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1. More tax raids inevitable to beat social care crisis, economists warn
Further tax rises will be necessary to tackle the health and social care crisis because the hikes announced by Boris Johnson are not enough to fund the NHS, experts have warned.
A report today from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) says that a £12bn annual tax rise announced by the Prime Minister last month is only sufficient to fix the immediate shortfall faced by the health service as it emerges from Covid. Read the full story.
2. France and Germany in talks with Vladimir Putin over Ukraine amid gas crisis
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel held talks over Ukraine with Vladimir Putin on Monday night, as it emerged the EU could buy emergency gas supplies from Russia in a bid to drive down rocketing energy prices.
Vladimir Chishov, the Kremlin’s ambassador to the EU, had earlier suggested Europe could get more gas if it stopped treating Russia as “an adversary”. Read the full story.
3. Tory MP embroiled in race row after mixing up Nadhim Zahawi and Sajid Javid
A senior Tory MP has been asked to step back from his public activities with St John Ambulance after he allegedly confused two senior Asian ministers at a reception in Parliament.
James Gray, the member for North Wiltshire, is said to have mixed up Nadhim Zahawi with Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, when introducing the former at the event, before reportedly stating: “They all look the same to me.” Read the full story.
4. Sally Rooney refuses to allow new novel to be published in Hebrew over views on Israel-Palestine
Sally Rooney, the acclaimed Irish author, has reportedly refused to allow her new novel to be published in Hebrew due to her views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The disclosure was made in a recent newspaper interview which said that Rooney had turned down a translation bid from Modan, an Israeli publisher, as she supports a boycott of Israel. Read the full story.
5. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a bisexual superhero in new Superman series
A director once described Superman as the “most heterosexual character”. But the writers at DC Comics clearly disagree after giving the great American superhero a male love interest in an official sequel.
The bisexual “man of steel” has been given a modern makeover in upcoming comics, with foiling school shootings and refugee deportations among the challenges confronting him. Read the full story.
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