More women over 40 are getting pregnant. But is that really about their choices? | Zeynep Gurtin

Mens decisions also affect fertility patterns, says Zeynep Gurtin, lecturer in womens health at UCL The trend for later motherhood is continuing apace. This week, the Office for National Statistics released new data on Institute for Womens Health at University College London, exploring the life stories, feelings and opinions of women who are pregnant in their 40s. While the project is still in its infancy, it has already provided some key insights as to why increasing numbers of women are having children after 40, and how they feel about later motherhood. The ONS report suggests a number of drivers for later motherhood, including womens increased participation in higher education and the workforce, more labour market uncertainty and the growing costs …

Sultan of Brunei, who passed anti-LGBT laws, owns slew of luxury UK properties

Hassanal Bolkiah, who believes gay people should be stoned to death, is assisted by leading City auditing firms The architect of new laws mandating the stoning to death of gay people in Brunei has billions of pounds of property wealth in the UK, shares in a leading tech fund and gets assistance from City auditing firms, a Guardian analysis has found. Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, owns a slew of properties in the super-rich enclaves of Kensington and Ascot, including luxury hotels and polo parks. One property alone could be worth an estimated 500m in rent each year. He has also invested millions of pounds in Draper Esprit, a tech-focused venture capital fund with holdings in Trustpilot and the …

How Scotland erased Guyana from its past

The long read: The portrayal of Scots as abolitionists and liberal champions has hidden a long history of profiting from slavery in the Caribbean. By Yvonne Singh The mangrove-fringed coast of Guyana, at the north-eastern tip of South America, does not immediately bring to mind the Highlands of Guyana. I knew that it was part of the British West Indies and the only English-speaking country in South America. I knew that my parents, as part of the Windrush generation, had answered the call for labour in postwar Britain. My father, aged 19, travelled by ship from Trinidad in 1960 and enjoyed a long career with the Royal Mail; my mother arrived by plane a couple of years later, to work …

Neoliberalism promised freedom instead it delivers stifling control | George Monbiot

Creeping privatisation is rolling back the state to create a new, absolutist bureaucracy that destroys efficiency, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot My life was saved last year by the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, through a skilful procedure to privatise the hospitals cancer scanning. They complained that the scanners the private company was offering were less sensitive than the hospitals own machines. Privatisation, they said, would put patients at risk. In response, neoliberalism was supposed to have allowed autonomy and creativity to flourish. Instead, it has delivered a semi-privatised authoritarianism more oppressive than the system it replaced. Workers find themselves enmeshed in a Bureaucracy, published in 1944, he argued that there could be no accommodation between capitalism and socialism. The creation …

Seventy-five bogus universities shut down in past four years

Higher education watchdog has a register of 243 institutions offering fake degrees Seventy-five bogus universities have been closed in the past four years, amid warnings that the business in fake degrees is undermining the reputation of the UK higher education system around the world. The university watchdog the Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Mays desperate pitch for cross-party unity is a leap into the dark | Rafael Behr

The PM hopes to collaborate with Labour, but EU patience is running out, says Guardian columnist Rafael Behr One way to identify Britains next Brexit panic is to look for a problem that was foreseen in Brussels ages ago. For example, the European commission, seeing that Theresa Mays deal was failing, a desperate pitch for collaboration with Labour in pursuit of some version of Brexit that stands a chance of Commons ratification. This has been the pattern from the start. The EU anticipates problems, makes choices and waits for British politics to catch up. Even before the referendum there were warnings about the impossibility of frictionless borders outside the single market. The specific challenge that posed for Northern Ireland was …

Petitions and jokes will not halt this march into Brexit calamity | John Harris

Our response to the crisis has been too English. By the time the irony turns to anger, it will be too late, says Guardian columnist John Harris It could conceivably have happened on any day over the past couple of years, but my own peak of anger about Brexit and its absurdities arrived last Wednesday. Jacob Rees-Mogg was in the Commons chamber, making quips about the fact that another Conservative MP had been to Winchester rather than Eton (My honourable friend makes a open-topped vintage sports car. Meanwhile, there were reports of Theresa Mays address to Conservative MPs being made all the more dramatic by the sound of her voice cracking: something conspicuously absent when she has talked about everything …

Juncker rejects May appeal for further Brexit delay

European commission president insists 12 April ultimate deadline for MPs to pass withdrawal deal Theresa Mays appeal for a short Brexit extension has been rejected by Jean-Claude Juncker, who said that unless the withdrawal deal was passed within nine days the UK would crash out of the EU or have to sign up to a long delay. Less than 24 hours after May had spelled out Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Peasant revolt at earls bid to build flats on allotments

Anger at attempt by green aristocrat Earl Percy to develop wilderness site in London It is a row that the scion of one of Britains oldest aristocratic families could rather do without as he carves out a career promoting his green credentials. And, gallingly for the Percy dynasty (one of whose ancestors was the inspiration for Blackadders half-witted sidekick, Lord Percy) much of it has been self-inflicted. In the one camp is Earl Percy, friend to Wills and Kate and owner of Syon House, a historic Grade-I listed pile in west London where Henry VIIIs body once lay in state. In the other camp are the 40 or so disgruntled members of the management company that oversees the interests of …

The lesson of this Brexit ordeal? The EU is a club worth belonging to | Jonathan Freedland

The past two years have shown the EU united and fighting for its members interests, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland Consider it preparation for a self-sufficient future after Brexit: now our politics generates its own satire, with metaphors included. On Thursday the proceedings of the House of Commons came to a halt because the roof was leaking. The New York Times ran clarifying that this was not a sewage leak. Even if its not literally true that British politics is drowning in its own effluent, the idea carries an unpleasant whiff of reality. Perhaps its fairer to talk of the political system undergoing a nervous breakdown. It has certainly seemed that way these past few days, when you merely had …

Brexiters pile on pressure as Mays deal drifts away

High-stakes Chequers summit breaks up without agreement Theresa Mays prospects of getting her Brexit deal through parliament this week dramatically receded on Sunday night after a high-stakes summit with Boris Johnson and other leading hard-Brexiters at her country retreat broke up without agreement. Tory rebels present said that the prime minister repeated all the same lines about her deal and that nothing new emerged during the three-hour meeting, at which Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith and Dominic Raab were also present. One source said May was told by some of those present, including Rees-Mogg, that to get her Brexit deal through she needed to spell out when she was quitting No 10 so that another prime minister could lead the …

Tory Brexiters want May resignation date in order to back deal

Prime minister under pressure to say publicly she will hand over next stage to new leader Theresa May is under intense pressure to set out a timetable for her departure from Downing Street to seal the support of Brexit hardliners for her twice-rejected deal. The prime minister will address Conservative MPs at a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers on Wednesday as the House of Commons prepares to vote on alternatives to her Brexit deal. There are renewed signs that leavers are reluctantly preparing to back her in a third meaningful vote rather than risk seeing Brexit slip away altogether. Photograph: Conservative Party/AFP Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. However, one Johnson supporter said May would need …

EU cannot betray ‘increasing majority’ who want UK to remain, says Tusk

EC president hails those who marched against Brexit and revoke article 50 petitioners Donald Tusk has issued a rallying call to the increasing majority of British people who want to cancel Brexit and stay in the EU. In a stirring intervention, the European council president has praised those Guy Verhofstadt compares Nigel Farage to Blackadder character video Tusks comments came as the million people who have signed a UK parliament petition seeking the revocation of article 50. The email informed signatories that this government will not revoke article 50. It went on: Revoking article 50 would break the promises made by government to the British people, disrespect the clear instruction from a democratic vote, and in turn reduce confidence in …

Disney tops Hollywood hierarchy closing 21st Century Fox deal

Disneys deal is a fightback against tech industry, Netflix and Amazon. Six changes to expect Disney closed its while also dominating globally. Overnight this has jumped to 36% after the Fox takeover. By comparison, its closest competitor, Warner Brothers, had a 16% share last year. Expect fewer X-Men as the Marvel team comes together When Disneys deal to buy Fox was first announced Marvel fans rejoiced at the prospect of (most of) the Marvel universe being brought back together for the first time in almost three decades. Chunks of rights to franchises, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four, had been sold off to different studios when Marvel hit hard times in the 1990s. The Disney deal has brought them back …

Brexit Q&A: how likely are we to crash out of the EU with no deal?

Possible scenarios range from no deal to Mays deal, Norway plus, second referendum and Mays resignation Are we more or less likely to crash out now without a deal, after the Brexit delay agreed in Brussels? Were much less likely to crash out without a deal next week because the 29 March Brexit deadline has been removed. The government still needs to change the date in the EU Withdrawal Act the central piece of Brexit legislation but it can do that next week with a device called a statutory instrument, which will require a vote in both Houses of Parliament. That is overwhelmingly likely to go through, as only a small number of MPs, perhaps 20 or so, would prefer …

Reality check: life behind Insta-glam image of social media influencers

Online they feature in glossy posts as the epitome of cool. But that is often worlds apart from how they live their lives Standing amid the reeds and staring pensively into the distance, Jordan Bunker looks every part the moody model, dressed head to toe in black in a direct contrast with the setting. Another image from his portfolio shows him in industrial environs, sporting a minimalist brown trench coat as he looks directly at the camera. However, the reality for the 24-year-old is far from the glamour associated with the fashion world. In his pyjamas in bed hes fighting a cold at the home he shares with his parents in Leicester, Bunker says his set-up is worlds apart from …