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Trump Horrifies Everyone By Refusing To Say He’ll Leave The White House Peacefully

By Josie Harvey

Social media was flooded with concerns on Wednesday after President Donald Trump’s disturbing refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the November election.

Trump was asked at a White House press conference if he would commit to a peaceful transferal of power if he lost. Trump said, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens.”

Continuing his attack on voting by post – as millions of people prepare to do so amid the coronavirus pandemic – Trump also alluded that he would accept the results only if the option of mail-in ballots is removed.

“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a peaceful … there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation,” he said.

For months, Trump has laid the groundwork to declare the election results illegitimate unless he wins. In July, he told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace that he’ll “have to see” if he’ll accept the results of the election.

His brazen comments set Twitter afire as critics, including senators Mitt Romney, Brian Schatz, Chuck Schumer and Tammy Duckworth, voiced deep concerns about his disregard for democracy.

Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 24, 2020

President Trump: You are not a dictator, and America will not permit you to be one. https://t.co/42krs0X50l

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 23, 2020

People who are very chill about the President not committing to the peaceful transfer of power unless they “get rid of the ballots” are too chill for me. This seems an awfully serious thing to be dismissive about. At the very least it’s a good reason to oppose him vigorously.

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) September 23, 2020

This is possibly the most frightening 54 seconds of the Trump presidency. https://t.co/BBC7Zn4BXh

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) September 23, 2020

“Get rid of the ballots and there won’t be a transfer of power, there will be a continuation…”

Yes, one system is authoritarianism. Another is democracy where people cast ballots & ballots are counted. Thankfully, many are protecting the latter & ready for any scenario. #VOTEhttps://t.co/rMm6z4FB6m

— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) September 23, 2020

Peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy.

This thinly veiled threat from the sitting President should send shivers down the spine of every freedom-loving American. https://t.co/mmBnnorqU7

— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) September 24, 2020

We impeached this president to hold him accountable, to make clear no one is above the law, and to save our democracy. Senate Republicans put party over country and let him off the hook.

This is the result. But it won’t be our future. We will have a peaceful transition of power. https://t.co/V7qfvxDfIc

— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) September 24, 2020

The peaceful transfer of power is essential to a functioning democracy.

This statement from the president of the United States should trouble all of us. https://t.co/pLYh9e8X3W

— ACLU (@ACLU) September 24, 2020

Pure fascist. And not a single republican in Congress gives a crap about it. https://t.co/UoAxl6OKZL

— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) September 23, 2020

Never before has there been an exchange with a US President like this. God willing, never again.

“Will you commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election?”

President Trump: “We’re gonna have to see what happens.”pic.twitter.com/UTPXigckVt

— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) September 23, 2020

THREAD. It is important to take note and be prepared for the unprecedented actions Trump says he intends to take after the election. But it is also important not to allow his *wishful* reality to *become the reality. To do that, consider Trump’s psychological POV right now: https://t.co/faXkQw2BMn

— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) September 24, 2020

2. Every time Trump spouts this kind of garbage, he is revealing that he is TERRIFIED. Ab. So. Lute. Ly. Terrified. His **existential** fear is losing. And he knows that there is a very good chance he is going to lose. And he can’t do a damn thing about it. He will be a LOSER.

— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) September 24, 2020

3. Remember that in pretty much every instance Trump has faced like this in the past, he’s had an exit strategy. He walks away. But he can’t get out of the election. He’s like a mail-order bride who has to go through with it. Except in his case, if he loses, he may end up in jail

— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) September 24, 2020

4. This situation is like the coronavirus. He understands the reality, he knows he can’t escape it, so his only option is to create an alternate reality. Reality, however, caught up with him with COVID. So it is up to YOU to make sure the same happens with the election.

— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) September 24, 2020

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2020 Is Hell. Now The Gin Industry Is Under Threat From Invasive Plant Disease

By Amy Packham

An invasive plant disease is posing a threat to the UK’s gin industry, according to new research.

The Phytophthora austrocedri pathogen has been found to be spreading through juniper trees in Scotland, which produces 70% of the spirit across the four nations.

Experts at the Plant Health Centre, including Professor Fiona Burnett from Scotland’s Rural College, warn other spirits such as whisky could also be hit by disease.

The pathogen has entered Britain through the plant trade and may have got into juniper woodlands through well-intentioned planting schemes. It lives in the soil and spreads in both soil and water, infecting juniper roots and killing large numbers of trees, especially on wet sites.

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    Students May Be Told To Stay On Campus For Christmas, Confirms Matt Hancock

    By Ned Simons

    Students could be told to stay at their universities and not return home for Christmas to avoid them infecting their parents and grandparents, Matt Hancock has confirmed.

    The health secretary said on Thursday morning he had “learned not to rule things out” when asked if such a measure could be introduced.

    “One of the challenges we have is making sure people are as safe as possible, and that includes not spreading [coronavirus] between the generations,” he told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme.

    “I don’t want to have a situation like that and I very much hope we can avoid it.”

    It comes after 124 students at Glasgow University tested positive, with 600 people now self-isolating.

    Greg Fell, Director of Public Health for Sheffield, told Times Radio this morning students should stay on campus.

    “If students become poorly and then go back home then that seeds infection in other parts of the country which adds further pressure to R-0 nationally,” he said.

    “Clearly there are going to be times when students do legitimately need to go home for all sorts of reasons. But the recommendation is to stay in place, basically.”

    It comes as the number of new cases rose by more than 6,000, new restrictions came into force in England on Thursday, and the much-delayed coronavirus contact tracing app was finally launched.

    NHS Test and Trace, which is responsible for the service, said the app was used to send alerts to users during a trial period on the Isle of Wight and in the London borough of Newham, after people had tested positive.

    The latest version was piloted among residents of both areas as well as NHS volunteers from mid-August, after the first app was marred by technical issues and eventually scrapped.

    As the software is voluntary, its success will also depend heavily on how many people choose to download and use it.

    Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/students-christmas-cancelled_uk_5f6c4b5bc5b6e2c91261379a

          

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    A good yarn: why the tank top is the new 'Zoom shirt'

    By Lauren Cochrane

    Fashion’s most wholesome knit – think early Diana, The Good Life and the Osmonds – is set to become an autumn staple, with Harry Styles and Zoe Kravitz showing how it can be worn

    What do Tom from The Good Life and Tyler, the Creator have in common? The answer comes in knitwear, and a design perhaps less loved than the trusty jumper or the Taylor Swift-approved cardigan. Enter the tank top: the sleeveless knit that is enjoying an unaccustomed moment in the style spotlight this autumn.

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    Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/sep/24/tank-top-is-the-new-zoom-shirt

          

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    Donald Trump Says He's 'Not A Fan' Of Meghan Markle, Wishes Prince Harry 'Luck'

    By Carly Ledbetter

    President Donald Trump disparaged Meghan Markle at a news briefing on Wednesday, just one day after the Duchess of Sussex encouraged Americans to vote in the presidential election in November.

    During the press conference, Daily Mail reporter Nikki Schwab told Trump, “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chimed in on the US election and essentially encouraged people to vote for Joe Biden. I wanted to get your reaction to that.”

    “I’m not a fan of hers,” Trump says of the duchess, adding that “she probably has heard that” as he’s made similar comments before.

    “But I wish a lot of luck to Harry ― cause he’s going to need it,” the president added.

    “I wish a lot of luck to Harry, ’cause he’s gonna need it” — Trump disses Meghan Markle pic.twitter.com/iaJ00T9STw

    — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 23, 2020

    On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in a video for a Time 100 special and spoke about the importance of voting.

    “We’re six weeks out from the election and today is Voter Registration Day,” Meghan said. “Every four years, we are told the same thing ― that ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard.”

    “Your voice is a reminder that you matter,” Meghan added. “Because you do ― and you deserve to be heard.”

    Harry also made comments about voting and encouraged people to reject “online negativity.”

    “This election I am not going to be able to vote in the U.S. But many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the UK my entire life,” the duke said. “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”

    The reporter who asked Trump about the royals on Wednesday interpreted Meghan’s remarks as “encouraging people to vote for Biden.”

    However, the duchess did not name a political party or candidate in the video. A Sussex spokesperson told the BBC that the comments were a ‘call for decency.’”

    When a Times reporter reached out to Buckingham Palace for a request for comment following the couples’ remarks on Tuesday, the palace declined to comment specifically but said, “The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are made in a personal capacity.”

    British royals can vote, but the queen must remain politically neutral.

    “It’s time to not only reflect, but act.” This #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, join #Time100 alumni Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in taking action for the future. pic.twitter.com/JerXHxiZK3

    — ABC (@ABCNetwork) September 23, 2020

    Trump has spoken ill of Meghan in the past, describing her as “nasty” for referring to him as “divisive” and “misogynistic” in a 2016 interview before she joined the royal family.

    “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty,” the president said in an interview at the time with The Sun.

    Earlier this year, Trump also said, unprompted, that he wouldn’t foot the bill for security for the Sussexes after they moved to California earlier this year.

    “I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom,” he tweeted in March. “It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the US however, the US will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”

    Trump has a long history of making remarks about women in the royal family. Soon after Princess Diana’s death in 1997, Trump said that he could’ve slept with her.

    And after topless photos of Kate Middleton leaked in 2012, Trump said that the duchess “shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude – only herself to blame.”

    Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2012

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    Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/trump-says-hes-not-a-fan-of-meghan-markle_uk_5f6c477fc5b674713cc7a4c0

          

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    Donald Trump Refuses To Commit To A Peaceful Transfer Of Power If He Loses Election

    By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman

    President Donald Trump declined to say if he would accept the election results in November.

    Asked at a press conference Wednesday if he would “commit to a peaceful transferal of power” if he lost the election, Trump said: “Well, we’re gonna have to see what happens.”

    The president then tried, again, to delegitimise mail-in voting, saying: “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. The ballots are a disaster … Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a peaceful … there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.”

    As millions of Americans are set to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has repeatedly spread disinformation suggesting that mail-in voting is “fraudulent” — it is not.

    JUST IN: Asked if he’d “commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election,” Pres. Trump says, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens.” https://t.co/JsAo4rBy2epic.twitter.com/8haEyDVsdx

    — ABC News (@ABC) September 23, 2020

    In July, Trump similarly said in an interview that he’ll “have to see when asked if he’d accept the election results.

    The president has been laying the groundwork to declare the election illegitimate, including by undermining the US Postal Service — the agency tasked with processing mailed ballots — and by claiming that the only way Democrats can win “is to cheat” — which is false.

    Trump has also suggested he is pushing through a Supreme Court nominee before the election to position the court to vote in his favour if it is tasked with deciding the election results.

    After liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week, Trump said he would name his replacement pick this Saturday, against her final wishes. Republican senators have indicated that they will vote to approve Trump’s nominee — which could give the court a firm conservative majority for years to come.

    Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/donald-trump-transfer-power_uk_5f6c38fec5b674713cc78b25

          

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    16 Easy One-Pan Recipes For The Days You're Running On Empty

    By Kristen Aiken

    If you’re trying to juggle working from home, teaching from home or just being at home for what feels like 100 years during the pandemic, you may be suffering from cooking burnout. It’s likely you can’t muster the time, resources or energy to make a meal from scratch when it’s so much easier to just rip open a bag of Doritos and collapse on the couch.

    But it’d be a shame to miss out on all the home-cooked food that autumn has to offer, because now’s the perfect time to turn on the oven and fill your house with all kinds of aromas: roasting chicken, sizzling potatoes, bubbling cheese.

    If you don’t think you have the energy for that, you need the 16 sheet pan recipes we’ve gathered below. The idea behind sheet pan meals is that you chop up your ingredients, toss them onto the sheet pan and pop them in the oven. When it comes out, dinner is ready and you only have to wash that one sheet pan.

    Check out some of our favourites below. There are even soups you can make on a sheet pan (you just toss the ingredients into a blender after they’ve been cooked). We promise, they don’t require that much more work than ordering takeout (and waiting for it, which is truly the hardest part).

    1. Sheet Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken

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    Meatloaf and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner from Completely Delicious

    5. Meatloaf and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner

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    Sheet Pan Pork Chop Bake from Damn Delicious

    6. Sheet Pan Pork Chop Bake

    Sheet Pan Pork Chop Bake from Damn DeliciousDamn Delicious

    Sheet Pan Quesadillas from Whisk It Real Gud

    7. Sheet Pan Quesadillas

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    Sheet Pan Steak and Fries from Damn Delicious

    8. Sheet Pan Steak and Fries

    Sheet Pan Steak and Fries from Damn DeliciousDamn Delicious

    Detroit-Style Pepperoni and Pickled Pepper Sheet Pan Pizza from Love and Olive Oil

    9. Detroit-Style Pepperoni and Pickled Pepper Sheet Pan Pizza

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    Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

    10. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

    Sheet Pan Chicken FajitasDamn Delicious

    One-Pan Maple Teriyaki Tofu & Veggies from Sweet Potato Soul

    11. One-Pan Maple Teriyaki Tofu & Veggies

    One-Pan Maple Teriyaki Tofu & Veggies from Sweet Potato SoulSweet Potato Soul

    Teriyaki Glazed Salmon from First and Full

    12. Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

    Teriyaki Glazed Salmon from First and FullFirst and Full

    Chicken and Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner from This Worthey Life

    13. Chicken and Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

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    Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Salmon, Lobster and Veggies from Orchids + Sweet Tea

    14. Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Salmon, Lobster and Veggies

    Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Salmon, Lobster and Veggies from Orchids + Sweet TeaOrchids + Sweet Tea

    Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Nachos from Orchids + Sweet Tea

    15. Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Nachos

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    Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia from Damn Delicious

    16. Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia

    Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia from Damn DeliciousDamn Delicious

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    New NHS Test And Trace Phone App Needs Seven Million Users To Stop Covid Spread

    By Paul Waugh

    At least seven million people will need to download the new NHS Test and Trace Covid app for it to start reducing the spread of the virus, according to government estimates.

    The new smartphone app was finally launched on Thursday, after months of setbacks, to allow users to find out quickly if they have been within close proximity of anyone with coronavirus and whether they need to get a test.

    It will also allow the public in England and Wales to scan for QR codes in specific locations such as pubs and restaurants, to make it easier if they need to be traced following any outbreaks.

    Developers of the app are working on the assumptions in Oxford University research which suggests that a minimum of 15% take-up is needed in a population in order to have any “meaningful impact” on the reproduction or ‘R’ number of the virus.

    With 49 million people over the age of 16 eligible to use the app in England and Wales, that means roughly seven million users will be required in order to affect the spread of the disease.

    The ‘R’ has risen above 1 in recent weeks, meaning the virus is now spreading rather than shrinking. Latest estimates are that cases are doubling every seven days.

    Other similar apps in Germany and elsewhere have seen take-up rates of between 10% and 30% and the UK’s pilot schemes in Newham and the Isle Of Wight have seen results within that range.

    However, earlier this year an Oxford University team had estimated that 56% of the general population must use an app to halt the outbreak – equivalent to 80% of all existing smartphone owners.

    The NHS Covid-19 app on a mobile phone.

    The launch of the new technology will be accompanied by a primetime TV advert on Thursday night, with the slogan “Protect your loved ones. Get the app”.

    Most shops and restaurants will be required by law to display the official NHS QR codes in their premises. So far, more than 160,000 businesses have already downloaded the codes to help customers “check in” through their phones.

    The app’s contact tracing feature works by using low-energy Bluetooth to log the amount of time users spend near other app users, and measures the distance between them.

    Anyone who has spent more than 15 minutes less than two metres from someone else who later tests positive for Covid will then be alerted – even if they don’t know each other.

    The app will then advise on 10 or 14-day self-isolation and allow users to check symptoms, book a free test if needed and get their test results. Once a user is told to self-isolate, a timer feature will help count down the days left in quarantine and give access to relevant advice.

    New cash payments to the low paid are designed to remove fears the public may have about losing wages from self-isolation.

    In a bid to protect personal data, the app does not hold names, addresses or dates of birth, and only requires the first half of a user’s postcode to ensure local outbreaks can be managed. No personal data is shared with the government or the NHS.

    The app will be available in nine languages initially: English, Welsh, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Romanian, Arabic and Turkish.

    The app uses an Apple and Google-developed system, using Bluetooth to keep an anonymous log of people a user has been close to.

    The UK’s major network operators – including Vodafone, Three, EE and O2, giffgaff, Tesco Mobile, Sky Mobile and Virgin Mobile – have agreed to “zero-rate” data charges incurred by all in-app activity, meaning they will not be charged for using it.

    Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are at a tipping point in our efforts to control the spread of this virus. With infection rates rising we must use every tool at our disposal to prevent transmission, including the latest technology.

    “Today’s launch marks an important step forward in our fight against this invisible killer and I urge everyone who can to download and use the app to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

    Dido Harding, the head of NHS Test and Trace, added: “The features of this app, including QR code check-in at venues, work alongside our traditional contact tracing service and will help us to reach more people quickly in their communities to prevent further spread of the virus.”

    Insiders said that the trials in east London and the Isle of Wight showed that word-of-mouth recommendation was a powerful driver in take-up of the technology.

    Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nhs-test-and-trace-app-launched_uk_5f6ba602c5b674713cc6c4a5

          

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    Has Rishi Sunak Pulled Back From The Furlough Cliff-Edge?

    By Paul Waugh

    In years gone by, if a government couldn’t get its Budget through parliament, the failure was seen as an effective vote of no confidence. In true 2020 fashion, as the coronavirus surges a second time, we now have a government pulling its own Budget, a dramatic move that suggests it lacks confidence in its own ability to make its sums add up.

    Instead we get chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘Winter Economy Plan’. Just as ‘Winterval’ festivals are Christmases that dare not speak their names, the Winter Economy Plan sounds like a euphemism for ‘a bloody great Treasury panic over ending furlough’.

    The fact is that for months Sunak has trotted out the mantra that his incredibly effective furlough scheme could not last “indefinitely”, even though no one has ever suggested it should. As Keir Starmer pointed out in PMQs, the list of organisations calling for a rethink of the cliff-edge end of furlough include the CBI, the TUC, the Federation of Small Businesses, the British Chambers of Commerce and now even the Governor of the Bank of England.

    Pulling the plug so suddenly at the end of October was always going to be a huge political and economic gamble. But as soon as the PM decided to impose six months’ worth of new Covid restrictions, including a reversal of the ‘go to the office’ advice and curfews that could hit hospitality hard, that cliff-edge became unsustainable. The new curfews start on Thursday night, so Sunak’s Commons statement will be just hours beforehand.

    Pret a Manger founder Julian Metcalfe led the business backlash at the new restrictions today, with a withering verdict: “This man sitting down with his Union Jack talking utter nonsense…to spout off some Churchillian nonsense that we’ll make it through, it’s terribly unhelpful.” Add in all the big firms (the 40,000 staff of HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds, PWC) that have today suddenly stopped their return-to-office plans and you can see the need to act quickly.

    Phasing in new restrictions on workplaces while simultaneously phasing out financial support for workers was never going to be a good look. The question has always been just what kind of continued support Sunak was going to provide, and how much cash he was prepared to spend on it. A new Institute for Government report estimates the cost of Covid as already hitting £317bn for 2020/21.

    Labour have long called for a “targeted” furlough (Anneliese Dodds did so on May 7) and their strategy may well pay off. The party was timid in specifying which precise sectors should be targeted, for how long and how it would pay for them. It took Starmer himself during his LBC show to finally say he wanted a ‘bridge’ to next ‘spring’ for the tourist industry, for example. He has talked about targeted help for aviation, retail, hospitality and theatres but again there has been no huge detail.

    But the Treasury has until recently failed to take even vague targeting seriously. A major milestone was passed last week, namely the 45 day legal notice period for announcing more than 100 redundancies by October 31. Some Treasury officials tried to get tomorrow’s package ready for that deadline but failed. It now looks like they may hit the 30-day notice period for less than 100 redundancies (a deadline due next week), but it’s a darned close run thing.

    Labour and the TUC have advocated a German-style short-working support scheme, with subsidies for wages when a worker is kept on part-time. We will find out on Thursday whether that has proved too impractical for the Treasury, and whether it has a more “creative” alternative. It may well ditch the term ‘furlough’ to avoid the charge of U-turning again, but the new jobs support, whatever it’s called, will have to be as effective.

    For Boris Johnson, the impending jobs crisis always carried the danger of being seen to be tone deaf. Starmer’s words today on test-and-trace could easily be applied to the PM’s attitude to the furlough cliff-edge: pretending that there isn’t a problem is part of the problem. It may be however that the raw politics of the Red Wall seats has once more ensured this is no Thatcherite let-the-market-rip government.

    As we reported earlier this month, Tory MPs representing 107 seats won from Labour in the 2019 election in the north and midlands had just over 650,000 people still fully furloughed by their employer in the middle of August. That’s a heck of a lot of families hoping that voting Tory wasn’t a huge mistake. Sunak doesn’t want to be constantly seen as Santa dishing out cash, but neither does he want to be Scrooge, especially when the chill winter wind of Covid cases looms.

    Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/has-rishi-sunak-pulled-back-from-the-furlough-cliff-edge_uk_5f6bc17ac5b6e2c912607db1

          

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    People Take To Streets After No Murder Charges For Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor

    By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman

    People in Louisville, Kentucky, cried out upon hearing there would be no murder charges for the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor — and then they marched.

    Early Wednesday afternoon, a Kentucky judge read out the charges in the Taylor case: Det. Brett Hankison, one of three officers involved, was charged with “wanton endangerment” — notably, for shots fired into neighbouring apartments, not Taylor’s. None of the three was charged with murder.

    As people who were gathered in Louisville’s Jefferson Square Park heard the announcement, some cried out “what the hell” and one woman burst into tears, saying, “They murdered her.” Dozens began marching in the downtown streets, with the crowd soon growing to hundreds. Some chanted: “If we didn’t get it, burn it down.”

    Within hours of demonstrations starting, videos showed police arresting protesters. Police also appeared to be firing munitions at protesters, which one reporter at the scene described as “pepper balls.”

    In March, Louisville police executed a warrant at the apartment of 26-year-old Taylor, who was Black, where she and her boyfriend were asleep. The warrant was for a narcotics investigation not involving Taylor or her boyfriend. Three officers, who were white, fired more than 20 gunshots, several of which hit Taylor, killing her. Her boyfriend, who said he didn’t hear police announce their presence before breaking into the apartment, shot one of the officers once in the leg.

    On Wednesday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron spoke about the indictment, saying the other two officers, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were “justified in their use of force.”

    Taylor’s family attorney Ben Crump called the lack of charges “outrageous and offensive,” adding that Hankison’s charge “should have been ruled wanton murder.”

    “It’s yet another example of no accountability for the genocide of persons of colour by white police officers,” he said in a statement.

    Now women leading the crowd in #breonataylor march that started in downtown louisville. pic.twitter.com/Gmoe8lwFrA

    — Shay McAlister (@ShayMcAlisterTV) September 23, 2020

    Reactions in Downtown Louisville after the grand jury announced charges against just one of three officers involved in killing Breonna Taylor. pic.twitter.com/pNvNEphIjE

    — Charlie Gile (@CharlieGileNBC) September 23, 2020

    Huge crowd on the move in Louisville right now, several hundred taking to the streets in the wake of the Kentucky Attorney General’s announcement in the Breonna Taylor case #BreonnaTaylor#Louisvillepic.twitter.com/69W0HtrpoS

    — Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) September 23, 2020

    Fists raised, #Louisville protesters take Kentucky St and Hancock St intersection following #BreonnaTaylor announcement. pic.twitter.com/HIrurV0PJe

    — Rae Hodge (@RaeHodge) September 23, 2020

    Two of the officers, Mattingly and Cosgrove, were placed on paid administrative leave, and Hankison was fired more than three months after the killing, following widespread protests.

    On Tuesday, Louisville’s mayor declared a state of emergency and blocked off part of downtown, and on Wednesday set a curfew and called in the National Guard, in anticipation of the announcement and the public unrest that was expected to follow.

    After another Black person, George Floyd, was killed by police in Minneapolis in May, protests spread nationwide against racism and police violence. Many activists swiftly called for renewed attention on Taylor’s death, noting Black women often don’t get the same level of public outrage as men. People have been protesting in Louisville for months calling for justice for Taylor, including murder charges for the officers involved.

    Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/people-take-to-streets-after-no-murder-charges-for-cops-who-killed-breonna-taylor_uk_5f6bb453c5b6e2c9126068ce

          

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