Air travellers may have to pay carbon charge to offset emissions | Environment

Air travellers may have to pay carbon charge to offset emissions | Environment

Air passengers may have to pay an extra “carbon charge” on flights as part of a government initiative to reduce CO2 emissions and tackle the climate crisis. Passengers could choose to pay more for travel tickets, which would then be used to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Or the scheme could work on an “opt out” […]

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Boris Johnson's dream cabinet could be the most amazing thing ever - Fleet Street Fox

Boris Johnson’s dream cabinet could be the most amazing thing ever – Fleet Street Fox

If you can judge a person by their friends, then you can judge a Prime Minister by their Cabinet. Tony Blair kept enemies on his team. Jeremy Corbyn prefers to unite them against him in exile. Theresa May kept Chris Grayling in work, but rumour has it Boris Johnson will release him onto the streets […]

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Northern's Pacer trains to run into 2020 despite retirement pledge | UK news

Northern’s Pacer trains to run into 2020 despite retirement pledge | UK news

Northern rail promised MPs last week its fleet of hated “buses-on-rails” would be retired by the end of the year, but it has emerged the firm had already privately warned the transport secretary it might have to keep some of them in service well into 2020. Rob Warnes, the rail firm’s network planning director, told […]

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Brian Reade: The rich get richer in Britain but one idea sounds like a winner - Brian Reade

Brian Reade: The rich get richer in Britain but one idea sounds like a winner – Brian Reade

I never cease to be amazed at the richest people’s ability to keep on being brilliant at what they do. Whereas most normal people have seen no rise in their living standards for a decade, these geniuses just keep smashing their good fortune out of the park. As the annual Sunday Times Rich List shows, […]

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Arriva takes UK to court over East Midlands rail franchise | Business

Chris Grayling’s embattled transport ministry faces a second legal challenge over the way the East Midlands rail franchise was awarded, from Arriva Rail, owned by Germany’s state-backed Deutsche Bahn. The claim, filed at the high court last week, will pit the UK and German governments against each other and could lead to the transport secretary […]

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Fresh humiliation for Chris Grayling as chaotic Crossrail costs taxpayers 'billions', watchdogs say

Fresh humiliation for Chris Grayling as chaotic Crossrail costs taxpayers ‘billions’, watchdogs say

CHRIS Grayling suffered fresh humiliation last night as watchdogs said the chaotic handling of Crossrail had cost taxpayers “billions”. The National Audit Office (NAO) said there had been “clear damage” to public value because of changes to design, delivery schedules and an “unrealistic” commitment to delivering the cross-London service by December 2018. AP:Associated Press Transport […]

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The sacking of Gavin Williamson adds to the stench of decay wafting from this crumbling Tory government - Jason Beattie

The sacking of Gavin Williamson adds to the stench of decay wafting from this crumbling Tory government – Jason Beattie

In the statement announcing the sacking of Gavin Williamson Downing Street informed us the Prime Minister considered “the matter closed.” We are accustomed to Theresa May making wildly optimistic statements but this one belongs to the world of fantasy. Far from being closed  there is mounting pressure for a police inquiry  into Williamson’s conduct and  […]

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Brian Reade: My Brexit bible for surviving another six months of hell - Brian Reade

Brian Reade: My Brexit bible for surviving another six months of hell – Brian Reade

As Theresa May crawled to Brussels begging the EU to let us stay in their club, they’d have been forgiven a knowing smile. Not to mention a convulsion of laughter when she accepted another six months’ membership on condition we behaved ourselves, effectively clamping an electronic tag on the ankles of Euro-haters who celebrated referendum […]

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Chris Grayling slammed for 'continual shortcomings' over Crossrail

Chris Grayling slammed for ‘continual shortcomings’ over Crossrail

Chris Grayling has been lambasted by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for “continual shortcomings” by his department. The cross-party committee’s latest report, on the Crossrail fiasco, is scathing of the “project management and oversight of the railways” by the Department for Transport (DfT). The PAC criticises “an overriding culture of over-optimism” on the completion of […]

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‘Irredeemably flawed’: UK probation inspector criticises service | Society

Chris Grayling’s part-privatisation of services to monitor offenders in the community is irredeemably flawed, a watchdog has said. In a highly critical assessment, Dame Glenys Stacey, the chief inspector of probation, highlighted a catalogue of problems including a national staff shortage, sub-standard performance of private providers and shortcomings in efforts to keep victims safe. Probation […]

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