Phil Barker

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‘Max-fac’ is an idiotic idea that will bankrupt British businesses

I’m not a politician, I’m an entrepreneur. I don’t believe in false promises or rigid ideology. I believe in creating opportunities, good deals and looking out for the people who work for me.<p>I campaigned passionately for the remain side during the Brexit referendum, because the opportunity to live, …

United Kingdom

Brexit is bad for our health

• Mike Gill, retired regional director of public health,<br>• Martin McKee, professor of European public health1,<br>• Mark Malloch Brown, chairman2,<br>• Fiona Godlee, …

United Kingdom

DNA testing to set the record straight on the Loch Ness monster

<b>The idea of a monster in Loch Ness is one of Britain’s most enduring legends, but now scientists think they could finally come up with the truth.</b><p>New …

Paranormal

Can English remain the 'world's favourite' language?

<b>English is spoken by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, but do the development of translation technology and "hybrid" languages threaten its status?</b><p>Which country boasts the most English speakers, or people learning to speak English?<p>The answer is China.<p>According to a study published by …

Language

Received pronunciation may be dying out – but its passing is long overdue

People often talk about the English language as if it is a thing to keep pretty – a petticoat that might be sullied by the spread of glottal stops, text-speak or slang. The latest to weigh in is the writer and critic Jonathan Meades, in a column mourning the decline of received pronunciation (RP). …

Linguistics

US man calls police to report a pig 'following' him home

When police in Ohio received a call from a man claiming to be stalked by a pig in the early hours of Saturday morning, they naturally assumed he was inebriated.<p>In fact, the police arrived to find that the man was "very sober" - and really was being followed by a persistent pig.<p>Police confessed the …

Law Enforcement

Jeremy Corbyn needs to realise there is only one Brexit reality – and it is a Tory one

Meanwhile, the new centrist party is real and it is forming.<p>Some disasters can only be seen with hindsight. Others are crushingly obvious for an …

United Kingdom

Why I have turned my back on Corbyn... And others will too

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 21:00 18 May 2018<p>BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his first speech as leader of the party on …

Labour Party

Are octopuses aliens from outer space that were brought to Earth by meteors?

Octopuses are aliens. That’s the claim being made by a team of 33 researchers published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.<p>They are not referring …

Zoology

Brexit: Britons at risk of languishing for years in foreign jails when a key protection is lost, ministers warned

Britons will be at risk of languishing for years awaiting trial in a foreign jail when a crucial protection is lost after Brexit, ministers have been …

Surveillance

Irony is dead! 'Brass neck' Brexiteer Michael Gove attacks 'identity politics' - after warning 77million Turkish people would be able to come to Britain

Tory Michael Gove has been branded a hypocrite for attacking "identity politics" - after warning 77million Turkish people would be able to come to …

Michael Gove

Serious damage has been done thanks to Brexit

Brexit has made Britain an international joke<p>Now here’s a rare thing. A sentence everybody can agree on, Remainers, Leavers, …

United Kingdom

Brexit could wreck green agenda, says UN

The United Nations has warned the government that Britain’s reputation is at risk over plans that would significantly weaken protections for the environment after Brexit.<p>In a stern intervention, Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN’s environment programme, called on the environment secretary …

European Union

It’s not Harry and Meghan. It’s the monarchy I oppose

As a republican I’d like to steer clear of the royal wedding. That doesn’t seem to be an option<p>The royal wedding, as we now know it, was born in 1922. The marriage of Princess Mary to Viscount Lascelles was, it is said, less an arranged union than a forced one. Lascelles bet his friends that if he …

Royal Weddings

The Intellectual We Deserve

If you want to appear very profound and convince people to take you seriously, but have nothing of value to say, there is a tried and tested method. …

Vote Leave and BeLeave used identical datasets to target Facebook users

Two Brexit campaign groups under investigation for potential collusion during the EU referendum used identical datasets to target potential adverts at Facebook users.<p>Vote Leave, the lead campaigner for a Brexit vote, and BeLeave, a campaign group run by an activist named Darren Grimes, used …

Brexit

Brexit: Patients' access to vital medicines at risk unless government secures pharmaceuticals deal, say MPs

Patients’ access to vital medicines is at risk unless the government secures a post-Brexit deal for the pharmaceutical industry that ensures the …

United Kingdom

From royal table to bust: asparagus farmer could close over Brexit

An asparagus farmer whose produce looks set to be served at Saturday’s royal wedding has warned he faces going bust because of Brexit.<p>Kensington Palace dropped a heavy hint that the 600 guests will be offered asparagus from Andy Allen’s Norfolk farm when it published pictures of his fronds being …

United Kingdom

Pence’s claim that ‘religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite’

<i>“The percentage of Americans who live out their religion on a weekly basis — praying, going to church, reading and believing in the Bible — has remained remarkably consistent over the decades, even as the population of the United States has grown by leaps and bounds. I mean, think about it, today,</i> …

Religion

The 7 (Seven) Heavens

<b>The Magick of the Seven Heavens.</b><p>Seven Heavens is a part of religious cosmology found in many major religions such as Judaism, Hinduism and Islam and …

Sun and Moon

A warning to the Tories: Britain’s true-blue suburbs have turned liberal

Two weeks ago there was a small earthquake on the southern edge of Greater Manchester. The Tories lost control of the borough of Trafford, the “island of blue in a sea of red”, whose supposedly ingrained Conservatism has long been highlighted by its selective school system. Labour gained four seats …

Green Party

Curious untranslatable phrases that reveal the soul of a nation

A trip to Costa Rica is sure to introduce you to “pura vida”. The literal translation of the phrase is “pure life”, but it has become the country's unofficial motto, as well as its tourist board marketing slogan. Pura vida is all about keeping calm - “tranquillo” - enjoying the simple things in …

Language

Yanis Varoufakis: ‘Brexit is like watching a train crash in slow motion’

The rebel former finance chief, Yanis Varoufakis, is back in the saddle at London’s Greek power diner<p>If you want to get a Greek man or woman to smash …

Europe

Tory Brexiteers want a more democratic House of Lords. So why didn’t they vote for one?

Life is riddled with unintended consequences. We’ll make a decision, convinced that we’re doing the right thing – and then, years later, it comes back to bite us, in ways we never foresaw.<p>This week we saw a perfect example. Members of the House of Lords have been attempting to water down the …

House of Lords

Brexiteers believe they are in control. But their position is far weaker than they think

<i>Theresa May is preparing to capitulate, and there is little Boris can do about it</i><p>See… saw… see… saw… the advantage has swung back towards the Brexiteers – or so they think. The Prime Minister has yet again reiterated her pledges to take back control of Britain’s money, borders and laws.<p>On Sunday …

United Kingdom

The incontinent fury of the Brexiters who rage against everything British

The hard Brexiters have a peculiar way of expressing their patriotism. They proclaim an unsurpassed love for Britain while trashing its institutions with an unbridled hatred. The supreme court, the Bank of England and the civil service have all felt the white heat of the hard Brexiters’ incontinent …

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Bristol-based Brexit campaigners fined £70k and reported to the police

Bristol-based Brexit campaign group Leave.EU has been fined £70,000 after an Electoral Commission found it had breached spending limits.<p>The …

United Kingdom

The incredible story of Britain’s hundreds of regional accents – and while they’ll last forever

The incredibly rich landscape of British regional accents doesn’t only define who we are, it’s part of our cultural heritage, says Flora Watkins.<p>When …

Language

DUP faces heavy responsibility for Brexit position taken lightly

Party publicly panicking as UK plan for EU customs partnership falls apart<p>4 minutes ago<p>The DUP is now publicly panicking over Brexit.<p>Last week, as …

United Kingdom

Spanish civil war speech invented by father of Michael Portillo, says historian

On 12 October 1936, Miguel de Unamuno stood in the assembly hall of Spain’s oldest university and delivered a premature but prescient lament for the triumph of might over right and militarism over reason.<p>The Spanish civil war was not quite three months old but the elderly writer and philosopher had …

War