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Tebbit shows that Tory cruelty and prejudice run as deep as ragwort roots

published about 1 hour ago
The suggestion by a once-powerful Tory that the unemployed should pull up ragwort for their benefits seems born of a desire to break their spirit, not help themYears ago my garden was plagued by ragwort whose roots were as deep as conservative prejudices against the young, the poor and the unemployed seem to be. So I was not surprised when Norman Tebbit, the former secretary of state for employment in Margaret Thatchers government, suggested that unemployed youth and low-level criminals ... more

Sadiq Khans Tooting: a food and drink street tour

published about 2 hours ago
The south London neighbourhood is buzzing with new restaurants opening amid a host of established Asian favourites. As the community celebrates Diwali, local MP Sadiq Khan takes us on a foodie tour of this vibrant area Missed your Tooting favourite or want to nominate a street to feature? Add a tip in the comments belowThe sweep of gentrification down the Northern line has reached Tooting and there is much talk of a cluster of trendy new restaurants and bars, particularly ... more

A short history of footballs early shirt swapping controversies

published about 2 hours ago
Mario Balotelli sent social media into meltdown with his half-time trade with Pepe but Ronaldinho, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Andr√© Santos are all predecessors to the Italian Balotellis half-time shirt swap leaves Rodgers fumingMario Balotelli may have brushed off his shirt-swapping controversy by turning up to training on Thursday in a £250,000 Ferrarri but rest assurred, the Italian striker received a stern slap on the wrist from his manager Brendan Rodgers. Its the latest in a long line of Balotellis ... more

California prisons agree to end racial segregation policy

published about 2 hours ago
Officers have frequently locked inmates of the same race in their cells in an effort to prevent violenceCalifornia officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence.Officers have frequently locked inmates in their cells based on which races were involved in the riot, even if individual inmates of that race were not directly implicated. Continue reading...

Family calls for investigation into cataract surgery complications

published about 2 hours ago
Son of man now almost blind in one eye says hospitals inquiry into private provider Vanguard Healthcare is conflict of interestThe family of an elderly man who was among dozens of NHS eye patients left with complications after routine operations were outsourced to a private company has called for a full independent investigation.According to the mans son, his father has almost completely lost sight in one eye following a cataract procedure carried out at Musgrove Park hospital in Somerset by ... more