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Kill the Bill: The protests against the UK’s new policing Bill

4 mn read The UK’s Bar Council, a body of barristers, warned the UK government on Tuesday that it risks “criminalising annoying speech” in the Policing Bill which is currently being pushed through Parliament. The Bar Council continued, saying that its proposals for “harassment in a public place” would make annoying speech a criminal offence.

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How likely is the coming of Scottish independence following the Holyrood elections in May 2021?

4 mn read The Holyrood election is fast approaching, with less than a week to go until Scots take to the ballot box. The sixth Scottish Parliament elections have been long-awaited, fought with lockdown and distancing between candidates and voters. But this election is more decisive than just seeing whether Nicola Sturgeon can hold onto the reins of power, however; this election may be decisive for the Scottish independence movement too. Eat News spoke to Sir John Curtice, British political scientist, Senior research fellow, and pollster, to learn more about the election and the future for Scotland in the UK.

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The UK-China sanctions war over human rights is set to worsen

3 mn read Last week, a global summit on climate change, organised by the UK, saw 35 countries come together to discuss, in the run-up to the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in November. But while an invitation was extended to China, its absence was clear. The UK’s ignored invite has been the latest stab in the political joust over human rights in recent weeks. Tim Summers, former British consulate-general in Hong Kong, said: “The tit-for-tat sanctions…have clearly damaged the UK-China relationship.”

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Pandemic widens gender inequality across UK and Europe, with working mothers “paying a particularly high price”

4 mn read 1.5 million young women have lost income since the pandemic began in the UK, with working mothers paying a “particularly high price”, charity Young Women’s Trust told Eat News. More than a third of women who are single parents said they had skipped meals to just make ends meet, research by the UK-based women’s charity found.

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Perseus: Could the computers of Hong Kong’s Immigration Department be saying “no” to people emigrating to the United Kingdom?

3 mn read From today (22 December 2020), Hong Kong has banned all passenger flights from the UK. The Hong Kong Government banned flights from the UK for reasons of public health, due to a new strain of Coronavirus having been discovered in the UK. Despite Hongkongers having demanded that the Hong Kong Government close its borders in the beginning of 2020 in order to prevent the import of COVID-19 form Mainland China, after the virus was first reported in Wuhan, many are questioning why the Hong Kong Government now seems so eager to close its borders. Many of those questioning the Hong Kong Government’s motives take a rather cynical view of its actions, which, in a way, is understandable judging from the actions of the Hong Kong and Beijing Governments since the pro-democracy protests started in Hong Kong in June 2019.

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Improving the carbon footprint of the heavy industries of the United Kingdom

4 mn read In November 2015, it was announced by the UK government that the remaining fourteen coal power stations would be closed by 2025. The most recent to close was Aberthaw Power Station, which shut its doors on 31st March 2020, after half a century of business. At its peak in 2013, the plant generated enough electricity to illuminate 3 million homes every year. Carbon Brief deputy editor Dr Simon Evans tweeted about the closure, “Another UK coal plant is closing. 1,500MW Aberthaw B in Wales to close, citing “challenging” market conditions. Just FOUR remain: Drax, West Burton, Kilroot, and Ratcliffe.”

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Exclusive: Taiwan’s president Ing-wen Tsai’s London oral dissertation exposed to be Boston St. Paul’s Catholic Church

2 mn read The president of the Republic of China on Taiwan, Ing-wen Tsai, claims to have a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics(LSE), a degree she received in 1984. In her 2011 autobiography, she posted a photo of a short-sleeved Tsai sitting in a chair with her older sister, with the note, “My sister flew to the U.K. to accompany me for my dissertation oral exam.” A month ago, Eat News have revealed that the picture is from Boston, USA. The Eat News correspondent in the U.S. recently gained exclusive access to the Cathedral and interviewed the church member.