The myth of the free speech crisis

The long read: How overblown fears of censorship have normalised hate speech and silenced minorities When I started writing a column in the Guardian, I would engage with the commenters who made valid points and urge those whose response was getting lost in rage to re-read the piece and return. Comments were open for 72 hours. Coming up for air at the end of a thread felt like mooring a ship after a few days on choppy waters, like an achievement, something that I and the readers had gone through together. We had discussed sensitive, complicated ideas about politics, race, gender and sexuality and, at the end, via a rolling conversation, we had got somewhere. In the decade since, the …

Child thrown from Tate Modern is French national, police say

Teenager arrested as boy, six, remains in hospital in stable but critical condition The six-year old boy allegedly thrown from a viewing platform at Tate Modern was a French national visiting London with his family, the Metropolitan police have said. Police are appealing for witnesses who saw a male whose behaviour seemed out of place, suspicious or worrying to come forward. The young boy was found on a fifth-floor roof and treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. He remains in a stable but critical condition. A 17-year-old boy who had initially been detained by members of the public in the immediate aftermath of the incident was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in police custody. …

Dissident republican threat could slow police responses

Warning follows attempt by republican renegades on Friday to murder police officers responding to a call in Armagh The threat of being ambushed by dissident republicans in Northern Ireland could slow the police response to calls for help from the public, officers have warned. The Police Federation for Northern Ireland said officers would have to exercise even greater levels of caution before setting out to deliver assistance. The warning follows the attempt by republican renegades on Friday to murder police officers responding to a call from a member of the public at around midnight in Craigavon, Armagh. A loud bang was heard in the Tullygally Road area of the town, and an explosive device was found later. Some residents were …

Passenger in clown suit prompted mass cruise ship brawl, say witnesses

Staff injured after late-night fight breaks out in buffet area onboard P&O vessel A holidaymaker dressed as a clown prompted a mass brawl on a cruise ship in which passengers used furniture and plates as weapons, according to witnesses. The late-night fight in the buffet area onboard P&Os Britannia left a member of staff injured as they tried to intervene while onlookers fled in fear. The brawl, which took place in the early hours of Friday morning during the return leg of a week-long cruise to Norways fjords, reportedly followed an alcohol-fuelled afternoon of patriotic partying on deck. The perpetrators were said to have been confined to their cabins for the last day of the cruise. A 41-year-old woman and …

Two dead after being hit by train in south Wales

Network Rail faces questions after workers struck on tracks near Port Talbot Network Rail is facing demands for answers after two workers were killed by a train in south Wales. The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said there would be an investigation into how the incident occurred on Wednesday morning near Port Talbot. A third person was treated for shock at the scene but uninjured. British Transport Police (BTP) said it was too early to confirm whether the section of railway between Pyle and Port Talbot was being treated as a crime scene, but confirmed forensics officers were in place. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Not so hospitable waiters on their restaurant horror stories

There was outrage when it was suggested a waiter should pay towards the bill of diners who had done a runner. We asked readers to share their most memorable experiences of working in bars and restaurants This weekend it emerged that the restaurant chain Wahaca asked a waiter to pay back part of a bill after his customers left without paying. @wahaca just eaten in your Kentish Town restaurant for the last time. Ppl next to us left without paying and their server is made to foot the bill from his wages. Apparently company policy. Utterly shameful employment practice. Food’s great, company is crap.June 15, 2019 Responding via the Guardians reader call out: He told me I had to pay …

Trump’s family holiday to UK Disneyland makes for painful viewing | John Crace

With sketch writers banned from his press conference with Theresa May, I was forced to endure it on TV Monday Sometimes I worry I am more psychically connected to Tottenham Hotspur than is healthy. Having done my two events at the festival, I went back to the friends I was staying with to watch the Shoulder to shoulder with the president, negotiating a new trade deal. Instead, she cut a forlorn, diminished figure as she was both patronised and ignored by Trump, who made no secret that he was 75th anniversary commemorations profoundly moving, especially the handful of surviving veterans and letters from the dead. But theyve also generated some anger, because politicians may talk a good game about the …

The great green expansion: how ring-necked parakeets took over London

Was Jimi Hendrix responsible for the bright-green tropical birds presence in the capital? Or was it Katharine Hepburn? Electric Ladyland wasnt the only thing Jimi Hendrix released in 1968. One day in that tumultuous year he left his flat on Brook Street, Mayfair, and strolled down nearby Carnaby Street with a birdcage in his hands. I like to think that he was dressed in a tasselled jacket and flares, his favourite Fender Stratocaster slung across his back. Or perhaps he travelled incognito, in a trenchcoat and dark glasses. Either way, somewhere on that street, the heart of Swinging London at the height of peace and love, he opened the door of the cage and unleashed two bright green birds: Adam …

Sir Philip Green charged in US over claims he touched pilates instructor

Arizona authorities accuse Arcadia mogul of repeatedly touching instructor inappropriately claims Green denies Sir Philip Green has been charged with four counts of misdemeanour assault in the US after a pilates instructor alleged he repeatedly touched her inappropriately, Arizona authorities have said. Lauren Deakin, a deputy county attorney in Pima county, said Green had been formally charged with four counts of knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke. Greens alleged victim told police the Arcadia boss had spanked and grabbed her backside in 2016 and 2018 at a luxury resort in Tucson. In a copy of the police interview, obtained by the Press Association, Katie Surridge said that the creepy old man had vigorously slapped …

Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi

The worlds worst leaders have a dangerous heir who will risk peace to get Dads attention, says Guardian columnist Arwa Madhawi There is an emerging political phenomenon that poses a unique threat to international stability and our collective sanity. It is the growing influence of what is sometimes known, in political jargon, as the Idiot Adult Son. From Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte, the worlds most awful leaders all seem to have knuckleheaded offspring who are doing their best to be just like Dad, and doing a lot of damage in the process. The Idiot Adult Son, by the way, should not confused with the awkward Russian meetings, is an Idiot Adult Son. (Ivanka is …