THERESA May's Government is in meltdown today after her Brexit Secretary quit last night. David Davis walked away from his job just before midnight after telling the Prime Minister he couldn't get on board with her plans for a softer version of Brexit. And he took with him one of his ministers too, Steve Baker, who has considerable influence over other Leave-backing MPs. Today Labour called on Mrs May to quit over the spiralling chaos, and other Tories unhappy with the Chequers deal said they would bring a formal challenge against Mrs May. The Tories are now in open war with each other over the direction of our EU exit, and exactly what it looks like. It's the beginning of a defining week for Mrs May - and time will tell if she'll be able to survive or not. What is Theresa May's Brexit plan? Last week at the end of a 12-hour crunch summit at her country house in Chequers, the Prime Minister managed to win over her Cabinet into backing a new Brexit strategy. Her Brexit plan will see the … [Read more...] about What is Theresa May’s Brexit plan and why is the Government in meltdown over it?
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Decisions on Northern Ireland must be made in London, says Foster after ruling on civil servant decision making BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Arlene Foster has called for decisions about Northern Ireland's political future to be made in London, after a key legal ruling limiting the decision-making power of local civil servants. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/decisions-on-northern-ireland-must-be-made-in-london-says-foster-after-ruling-on-civil-servant-decision-making-37087783.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37087781.ece/3d607/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_5b9ad44d-1af9-4da0-937e-93a2f1bf51dc_1 Email Arlene Foster has called for decisions about Northern Ireland's political future to be made in London, after a key legal ruling limiting the decision-making power of local civil servants. On Friday, the Court of Appeal turned down a bid to overturn a ruling that a Stormont department was wrong to sign-off on a £240m waste … [Read more...] about Decisions on Northern Ireland must be made in London, says Foster after ruling on civil servant decision making
0 Have your say Leeds and Sheffield have today been shortlisted to host one of three new Channel 4 bases - but Hull has missed out. The broadcaster announced that Leeds is being considered as a possible home for its national headquarters or as a 'creative hub', along with Greater Manchester, Liverpool, West Midlands, Glasgow, Cardiff and and Bristol.Sheffield is one of six bidders, along with Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham and Stoke-on-Trent, in the running only to host a creative hub.A senior city councillor said it was "incredibly disappointing" not to have a chance to host the national HQ, but that being on the shortlist for a creative hub was "a catalyst for our next wave of transformation".Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture, was not among the 13 areas to make it through to the next stage of the process. The city council's deputy leader Darren Hale said: “We are disappointed to have missed out on reaching the next stage of Channel 4’s … [Read more...] about Leeds and Sheffield make shortlist to host new Channel 4 base
0 Comments Court ruling on civil servants could have major impact on Northern Ireland decision-making BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The head of Northern Ireland's civil service is examining a court judgment that questioned the ability of officials to make major policy decisions in the absence of devolution. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/court-ruling-on-civil-servants-could-have-major-impact-on-northern-ireland-decisionmaking-36906250.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36525256.ece/48556/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_7502401c-596c-46fa-9add-6ec1093643f9_1 Email The head of Northern Ireland's civil service is examining a court judgment that questioned the ability of officials to make major policy decisions in the absence of devolution. The outcome of Monday's ruling in Belfast High Court, when a judge blocked a decision by a senior civil servant to approve a huge waste incinerator plant, could have major ramifications for how … [Read more...] about Court ruling on civil servants could have major impact on Northern Ireland decision-making
Barbara Bush’s recent death and the way she prepared for it remind us that death can be peaceful and marked by family togetherness rather than conflict. Mrs. Bush chose palliative, or comfort, care over aggressive medical treatment given her age and overall health status. Her family agreed to support her decisions.MORE HEALTH: Barbara Bush’s end-of-life decision stirs debate over ‘comfort care’It does not always work this way, but it could. I recently published a book with Dr. David P. Schenck entitled “Communication and Bioethics at the End of Life: Real Cases, Real Dilemmas.” We include several cases in which such family discussions did not occur. This lack of information led to an unfortunate cascade of events that made the patient’s deaths more difficult, and left lasting scars on both family members and clinicians. MOST OF US WON'T DIE AT HOME While we might hope for a quick death at home, a majority of us will die from a chronic … [Read more...] about Being clear about your last wishes can make death easier for you and loved ones