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You would have to be heartless not to be moved by the stories of the Windrush generation who came to these shores – at our invitation – to rebuild this island after the war but who now face deportation, loss of medical treatment and the denial of the right to exist here as a citizen.

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I use the word “our” casually, like I’m part of this country, which I hope I am and think I am, but after the horrific stories that we’ve seen over the last ten days, I’m not so sure.

My father came over to this country in the late 1960s from India to work in the NHS like so many of the Windrush generation who came from the Caribbean at that time. I spoke to my parents and even though they are now British citizens with up-to-date passports, they – like many immigrants – felt a shiver. What if had been them? What if something had gone wrong with their paperwork? There but for the grace of God.

The timing of the Windrush scandal has been poignant. Fifty years since Enoch’s Powell ‘rivers of blood’ speech. Twenty-five years since the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence. An embarrassing collision with the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London as we try to show our best face and hustle for trade deals post Brexit.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time in many ways, but let’s be honest, there’s never a good time for this kind of inhumane treatment and the story may have just broken in terms of the mainstream media but the actions of the state against this group of black men and women from the Caribbean and their children has been happening for a long time – they just didn’t matter enough to break through until now. Credit must be paid to the Guardian journalist Amelia Gentleman who has been chipping away at this story and chasing the Home Office for more than six months, but as the poet Benjamin Zephaniah said on the Andrew Marr Show last Sunday, this wasn’t news to the black community and the Voice newspaper had reported on these cases for a long time to silence from the establishment. It took an established, and I hate to be so crude, but an essentially white newspaper, the Guardian, to get the nation to notice and thank god it did – and what does that tell us?

READ MORE: Home Secretary’s position ‘untenable’ after Windrush failure, says SNP MP

As I watched the quiet dignity and poise of Doreen Lawrence who yesterday spoke about the impact of her son’s killing had on her and the country at a special ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary, I felt profoundly depressed. Has anything really changed in all this time? There are profound echoes of Stephen Lawrence in the Windrush scandal. I was a young press officer working in the Home Office at the time of the inquiry into the way the Metropolitan Police investigated his murder and how they treated the family. The Macpherson report was stark. It was clear that the police had treated the family, and indeed the murder investigation, differently because it was the death of a young black man and that had had profound consequences on bringing the perpetrators to justice, and that while they may not have meant any malice, there was clear institutional racism. I was looking after the Lawrence family that day. Emotions were high and there was a rowdy press scrum. I remember Stephen’s aunt saying to me: “What if had been your brother? He was probably just like your brother – so why were we treated this way?”

The police looked at that family as not just a grieving family, but a black family and they made assumptions about gangs and they lacked a human empathy because they looked different to them. And they didn’t empathise and connect the way they would have done with a white family who they would have naturally felt akin to. They would have had sympathy of course, but on an unconscious – and for some on a conscious – level, they just didn’t relate to them, didn’t understand them and, as a result, treated them with a damning, professional disrespect. That is the essence of what institutional racism means. And I’m afraid we have seen it in spades in the way politicians of all hues and civil servants at the Home Office have handled the Windrush cases.

READ MORE: Brian Wilson: Windrush scandal echoes Scots’ slave trade shame

I’m sure everyone is deeply sorry and ashamed, but everyone had the collective groupthink and mindset from their largely white, lived experiences, to feel it was basically okay for this group of black people to be treated like this. This is why diversity at the heart of decision-making matters. I heard a senior, white, older former official on the radio at the weekend speaking in a slightly exasperated tone. He pretty much said: “Now look here everyone. Let’s just all calm down shall we? This is all a fuss over nothing. We don’t know how many people may be affected by decisions but I’m absolutely certain it will only be a relatively small number … I mean I don’t know … but I’m pretty sure …”

Well cheers for that glib, patronising, tonally deaf comment which sums up the problem. The phrase that we keep hearing again from decent people of all races and backgrounds who are appalled at the scandal is: “Imagine if it was someone you knew? Imagine if it was happening to your mum or dad?” Well, it never would. The vast majority of people making these weighty decisions, which can literally make or break people’s lives, couldn’t possibly imagine this scenario, because it would never happen to their friends or family. They and loved ones thankfully would never have experienced the fear of deportation or a letter saying that they no longer existed.

This is why having people from different communities, classes, parts of the country and backgrounds matters in all the important parts of our society from the law to media to politics. The black community particularly has had a really tough time and the metrics for inequality are pretty grim from education to unemployment to prison population. And of course, it is the Afro-Caribbean community who have been hit by this latest scandal. And that’s sadly no surprise, because there are hardly any black people in senior positions in our governments, politics or public life. Black voices are missing, and black lives clearly don’t matter enough.

Diane Abbott and David Lammy fight courageously but look at the abuse they face. Lammy tweeted a letter he had received telling him to be “grateful” as a black man or “go back to where ever you came from”. And that is par for the course these days.

We can all be deeply moved by these awful Windrush stories but unless black people get real power, respect and status in society, 50 years on from that awful rivers of blood speech, I’m afraid our rivers of tears won’t count for very much.

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Many people were heartened by the birth of a new Royal baby and were moved to congratulate the happy couple.

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Among them was Alexander Stewart, an MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, who was so delighted he laid down a motion in the Scottish Parliament.

However, this prompted the Scottish Greens’ Patrick Harvie to submit an amendment congratulating thousands of other children born on the same day, many into poverty, and criticising politicians and media outlets for “fetishising privilege and fawning over those who enjoy it”. Strong stuff. But is this what our MSPs should be doing?

Holyrood should be a place where politicians address serious issues – the economy, the NHS crisis and, indeed, levels of poverty.

Congratulations on the birth of babies – Royal or otherwise – and the resulting squabbles should not be parliamentary business.

In the past, a formal motion was a way for politicians to record their feelings on such matters, but the modern age has brought a more appropriate means of expression. So next time, MSPs, take it onto Twitter with the cute cats etc.

READ MORE: Holyrood row breaks out over ‘fawning’ Royal baby motion

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Statues tend to be set in stone. However, despite this being literally true, we are not bound by the metaphor.

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For centuries, Britain was a profoundly sexist place and so it is unsurprising that our most prominent monuments reflect this.

Happily, we have come to the realisation in recent decades that women and men are equally capable of doing most things. Women’s suffrage, the 1960s sexual revolution, the first female prime minister and women in the armed forces were all significant milestones on our journey towards a more enlightened society. However, looking down upon us from the patriarchal past, our statues have remained predominantly male, sending a message to new generations that is decidedly out-dated and one that most people fundamentally disagree with.

READ MORE: Is this Scotland’s most controversial statue?

So campaigners have been making the case for new statues of women, such as the one of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett unveiled In London yesterday. At the ceremony, our second female Prime Minister, Theresa May, made clear Fawcett’s contribution to the UK: “I would not be standing here today as prime minister, no female MPs would have taken their seats in Parliament, none of us would have had the rights and protections we now enjoy, were it not for one truly great woman – Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett.”

Put like that, the only question is, why did it take so long for the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square, alongside the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Winston Churchill?

There is a similar picture in Scotland where our capital still has more statues of animals than named women. Anyone not embarassed by that stark statistic should be – it is hardly the kind of image we would want to project in the modern world.

READ MORE: Canada removes statues of controversial Jacobite-slaying general

A practical problem is there are only a limited number of prominent locations in our city centres for statues and many of them are currently occupied. So it is perhaps time for a reassessment to identify those figures who are still relevant and candidates to replace them. David Hume and Adam Smith should rest easy, but there are perhaps others whose achievements have slipped into the past and who may not have begrudged making way. We should not get rid of them, just find other spaces. Statues are meant to last, so it’s not a process that should happen often and decisions must be taken carefully. But just as our society has changed, so should its monuments.

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Ensuring staff don’t feel the need to be secretive about their sex lives can help companies’ profits, writes Ruth Davidson.

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People perform better when they can be themselves.

It doesn’t sound too controversial and seems to make a lot of sense. But every year, thousands of Scots choose to hide a big part of themselves from their workmates. Sometimes it’s out of fear or mistrust, sometimes it’s to protect privacy and sometimes because an overheard conversation means they worry they’ll be treated differently or their career prospects could be hampered by speaking up.

Last year, a survey found that a quarter of LGBT people had not come out to their colleagues and an astonishing six out of ten openly gay graduates decide to hide their sexuality when they join the world of work.

Think of how much effort must be involved in remembering to always talk about your partner in gender non-specific terms or ensuring you join in office banter about how hot the latest celebrity is, or having to cover up your weekend plans so people don’t find out something about you that you’re keeping from them. Individually, none of these sound like big issues. But think about having to do that in every conversation, every day, every week, every year.

It can result in people being withdrawn at work and not fully part of the team.

People have had protection under the law from discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, disability, gender or sexuality for years. But the law is a blunt tool when it comes to how open, friendly or welcoming a workplace environment is.

READ MORE: Scottish Catholic priest first to back LGBT school lessons

That’s why CBI Scotland – along with member organisations – has launched an LGBT Network to promote diversity and demonstrate the value of inclusive workplaces to the wider business community. CBI’s director in Scotland, Tracey Black, says it’s in firms’ own interests to create workplaces that help all employees to perform at their best – and has called on Scotland’s business leaders to step up. “While it’s the right thing to do, we also know that there’s a positive business case for taking action – with more diverse companies outperforming their rivals. There’s really no excuse for businesses not doing more to promote inclusion.”

Tonight, CBI Scotland is driving that message home with partners Standard Life Aberdeen and Scottish Power at an event in the capital that’s designed to show that when people are treated equally, they are happier and more productive at work. Or as Jan Gooding, chair of LGBT charity Stonewall and brand director at Aviva, says: “This is about good old-fashioned productivity. Evidence shows people work better when they’re themselves, for the simple reason that otherwise you’re expending energy on hiding your true identity.”

Other business leaders agree. Last year, the chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Monique Villa, concluded that more diverse companies are more successful than less diverse ones with benefits including greater staff retention and increased profits.

“Diversity is key to what we do. If you want an A-team you need people who bring different experiences and views to the table,” she said.

In the intensely competitive market for the best staff, employees have choices. Supportive environments are increasingly valued by all staff. Employees don’t want to be associated with overt or covert discrimination. The same goes for customers.

That’s why companies take time to enter into workplace indices – like the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – increasing their commitment to equality at work, but also as a marketing tool to attract the brightest and best.

READ MORE: Vision Voices: Leading business figures tell us how they are embracing diversity

Incidentally, the Welsh Assembly tops the table as the best employer for LGBT staff. The Scottish Parliament doesn’t feature as it chooses not to take part – perhaps something Holyrood bosses could think about to demonstrate how good a place it is we work in? I believe we are going through a remarkable period of social change in Britain, and right across the world, where the unthinkable has, in the space of a few short years, become the unremarkable.

I am delighted to be helping launch the CBI’s network programme tonight and applaud so many of its members for signing up and taking part.

As firms across the country look to tackle Scotland’s productivity gap, it is important they look to the individuals who work for them as well as to the whole.

If more employees are happy, settled and focussed at their work, the whole company benefits. Equality is the law – making sure people feel equally valued is a harder nut to crack. But those firms who get it right won’t just be delivering a societal good, they’ll be helping their bottom line as well.

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A judge has ruled that terminally ill Alfie Evans may be allowed home, but will not be allowed to go to Rome for further treatment.

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Mr Justice Hayden described the 23-month-old at the centre of a life support battle as “courageous” and a “warrior”, but said the case had now reached its “final chapter”, he told a High Court hearing in Manchester.

He rejected claims by Alfie’s father, Tom Evans, 21, that his son was “significantly better” than first thought because he had now been breathing unaided for 20 hours after doctors first withdrew life support on Monday night at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Instead, the judge said the best Alfie’s parents could hope for was to “explore” the options of removing him from intensive care either to a ward, a hospice or his home.

But a doctor treating Alfie, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that for Alfie to be allowed home would require a “sea change” in attitude from the child’s family, and they feared that in the “worst case” they would try to take the boy abroad.

Mr Justice Hayden ruled out his family’s wishes to take the child to the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, following interventions from the Pope and the Italian authorities.

READ MORE: Alfie Evans’ dad says child is breathing unaided

Alfie has been at the centre of a life or death treatment battle, with his parents, Mr Evans and Kate James, trying to block doctors from withdrawing life support in a sometimes acrimonious six-month dispute which has seen a series of court battles.

A “last-ditch appeal” in which the Italian Ambassador granted Alfie citizenship of Italy in order to take him to Rome for treatment failed on Monday.

And a late night court hearing heard by telephone by Mr Justice Hayden and lawyers for both sides confirmed his earlier decision permitting life support, helping Alfie to breathe, to be withdrawn.

During another three-hour hearing on Tuesday at the Family Division of the High Court sitting in Manchester, Paul Diamond, from the Christian Legal Centre representing the parents, suggested the alleged change in the position meant the court should reconsider its decision on allowing Alfie to travel abroad.

He handed the court a witness statement from Mr Evans in which he suggested his son’s health was “significantly better” than first thought since life support was withdrawn at 9.17pm last night, as he was continuing to live and breathe.

But Mr Justice Hayden said in his ruling: “The sad truth is that it is not.

“With little, indeed no hesitation, I reject that.

“The brain cannot regenerate itself and there is virtually nothing of his brain left.

“There is, in truth, with great respect to the efforts of Mr Diamond, no substance to this application, which represents, at least within the court process, the final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy.”

Instead the judge said Alfie’s continued life was a “shaft of light” and a “special opportunity” for his parent to spend time with him - not the time for more legal manoeuvres.

And he criticised the “malign hand” of one of the family’s advisers, law student Pavel Stroilov, who had, the court heard, been party to Mr Evans lodging a private prosecution of Alder Hey Hospital doctors, allegedly for murder.

The judge said, in fact, the hospital had provided “world class” care for the child.

The hospital’s doctors and independent medical experts say there is no cure and no hope for Alfie.

Medics say he has a degenerative neurological condition destroying his brain, and it is in his best interests to withdraw life support.

But his parents have fought a long battle to ask the courts to allow them to take him abroad.

The dispute ended up in the courts, but the family have already lost a series of appeals in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

Alfie was born on May 9 2016, but suffered seizures and was taken to hospital in December that year.

He is currently being hydrated and given oxygen to stop him becoming distressed, the court heard.

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The British power grid has seen a new record of more than three days without coal, smashing the previous record just days after it was set, National Grid has said.

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In the past few days Britain has seen more than 72 hours without any coal-fired power generation on the system for the first time since the 19th century.

Only last week, the British grid saw its first two-day period without using any power from the polluting fossil fuel, which the Government has committed to phasing out by 2025.

A National Grid spokeswoman said: “Britain has clocked up over 72 consecutive hours without the need for coal-powered generation.

“The record comes just days after the first ever two-day period where power generated from wind and gas dominated the mix of energy meeting the needs of electricity users across England, Scotland and Wales.”

In April last year, Britain went for its first full day without coal since the 19th century, and it accounted for less than 7% of the power mix in 2017, official figures show.

But experts warn that tackling climate change will require weaning the UK off all fossil fuels, including gas, which still plays a major part in powering and heating the country.

Dr Andrew Crossland, Associate Fellow of the Durham Energy Institute, said: “The challenge is that British coal is not just being substituted by renewable electricity- it is also being replaced by gas.

“This often-overlooked fossil fuel pervades most of our energy system and it now provides 40% of our electricity and nearly all of our domestic heating needs and as a country we consume nearly eight times more gas than coal.”

He warned that an over-reliance on gas made the country vulnerable to the whims of international markets and that the fossil fuel is “nowhere near clean enough” to meet the UK’s legal targets to cut climate change.

He called for renewed investment in renewable technologies, such as solar panels and batteries, to store power for homes and businesses and increased energy efficiency to reduce power use.

Hannah Martin, from Greenpeace UK, said: “As coal power is phased out to prevent environmental disaster, and nuclear power phases itself out through economic disaster, the Government would be wise to support the cleanest and cheapest energy sources, onshore wind and solar.

“Offshore wind has proven to be popular and able to provide affordable clean energy, as well as skilled jobs and fair bills.

“As we have more and more days without coal, we need to make sure it is replaced with the renewable technologies of the future.”

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Doctors have been left “gobsmacked” after Alfie Evans’ life-support was withdrawn but he continued to live, his father has said.

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Tom Evans said it was obvious that the youngster was breathing unassisted “within a few minutes” of life-support being withdrawn on Monday night.

Earlier, a High Court judge had dismissed a “last-ditch appeal” by Mr Evans and Alfie’s mother, Kate James, to be given more time to mount a further challenge to a decision to end the 23-month-old’s treatment.

Speaking outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on Tuesday morning, his father said Alfie’s life-support should be reinstated due to his remarkable progress.

“He is still working, he’s doing as good as he can,” he told reporters.

READ MORE: Alfie Evans’ parents launch new legal challenge

“But we do need him to be supported ... in the next hour it’s going to be hard but we will need him to be supported in the next hour or two.

“Because he’s been doing it for nine hours totally unexpected, the doctors are gobsmacked and I do believe he will need some form of life-support in the next couple of hours and I think he ought to be respected and given that.”

Alfie’s parents want treatment to continue and want to fly him to a hospital in Rome.

His case has been highlighted by the Pope, who expressed support for the couple, and he has been granted Italian citizenship.

Mr Justice Hayden analysed issues at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court late on Monday.

The judge heard submissions from lawyers representing hospital bosses, Alfie’s parents and the youngster via a telephone link.

However, Mr Justice Hayden refused their application for more time and gave doctors the go-ahead to stop treatment and bring Alfie’s life to an end.

After life-support was withdrawn, Alfie continued breathing and doctors agreed to give him oxygen and water, Mr Evans said.

“They say Alfie’s suffering. Well, look at him now. He’s not even on a ventilator and he’s not suffering,” he told reporters.

Mr Evans said that he had a “lengthy talk” with doctors and pleaded with them to give his son oxygen.

“They left him for six hours without food, water and oxygen,” he said.

“I felt blessed when they confirmed they were going to give him his water and his oxygen.

“He’s now on oxygen. It’s not changing his breathing but it’s oxygenating his body.”

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A majority of Scots would be willing to provide a blood sample to form part of a UK-wide national DNA database aimed at improving medical research, according to a new poll.

The findings came from a YouGov survey for the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry which asked 3,265 UK adults including 297 Scottish respondents for their views on allowing the use of personal data to combat diseases.

The ABPI represent research-based biopharmaceutical companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS.

The poll found that 55 per cent of Scots who took part would provide blood for a national DNA database with 28 per cent unwilling to do so and the rest saying – “don’t know”.

They also found that 62 per cent of people in Scotland would be willing to register as an organ donor for research purposes, compared to 19 per cent who are unwilling to do so.

A total of 64 per cent of Scots who took part are willing to allow the NHS to use their healthcare data for medical research, compared to 20 per cent who are unwilling.

Asked what medical breakthrough people would most like to see in the next 70 years, Scots overwhelmingly chose a cure for cancer 49 per cent with a cure for Alzheimer’s coming in second (20 per cent). Other findings from the poll included the question “would you like to live beyond 100 years old?” On this point 32 per cent of Scots would like to live past the century mark while 39 per cent said they would not.

The ABPI say this personal commitment to medical advancement from the Scottish population could help us understand more about human health than ever before and advance scientific research in complex diseases that we currently struggle to treat.

Alison Culpan, Director of ABPI Scotland, said: “The drive to find answers to medical and scientific challenges is in the very DNA of Scotland.

“It’s fantastic, but no surprise, that Scots are so keen to play a part in research, and to build on our strong heritage of delivering a world class NHS.

“The willingness to make a very personal contribution plays a big part in taking the discoveries from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside.

“Currently Scotland embraces innovation in medicines by carefully considering every new drug. This, has helped Scotland be a leader in clinical trials, allowing each new medicine to be compared against the best one currently in use.

“The collaboration between Scotland’s people, clinicians and medicines researchers is good news for patients and Scotland’s economy.”

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The brother of a Scots army captain who died while running the London Marathon two years ago has issued a warning to would-be participants on the anniversary of his death today

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David Seath had a cardiac arrest three miles short of the finish, near the 23-mile mark, close to Southwark Bridge.

His death in 2016 bears striking similarities to that of former MasterChef contestant Matt Campbell, 29, who collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark during Sunday’s London Marathon which was run in the hottest ever temperatures.

READ MORE: Kevan Christie: Why we should stop running marathons

The exact cause of Mr Campbell’s death is yet to be established. He was running for The Brathay Trust, to improve the life chances of children, and families, and in memory of his late father.

Capt Seath’s brother Gary told The Scotsman he would encourage fundraisers to consider cardiac screening before future marathons and urged the charity sector to “do more” with regards to highlighting the degree of risk associated with the challenge.

READ MORE: Masterchef star dies after collapsing during London Marathon

He said: “I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Matt Campbell.

“David tragically collapsed and died running the London Marathon. He was exceptionally fit, as an Officer of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, and had no underlying heart condition. However, it is important that anyone who wishes to run a marathon thoroughly prepares for the event and seeks medical advice prior to beginning their training if they have any doubts about their health.”

The death toll from 38 editions of the London event now stands at 14 since the first race was held in 1981.

Capt Seath, from Cowdenbeath, was an Afghanistan veteran, who toured the war-torn country in 2012 and had completed two master’s degrees at the University of Aberdeen before attending Sandhurst, the elite officer training centre in 2009.

His brother said: “I greatly admire the discipline, commitment and dedication it takes to complete a marathon as well as the motivations behind taking on this particular challenge event. However I believe strongly in discussing the risk associated with taking on this challenge and would encourage fundraisers to consider cardiac screening.

“I think the charity sector could do more with regards to highlighting the degree of risk associated with this particular form of challenge event. Perhaps a disclaimer section, with enhanced visibility/prominence, on a charity’s fundraising page of their website or an email following a sign-up which encourages entrants to seek medical advice if there is any doubt. As the founder of The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, I certainly will refer our future marathon runners to the work of charities like Cardiac Risk in the Young, who screen young people and adults for cardiac conditions across the UK.”

A statement on London Marathon’s official Twitter page, said: “Matt Campbell, aged 29, a professional chef from the Lake District, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and, although he received immediate medical treatment on the scene from race doctors, he died later in hospital.”

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Babies exposed to high levels of caffeine in the womb are more likely to go on to be overweight children, a new study suggests.

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The study, in the journal BMJ Open, concluded that exposure to moderate to high caffeine levels while in the womb is linked to excess weight gain in early childhood.

The research, led by experts from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, found that children exposed to very high levels of caffeine can weigh 480g more when they are aged eight compared to children exposed to low caffeine levels.

The authors said that their work supports advice to reduce caffeine intake during pregnancy.

NHS choices advises pregnant women to limit their caffeine consumption to no more than 200mg a day.

A mug of instant coffee, on average, contains 100mg of caffeine while a mug of tea has 75mg. Filter coffee has higher caffeine levels with the average mug containing 140mg of caffeine. While caffeine is mostly associated with hot drinks, it can also be found in other products including energy drinks, some cans of pop and chocolate bars.

In the latest study, experts examined data from more than 50,000 Norwegian women and their babies by taking information from dietary surveys conducted in pregnancy and comparing them to child growth measurements, including weight.

Around half (46 per cent) of pregnant women were considered to have low caffeine consumption – less than 50mg a day; A further 44 per cent had a moderate level of consumption – classed as between 50 and 199mg a day; 7 per cent had high levels of consumption of between 200mg and 299mg a day and 3 per cent had very high levels of over 300mg.

The authors compared data from the dietary surveys to information on child body measurements taken at 11 different stages throughout childhood until they were eight years old.

Average, high, and very high caffeine intake during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk – 15 per cent, 30 per cent, and 66 per cent respectively – of “excess growth” during their child’s infancy compared to children born to mothers who had a low caffeine intake during pregnancy.

Any caffeine exposure was associated with youngsters having a higher risk of being overweight before starting school. But the risk only appeared to persist until youngsters were eight if their mother had “very high” consumption in pregnancy.

The authors wrote: “The results add supporting evidence for the current advice to reduce caffeine intake during pregnancy and indicate that complete avoidance might actually be advisable.”

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Last week, American rapper Kendrick Lamar stunned many in the Western cultural sphere by winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

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For those of us who are familiar with Lamar, this news came as no surprise. But for some of those unfamiliar with his mind-blowingly stellar body of work, it was somewhere between sneer-worthy and patently ludicrous. The idea that rap be recognised as a legitimate form and that in some cases that form may be elevated to high art is simply unthinkable.

Pretty fitting I suppose, given that hip hop itself was and remains an expression of violence birthed by social inequality. The violence of political exclusion. The violence of social immobility. The violence of racism and how it intersects with class to compound social deprivation for people of colour.

It was from the fertile ground of social deprivation that hip hop sprung; giving African Americans a new, dynamic form of culture to call their own again after years of watching the other forms they pioneered being brutalised and prostituted by white record label executives who got rich of the back of their ingenuity. Hip hop was an evolution, both of African American culture and political consciousness – though it also deserves credit for pile-driving disco into the musical scrapheap like punk did classic rock.

Let’s not beat about the bush here. Hip hop isn’t regarded as an art form by many, not because it cannot be artful, but because it has not yet been co-opted by middle-class white people. You see, that’s what needs to happen for a form to become capable of high art. See ‘graphic novels’ (book-length comics) for an example of this. For these people, art is a commodity. Something they purchase and integrate into their sophisticated personalities like a form of property; denoting a social marker distinguishing them from the riff raff. The sort of people who enjoy Tom Leonard but haven’t clocked that they are who he’s writing about.

READ MORE: Music review: Kendrick Lamar

Despite these people being smart on paper, they are usually slow to the block-party where art is concerned. They tend not to appreciate an artist until long after they died poor. Then they canonise these artists and never shut up about them.

Get yourself along to a Burn’s Night if you want to see what I mean. Have a great laugh at these people and their hilarious inability to see themselves as the rest of us see them. Behold their apparent love of edgy, subversive, radical, political poetry – as long as it’s more than 200 years old. Then watch them sneer, cringe and balk at that exact same thing when it exists within their own lifetime.

Kendrick Lamar is a cultural juggernaut. He uses rap as a form to deploy the same literary techniques as your favourite novelists, poets, playwrights and screenwriters. He conjures vivid imagery like your favourite painters and evokes powerful emotions like your favourite musicians. And like those artists, who are widely recognised as artful, one must immerse oneself fully in Lamar’s body of work to fully appreciate it.

You wouldn’t judge Arthur Miller on one page of The Crucible. You wouldn’t judge Joni Mitchell on eight bars of Dancin’ Clown and you wouldn’t judge Miss Saigon on the scene where the helicopter obtrusively lands on stage in the second act. Nor would you consume these things in isolation and then proceed to opine about the people who created them like you have the faintest clue what you’re talking about.

Why? Well, it’s because you assume there must some sort of sophistication at play where those other artists are concerned. That whatever you are seeing must possess a rich, complex literary interior that must be unpacked. A masterwork which requires more than a passive observation to truly comprehend. Yet, somehow, we have a lot of culturally cocksure knuckle-draggers running around out here, living in the shadows of their ornamental bookshelves, keen to broadcast their stupefying, borderline offensive, inexcusable ignorance, who believe they are smart enough to infer meaning from the work of someone like Lamar simply by Googling a few of the lyrics on the internet. You know the type. People who suspect they have a book in them, who’re slowly coming to grips with the likelihood that’s probably where it should stay.

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With hip hop, no sophistication is assumed. Lamar and rappers like him are not hard to understand, apparently. Their work contains no literary interior, apparently. What you see is what you get with hip hop; big-screen TVs, blunts, forties and bitches. They don’t understand that’s what commercial hip hop became once white middle-class people started consuming it to indulge their fetish for ‘gritty’ urban voyeurism; opening a porthole from the mundanity of their white picket-fenced suburban communities into a world of sex, money and murder. That other stuff about black power?

Well, the whites weren’t so keen on that, so it was edited out – until Lamar deftly reconciled the competing notions of commercial success and artistic integrity by becoming the most successful, critically acclaimed rapper in the world.

And the key theme of his recent album DAMN may be that of paternal absence in the context of social inequality: the absolute bullseye where social issues affecting African American communities and the lower classes is concerned.

Some seem confused about what art is. That opera, theatre and poetry are inherently artful and self-justifying rather than the truth: any form can be elevated to high art by a great artist. From karate, boxing and swimming to jazz, funk, blues and hip hop. It’s about what an artist does with the form – not the form itself – that takes something from passable brain candy to transformative, profound and sublime.

But what the hell do I know? I’m just a rapper.

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It’s elder abuse to make 92-year-old monarch sit through birthday ‘celebrations’ like Saturday night at the Royal Albert Hall, says Aidan Smith.

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At the Royal Albert Hall, Theresa May sat in the ‘jewellery-rattling’ seats with her husband. Up on stage, a man from the North-East of England warbled in a cod Jamaican accent. It was a truly dire moment and the only person who could possibly have enjoyed it was the Prime Minister.

Earlier in the week, at the height of the Windrush outrage, a leaflet came to light from May’s tenure as Home Secretary containing dos and don’ts for people the government claims to be deporting to their home country. “Don’t use overseas accents – they can attract unwanted attention,” went the advice sheet, and of course “overseas” meant the Geordie, Brummie and Glaswegian tones which potential evictees would have come to call their own from living here most of their lives. To those being sent back to Jamaica, the leaflet suggested: “Try to be ‘Jamaican’ – use local dialect.”

As Sting – for it was he – sang in a patois that was as convincingly Caribbean as a warm can of Lilt, I wanted the cameras to cut to the Mays so we could see the PM’s hubby nudging her and murmuring: “You had the right idea, darling. A knighthood for the most pretentious man in rock, perhaps?” Unfortunately we got the Queen, looking even more mind-numbingly bored than she had been two minutes previously.

Honestly, was Saturday’s musical clamjamfrie a suitable gift for Her Madge’s 92nd birthday? You can imagine her ringing and underlining (five times) her 93rd in the pages at the back of the Buck House diary to remind her to be extremely unavailable for a repeat. You can imagine the Duke of Edinburgh back at HQ in a big slipper, jumbo bag of Doritos in his lap, expressing his gratitude at being excused the event by breaking wind, then wielding the Royal remote like an axe to switch over to The Crown on Netflix.

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This may be the pretty pass when these events should stop for good. The Queen is 92 and surely it’s elder abuse to make her sit through any more of them. As Gyles Brandreth, an HRH biographer, remarked when criticising the line-up: “In a reign longer than any other monarch in our history, the Queen really has seen it all. And my feeling is that by now she’s probably seen enough.”

To be fair to Sting, he thought he might strike a bum note. “I’m not sure this is her musical taste, quite frankly,” he admitted, adding that the concert could get him “put in the Tower”.

To be doubly fair to him, which rarely happens, what was described as a “pop/reggae pile-up” was not Sting at his most serious. This is a man after all who swears by eight-hour Tantric sex sessions, albums wholly devoted to the lute, yoga, week-long humanitarian summits among the biodynamic vineyards of his Tuscany retreat, having a 19th century aluminium double bass close by for the purpose of playing “one little piece of Purcell every day”, an ego which according to former Police bandmate Stuart Copeland is so big that it’s visible from the moon, beginning sentences with “I think it was Flaubert who said … ”, being an eco-warrior with a chef who can supposedly be summoned to fly 100 miles to make his wife a bowl of soup, and all the rest. Saturday, then, could have been a whole lot worse.

And to be triply fair to Sting – unprecedented – he was not acting alone at the Royal Albert Hall but rather as part of a highly improbable double-act with Shaggy, a pairing of the bombastic with the Boombastic, prompting questions about whether a performer whose most famous song recounts how he got jiggy with a neighbour was really appropriate for a Royal occasion.

Then there was Craig (“We were making love by Wednesday”) David. Assuming the bill was put together by the Princes William and Harry, with some input from their other halves, what were they thinking? One was not amused, judging by the Queen’s frizzle-faced demeanour. But she’s 92, for goodness sake. She’s sat through a million clanky cacophonies performed by various subjects during her reign and is allowed to look like that. No one else in the Royal box seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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More than not being amused, though, one seemed underwhelmed. It wasn’t the fact that Shaggy and Sting used the evening to plug their new album, as did Kylie Minogue, which really isn’t the done thing, and it wasn’t that the odd lyric might have been risque. As parties go, this was simply dull.

No one dared to update John Lennon’s famous instruction to the audience at the 1963 Royal Variety Performance: “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, just rattle your jewelry.” I don’t think the Queen would have minded this – the evening desperately needed oomph – and reckon she would have laughed. The Queen possesses a sense of humour, as she showed when James Bond swung by the Palace to take her to the London Olympics and on TV a few days before the party when discussing conkers and corgis with her fellow nonagenarian Sir David Attenborough.

A key scene in The Crown has the young monarch chastising her mother for not educating her properly while the latter is glued to the idiot-lantern for some vaudevillian sand-dancing. I’m not aware of HRH having more rarefied tastes but she deserved better than Saturday night.

Apparently she liked George Formby in her youth and so hopefully enjoyed the tribute to the ukulele demon. Formby was once invited to perform at Buck House but I don’t think Sting should hold his breath for an invite, unless he’s into that at the moment in a bid to stay relevant and, of course, virile.

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Politicians – not a nation – are to blame for the staggering injustice of the Windrush scandal.

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Amber Rudd was yesterday scrambling to “right the wrong people have suffered” in the Windrush scandal, apologising for the “unintended and devastating” effect of its ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy.

Honest, decent, law-abiding people – many of retirement age – have been locked up, refused NHS treatment, lost their jobs and been threatened with deportation.

The Home Secretary promised compensation and for their status as British citizens to be formally recognised. Rudd has rightly described her own department’s actions as “appalling” and it would be perfectly reasonable for those actions to be despised.

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However, James Dornan, the Scottish Nationalist MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, decided to apportion blame, not just upon those responsible, but upon the United Kingdom as a whole.

“I truly despise being part of the UK. I feel so sorry for those who are permanently stuck with this bunch of incompetents and bigots. At least we [Scots] have the opportunity to leave [the UK] ahead of us, all we need is the confidence in ourselves to take it,” he tweeted about the affair. For him, it seems, the UK will always be a place where such staggering injustices happen and the only solution is for Scotland to disassociate itself entirely.

But, in fact, it was the reaction by UK public opinion, expressed across the political spectrum, that forced Theresa May’s Government to hurriedly backtrack while apologising profusely and the affair may yet cost the Home Secretary her job.

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So while the Conservatives have much to apologise for, the UK as a country emerges rather well. The UK is far from perfect but it is, fundamentally, a liberal democracy that values and promotes human rights, free speech and the rule of law. Dornan’s remark echoes those made by hardline Brexiteers as they continue their efforts to demonise the European Union. Exploiting any ideological splits between Scotland and the rest of the UK has long been an SNP tactic, but to “despise” the UK is to step beyond reasonable debate and will only alienate those in Scotland who are there to be convinced about independence.

The SNP should stop trying to turn the UK into a hate figure that most Scots do not recognise and concentrate instead on making a more positive case. England will always be our closest neighbour and it should be our closest friend.

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It is a project so complex and time consuming that by the time it is finally finished, some of the people currently working on it expect to have retired – or even died.

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More than a decade after they began, Scottish researchers working on the most comprehensive Gaelic dictionary ever compiled are being given a multi-million pound funding boost.

Education Secretary John Swinney will today announce that a further £2.5m is being put towards the project, on top of the £2m already given five years ago.

The dictionary, Faclair na Gàidhlig, has the ambitious aim of documenting the history, development and usage of every word in the language.

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Researchers working on the project have already assembled a giant database of continuous Gaelic text made up of some 30 million words, using written sources and audio records.

This “corpus” will inform the compiling of the dictionary’s individual entries, which are eventually expected to number in the hundreds of thousands. However, work on this has yet to begin.

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The researchers have also focused on creating detailed training materials for the next generation of lexicographers who will have to take their place on the project when they retire.

Professor Boyd Robertson, convenor of the project’s steering committee, said the finished article would be “more like an encyclopaedia” than a dictionary.

Rather than just simple entries and definitions, it will provide detailed explanations of the linguistic roots of each word and their various spellings at different times in Scottish history.

Researchers from the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde are collaborating on the project alongside the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture.

It is intended that the dictionary will eventually be published online allowing people to use it for free, but it is expected to take at least 25 years to complete.

“I’m about to retire from my post here, so it’s unlikely that people of my vintage will be around to see the finished product,” said Professor Robertson. “But nevertheless, it’s important for our generation to lay the groundwork for others to build on.”

Lorna Pike, a lexicographer and the project’s co-ordinator, said each entry could take anywhere between “a few hours and a couple of months”.

Mr Swinney will announce the new funding for the project as he leads a debate at Holyrood on the National Gaelic Language Plan, which is intended to rekindle waning interest in the language.

According to the 2011 census, only around 1 per cent of the Scottish population are fluent Gaelic speakers, leading some to question whether the dictionary project is worthwhile.

But both Ms Pike and Professor Robertson defended the work, saying it would give Gaelic speakers an authoritative resource and help to preserve an important part of Scottish culture.

“It all comes down to respecting people and culture. This kind of dictionary will mean that the Gaelic culture and language will always be accessible,” Ms Pike said.

“It’s almost more important to do it if Gaelic does die out, because then we will know what kind of people the Gaels were and how they lived. Otherwise they will be lost in the mists of time.”

Professor Robertson added: “For the general populace, it will be a window on our history, heritage and culture. It’ll be something people can delve into as they would an encyclopaedia, and find out about the development of society over the years.”

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It’s a boy!

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed a baby prince, following in the footsteps of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Emulating the birth pattern of the Queen and Philip’s first three children, William and Kate have had a son, a daughter and now another son.

The Queen and Philip had Prince Charles, then Princess Anne, followed by, after a gap of 10 years, Prince Andrew, with Prince Edward born four years later.

Yet William and Kate’s third child, a new Prince of Cambridge, arrived after a much closer age gap.

There are only three years between Princess Charlotte and her new baby brother.

Before Charlotte was born in 2015, the Windsors’ direct line to the throne had been mostly male-dominated for many years.

The Queen has three sons and one daughter and the Prince of Wales has two sons, William and Prince Harry.

The monarch was one of two sisters but George VI was one of five brothers and a sister.

The arrival of a prince was a surprise for the Duke and Duchess, who chose not to find out the sex of their baby in advance.

Like George, the baby is a Prince of Cambridge.

George was the first Prince of Cambridge to be born for more than 190 years.

The previous Prince of Cambridge, who was also a George, was born in 1819 and was a grandson of George III.

But if the Queen had not stepped in, the new baby would have been Lord (forename) Mountbatten-Windsor, rather than a prince, and would not have been His Royal Highness.

Under past rules, only William and Kate’s first-born son was entitled to become a prince after George V limited titles within the royal family in 1917.

The Queen issued a Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm in December 2012 when Kate was around three months pregnant with George, declaring “all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour”.

This young prince is also no longer allowed to jump ahead of older sister Charlotte in the line of succession.

Previously, under the ancient rules of male primogeniture, he could have taken precedence over Charlotte, and leapfrogged into fourth in line.

But a radical shake-up of the royal succession rules removed discriminatory male bias and came into force in March 2015, affecting babies born after October 28 2011.

When the Queen’s third child, Prince Andrew, now the Duke of York, was born in 1960, he jumped ahead of his older sister, Princess Anne, and remains higher up the line of succession than her to this day as the new law is not retrospective.

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A former MasterChef star has died after collapsing while running the London Marathon, organisers have said.

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Matt Campbell, 29, who was a semi-finalist in MasterChef: The Professionals in 2017, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark.

A statement on London Marathon’s official Twitter page, said: “With deep sadness, we confirm the death of a participant in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

“Matt Campbell, aged 29, a professional chef from the Lake District, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and, although he received immediate medical treatment on the scene from race doctors, he died later in hospital.

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“Matt was a well-known chef who featured in Masterchef: The Professionals last year, inspiring viewers with his Nutritional Gastronomy movement and forward-thinking ideas. He was running for The Brathay Trust and in memory of his father, Martin, who died in the summer of 2016.

“Matt’s family today paid tribute to their inspirational son and brother, who was a keen marathon runner and had earlier this month completed the Manchester Marathon in under 3 hours.

“Matt’s chosen charity, The Brathay Trust, inspires vulnerable young people to make positive changes in their lives.

“Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express our sincere condolences to Matt’s family and friends.

“No further details will be released and the family has asked for privacy. The exact cause of death will be established by later medical examination.”

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The marathon was Campbell’s second in two weeks after completing a race in Manchester.

According to his biography on his website, Campbell began his career working in Michelin-starred kitchens after finishing second on BBC Young Chef Of The Year at the age of 20 in 2009.

Speaking about running the marathon in honour of his late father Martin, he wrote on Instagram in February: “Words can’t describe how honoured and humbled I feel to be asked to run this year’s @londonmarathon on behalf of @brathaychallenges/@brathaytrust and in memory of my Father, Martin Campbell.

“It’s been almost 18 months since I lost my Dad and this has been the most challenging period of my life.

“One thing that has helped me immensely is running and he inspired me to undertake my first marathon (Brathay) in 2016.

“I would never have believed 2 years on I would have the opportunity to represent such an incredible charity at such a prestigious event. Fundraising for Brathay with the proceeds going towards their memorial appeal in my Father’s name.”

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A body recovered from the River Elbe in Hamburg is that of a Scot who went missing in the city more than two months ago.

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Liam Colgan, 29, from Inverness, disappeared during his brother Eamonn’s stag weekend in the German city in the early hours of February 10.

Police were called to the HafenCity area earlier today where they retrieved a body from the water.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity which has been working with Mr Colgan’s family, said the body was that of Mr Colgan.

The charity, which helps the families of those missing abroad, said: “The Lucie Blackman Trust is saddened to confirm that a body found in the River Elbe, Hamburg, is that of Liam Colgan, missing after attending his brother’s stag weekend in the German city.

“Whilst formal identification is yet to be carried out, Mr Colgan’s driving licence was in the pocket of the jacket, and the clothes were those he was wearing the night he disappeared.

“The trust asks that Mr Colgan’s family be given space and privacy to grieve at this difficult time.”

Chief executive Matthew Searle added: “An astonishing amount of support has been apparent in this case – the search for Liam has been joined by thousands of people, both German and British, and we would like to thank all of them for their support.

“Our thoughts are of course with Liam’s family and friends today.”

Mr Colgan’s disappearance led to a major search in the German city as thousands of leaflets were distributed in the hope of tracing the missing postman.

Eamonn and his fiancée Susan Dolan postponed their wedding while searches took place.

Mr Colgan’s family had hoped to widen their search, including plans to visit other German cities after potential sightings of Liam.

In a statement released at the weekend, the family said they would “never forget” the support of volunteers, who had provided “amazing assistance”.

After the discovery of a body yesterday, a post on the Help Find Liam Colgan Facebook page warned users not to post pictures.

It said: “While we are extremely grateful for all the kind messages, please can we ask that you refrain from posting any news stories here which show videos or pictures of the body being recovered from the river, as these are extremely distressing for family and friends to see – on what is already a difficult day.”

In a statement, Hamburg police said “there are indications that [the body] is that of missing Liam Colgan”.

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The security operation for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cost police more than £6 million, figures have revealed for the first time.

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Nearly £3 million was spent on overtime costs alone, with hundreds of officers drafted
in to help police crowds watching the event in London in 2011.

While next month’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle 
will be on a smaller scale, Thames Valley Police are preparing for around 100,000 spectators.

That will make it one of the force’s largest security operations, which will require reinforcements from other forces, including the Metropolitan Police.

Ken Marsh is chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers in London.

He said the extra hours required of officers for a combination of large operations and an “unprecedented” level of violent crime in London have become a “huge drain” and must be seen as part of a wider welfare issue which is putting front-line services at risk.

Figures obtained through several Freedom of Information requests showed that, in total, £6.35 million was spent policing Kate and William’s wedding, including £2.8 million on police overtime.

Of that, £3.6 million was paid by a Home Office grant to cover “additional costs”, the Metropolitan Police said.

An estimate for the total cost of the security operation put forward by the Metropolitan Police in 2011 placed the figure closer to £7.2 million, according to a previous Freedom of Information disclosure.

And while the UK’s national tourism agency Visit Britain said the country experienced a 7 per cent increase in visitors between April and June 2011 compared to the previous year, those hoping for a boost to the wider economy may have been left disappointed.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the combination of an extra bank holiday and the warmest April for 100 years contributed to a slight dip in economic activity.

This included a 1.2 per cent fall in output in service industries, a 1.4 per cent drop in manufacturing production and a 1.6 per cent fall in the index of production compared with the previous month.

The policing cost figures come ahead of preparations for the next royal wedding on 19 May, and a row over police staffing levels amid claims that the spike in killings in London is linked to cuts in police numbers.

Mr Marsh said: “Obviously, this is a huge drain on my colleagues in terms of the hours that they have to work.”

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I loved it when Theresa May sacked George Osborne and told him to “go and learn some emotional intelligence”. It was ages ago now, but clearly still rankles with the ex-Chancellor who can’t stop himself trying to get his revenge.

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He strikes me as being like the sixth-former who’s never been good enough to represent his school in sports yet still thinks he’s the best player of them all. You know the sort? The bully boy straight out of the Beano with a balloon coming out his mouth saying: “Phwaaaw! I‘ll get her!” Whatever you think of our current Prime Minister, you’ve got to admire her for getting so brilliantly under the skin of someone who has a great thickness of it.

Certainly I’ve never read such a collection of more unsavoury remarks about a woman from a man in public office. One misogynist, murderous thing after another – he’s described her as a “dead woman walking”, said he will not rest “until she’s chopped up in bags in my freezer” and an editorial in the London Evening Standard, which he edits, compared her premiership to the “living dead in a second-rate horror film”. There’s only one other who comes close to Osbone in making public his thoughts about the females in power who show him up – and he’s across the Atlantic. Osborne, unfortunately, is right here among us.

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I’ve been thinking about all this because, with the Windrush debacle still in the air, it occurs to me how much the shamed ex-Tory has had to do with shaping public opinion. As editor of the Standard, a free newspaper that commuters pick up on their way home, Osborne has a great deal of influence on all kinds of political matters, setting an emotional temperature that corresponds to his own vengeful, right-wing extremes. The idea that his views can take up so much newsprint, so much time …

No doubt Theresa May has a lot of bridge-building to do following the distress caused by a bureaucratic mistake of such monstrous proportions; it will continue to hurt and affect people but the thing is she apologised straight away and took the blame in a manner that I thought was gracious and decent. There’s no doubt an apology of some magnitude was needed for anyone whose family emigrated from the West Indies to the UK back in the middle of the last century being put under undue stress over their legal status as a UK citizen is distressing, to say the least. As journalist Mary Ann Sieghart said: “Once is too many.” For it’s hard to imagine a state action that might have such an emotional affect on an individual, a family and a community.

But the fact is, it was a ghastly mistake. A shocking one, and with shocking consequences, but absolutely and utterly unintentional. And frankly, when you think about the huge cranking machine that is the civil service and legal departments of political offices labouring away to bring about the end of our place in the lovely European Union, I’ll be surprised if we don’t see a whole lot more mistakes with terrible outcomes being made, over the months and years to come. Errors of all kinds worming their way out of the administrative and paperwork blunders that will proliferate and metastasise as we in the UK become smaller and smaller, and if Scotland splits off from the UK, smaller again. None of it bears thinking about.

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Apologies are wonderful. I’d like to hear way more of them. Taking the blame personally for something, bearing the brunt … it’s a decent and big-hearted way to behave. Osborne and his mates might apologise to us all for getting us into the mess that is Brexit in the first place, for example, and for causing splits between the English and Scottish that have resulted in an increasingly nationalist temperature north and south of the Border. Would that a few more politicians say sorry for letting their own personal xenophobic ambitions and plans for separatism cost the futures and peace of mind of the rest of us? That might lend some much-needed calm which might spread to all ends of this four-nation island community of ours. Some peace and quiet instead of division and strife would be nice.

Peace and quiet is on the cards for me in the next couple of weeks as our dog June’s beautiful puppies leave us and do their own work as tiny representatives of a still United Kingdom. With three going to gorgeous kennels ranged across Scotland, two down in London, and one stay-behind who we’ll keep with us and can say he’s at home in both places. They’re like six busy little four-footed diplomats for the Better Together campaign. I’ll have to tell Gordon Brown.

For sure, it’s been an amazing experience watching the “indistinguishables” as we’ve been calling them, six identical black labradors with snuffly noses and bright eyes who were born no bigger and almost as delicious as a Harry-Gow-from-Sutherland sausage roll, now rumbling around the place like they’re auditioning for a part in a teenage musical. I came in the other day to one wearing a lampshade on his head and another up on his hind legs trying to play the piano. It was like something from the old TV series “Fame” – only with puppies. What better antidote, I wonder, to the world’s ills?

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It’s a conundrum faced by every reader at some point - ditch a book that you are just not enjoying, or see it through with grim determination until the bitter end.

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A new poll suggests that many of us are unwilling to give up on a book, no matter how much we struggle, while others wait weeks, or even months, before conceding defeat.

And it also indicates that the majority of Britons will avoid reading material that they believe will make them sad, a considerable proportion saying they see reading as a form of escape, and want to be transported to a happy place.

The Reading Agency, which commissioned the survey to mark World Book Night today, suggested that anyone who finds themselves facing “book block” should not force themselves to continue with the book in question.

And the books that adults are most likely to struggle to finish? The poll suggests that readers are more likely to have difficulty with modern-day novels, such as Fifty Shades Of Grey, rather than works by classic authors such as Dickens or Emily Bronte.

Overall, more than a fifth (22 per cent) of the 2,000 people polled said you should always finish a book you have started.

Around one in six (15 per cent) said that they would give up if they were struggling with a book after one to three weeks, with 11 per cent saying they would stop reading after four to six days, 13 per cent after two to three days and 6 per cent would stop up to a day after. In addition, just under one in ten (9 per cent) said they would persevere for one to three months, with smaller proportions saying they would wait longer.

Asked what factors make it hard to finish a book, the most common answer (chosen by 51 per cent) was that they find it boring, or are not enjoying it, with around one in four (24 per cent) saying they find it hard to concentrate when reading, and 20 per cent too tired from work and family life.

The majority said that reading can have a positive effect on mood and wellbeing, and of those that agreed with this, 28 per cent said that they would turn to a book if they felt lonely, and 24 per cent said they would do so if they felt stressed.

One in five (20 per cent) said that they would definitely avoid a book if they thought it would make them sad.

Sue Wilkinson, chief executive of The Reading Agency, said: “At a time when one in five of us will experience anxiety or depression, and world events can leave people feeling confused or scared, reading has never been more important. As this research shows, reading can have a hugely positive impact on health and wellbeing; it can build empathy and help us understand the world and the people around us. At a time when so many brilliant books are being published, you should never force yourself to read something you’re not enjoying.”

The Censuswide poll questioned 2,000 British people in March.

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Millions of UK children worry over air pollution near their school, according to a survey.

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More than two fifths (43 per cent) of children polled – who live in towns and cities – are now concerned about the levels, new figures reveal.

A YouGov poll, carried out for Sustrans – the walking and cycling charity, surveyed more than 1,000 children aged six to 15 years old about their attitudes towards air pollution and the actions they think should be taken to help clean up the air.

More than one in three (38 per cent) of those surveyed think encouraging more people to cycle, scoot or walk to school is the best way to reduce levels of air pollution.

The number of children who say they are concerned about air pollution rose to over half, or 53 per cent, in London.

More than one in three (34 per cent) thinks that politicians are most responsible for bringing down levels of air pollution – and 29 per cent believed drivers should take responsibility themselves.

Children are among the most vulnerable to air pollution, according to last year’s annual report of the Chief Medical Officer.

And more than 2,000 schools and nurseries are near to roads with damaging levels of motor emissions, an investigation in 2017 by The Guardian and Greenpeace found.

The survey by Sustrans was released today to launch the Big Pedal 2018, to encourage more young people to cycle, walk and scoot to school.

Held annually, this year’s event – running until 4 May – will see more than half a million children and young people get on their bikes and scooters for their journeys to and from school.

Sustrans is also calling on government and councils to invest in cycling and walking infrastructure and further training and engagement programmes which will enable more young people to travel actively to school every day.

Xavier Brice, Sustrans’ chief executive office, said: “This survey demonstrates for the first time that children are aware and concerned about poor air quality.”

World record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont, from Edinburgh, said: “Fewer cars around school gates will play a significant role in reducing congestion and improving the quality of the air we breathe.

“Events like the Big Pedal can demonstrate to children, parents and teachers just how easy it can be to travel actively to and from school.”

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MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis is launching a High Court battle to “give Facebook a bloody nose” over claims the site is publishing scam adverts causing vulnerable people to hand over thousands of pounds to criminals.

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Mr Lewis is due to lodge court papers today for a defamation lawsuit against Facebook over claims it has published more than 50 fake posts bearing his name in the past year, many of which are used to scam money out of people.

Mr Lewis said the legal action was the result of months of frustration with scammers piggybacking on his reputation and preying on Facebook users with outlandish get-rich-quick scams.

He said people have handed over thousands of pounds in good faith, only to find the advert has nothing to do with Mr Lewis or his company.

Any damages won through the lawsuit will be donated to charity, but Mr Lewis said the real aim was to force the social media behemoth to change its policy and reduce the risk of such scams being hosted by Facebook.

Mr Lewis said: “There are customers who have lost a lot of money. Some of them won’t even talk to me because they’ve seen my face on the advert and think it’s me who has scammed them – it’s an absolute disgrace.

“I’ve had enough of this. It’s affecting my reputation, but more importantly it is affecting real people who are handing over money in good faith while the scammers are raking in the cash. I won’t be making a penny out of this, by the way – I’ve had a team of people looking at this for months now and it is time to take a stand.”

He said the legal action was not designed to win the defamation case itself but to force the company to change its policy on advertising, for example reducing the risk of such scams by having inbuilt settings notifying well-known people every time their image was used in an advert, requiring their approval that the post was legitimate.

The television personality and journalist said: “I don’t do adverts. I’ve told Facebook that.

“Yet it simply continues to repeatedly publish these adverts and then relies on me to report them once the damage has been done.”

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Henry Ford would be pleased. Black threatens to knock silver off the top spot as Britain’s favourite car colour.

Silver remains the most popular choice but black is catching up fast, according to official figures.

The legendary motor magnate is reputed to have told Model T buyers a century ago: “You can have any colour, as long as it’s black”.

Current buyers seem to approve, with 6.4 million black cars on the road last autumn – 20 per cent – compared to 5.9 million in early 2016 and 5.2 million in 2013 (18 per cent).

By contrast, silver cars fell in popularity over that period, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency figures showed.

They were just ahead of black at 6.6 million (21 per cent), but down from 6.8 million in 2016 and 7.3 million in 2013, when they held 25 per cent of the market.

Blue and grey were the next most popular, with red taking fifth place from white.

Next came green and beige, then brown in ninth slot, moving ahead of yellow. The biggest increase was for cream/ivory, up by 36 per cent, albeit to only 26,354 cars.

Company cars account for more than half of new sales but only 9 per cent of all cars, so firms may have the biggest influence on colour.

Simon Williams of RAC Insurance, which obtained the figures, said: “Silver is still hanging on to its title, but black is catching up fast and may well overtake very soon. Blue remains consistently popular but has lost ground on surging black. White is the fastest growing of the really mass appeal car colours.”

Sandy Burgess, chief executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association, which represents dealers, said: “Black and dark grey have become very popular, especially with the younger generation who like the high-lustre finish.

“The reason Henry Ford used the colour black was simple – he used enamel paints and black dries quicker than any other colour.”

Neil Greig, policy and research director of motoring group IAM RoadSmart, said: “So black is the new black for fashion conscious car drivers.

“It is clear colour choice does follow trends and it looks like it is blacks turn to have its day in the sun.

“Some canny drivers may be choosing solid colours, such as black and white because they don’t cost so much when buying a new car but, as with so many things, individuals do like to be seen in the latest must-have colour.

“From a practical point of view, black can hide the tar spots from our never-ending road repairs, and it has never been fully proven that lighter cars are actually any safer.”

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Katie Price has stuck her tongue out at those making negative comments after she failed to finish the London Marathon.

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The 39-year-old glamour girl took part in today’s run to raise funds and awareness on behalf of her mother, who has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

She had vowed to complete the race even if she had to crawl over the line.

However, Price did not manage to finish, with reports suggesting she did not train and had to pull out due to a knee injury.

Price, who dressed as a pair of lungs for the race, later posted a video of herself and her mother on Instagram in which she blew a raspberry at the camera and insisted: “I did train for the run, tried my best in a heavy outfit and if my mummy is proud that’s what matters to me.”

In the video, the star’s mother, Amy Price, 64, says: “Hello everyone, I would just like to say how proud I am of my daughter Katie for doing the marathon.

“She may not have completed it, but she has brought so much awareness. It’s been worth it for the British Lung Foundation.”

Price then sticks her tongue out, blowing a raspberry.

Her mother was diagnosed with IPF – the same disease which killed Keith Chegwin – last year.

The illness causes fibrosis or scarring of the lungs, making them stiffer and thus more difficult for a person to breathe.

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Ethnic minorities could be disenfranchised by new rules requiring voters to carry identification to the polls, the government has been warned as a former minister likened immigration policy to the rhetoric of Enoch Powell.

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As more cases of personal tragedy among the so-called Windrush generation emerged, ministers appearing on Sunday politics programmes were forced to defend Home Secretary Amber Rudd from cross-party calls for her resignation.

Theresa May has said the victims of the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy, which has seen dozens of people legally resident in the UK for decades wrongly threatened with deportation and denied public services, will receive compensation.

But the Justice Secretary defended requirements for foreigners to prove their immigration status in order to access the NHS, insisting that while he was “ashamed” of the way Windrush immigrants had been treated, “the central policy is right”.

A leaked letter from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission has warned ministers that the government risks being sued for discriminating against ethnic minority communities over new voter ID rules being trialled ahead of local elections in England on 3 May.

In three local authorities, people will be asked to produce documents proving their identity in order to cast their vote. The letter, sent to Cabinet Office minister David Lidington, warns that legal residents who may not have a passport or driving licence could be disenfranchised.

The Electoral Commission says voter fraud is very limited in the UK. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the plans “disgraceful” and said they would create “the same hostile environment all over again”.

There were calls yesterday for Ms Rudd to resign from Mr Corbyn and senior shadow cabinet members John McDonnell and Emily Thornberry, as well as SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

Following the 50th anniversary of Powell’s infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech last week, the former Tory cabinet minister Baroness Warsi said: “My grandfather arrived here in the fifties and my parents arrived here in the sixties, and I know growing up the paranoia that they had about paperwork and passports.

“I think that came from a deep-rooted concern amongst other things from the rhetoric we were hearing from the likes of Enoch Powell that there may come a day when they would be told to leave.”

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