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Martina Navratilova says Tennis Australia is ‘capitulating’ to China over Peng Shuai T-shirt ban
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Boris Johnson Casts Doubt Over NI Hike Despite No10 Insisting It Will Go Ahead
Boris Johnson has cast doubt over whether he will stick with a proposed hike in National Insurance, despite No.10 insisting it will go ahead.The prime minister is under pressure from members of his own Cabinet to scrap the 1.25 percentage point rise due in April, just as the cost of living crisis starts to bite for millions across the country. The national insurance increase, which was announced last autumn, is forecast to raise £12billion a year to tackle the NHS backlog caused by Covid, as well as a pay rise for staff and a long-term plan for social care.However, prominent members of the Cabinet, including Rishi Sunak, are said to be distancing themselves from the proposal, with the chancellor reportedly branding it the “prime minister’s tax”.Former Brexit Secretary David Davis — who called on Johnson to resign last week — also urged the prime minister to scrap the rise, telling the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “They didn’t know at the time that by April we would have the highest inflation rate in 30 years, they didn’t know that interest rates would be going up, council tax would be going up, the fuel price is about to jump by £700 a year for the average family.“Therefore they didn’t know quite what pressure there would be on ordinary people.”Asked by reporters today whether the rise would go ahead in April, the prime minister repeatedly stopped short of confirming the move — instead saying that the government “had to look at all the ways we can address cost of living”.“We’ve got to make that investment in our NHS,” he said.“What I’m telling people is, if you want to fund our fantastic NHS, we have to pay for it – and this government is determined to do so.” "If you want to fund our fantastic NHS, we have to pay for it. And this gov. is determined to do so"Asked if he can guarantee national insurance will rise in April, the PM says money must be put into the health system.https://t.co/9DkeyjHvC9Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 pic.twitter.com/yp0fuNQuy6— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 24, 2022His comments came at the same time as his official spokesman was defending the National Insurance increase in a briefing to journalists.He said: “This levy is first and foremost to deal with tackling the massive backlog which we have seen caused by this global pandemic.“It then seeks to address the long-standing problem of fixing our social care system, which unfairly penalises a small minority and of course, it also helps fund a pay rise for NHS staff which the public massively want to see.“So this is the right approach to tackle this long-standing problem.”Asked about reports that the whole Cabinet would back a move to delay the rise, he said: “Cabinet took a collective decision to take this action, to put money into our NHS, to tackle the backlogs, to resolve the long-standing problem of social care and to fund a pay rise for nurses.“The Cabinet stands behind that decision.”The prime minister has faced opposition to the proposal since it was first floated last year.Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said back in July that the government should not raise national insurance, highlighting that it would break the Conservative party manifesto not to increase taxes during this parliament.And in comments leaked to the press earlier this month, Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told cabinet that the rise should be ditched as inflation and energy bills rise.However, Johnson was backed by education secretary Nadhim Zahawi who said increasing national insurance contributions to pay for social care is “the right thing to do” because it will “finally create a system of adult social care that is sustainable and deliverable without breaking families”.Last week the Resolution Foundation thinktank said the number of households suffering from “fuel stress” —  spending at least 10 per cent of their family budget on energy bills – is set to treble overnight to 6.3 million households when the new energy price cap comes into effect on April 1.The price cap sets a limit on the maximum amount suppliers can charge for each unit of gas and electricity. It is expected to rise by more that 50 per cent in April to around £2,000 per year.Related...Explained: What Is The Cost Of Living Crisis?7 Ways To Keep Your Energy Bills Down That Don't Involve Star JumpsTory MP Stuns People By Declaring Islamophobia Can Only Impact 'Obvious' Muslims
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PM says ‘we have to pay’ for NHS as he defends national insurance hike
Senior Tory MPs have called for the April tax rise to be scrapped or postponed in the face of growing cost of living pressures.
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Mars reflections that suggested there is water on surface of red planet may be just an illusion, scientists say
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Unions say Government climate change teaching strategy is ‘not enough’
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Confession review – priest, cop and bloodied gunman face off in church thriller
Colm Meany leads a compelling trio of actors but but this talky drama labours under the weight of a plodding scriptShow, don’t tell. It’s one of cinema’s cardinal rules – not that anyone told Colm Meaney’s compulsively questioning priest in David Beton’s laborious thriller, or the wounded gunman (True Blood’s Stephen Moyer) who staggers into his church with a yarn to spin. You have to be very gifted to successfully flout that rule, and writer-director Beton – also responsible for 2017’s The Hatton Garden Job, under the name Ronnie Thompson – can’t get his characters to transfix, even if they keep interest flickering intermittently.Meaney’s Father Peter is admirably stoic with a gun in his face. In fact, he soon turns the tables on the interloper, Victor, who he implores to own up to whatever sins have led to him bleeding from the stomach in the nave. But while Victor recounts his saga – something about his dead wife and his estrangement from his teenage daughter – another bleeding intruder, Willow (Clare-Hope Ashitey, little seen since Children of Men), is lurking in a wardrobe in Father Peter’s study. When she finally emerges, brandishing a police badge, she upends everything Victor has been saying. Continue reading...
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Liquid water spotted on Mars may just be an illusion, study suggests
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Liquid water spotted on Mars may just be an illusion, study suggests
The temperature and pressure makes stable liquid water unlikely at the red planet’s surface, researchers have said.
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Top 13 tabletop games and RPGs to look forward to in 2022
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Liverpool and Man City 'hold transfer talks' with PSV forward Cody Gakpo
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BBC rocked as damning report shows two-thirds want licence fee SCRAPPED 'Poor value!'
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Shoppers outraged as Poundland sells sex toys next to Quality Street
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Frankie Bridge was ‘nervous’ to join Loose Women following ‘rift’ rumours: ‘I read about all these feuds’
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£262bn investor says it will target bosses who fail on climate and human rights
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Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor blackmailed to fix cricket matches
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