell us: how do you feel about the UK government’s plan for Covid booster jabs?

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From next week, the NHS will be offering booster jab against Covid-19 to all over-50s and those at high risk of the disease in the UK, as part of the government’s “toolbox” of measures for controlling coronavirus over...

The British government’s Covid strategy was never designed to manage the virus

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Since the announcement of the removal of all Covid-related restrictions in England, experts have warned of disastrous consequences, from the inevitable spike in cases to new variants emerging. We can hope the governme...

UK business leaders criticise government’s handling of ‘pingdemic’

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Business leaders, health experts and trade associations representing tens of thousands of businesses have hit out at the government’s handling of the “pingdemic” self-isolation crisis. Amid mounting concern that staff...

Channel 4 chair criticises government’s ‘harmful’ privatisation plan

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The chairman of Channel 4 has lambasted the government’s plans to privatise the broadcaster, accusing the culture secretary of failing to provide any evidence to support a move that would have a “very harmful” impact ...

Raise child benefit by £10 a week, urge government’s social mobility advisers

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The government’s social mobility advisers have called for a multi-billion pound investment in welfare, education, and jobs to put disadvantaged youngsters at the heart of the UK’s recovery from the pandemic, and tackl...

How a phone hacking tool was sold to governments around the world

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Investigative reporter Stephanie Kirchgaessner tells Michael Safi how a technology company’s clients have apparently selected journalists, activists and politicians in advance of possible surveillance ...

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