August 7th, 2019
The UK food industry wants competition laws suspended to allow it to stockpile enough food to deal with a No Deal Brexit in October, warning that shortages could last until Christmas.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) wants aspects of the law that block companies from co-ordinating and directing supplies with each other set aside.
Doing so is illegal, as the law stands, and companies engaging in such practices risk being fined by the Competition and Markets Authority.
The FDF’s chief operating officer Tim Rycroft told the BBC that shortages of some foods could go on for ‘weeks or months’, potentially meaning it could spill over into the festive period.
‘In the event of no-deal disruption, if the Government wants the food supply chain to work together to tackle likely shortages – to decide where to prioritise shipments – they will have to provide cast-iron written reassurances that competition law will not be strictly applied to those discussions,’ he added.
But Michael Gove this afternoon insisted that the ‘resilient’ UK food sector would be able to cope with a no-deal Brexit.
He said: ‘I’m confident, because the UK has a very resilient food supply system, that actually we will be able to make sure that people have a wide range and all the choice that they need.
‘But of course, we’re constantly talking to supermarkets, food distributors and others to see what more the Government can do to help.
‘And we stand ready to ensure that the regime that we put in place as a Government is responsive to their needs.’
When pressed on warehouse storage space, Mr Gove said: ‘Leaving on October 31 without a deal would certainly mean that there was pressure on warehouse space, but it is the case that at different times of the year there are different trade flows.’
‘In the event of no-deal disruption, if the Government wants the food supply chain to work together to tackle likely shortages … they will have to provide cast-iron written reassurances that competition law will not be strictly applied to those discussions,’ FDF’s chief operating officer Tim Rycroft told the BBC
The FDF has a list of 40 questions for the Government on its website, divided into areas such as transports and logistics, imports, exports and financial consequences
The industry says that, because of stockpiling for Christmas, leaving the EU in the autumn could pose more difficulties than the original Brexit date last March.
One retailer told the BBC that October 31 ‘is about the worst day you can pick’, as warehouse capacity is at 105 per cent in November, versus 75 per cent to 80 per cent in March.
The UK would reportedly need 30 huge empty warehouses to store even a week’s extra food supply.
Another retailer said: ‘At the extreme, people like me and people from government will have to decide where lorries go to keep food supply chains going. And in that scenario we’d have to work with competitors, and the Government would have to suspend competition laws.’
The FDF has a list of 40 questions for the Government on its website, divided into areas such as transports and logistics, imports, exports and financial consequences.
Crossbench peer Lord Haskins, a former chairman of Northern Foods, said he believed there could be ‘panic-buying’ in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
He also told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We could be in a sort of wartime situation of a limited amount of food rationing.
‘Those who can remember the war, that took a long time to put into place and it was pretty haphazard and pretty unfair.
‘I don’t think we’ll get to that, but I’m very concerned about the groups who aren’t in the supermarket chain, how they will deal with things.’
Meanwhile hauliers have warned that lorry drivers in Dover face the ‘absolutely outrageous’ scenario of sitting in two-day long queues without food or toilets if the UK crashes out of the EU.
A Road Haulage Association (RHA) spokesman said a no-deal Brexit means thousands of drivers may end up waiting in queues of more than 48 hours with no welfare facilities.
The RHA is among organisations meeting Cabinet ministers in Dover later to discuss preparations for Brexit at the border.
Duncan Buchanan, policy director for the RHA in England and Wales, will meet Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps at the Port of Dover.
He told PA Media: ‘I think people underestimate the scale of the complexity of it.’
Speaking about potential delays in Dover in a no-deal scenario, he said: ‘I believe the reasonable best case scenario that authorities are working on is between 24 and 48 hour delays on all vehicles.
‘All vehicles, all lorries going through the port. I think that’s possibly optimistic.
‘I think it’s actually certainly optimistic.’
He added that another concern is that there is no provision for how vans are going to be dealt with.
‘We have huge road delays. We have serious problems. If a lorry is caught up 24 hours on the motorway, where does the driver go to the toilet?
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) said a no-deal Brexit means thousands of drivers may end up waiting in queues of more than 48 hours with no welfare facilities like toilets
‘They’re putting in no welfare provisions whatsoever. This is absolutely outrageous that drivers can be treated like they’re completely unimportant.
‘There needs to be proper facilities for drivers so that their welfare is looked after,’ he said.
Mr Buchanan said there are 60 working days to get this sorted, adding: ‘It needs to be done as a matter of speed.’
He said he has heard people say drivers will need to bring ‘picnic hampers’ due to delays.
‘It’s ridiculous,’ he said, adding: ‘The idea that they’re going into the bushes to go to the toilet on the side of a motorway, I mean, what planet is that on?’
He also pointed out the legal issue whereby drivers of heavy goods vehicles are limited in the amount of hours they are allowed to drive in a day.
The RHA is among organisations meeting Cabinet ministers in Dover later to discuss preparations for Brexit at the border
‘So if they run out of working hours, they’re not allowed to drive so the queue will go in really funny and odd ways, because people are going to have to overtake people who are taking rests.
‘Far more complicated than the average lay person understands.
‘These are issues I wish I could say to you have been sorted out and have been addressed properly but they’re not,’ he said.
Asked if it is possible to sort these issues out in 60 days, he said the first priority is to minimise the queues.
‘What we need to do is to have good accurate and complete information so the lorries can get on the ferries and get off the ferries really quickly without anyone being turned around.
‘If we get that done then the problem is minimised.
‘That’s why we need the clear instructions from government, the training, provision, online training for traders, we need end to end journey explanations of who does what.
‘At the moment traders don’t know what they have to do, they don’t know who they need to talk to, they don’t know who’s responsible for what.’
Operation Brock has already been deployed to keep the M20 open in both directions in Kent.
In the event of disruption in Dover, lorries travelling to mainland Europe will be held on the coastbound carriageway while a contraflow system will operate across other lanes.
The previous method for dealing with lorries queuing, known as Operation Stack, meant sections of the motorway were closed and caused chaos for local journeys.
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August 7th, 2019
Soaking up some sun on a French holiday, Paul Hollywood’s ex-wife looks happy and relaxed as she is seen for the first time since the TV chef was dumped his young lover, Summer Monteys-Fullam.
While Bake Off host Paul, 53, is getting over the collapse of his two-year relationship to 24-year-old Summer, Alex enjoyed a carefree stroll through a traditional French street market this morning today.
Dressed in white Ralph Lauren shorts, khaki cotton top and leather sandals, Alex chatted happily in French with stall owners selling pastries, cheese and basket bags.
The mother-of-one was surrounded by girlfriends as she sampled mouthfuls of rabbit paté and salmon ‘feuillette’ pastries, before buying some.
TV chef Paul Hollywood’s ex-wife Alexandra, 53, looks like she doesn’t have a care in the world as she strolled through a food market while on holiday in the south of France today
Dressed in white Ralph Lauren shorts, khaki cotton top and leathers sandals, mother-of-one Alex chatted happily in French with stall owners selling pastries, cheese and basket bags
Food writer Alex, finalising a £10million divorce from the baker, was surrounded by girlfriends as she sampled mouthfuls of rabbit paté and salmon ‘feuillette’ pastries, before buying some
Meanwhile back home, her former husband of 20 years Bake Off host Paul (right), 53, is in the middle of a break-up with his young lover 24-year-old Summer Monteys-Fullam, (left)
An onlooker said: ‘Alex looked like she didn’t have a care in the world. She was smiling and happy and really enjoying herself. You’d never know from her demeanour that she had everything going on with her ex-husband and the divorce back home.
‘She was taking a great interest in the food on offer and asked lots of questions in French to the man who was selling the pastries.’
Hollywood was sensationally dumped by girlfriend Summer last week after he asked her to sign a legal gagging agreement.
The newly divorced Bake Off judge drew up a non-disclosure agreement banning her from discussing their relationship.
She feared the draconian document could leave her unable to speak to her family and friends about the relationship.
The agreement drawn up Paul’s lawyers demanded that could not discuss their sex, telly judge Paul’s wealth or anything about their private lives.
But she flatly refused and decided the trust had gone in their two-year love affair.
Summer, who Paul met at local pub in the summer of 2017, told him it was over in showdown talks on Wednesday evening.
She had already started to move her belongings into mum’s Sabina’s house in nearby Ickham, Kent.
Newly divorced Bake Off judge Paul drew up a non-disclosure agreement banning Summer from discussing their relationship. He took to Instagram to tell his fans that they should take the ex-barmaid’s claims with ‘a pinch of salt’ and suggest that she is a money-grabber
Summer called time on her two-year relationship with Hollywood last week after showdown talks with the star at their home in Kent and then began moving her belongings out
An onlooker said Paul’s ex Alex looked a world away from his lovelife woes as she meandered leisurely through the food stalls in France today, taking particular interest in pastries
Just after midnight she took the rest of her belongings, including her dogs, back to her family home.
Summer told friends it was ‘over for good’ and accused him of being ‘controlling’ after he asked her to the agreement.
She feared that it meant she couldn’t even talk to friends and family about their relationship.
But a defiant Hollywood broke his silence on the break-up by suggesting Summer is a money-grabber and declaring: ‘There’s always two sides to a story – you’ve only heard one’.
Summer, 24, who met Paul in 2017, moved out of his £1m mansion and is said to be furious over the star’s ‘controlling behavior’
Accusing Summer of trying to ‘dupe’ the public, trying to cash-in on their split and attempting to ‘play games’, he wrote: ‘Thank you for your messages I’ve been receiving it means a lot.
My silence on any matters is not a sign of weakness or agreement of what’s been said, merely I prefer a quiet life away from my day job.
‘Take what’s read with a pinch of salt and read between the lines. I know the public can’t be duped into believing what’s out there from a person making money selling stories and continuously courting the paps.
He added: ‘There’s always two sides to a story you’ve only heard one.. but alas I don’t play those games’.
And continuing their war of words, his scorned ex said she refused to rein in their bitter feud and liked social media posts branding him an ‘old fart’.
Summer also liked comments calling him ‘gross’ and saying she could ‘do better’.
Another user showed support for the ex-barmaid for having to ‘tolerate coercive behaviour’.
Meanwhile a world away from the drama that’s put a saggy bottom in her former husband’s sour love life, Alex looked like the cat that got the cream in the south of France.
The acclaimed food writer, who is in the midst of agreeing a settlement to her £10 million divorce from Hollywood, meandered by the cheese stall and found time to purchase a brightly coloured hand-woven basket.
The Hollywoods (pictured) who have a son together announced they were separating in November 2017 but their divorce was only finalized with a decree nisi on July 19 this year
Alex, who met the baker when they were both working in Cyprus, has told how she refused to crack up when her marriage broke down two years ago.
In a moving interview she said: ‘I’m not going to lie and say it hasn’t been difficult, but I’m not broken.
‘Divorce hurts. I was married for 20 years. But you keep going.
‘I’ve had some dark times even very recently but you live with it and you find out who you are now, who you want to be and where you want to be.’
The Hollywoods announced they were separating in November 2017 but their divorce was only finalized with a decree nisi on July 19 this year.
Alex has also revealed how she has always loved France and being by the sea.
She said: ‘We lived by the sea and I just remember a sense of freedom, the doors to our house open to friends, and my mum constantly cooking delicious meals, including pissaladiere, a French version of pizza, covered in caramalised onions and anchovies.’
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August 7th, 2019
A mother celebrates her daughter’s twenty-first birthday by buying them matching lip filler injections so they can ‘look the same’ in sMothered.
In tonight’s episode of the TLC show, Sandra, 45, surprises Mariah, 21, who are both from LA, when they pull up outside her plastic surgery clinic.
‘Are you ready for your surprise?’ says the excited mother. ‘Remember how you’ve been wanting to get your lip injections…?’ she teases, much to her daughter’s delight, but her sister Jen’s dismay.
‘No, do not. Seriously, do not,’ Jen says in shock. ‘I have a really close relationship with my daughters, but Sandra and Mariah take it to a whole new level. I think this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life!’
Sandra (pictured), 45, surprises Mariah, 21, from LA, with matching lip injections for her twenty-first birthday in tonight’s episode of TLC’s sMothered
Mariah admits she doesn’t need the lip injections but decides to go ahead as it ‘gives you more of a pout’
When Sandra (pictured) enters the clinic, she says to plastic surgeon Dr Mirkia: ‘I want to look just my daughter’
Mariah (pictured) admits that the finished result is a ‘little extra’ and says her lips are ‘super swollen’ following the procedure
Walking into the surgery, the excited pair pout their lips, twerk and dance around – much to Jen’s embarrassment.
‘I don’t need the lip injections,’ explains Mariah. ‘I’m not going to overdo it, I just like how it gives you more of a pout.’
After a short wait, plastic surgeon Dr Mirkia walks in and introduces himself to Mariah and Sandra.
‘I want to look just my daughter,’ Sandra says to him.
Dr Mirkia explains: ‘The majority of people get like a picture of a celebrity and they would say they want to look like this person. But when I ask Sandra who she wants to look like, she says her daughter, which is very unusual!’
Twenty-one-year-old Mariah often uploads lingerie photographs to her Instagram account (pictured)
Mariah (pictured) has an impressive 428k Instagram followers and regularly shares snaps in tiny lingerie
Sandra’s sister Jen also goes along for the car ride and adds: ‘I have a really close relationship with my daughters, but Sandra and Mariah take it to a whole new level.’ Pictured, Sandra taking a selfie
Speaking of the experience, Sandra explains: ‘I’m the greatest mother! It was an exciting experience to be able to do this with my daughter. Jen will have to get over it!’
Despite more push backs from Jen, Sandra and Mariah decide to go ahead with the procedure.
Up first, Sandra lays down on Dr Mirkia’s operating table as he injects her lips with filler, plumping them up as Jen looks on in horror.
The expert then quickly gets to work on Mariah, who winces in pain as he injects her lips.
‘I could punch you in the mouth and that would do the same thing, wouldn’t it?’ Jen says sarcastically, unable to watch her niece go through with the procedure.
Looking into the mirror after the injections, Mariah is shocked by the difference in her lips: ‘Oh s***! It’s a little extra! It’s super swollen, I cannot even talk,’ she slurs.
‘I’ll just say I told you so,’ Jen comments.
Speaking of the experience, Sandra is thrilled with the result of her surprise.
‘I’m the greatest mother! It was an exciting experience to be able to do this with my daughter. Jen will have to get over it!’
sMothered continues at 10pm tonight Wednesday 7th August exclusively on TLC
In another snap uploaded to her Instagram account, Mariah can be seen wearing a mesh outfit with underwear underneath
After looking in the mirror, Mariah (pictured in a selfie) is shocked by the difference in her lips following the procedure
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August 7th, 2019
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Entercom, one of the largest traditional radio companies in the US, has acquired two highly notable podcast companies: Pineapple Street Media, the Brooklyn-based independent podcast studio, and Cadence13, the Manhattan-based podcast network led by a group of Westwood One veterans.
Two things to note off the bat: First, the exact purchase sums for the two companies were not officially disclosed. The Wall Street Journal put out a story earlier this morning stating $18 million for Pineapple Street and nearly $50 million for Cadence13, citing “a person familiar with the matter.” I’m hearing those figures are not exactly right, but within the ballpark. And second, I hear that Pineapple Street Media had generated significant acquisition interest over the past few months, and received multiple offers prior to accepting the Entercom deal.
The Cadence13 acquisition shouldn’t be that surprising, given that Entercom already paid $9.7 million for a 45 percent investment and strategic stake in Cadence13 in August 2017, a move that involved an option to buy the company completely in 2021. In case you need a refresher: Cadence13 was originally founded as DGital Media back in 2015. The company started out as a relatively straightforward podcast ad sales and distribution network, with the radio vets essentially leveraging their established advertising expertise within the new on-demand audio context. These days, they’re probably best known for being the sales and distribution partner for the progressive media powerhouse Crooked Media and Malcolm Gladwell’s Pushkin Industries.
The Pineapple Street acquisition, however, might turn some heads. Arguably the first pure-play independent podcast studio, Pineapple Street was established in 2016 by former BuzzFeed head of audio Jenna Weiss-Berman and Longform co-founder Max Linsky. The studio didn’t take long to catch fire, drawing considerable attention for their work producing Hillary Clinton’s official election podcast and the wildly popular albeit controversial Missing Richard Simmons, both within their first year. The studio went on to create shows for organizations like the New York Times and brands like Netflix and Nike. Their most recent project is a co-production with Gimlet Media called The Clearing. For all intents and purposes, they seemed to be doing perfectly fine. Their decision, from what I hear, was driven by the ability to maintain creative control and preserve their current company culture, while bolstered with more resources. (The money is presumably a factor in the decision, too.)
Speaking of culture and control, some details to note following the acquisition: both companies were acquired to beef up Entercom’s digital audio brand Radio.com. Cadence13 will now become a fully-owned subsidiary of Entercom, and will retain its name. Meanwhile, Pineapple Street Media will be rebranded as Pineapple Street Studios, and they will continue their focus on developing original podcasts and branded podcasts. The leadership teams of both divisions will report to J.D. Crowley, Entercom’s chief digital officer.
That Pineapple Street and Cadence13 were acquired at the same time by the same company is not insignificant. While known throughout the industry as the creator of critically-acclaimed shows, Pineapple Street has never built out an ad sales arm, and primarily drove their business off the strength of commission contracts. Other than The Clearing, which just launched, the company does not own any of its shows. Cadence13, on the other hand, derives most of its strength from a capacity to monetize the properties of others. The company recently launched an in-house unit to produce “premium” podcasts, but their core competency remains sales and distribution. As a pair situated under the same roof, they are complementary in more than a few ways. (For what it’s worth, the two companies collectively brought in 150 million downloads per month in the second quarter of 2019.)
So, what does this development tell us about the podcast industry? For one thing, it extends the trend of podcast acquisitions that’s been happening for a while now. There is, obviously, the Spotify acquisitions of Gimlet Media, Anchor, and Parcast from the first half of this year, which you also have to continue tracing the line back to iHeartMedia’s $55 million acquisition of Stuff Media last September. (Also, on a less sexy ad agency-oriented note: Veritone One’s acquisition of Performance Bridge, which happened last August.) In other words, the podcast space is in the midst of a plodding consolidation period, and this is just further evidence of that.
For an old-school radio giant like Entercom, podcast companies Cadence13 and Pineapple Street offer the opportunity for increased relevance and structural growth. The traditional radio broadcast business is going to be what it is, and though it might have taken a little longer than expected, the talk audio medium is subject to the same kind of disruptions and interruptions by the internet as every other form of media. When faced with a situation like this, an incumbent corporation can try to tackle the new world on their own… or it can buy its way in, as Entercom did here, and just as iHeartMedia did with Stuff Media last year. (The other thing to watch here is how Entercom, like iHeartMedia before it, will try to meld its new podcast assets with its existing broadcast assets. It might work, it might fail, but either way, it’s probably going to be somewhat messy.)
Whether all this makes for optimism and pessimism about the podcast industry depends, obviously, on how you look at things. For those who perceive podcasting as a force of new business creation, this is a good thing: the fact that there are buyers for podcast companies means that, well, podcast companies have value, and this will likely encourage more audio entrepreneurs to build businesses in this space. For those who historically perceive podcasting as a radical force that democratizes creation and publishing, this is obviously a bummer — yet another instance of the scrappy space further corporatizing, yet another instance of the existing power structure co-opting an insurgent group to become something new and more powerful in the process.
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August 7th, 2019
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Labour was accused of ‘selling Scotland down the river for power’ today after John McDonnell declared the party will not block a fresh independence referendum – in a naked pitch for a pact with the SNP.
The shadow chancellor has refused to back down despite facing a wave of anger over the huge concession, which is seemingly designed to pave the way for a deal with Nicola Sturgeon after a snap election.
The blatant offer came hours after the Scottish First Minister floated a ‘progressive alliance’ with Jeremy Corbyn to ‘lock the Tories out of government’ and block Brexit.
The intervention enraged Labour MPs, who accused Mr McDonnell of ‘betrayal’ by ‘appeasing nationalists’, and ‘dumping’ on the party’s existing policy.
Former Scottish Secretary Douglas Alexander said the remarks were ‘strikingly ignorant’, while others pointed out that he had adopted SNP propaganda by describing Westminster as the ‘English Parliament’.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson pointed out that a ‘once in a generation’ referendum had been held in 2014, and the separatists lost.
‘Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell would happily sell Scotland down the river if they thought it could give them a sniff of power,’ she said.
Mr McDonnell doubled down on his stance today in an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival fringe. ‘I’ve reinforced the view that a referendum isn’t the solution to the problems in this country,’ he said.
‘But I don’t want to use parliamentary devices to block it.’
‘But I don’t want to use parliamentary devices to block it.’
Meanwhile, shadow Treasury minister Clive Lewis stoked the row by saying no-one could ‘blame’ the SNP for wanting a referendum given the ‘sh**show down here’.
The manoeuvring comes as the prospects of a snap election rise, with Boris Johnson’s majority dwindling to just one and Tory Remainer rebels threatening to join forces with Labour in a confidence vote next month.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell (pictured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival today) said any decision about holding another vote to potentially break up the Union would be up to the Scottish Parliament
Nicola Sturgeon has indicated she would be interested in some sort of ‘progressive alliance’ with Labour to ‘lock the Tories out of government’. But said Mr Corbyn (pictured together) would need to take ‘a very firm anti-Brexit position’ before any deal could be struck
In an interview at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last night, Mr McDonnell said: ‘It will be for the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people to decide that. They will take a view about whether they want another referendum.
‘Nicola Sturgeon said by late next year or the beginning of 2021. We would not block something like that. We would let the Scottish people decide. That’s democracy.’
Mr McDonnell – who has previously said he wants Northern Ireland to leave the UK and reunite with the Republic – also risked inflaming the row by referring to the ‘English Parliament’, despite Westminster representing the whole UK.
‘The Scottish Parliament will come to a considered view on that and they will submit that to the Government and the English Parliament itself,’ he said.
‘If the Scottish people decide they want a referendum, that’s for them.’
Mr McDonnell’s words effectively overruled leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Richard Leonard.
In March, Mr Leonard told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland show that if Labour took power in Westminster the party would refuse to grant another referendum.
He added: ‘What we said in the manifesto at the 2017 election was that there is no case for, and we would not support, a second independence referendum.’
Ms Sturgeon reiterated her view today that she wanted to be part of a ‘progressive alliance against the Conservatives’ if the post-election arithmetic lent itself to this.
But she said Mr Corbyn’s refusal to take a full-hearted anti-Brexit stance was the main ‘stumbling block’.
‘I think it’s even more important now that we try to build that kind of progressive alliance that gets the Tories out because they are intent on taking the country down a catastrophic Brexit path,’ she said.
‘So my position hasn’t changed – I don’t envisage any formal coalition with Labour but I want the SNP to be part of efforts to get things on to a better track than they are on now.’
She added: ‘The stumbling block to that is Labour – Labour are still on the fence on Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn is abdicating his position of leadership by not giving that clear direction.
‘So we need to get Labour off the fence and then we can look to stopping Boris Johnson in his tracks, hopefully.’
Boris Johnson ‘would trigger the biggest crisis since Charles I’ if he refuses to quit after losing confidence vote
Boris Johnson will trigger the biggest constitutional crisis since Charles I was beheaded if he refuses to quit after losing a Commons confidence vote, a Tory former foreign secretary warned today.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind delivered the stark message after allies of the PM made clear he will try to cling on if he is defeated on a critical motion by rebel Tories, Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and independents.
Instead of resigning, Mr Johnson could wait for an election to be triggered and use his executive powers to set the date of an election for after the Brexit deadline of October 31, so MPs cannot stop the process.
The idea has sparked fury among Remainers, who insist such a tactic would force the Queen to step in and sack the PM.
Sir Malcolm added his voice to the condemnation today, saying Mr Johnson risked causing the worst crisis since the Civil War in the 17th Century.
Earlier this week, a poll found a majority of Scots backed independence for the first time in more than two years – 52 per cent to 48 per cent.
Critics of Mr Johnson claim he is so unpopular in Scotland that he could end up as the last prime minister of the Union.
A second vote on secession – the first was held in 2014 – would likely be a key condition of any Labour-SNP deal to put Mr Corbyn in No 10 if his party did not secure a majority.
Labour has always said it would not be interested in any coalition deals, and would instead try to survive as a minority government.
And Ms Sturgeon said Mr Corbyn would need to take ‘a very firm anti-Brexit position’ before any deal could be struck – something he has been reluctant to do.
The Conservatives made great play in the 2015 general election campaign of the dangers of a Labour government led by Ed Miliband propped up by the SNP, then led by Alex Salmond.
Labour MP for Edinburgh South Ian Murray attacked Mr McDonnell’s comments.
He said: ‘These are utterly irresponsible comments from John McDonnell that betray our party’s values.
‘The Labour Party is an internationalist party founded on a vision of solidarity and we should never seek to appease nationalists, whether they be for Brexit or Scottish independence, who want to divide communities and people.’
Mr Murray swiped that ‘every time a member of the Labour Party shadow cabinet crosses the border they seem to get confused about Scottish Labour policy on the constitution’.
‘The last time I looked at the unwritten constitution of the UK we didn’t have an English Parliament,’ he said.
Labour MP John Mann said Mr McDonnell had ‘dumped on’ the party’s Scottish wing.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: ‘John McDonnell’s comments yesterday were met with complete dismay by Labour voters in Scotland.
‘Today it’s becoming clear why he said it. Labour is proposing a pact with the SNP in order to parachute Jeremy Corbyn into number 10.
‘The fact is this – Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell would happily sell Scotland down the river if they thought it could give them a sniff of power.’
Conservative chairman James Cleverly said a Sturgeon-Corbyn alliance would be a ‘nightmare prospect for Britain’.
Miss Sturgeon’s latest comments are likely to be seized upon by Mr Johnson as he prepares for a possible general election later this year.
Speaking to the Guardian, the Scottish First Minister condemned Mr Corbyn’s approach to Brexit since the 2016 EU referendum.
‘I have fought two general elections now as SNP leader and, in both of them, I have been pretty candid,’ she said. ‘We would always want to be part of a progressive alternative to a Tory government. That remains the case.’
Pressed on whether she would rule in a deal with Labour, Miss Sturgeon said: ‘In politics you’ve got to be careful. But it would not be my intention, to go into a formal coalition. I said that in 2015 and 2017 – that’s not a new thing. But some kind of progressive alliance that could lock the Tories out of government.’
She added: ‘It wouldn’t be a blank-cheque type scenario. We would want Jeremy Corbyn to take a very firm anti-Brexit position. We would look to do what was right for Scotland.’
Despite being open to the possibility of an electoral pact, the SNP leader said that she was ‘no great fan of Jeremy Corbyn’. She added: ‘I think his lack of leadership on Brexit in particular… well, if we do crash out without a deal, he will bear almost as much responsibility as Theresa May or Boris Johnson.’
A Labour spokesman said: ‘Labour will not countenance a coalition or pact with other parties.
‘We are campaigning to form a Labour government that will invest in communities and public services in all the regions and nations of the UK.’
Mr Cleverly said: ‘This Sturgeon-Corbyn alliance would be a nightmare prospect for Britain.
‘From refusing to respect the referendum result to huge tax hikes and measures that would wreck our economy, Labour and the SNP in cahoots would hammer working people across the country.’
Earlier this week, the first poll since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister (pictured with Miss Sturgeon) found that support for Scottish independence was ahead – by 52 per cent to 48 per cent
Nicola Sturgeon accuses Boris Johnson of ‘subconscious powerplay’ when he ‘ushered’ her into her official residence before their frosty first meeting
By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent for MailOnline
Nicola Sturgeon lashed out at Boris Johnson today, accusing him of attempting a ‘subconscious powerplay’ at their first meeting after he became Prime Minister.
The Scottish First Minister said Mr Johnson made an ‘inappropriate’ move to usher her into Bute House when they sat down for talks last week.
The two leaders had a frosty face-to-face meeting at her official residence in Edinburgh, as Mr Johnson kicked off a Brexit row by defiantly telling her it was happening on October 31 whether she likes it or not.
Mr Johnson appeared to raise his arm behind Ms Sturgeon in a style she suggested was an attempt to usher her inside Bute House
But she is shown in the video from last week speaking to him, and he lowers his arm and goes inside ahead of her
He was booed by protesters on his way into Bute House before appearing to raise his arm behind Ms Sturgeon, who said something to him and waited for him to drop it before walking inside behind her guest.
‘I don’t think I said: ”Put your arm down”,’ she told the Guardian today.
‘Those kind of things happen in a flash. But I am aware that he was trying to do something that some people would describe as chivalrous and other people would say was a subconscious powerplay. I was kind of aware of him trying to usher me in.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab vows to ‘fire up’ ties on tour of Canada, US and Mexico
Dominic Raab vowed to ‘fire up’ trade ties outside the EU today as he launched a tour of Canada, the US and Mexico – but was immediately branded ‘deluded’ by a former White House adviser.
The Foreign Secretary is forging ahead with a diplomatic blitz designed to pave the way for post-Brexit deals around the world.
But Larry Summers, who served as US treasury secretary and economic adviser under Barack Obama, warned that the ‘desperate’ UK has ‘no leverage’ and should not expect generous terms.
Mr Raab is on his second major overseas trip since being appointed to the crucial post by Boris Johnson.
He will be in Toronto today before moving on to Washington tomorrow and Mexico City on Thursday.
Ahead of the trip he said: ‘I’m determined that we fire up our economic relationships with non-European partners.
‘That means working with them now to ensure a smooth transition of our trading arrangements after Brexit and means quickly moving to wide-ranging trade deals that boost business, lower prices for consumers and respect our high standards.’
‘And I think, in the instant, I thought: ”That’s inappropriate – you go in first.” But these things happen in a nanosecond. It wasn’t at all deliberate on my part.’
Mr Johnson’s hardline Brexit approach last Monday sparked a furious response, with the First Minister accusing him of secretly wanting a No Deal Brexit instead of a deal with Brussels.
The less-than warm reception came after the premier promised to renew ‘the ties that bind our United Kingdom’ and unveiled plans to release £300million for ‘growth deals’.
Downing Street also suggested he dismissed her demand for a second Scottish independence referendum.
After the talks, a Number 10 spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister said he was a passionate believer in the power of the Union and he would work tirelessly to strengthen the United Kingdom and improve the lives of people right across Scotland.
‘On Brexit, (he) said that while the government’s preference is to negotiate a new deal which abolishes the anti-democratic backstop, the UK will be leaving the EU on October 31st come what may.’
Mrs Sturgeon hit back by accusing Mr Johnson of wanting a No Deal Brexit and said his Government was ‘dangerous’ .
‘He says publicly – and he said it to me again today – that he wants a deal with the EU, but there is no clarity whatsoever about how he thinks he can get from the position now where he’s taking a very hard line – the Withdrawal Agreement is dead, the backstop is dead,’ she said.
‘If I listen to all of that and listen to what’s not being said as well as what is being said, I think that this is a Government that is pursuing a no-deal strategy, however much they may deny that in public.’
Ms Sturgeon said she ‘abhors’ what Mr Johnson is doing, adding: ‘So I don’t think it will be surprising to anyone to hear me say that I wasn’t absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.’
The two leaders has a frosty meeting at Bute House, in which they clashed over the Prime minister’s Brexit strategy
Last night Nicola Sturgeon gloated over a shock poll showing Scots would vote for independence amid Boris Johnson‘s hardline Brexit stance.
The SNP leader said the case for breaking up the UK was ‘stronger every day’ after the research found 52 per cent would support the move.
It is the first time in more than two years that a survey has shown a majority in favour of independence.
The result will fuel fears that Mr Johnson’s ‘do or die’ pledge to deliver Brexit by the end of October could put the union at risk.
The Tory leader north of the border, Ruth Davidson, has also been highly critical of his willingness to force No Deal if necessary.
The poll by Conservative Lord Ashcroft found independence had a lead of 52 per cent to 48 per cent among Scots, excluding those who said they did not know or would not vote
In the poll conducted by Lord Ashcroft, Scots were asked whether they wanted a referendum and how they would vote.
The research found 47 per cent believed a new national vote should be held, against 45 per cent who said no.
Some 46 per cent of the 1,019 people quizzed said they would vote to break up the UK in a referendum, while 43 per cent were against.
Excluding those who said they did not know or would not vote gave a lead of 52 per cent to 48 per cent for independence.
It is the first time nationalists have been ahead in a major poll since March 2019.
Queen must SACK Boris Johnson if he clings on after losing Commons confidence vote on No Deal, Remainers warn amid claims the PM could delay election by a MONTH past Brexit date
Remainers today warned the Queen will have to sack Boris Johnson if he refuses to quit after losing a Commons confidence vote over No Deal Brexit.
Allies of the PM have made clear he will simply refuse to resign if rebel Tories join forces with Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and independents to pass a no confidence motion.
Instead of going quietly, Mr Johnson would wait for an election to be triggered and use his executive powers to set the date of an election for after the Brexit date of October 31, so MPs cannot stop the process.
Pro-EU MPs admitted that a legal loophole could allow Mr Johnson to postpone the election date by at least a month – potentially pushing it to late November.
But one senior source told MailOnline the monarch would have to intervene before then if Mr Johnson was playing ‘childish games’ with the constitution.
‘We have an unwritten constitution but there are well established conventions,’ the MP said. ‘Convention number one is that a PM does not or cannot hold office without the consent of the House of Commons.’
If Mr Johnson tried to ‘bury himself’ in Downing Street and tried to stop a new government taking over, the monarch would step in despite the risks of getting embroiled in politics, the Remainer source said.
‘The Queen would write him a letter saying he is dismissed,’ they insisted. ‘She would have to sack him. Of course she would.’
Former Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the PM did have ‘discretion’ on setting election dates.
‘It is not an unlimited discretion, but I cannot see how the courts could say the PM was not entitled to take political risks into consideration,’ he said.
Allies say Boris Johnson (pictured left with Estonian PM Juri Ratas at No10 today) would refuse to quit No 10 if he lost a confidence vote in the Commons and will instead force through a No Deal Brexit, it has emerged
The Queen (left) could have to become involved if Mr Johnson refused to accept a No Confidence vote. Dominic Cummings (pictured right at No10 yesterday) is said to have ‘laughed’ at the suggestion Mr Johnson would be forced to quit
Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, the PM has significant discretion on the election date even if they have failed to secure the confidence of the Commons
Labour is already plotting to join forces with Tory rebels to try to collapse the Government and replace Mr Johnson as Prime Minister if he pursues a No Deal departure from the European Union on October 31.
How could a Brexit constitutional crisis play out?
When Parliament returns from its summer recess on September 3, Labour is expected to team up with Tory rebels to force a confidence vote.
With the government’s majority on a knife edge and strong opposition to No Deal across parties, there is a serious prospect that Boris Johnson could lose.
However, the PM’s adviser Dominic Cummings has made clear he would simply refused to resign.
Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act (FTPA), losing a confidence motion triggers a 14 day countdown to an election being called.
During that period, it is possible for a PM to win a confidence vote and prevent the country going to the polls.
However, the legislation is silent on whether the same premier can return to try again.
Remainer MPs insist Mr Johnson would have to quit, suggesting an all-party administration led by a consensus figure – potentially Labour veteran Margaret Beckett – could take over to delay the Brexit process.
They are adamant that if the premier refused to go quietly the Queen would be forced to sack him.
Whether an anti-No Deal alliance could muster the numbers to install a PM is highly dubious.
A further loophole in the FTPA gives the premier huge discretion on the timing of an election if one is triggered.
The Queen names the date based on recommendation from the PM, but the act does not give any time frame he must work inside.
Pro-EU MPs admit Mr Johnson could legally extend the schedule by at least a month – taking it well beyond the Halloween Brexit deadline.
However, that would set the stage for a massive constitutional showdown, with the civil service under pressure to maintain the ‘status quo’.
But allies say Mr Johnson would stay in office even if he lost a confidence vote – and trigger a general election to take place after the Brexit date so the UK would leave the EU automatically during the campaign.
Constitutional experts said Mr Johnson is not legally compelled to leave No 10 even if the Commons passes a no confidence motion.
However, if he did refuse to follow ‘constitutional precedent’ it would spark a crisis that could drag the Queen into Brexit politics.
Details of Downing Street’s approach emerged from comments made by his senior aide, Dominic Cummings, who is said to have ‘laughed’ at the idea that his boss would walk away in response to a confidence vote.
Yesterday the PM’s spokesman said the UK will leave the EU on October 31 by ‘any means necessary’.
But aides are braced for rebel Tory MPs, led by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, to try ‘every trick in the book’ to stop No Deal when they return in September.
The nuclear option is to order a confidence vote under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act.
Last night Mr Corbyn gave his clearest signal yet he would make this move in September, saying the motion would be tabled at an ‘appropriate very early time’.
Mr Grieve is said to believe that if he can win the vote, Mr Johnson would be forced to leave office. MPs could then install a prime minister who would extend Article 50, preventing No Deal. However, when this proposition was put to Mr Cummings – the mastermind behind the Vote Leave campaign – he is said to have laughed.
‘Someone put Grieve’s idea to Cummings that if we lose a vote of no confidence the PM will have to resign. He spat out his drink laughing,’ a senior No 10 official told the Financial Times.
Catherine Haddon, a senior fellow at the Institute For Government think-tank, said Mr Grieve’s plan relied on Mr Johnson resigning if he lost a no confidence vote. She added: ‘But it isn’t a legally binding requirement of the Act that he step down.
‘If Parliament passed a motion saying we have no confidence in the Prime Minister and we wish a government to be formed under whoever, that would put the Queen under enormous pressure to say, ‘I think you should resign because the Commons has confidence in another individual.’ But the Queen wants to stay out of politics, so she wouldn’t want to do that.’
Downing Street said Mr Johnson (pictured at No10 today) would take the UK out of the EU by the end of October in ‘all circumstances’
Asked about the issue, a senior Downing Street source said: ‘This Government will use any means necessary to deliver Brexit on October 31.’
Speaking on a visit to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, which is set to benefit from the £1.8billion NHS funding boost, Mr Johnson was asked if he was preparing to fight an election.
He said: ‘The answer is no. The people of the UK voted in the election in 2015, they had a referendum in 2016 and another election in 2017. They want us to deliver what they asked for – and that is for us to leave the EU. The last thing I want to do is call another election.’
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August 7th, 2019
British Airways‘ IT meltdown could cost them £8million in compensation as the beleaguered airline admitted today they may need up to a week to find new flights for its 20,000 stranded customers.
The UK’s national airline was branded ‘pathetic’ after customers at Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle airports were told to ‘go home’ and reschedule after its check-in system collapsed again.
BA’s latest IT crash at around 4.30am today – the third in recent weeks – has already led to 127 cancellations and more than 300 delays of up to five hours.
MailOnline understands the problem with check-in software and computer systems required for its planes to take-off have still not been fixed with the airline not yet able to guarantee flights will be back to normal tomorrow.
The airline could face a compensation bill in excess of £8million if all those affected claim what they are entitled to under European Union rules.
BA rolled out its ‘cost effective’ IT system in October 2015 – but since its launch it has caused a host of problems costing the company more than £100million and tarnishing its reputation.
Architect Allan Ross says he been forced to spend £880 on new Ryanair tickets from Stansted after BA scrapped his Heathrow journey and only offered him a replacement flight later this week – meaning he’d miss a family wedding.
He told MailOnline: ‘We were not notified before we got to the airport. There was nobody giving any information. We grabbed a BA rep who told us to queue with 200 people. Five minutes later we were told to leave the airport and given a brochure about flight cancellation. We were referred back to the BA website which again was down, the phone numbers were jammed and we had no option but to book another flight from Stansted a few hours later, as we are attending family wedding and just needed to get there’.
Darren Rowe was among the passengers queuing at Heathrow Airport today where he descriobed the situation as ‘chaos let loose’ and said BA’s response to the crisis was ‘pathetic’
At Gatwick people were unable to check-in with many told to go home and rebook on a new flight in the coming six days
BA’s latest IT failure – the third in recent weeks – has already led to 127 cancellations (pictured on Heathrow’s check-in boards) and led to more than 300 other delays at British airports and abroad
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After yet another IT meltdown at BA, it emerged:
- BA still working to fix ‘multiple’ problems with its IT systems;
- Thousands of passengers were affected after the airline axed 117 flights due to operate to or from Heathrow and 10 at Gatwick, while delaying more than 300 other flights on Wednesday.
- More flights to and from America, India, Japan and Europe were also delayed;
- Irate passengers stuck on grounded jets walked off them in protest – while families were left without food and water;
- Customers being told they can book on to new flights over the next six days but many say their holidays will already be ruined;
Family off to Barcelona only told their flight was cancelled AFTER they went through security
Furious bank manager Simon Chapman, 43, was due to travel from Heathrow to Barcelona with his children Violette, 14, and 11-year-old Jack.
He paid £350 for their tickets on the 9.25am flight – only to realise it had been cancelled after they went through security.
Mr Chapman then had to fork out £160 on a taxi from Heathrow to Gatwick, spending a total of £900 on flights and travel just today.
And staggeringly he was then told by workers they were not listed on the 2.40pm flight – after queuing for an hour and a half.
Mr Chapman, of Reading, Berks, said: ‘It’s unbelievable really. I booked this back in April.
‘We’d got through security and it was only by chance I looked at the information board and it said our flight was cancelled.
‘There were no more flights to Barcelona from Heathrow, so Gatwick was the closest place to book from.
‘I was told by BA staff at Heathrow to re-book and they would reimburse me, so I did.
‘Then when we got here, and after queuing for ages, they told me we’re not even on the flight.
‘I’ve forked out £900 more than I needed to spend and I’m not even seeing anything for it.
‘I just hope we get there today. I think there’s going to be a delay on the flight.’
Mr Chapman said he has also spent 200 euros on day trips while away, including a tour of FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.
Today the airline apologised for the chaos and revealed it has already been forced to cancel 117 flights to or from Heathrow while 10 Gatwick flights were also shelved with a giant digital sign used to tell victims to ‘go home’ because short haul check-in is closed before Midday.
Darren Rowe, from the Cotswolds, said his 10.20am flight to Hamburg from Heathrow for business meetings was cancelled before ‘all chaos let loose’.
He said: ‘There were massive queues, it was queue here, queue there, nobody was saying anything. The lack of information was just pathetic’.
On top of the 127 cancellations more than 300 other flights were delayed, with some more than five hours behind schedule and problems expected all day.
Lines of people stuck at Gatwick and Heathrow check-in snaked around terminal buildings with James North, who is due to fly to Heraklion, Crete, today telling MailOnline: ‘It’s not the world favourite airline – it’s now the world biggest airline queue’.
Customers were also stuck at London City, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and other BA hubs in Britain – but passengers across Europe as well as in Japan, India and the US were also hit by delays or cancellations.
Irate passengers took to social media to vent their fury and revealed their dream family summer holidays and even their weddings could now be in ruins with many vowing ‘never to fly BA again’.
Parents with children also claimed they were treated ‘like cattle’ after being left stuck inside airport gates without access to food or water with no clue about if and when they could leave.
Matt Knopp wrote: ‘BA – wtf? Flight cancelled due to continuous system issues you seem totally inept to sort out for the past three years. Get a f**king grip!’
The IT failure – the third similar problem for BA in recent weeks – has stopped people getting away on holiday or even for their own weddings as many flights were either delayed or cancelled.
BA has denied it is a global IT outage but passengers as far afield as Japan, India, the US and across Europe are stuck.
Laura Izzard tweeted: ‘What’s happening with the Pisa BA604 flight from Heathrow, screen just says please wait… no one can tell us anything …. Little stressed at the moment, especially as I am flying over to get married’.
Stephen Gibbons posted a photo of the cabin of a grounded jet meant to be flying from Scotland to London today and said: ‘Been stuck on the ground in Glasgow for an hour now. People finally just walking off the plane’.
And Cris Penfold wrote: ‘Sat on a @British_Airways plane which won’t take off – the crew don’t even know why. No idea when we will actually fly #pleasejusttakeoff #sortitout’.
There was chaos at Heathrow (pictured) and other BA hubs today as its IT systems failed again leaving 20,000 stranded
There was similar chaos at Gatwick where holidays and business trips were left in ruins with delays of in excess of five hours
Passengers on his flight from Newcastle to Heathrow were left milling around for two hours after their flight was grounded due to the ongoing IT problems – some stormed off
BA casualty Karthik Eyan was left sleeping on the floor at Heathrow after being told his summer flight has been delayed
BA customers flooded social media with tweets calling the situation ‘shambolic’ and ‘pure chaos’ and blasting the lack of information given up by the airline
BA customers flooded social media with tweets calling the situation ‘shambolic’ and ‘pure chaos’ and blasting the lack of information given up by the airline with many vowing ‘never to fly BA again’
Fire on London rail tracks causes more travel misery
Holidaymakers had faced a struggle even getting to Gatwick after the Gatwick Express train service from London Victoria was cancelled.
A fire on the tracks between Victoria and Clapham Junction saw all early-morning Southern and Gatwick Express trains cancelled.
‘Heavy residual delays’ were expected to drag on and commuters were advised not to travel to the rail station, Southern said.
Tim Willcox said passengers were ‘seething’ as he endured a ‘nightmare’ start to a planned short break in Nice, France, with his wife Najah.
The BBC presenter was stranded on the 5.30am Gatwick Express for 20 minutes outside Victoria, put on another train which was also cancelled, and, as a result, missed his 7.25am flight.
He told PA: ‘Most flights are now either fully booked or have shot up in price or involve stopovers.
‘I’m now on a bus. It’s just proving a bloody nightmare. I can’t afford to spend £1,000 on two flights.
‘We’ve got car hire waiting, a hotel booked. We’re now looking at flying to Paris and then flying from Paris to Nice.
‘There was a complete lack of communication from Gatwick Express, there was a very rude staff member who just wouldn’t answer questions. People were seething.’
The airline has been dogged by IT problems since upgrading its systems in 2017 with the worst failures hitting up to 75,000 people and costing owner AIG around £80 million.
On that occasion, the airline cancelled 726 flights due to a power failure, sparking a raft of compensation claims for flight costs, train and hotel expenses, replacement clothes and toiletries.
British Airways has said the systems problems has hit check-in and flight departures and customers will be offered alternative flights over the coming week.
In a statement, they said: ‘We are working as quickly as possible to resolve a systems issue which has resulted in some short-haul cancellations and delays from London airports.
‘A number of flights continue to operate but we are advising customers to check ba.com for the latest flight information before coming to the airport.
‘We are offering customers booked on short-haul services departing from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City today, the opportunity to rebook to another day.
‘We are encouraging customers to check ba.com for the latest flight information, and to allow additional time at the airport.’
Frustrated passengers took to social media to vent their anger and demand answers from BA, while shared photos showed airport terminals filled with stranded travellers.
“There is no staff at the airport, we’re in an info queue that isn’t moving,” Anya, a BA passenger bound for Zagreb, Croatia, stated on Twitter.
“The only staff around are the duty free staff and they’ve been more helpful than anyone at BA. Get your act together #britishairways!”
A Heathrow spokesperson said BA was experiencing “a technical issue with its systems” impacting check-in and departures there.
“We are working to support the BA team and passengers impacted.
“We understand this is incredibly frustrating for passengers and encourage them to check with British Airways for the latest information.”
Huge queues formed at Heathrow Airport’s terminal 5 this morning as British Airways systems failed after yet another IT glitch
Queues in the South Terminal at Gatwick snaked towards the main entrance with people warned that there would be delays and cancellations until at least 3pm
Liz Waugh posted this photo of her ordeal while stuck on a plane at Bologna airport in Italy as BA grounded flights
Some people gave up and walked off planes going nowhere and complained that they were given no information from BA staff
The airline has apologised and said they will allow customers to rebook for another day in the coming week
People will be offered opportunity to rebook to another travel day between August 8 and August 13.
Long list of failures: BA’s painful history of IT glitches
British Airways rolled out a ‘cost effective’ IT system in October 2015.
But since its launch, the system has caused a host of problems costing the company more than £100 million.
Workers say it crashes ‘all the time’ and check-in staff are regularly reduced to tears by its glitches.
– The new BA ‘FLY’ system first broke down on June 19 2015, just weeks after first being introduced.
– The system then suffered another failure on July 7, 2016. Two-hour, seven-lane queues formed at all BA check-in gates at Terminal 5 at London Heathrow.
– Less than a week later and the check-in system broke down yet again. On July 13, lengthy queues formed once again at Terminal 5, Heathrow, after the ‘FLY’ system suffered further technical problems
– Five days later it broke down once again and on this occasion TV presenter Phillip Schofield was among those to berate the airline for the delays. The IT glitch also hit Gatwick and caused huge queues as hundreds of thousands of families start going away for their summer holidays. Long queues snaked across terminal buildings as irate passengers said BA workers were nowhere to be seen or ‘pretending to be on the phone’.
– In May 2017 an IT engineer allegedly failed to follow proper procedure at a Heathrow data centre and caused ‘catastrophic physical damage’ to servers leaving 75,000 stranded across the globe. The outage lasted just 15 minutes but it stopped online check-in, grounded planes and broke baggage systems and meant BA was unable to resume a full schedule for four days. More than 670 flights were cancelled, costing the company £80 million.
– There were seven BA system failures in total in 2017. Crashes on June 19, July 7, July 13, July 18 and again on August 2, meant huge delays and cancellations for its customers.
– In 2018 furious passengers blasted BA after airline cancels tickets to the Middle East they bought months ago saying fliers should have realised the £167-return deals were a glitch.
– In July 2019 British Airways was told it will have to pay a record £183million fine for a data breach that saw card details of more than 380,000 customers stolen from its website and app.
– Days later holidaymakers headed overseas for their summer break had to leave their bags behind at Heathrow Airport following problems with luggage handling systems. Passengers including former comedian Eddie Izzard tweeted their frustration and posted pictures of cases piling up in the luggage hall.
The problems first emerged at 4.30am this morning when BA customers tried to check-in for the first flights of the day across the UK.
At Gatwick the queue of BA passengers is nearly stretching outdoors on to the concourse at the airport’s South Terminal, with BA passengers being placed in a separate queue to other travellers.
Staff are guiding passengers on where to queue, and the moving walkway has been shut off.
One member of staff was overheard telling a passenger flying at 3pm to come back no earlier than 1pm to get into the departure lounge.
Melanie Dixon, 49, is travelling to Las Vegas for a four-day holiday with her three young children.
The hairdresser, from Dartford, Kent, said: ‘My app stopped working this morning and I had no idea why. I just thought it was a problem with mine.
‘I didn’t know what was causing the queue until now. We only arrived around 9am and it’s got bad really quickly.
‘This is our first holiday abroad as a family and it’s not got off to a good start. Once we’ve been waiting a bit longer the kids will start getting restless.
‘We were so excited, but this has put a bit of a downer on our holiday.
‘We just want to get through to departures so we can get some breakfast and drop our cases off, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon.
‘It’s not going to be a good experience. BA have hundreds of flights everyday. They should be coping with this much better. You would hope they can sort it out quickly.’
Retired retail worker Denise Hiller, 59, is travelling to Tampa in Florida with husband John, 63, who used to work in oil refinery.
The couple, from Salisbury, Wilts, paid £1,300 for their flights and a hire car on the other side.
Mother of three Mrs Hiller said: ‘We’ve been here since about 8.50am, and we’re due to fly at 12pm but that doesn’t look likely.
‘This isn’t good for BA – it’s not the staff’s fault, but the problem shouldn’t be happening.
‘We’ve not been given any information on how long our flight is going to be delayed.
‘We’ve spent £1,300 on this, and now there’s not much we can do other than wait and hope we take off at some point.
‘When we walked in and saw the queue, it was like ‘oh great’.
‘And it’s the school holidays so it’s much worse. I really feel for the families travelling with young children – it’s awful for them.’
Video courtesy of CBS12.
Jon Rapoport, 54, is travelling to Lanzarote for 16 days from Gatwick with his wife and their two children.
The catering company boss, from Oxford, said: ‘Nobody knows what’s going on. I’m sure the staff are handling it as best they can, but there’s no information being given to us.
‘They’ve just told us to stand in the queue and that’s it.
‘There’s no information on the website either. It’s ridiculous. ‘First there was the strikes the other day, which I thought we’d been lucky to avoid, but then you get this.
‘I’ve actually checked-in on the app but I’m still being told to wait in the queue.
‘This is the last time I’ll be flying with BA. Why am I queuing? They’re not telling me anything’.
Today’s chaos came around a fortnight after people missed flights or were forced to take off without their luggage at Heathrow when a check-in system went into meltdown.
The chaos, a day before schools break up and ahead of threatened strikes by pilots, caused queues of up to two hours and delayed British Airways flights from Terminal Five.
Hundreds of suitcases were seen being piled up behind screens after a fault with the bag-drop early in the morning.
With the system still not working well into the afternoon, some passengers faced an agonising wait to see if their baggage would turn up at their destination.
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HOW PASSENGERS HIT BY BRITISH AIRWAYS’ IT GLITCH CAN CLAIM COMPENSATION
Thousands of British Airways passengers hit by the latest IT glitch are entitled to assistance and compensation, depending on the length of the flight and how long their journey was delayed.
Here are some of the key questions around the rules:
– What rules apply?
European Union law applies to flights either departing from an EU airport or those that are arriving at an EU airport and operated by an EU airline, such as British Airways.
– How long must a flight be delayed before an airline has to provide support?
The length of delay that leads to airlines being required to offer assistance ranges from two hours for short-haul flights to four hours for long-haul flights.
– What care must be offered?
Airlines have to provide vouchers to buy a reasonable amount of food and drink, a means of communication (often by refunding the cost of telephone calls), and accommodation if a passenger is delayed overnight.
Sometimes airlines are unable to arrange care, particularly during major disruption. In this instance, passengers are advised to keep receipts and claim costs back later.
– What if a flight is cancelled?
Airlines have to offer full refunds or re-book passengers on to alternative flights.
– Can passengers claim compensation?
If a journey is delayed by more than three hours due to a factor within the airline’s control – such as technical faults or overbooking – there are fixed levels of compensation that can be claimed.
The amount ranges from 250 euros (£230) for short-haul flights delayed by at least three hours, to 600 euros (£553) for long-haul flights delayed by at least four hours.
– Does this mean travellers are guaranteed a payout every time there is disruption?
Any delays outside an airline’s control, such as bad weather or security alerts, are not liable for compensation.
– Is compensation automatic?
No, disrupted passengers must write a letter of complaint to the airline.
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August 7th, 2019
Put your besties in this loop!
Overworking to the point where you physically and mentally tap out, otherwise known as burnout, is becoming all too prevalent in our society. A recent Gallup study indicated that millennial workers are more likely than older generations to say that they are burned out at work. The same study, taken from almost 7,500 full-time US employees, showed that nearly 3 out of 10 millennials stated they are very often or always burned out at work, and about 7 in 10 experience some burnout.
Life becomes something that won’t stop bothering you
Josh Cohen, psychoanalyst
“You feel burnout when you’ve exhausted all your internal resources, yet cannot free yourself of the nervous compulsion to go on regardless,” writes psychoanalyst, Josh Cohen.
“Life becomes something that won’t stop bothering you. Among its most frequent and oppressive symptoms is chronic indecision, as though all the possibilities and choices life confronts you with cancel each other out, leaving only an irritable stasis.” If this sounds at all familiar, you might be burned out and not even know it.
Unfortunately, there is no catch-all cure for burnout, but some people find ways to manage it, and with great success.
Scientists have previously discovered that a simple 10 minute nap can improve alertness and cognitive performance. It’s no wonder that larger companies like Ben & Jerry’s, Nike, and Zappos have all created napping spaces in their offices. CBRE, a big real estate firm in Toronto, has banned desk lunches, in the hope that employees actually wind-down on their break.
Research from the University of Southern California suggests that downtime or “wakeful resting” is important for recalling personal memories, imagining the future, and maintaining our moral framework. Many folks are looking to tech-free breaks as a way to recharge too, with some even going so far as booking digital detox vacations.
Mary E. Gomes, Ph.D, professor of psychology at Sonoma State University writes, “the mere presence of a cell phone, even when ignored, reduces people’s intellectual acuity, possibly because it takes a distracting level of mental effort to resist the pull of a nearby phone. The more distant the phone, the better the performance.”
Regardless of technique, the concept is the same: we need time outs.
Everybody says the young generation is lazy and entitled, but what I saw was people under constant pressure
Jill Grindle, Customer Service Lead, Sundial Growers
Jill Grindle, the Customer Service Lead at Sundial Growers, encountered many burned out millennials in her previous career as a medical cannabis educator. She was shocked to see so many young people struggling with chronic stress.
“It was an eyebrow raiser seeing so many young people suffering from conditions that we associate with much older adults—insomnia, stress, anxiety, and depression.
“Everybody says the young generation is lazy and entitled, but what I saw was people under constant pressure, to an extent our generation couldn’t imagine. Millennials are expected to be on 24/7/365, in constant demand by their friends, families, and employers. They never get to turn off, and can’t take the phone off the hook like we could at that age. Plus, they’ve got this constant exposure to blue light from their devices, and to marketing messages that undermine their appearance, accomplishments, and worth as humans… it’s no wonder they’re breaking down.”
Although the age of her patients surprised her, Grindle said that seeing them show up at the cannabis clinic made sense.
“When you’re fighting stresses that you can’t escape, taking care of your body is the only thing you can control. And cannabis is a great fit for those issues—the pain, stress, and sleep deprivation. The right cannabis can make all the difference in the world.”
It’s no wonder that some people are now looking to cannabis as a means to switch off, and potentially combat some of burnout’s effects. A recent Washington State University study examined how people’s self reported levels of stress, anxiety, and depression were affected by smoking different strains and quantities of cannabis at home.
Their work, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, suggests that smoking cannabis can significantly reduce short term levels of stress—although, it should be noted that the findings indicated overall feelings of depression worsened over long periods. The study specifically showed that “10 puffs or more of cannabis high in CBD and high in THC produced the largest reductions in stress.”
Using cannabis as an effective time out tool may or may not work for you.
If you were to try it, you should test different doses and strains to find the right balance—although there are some that are tailored for relaxation. For a lot of people, using cannabis for relaxation is an end of the day affair—certainly, we’re not going to see any designated cannabis areas at the Ben & Jerry’s office.
One thing’s for sure, whether you make an effort to practice yoga a few minutes a day, relax amongst nature, turn off your phone, or take a different route entirely, everyone needs to wind down. Everyone needs to breathe.
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August 7th, 2019
Donald Trump on Wednesday, ahead of his trip to Dayton, Ohio, complained the ‘fake news’ ignored ties a suspected mass shooter had to liberal presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
A Twitter account believed to be owned by Connor Betts, the 24-year-old accused of killing nine people and injuring 27 in Dayton on Sunday, had tweeted supportive messages for Warren and Sanders, in addition to promoting content from ANTIFA, a left-wing, militant, anti-fascist group.
Trump attempted to link Sanders and Warren to him on Wednesday, claiming that a Dayton mass shooter ‘supported’ the left-wing politicians who are competing for the presidency, while deflecting from charges that his own, fiery rhetoric encouraged an El Paso mass murderer.
‘If you look at Dayton that was a person who supported, I guess you would say, Bernie Sanders I understood, Antifa I understood, Elizabeth Warren I understood. Had nothing to do with President Trump,’ he argued on the South Lawn of the White House as he prepared to leave for the Ohio city.
Trump claimed that Sanders, Warren and other unnamed Democrats who are ‘low in the polls’ were trying to score political points by calling him a racist and associating him with mentally-ill shooters.
‘These are people that are looking for political gain. I don’t think they’re getting it, and as much as possible I’ve tried to stay out of that,’ he claimed seconds after he levied the searing attack in which he’d bashed Warren and Sanders by name.
He said minutes later, ‘I would like to stay out of the political fray. As I was saying and just came out, the Dayton situation, he was a fan of ANITFA. He was a fan of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Nothing to do with Trump, but nobody ever mentions that. No, I don’t blame Elizabeth Warren and I don’t blame Bernie Sanders in the case of Ohio.’
Solidarity show: Donald Trump took off for Dayton, Ohio, where he will mourn the dead with first lady Melania before heading to El Paso, Texas
Lashing out: Donald Trump spoke on the South Lawn of the White House before taking off for Dayton, saying that shooter Connor Betts’ support for ‘Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’ was being ignored
Grievance: ‘He was a fan of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Nothing to do with Trump, but nobody ever mentions that. No, I don’t blame Elizabeth Warren and I don’t blame Bernie Sanders in the case of Ohio,’ Trump said before heading to Dayton, Ohio
First couple: Donald and Melania Trump left the White House on Marine One for trips to the two cities hit by mass shootings this weekend
Donald Trump, ahead of his trip to Dayton, Ohio, tried to link the mass shooter to liberal presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren
A Twitter account believed to be owned by Connor Betts – the suspect in Sunday’s shooting – had supportive messages for Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders but no motive has been established
A suspected killer in El Paso echoed claims that Trump has made about illegal immigrants and Democrats had attacked the Republican president for waiting too long to condemn him as a white nationalist.
Trump later slapped Joe Biden, who’d compared him segregationist George Wallace, as ‘incompetent’ and having lost his mental edge.
‘Well, you know Joe is a pretty incompetent guy. I’ve watched his interviews, I’ve watched what he said and how he said it, and I wouldn’t have rated him very high in the first place, but Joe Biden has truly lost his fastball, that I can tell you,’ he said.
The evening before, he tore into Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, the Texas politician who called him a racist, on the eve of a visit to the El Paso native’s hometown, suggesting the Democrat made up his nickname to win votes from Hispanics.
In the late-night tweet, the president boasted that he’d ‘trounced’ the low-polling 2020 presidential candidate the last time they were on a ballot together and told him to ‘be quiet.’
‘Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” the president write.
O’Rourke slapped back, saying, ’22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I.’
Trump also touted those ties in a tweet ahead of his visit to the city to comfort victims, citing a report from One America News Network, a right-wing TV station.
‘“The Dayton, Ohio, shooter had a history of supporting political figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and ANTIFA.” @OANN I hope other news outlets will report this as opposed to Fake News. Thank you!,’ the president wrote.
The welcome Trump will get in the two cities where a total of 31 people died was unclear.
The Democratic mayor of Dayton said she would meet him because of the office he holds, while in El Paso Beto O’Rourke, the former local congressman turned presidential candidate, told Trump to stay away.
Police on both cities are already stretched dealing with the aftermath of the shootings, and in the case of El Paso, a full criminal investigation into the shooter, Patrick Crusius, who surrendered after his murder spree.
No motive has been established behind the shooting in Dayton, unlike Friday’s incident in El Paso, Texas, where the suspect left behind a 2,300-word manifesto that raged about the ‘Hispanic invasion of Texas,’ posted online minutes before the shooting began on Saturday at a Wal-Mart in the Southern border city.
White House officials also pushed the ties between Betts and liberals as they defended the president from Democrats’ charges it was his rhetoric that inflamed racial tensions in the country.
‘We do not blame, nor do we even dream of blaming Elizabeth Warren for the shooter in Ohio who wanted to vote for her,’ White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said on Fox News Tuesday, questioning why Trump was being criticized.
‘I’m hopping mad this morning because I see very little scant coverage of the fact that the Dayton shooter has been confirmed as having a Twitter feed that was supportive of Antifa, that was supportive of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders,’ White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News Tuesday morning.
Warren’s campaign called the attempt to link Betts to her campaign a distraction.
‘There is absolutely no place for violence in our politics and Elizabeth and our campaign condemn it in the strongest possible terms,’ Warren campaign spokesperson Kristen Orthman said in a statement to The Hill on Tuesday.
‘Leaders have a responsibility to speak out and to not incite violence. But let’s be clear – there is a direct line between the president’s rhetoric and the stated motivations of the El Paso shooter.
‘This is an attempt to distract from the fact that Trump’s rhetoric is inciting violence as extremist-related murders have spiked 35 percent from 2017 to 2018,’ she added.
Betts, who was shot and killed by police, was armed with a .223-caliber ‘long gun,’ high-capacity magazines, and extra ammunition in Sunday’s mass shooting.
The attack lasted less than a minute outside a bar in a popular neighborhood in the city.
Authorities have named no motive behind suspect Connor Betts
Chilling footage shows Ohio gunman inside Blind Bob’s bar before he opened fire and killed nine people including his sister outside Ned Peppers Bar on Saturday night
His social media posts often showed support for Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. In one tweet (above) he said he would vote for Warren over Kamala Harris because the latter ‘is a cop’
Before being removed, the account’s bio read: ‘he/him / anime fan / metalhead / leftist / I’m going to hell and I’m not coming back’
Last tweet: The account has now been suspended but on Saturday retweeted a message calling on the ‘Joe Biden generation’ to ‘hurry up and die’
Democrat: Shortly before the 2018 midterm elections the account urged its followers to ‘vote blue’ to defeat Republican candidates
Support: The account had also retweeted Vermont Senator and leftist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
Former classmates of Betts said he kept a ‘hit list’ of people he wanted to kill or rape.
Authorities are investigating a motive.
Trump, meanwhile, has come under attack from Democrats, who say his anti-immigrant language on the stump has sparked a rise in white supremacy.
‘In both clear language and in code, this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,’ Joe Biden will say at a campaign event in Iowa later Wednesday, according to excerpts released from his campaign.
Beto O’Rourke, who represented El Paso in Congress, said America under Trump was like Nazi Germany.
‘The only modern western Democracy that I can think of that said anything close to this is the Third Reich, Nazi Germany,’ he said Monday on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’
Joe Biden will accuse the president of fanning ‘the flames of white supremacy in this nation’ in a speech in Iowa on Wednesday
And Nan Whaley, the Democratic mayor of Dayton, Ohio, said she will tell the president directly that he has been unhelpful in responding to the two mass shootings.
‘He probably will hear it from you all, better than he hears it from me,’ she said. ‘I mean, yesterday, his comments weren’t very helpful to the issue around guns.’
Trump on Monday blamed the internet, social media, computer games and ‘mental illness’ for the two mass shootings that killed 31 people this past weekend.
‘Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,’ he said.
‘I almost got a good headline!’ President Trump reacts after liberal outrage led New York Times to CHANGE its front-page headline that praised his ‘unity message’ after shootings
President Donald Trump complained Wednesday after The New York Times changed a positive Page One headline about Monday’s speech following a pair of mass-shootings.
The switch was made to accommodate outraged reporters and Twitter pundits who objected to its cast of Trump’s speech in a flattering light.
‘”Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism,” was the correct description in the first headline by the Failing New York Times, but it was quickly changed to, “Assailing Hate But Not Guns,” after the Radical Left Democrats went absolutely CRAZY!’ the president tweeted.
‘Fake News – That’s what we’re up against,’ he jabbed, adding: ‘After 3 years I almost got a good headline from the Times!’
The two versions of Tuesday’s New York Times front page are shown here, with the headline changing to reflect outrage amont liberal partisans on Twitter and reporters in the paper’s newsroom
Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet told the influential Columbia Journalism Review that the original headline wasn’t an effort to arrive at a result that ‘mollified Donald Trump.’
He also distanced himself from the decision to run it in the paper’s first print edition. The second edition carried the changed headline.
The first was factually accurate and reflected the story’s opening.
The president said Monday that Americans should ‘set destructive partisanship aside’ find ‘the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.’
Trump also quoted longtime former Bill Clinton pollster Mark Penn in a tweet Wednesday morning, saying: ‘This is an astounding development in journalism. I’ve never seen it happen before, I’ve just never seen anything like this! Is that journalism today? I don’t think so.’
Penn appeared Tuesday night on Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson’s program, which Trump watches regularly.
‘It took The New York Times, a daily newspaper published in New York City, less than a day to end a bold new experiment yesterday running an objective headline,’ Carlson said.
Trump was responding in Monday’s speech to Saturday’s shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, which left 41 people dead.
He has drawn unusually intense criticism among liberal partisans for his past rhetoric condemning Central American drug gangsters and other illegal immigrants.
Sunday’s first shooter was a white supremacist who believed he was exacting vengeance against Mexicans for an ‘invasion’ of Texas, according to a four-page manifesto he published before his killing spree.
The Dayton gunman, however, appeared to have been a political liberal, expressing admiration for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and advocating for a universal taxpayer-funded minimum income for all Americans.
The president is visiting the two cities on Wednesday amid complaints from Democrats in both places that his appearance will be divisive. Many have claimed he is himself a white supremacist.
Prepared remarks for a Wednesday afterno speech have former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic front-runner, claiming Trump ‘has aligned himself with the darkest forces in this nation.’
‘In both clear language and in code, this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation.:
One MSNBC anchor, Nicolle Wallace, apologized Tuesday night after saying on the air that Trump’s rhetoric could lead to the ‘extermination” of Hispanics in the U.S.
Former Times political statistician Nete Silver sparked a social media firestorm Monday night by posting an image of the coming front page and opining, ‘Not sure “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM” is how I would have framed the story.’
An hour later New York Magazine writer Yashar Ali, whose Twitter audience includes 434,000 people, wrote that he had ‘have never received more texts from furious NYT reporters/writers than I have tonight.’
The president said Monday that Americans should ‘set destructive partisanship aside’ find ‘the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love’
Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson mocked the Times Tuesday night, in a monologue that Trump likely watched, for ‘end[ing] a bold new experiment yesterday running an objective headline’
Trump also quoted longtime former Bill Clinton pollster Mark Penn, who appeared on Carlson’s show, saying: ‘I’ve just never seen anything like this! Is that journalism today? I don’t think so’
‘They feel like their hard work is being sullied by a horrible headline. And they’re all blaming Dean Baquet.’
That characterization implies that the mood in the newsroom was critical of Trump to a degree that underscoring his call for national ‘unity’ in a headline wouldn’t permit.
The president has long been critical of the Times, calling it a ‘fake news’ outlet and a ‘failing’ newspaper.
He has predicted that unless he is elected to a second controversy-filled term in the White House the Times and other news outlets that routinely criticize him will ‘go out of business’ for lack of a piñata to swing at daily.
A Columbia Journalism Review writer summed up much of institutional journalism’s verdict on Tuesday, calling Trump’s Monday speech ‘ludicrous.’
‘Trump invoked “unity, devotion, and love,” concepts about which he demonstrates no knowledge. He failed to address the El Paso shooter’s online screed, which contained clear echoes of Trump’s racist rhetoric,’ wote Jon Allsop.
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August 7th, 2019
She’s known for maintaining her enviably glossy honey-blonde tresses.
But Sam Faiers ditched her natural locks in favour of a new fiery look as she sported a bold orange wig in a fierce Instagram snap to promote her pal Carl Bembridge’s new hair extension line on Wednesday.
The Mummy Diaries star, 28, garnered attention over her fresh appearance from a legion of admiring social media users, including her close pal Luisa Zissman, who joked the TV personality could pass as the mother of her three-year-old redhead daughter Indigo.
New look: Sam Faiers ditched her natural locks in favour of a new fiery look as she sported a bold orange wig in a fierce Instagram snap to promote her pal Carl Bembridge’s new hair extension line on Wednesday
In the smouldering snap, the former TOWIE star posed up a storm as she modelled her lengthy wig, which cascaded down her lower back.
The CBB personality – who shares Paul, three, and Rosie, 20 months, with partner Paul Knightley – highlighted the intensity of her hair colour as she held up a can of Fanta Orange.
Sam captioned the image: ‘But who is she ?so proud of you @carlbembridgehair congratulations on your new wig rage @carlbembridgewigs I love being Wilma.’
Apprentice star Luisa, 32, displayed her typically amusing side as she joked in the comments section: ‘Indigo says hi mum’.
Lookalikes: The Mummy Diaries star’s close pal Luisa Zissman joked the TV personality, 28, could pass as the mother of her three-year-old redhead daughter Indigo (pictured together)
Working it! In the smouldering snap, the former TOWIE star posed up a storm as she modelled her lengthy wig (pictured right with natural hair colour last month)
Playful: Apprentice star Luisa, 32, displayed her typically amusing side as she joked in the comments section: ‘Indigo says hi mum’
The doting mother also shares Clementine, 20 months, with husband Andrew Collins, and Dixie, eight, with ex Oliver Zissman.
Meanwhile, reality star Sam revealed she wakes up at 5.30am to squeeze in a gruelling workout before her kids get up as she juggles life as a busy parent.
Sam said despite being a trim size 10, she is not at her goal weight so she sets her alarm early and returns home from the gym before her little ones have risen.
Doting mother: The mother-of-three also shares Clementine, 20 months, with husband Andrew Collins, and Dixie, eight, with ex Oliver Zissman
Dedicated: Meanwhile, reality star Sam revealed she wakes up at 5.30am to squeeze in a gruelling workout before her kids get up as she juggles life as a busy parent
The former glamour model said in an interview with this week’s Closer magazine: ‘Everyone asks me, “How do you find time to go to the gym when you’ve got two little ones?” and the key is, you have to get up early.’
Detailing her morning routine, she added: ‘I set my alarm for 5.30am and I am back home at 6.45am, when they are not even awake yet. It’s the only way I can do it, as mornings are so busy in my house.’
Sam shared ‘I am not exactly where I want to be weight wise’ as the reason for her strenuous gym sessions.
Pushing on: She said despite being a size 10, she is not at her goal weight so she sets her alarm and returns home from the gym before her little ones have risen
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August 7th, 2019
Anna Vakili has sparked rumours of a secret feud with Molly-Mae Hague.
The former pharmacist, 29, like an Instagram meme slamming the decision to include a segment devoted to Molly’s stuffed elephant, Ellie-Belly- on Sunday’s Love Island reunion show.
And it seems Anna is furious producers decided to give air time to the social influencer’s cuddly toy over her friendship with Amber Gill and Yewande Biala.
Rivalry? Anna Vakili has sparked rumours of a secret feud with Molly-Mae Hague
Anna liked the post, which read: ‘Where was the Anna, Yewande and Amber segments??? Why the f*** has the elephant got more screen time than them?’
She also gave a like to: ‘Caroline speak for yourself. No one give AF about Ellie Belly.’
It was captioned: ‘And we didn’t need to see the fake bromance between Curtis and Tommy either.’
Jealous: The former pharmacist, 29, like an Instagram meme slamming the decision to include a segment devoted to Molly’s stuffed elephant on Sunday’s Love Island reunion show
Furious: Anna liked the post, which read: ‘Where was the Anna, Yewande and Amber segments??? Why the f*** has the elephant got more screen time than them?’
Annoyed: She also gave a like to: ‘Caroline speak for yourself. No one give AF about Ellie Belly’
During the show, Anna and her ex Jordan revealed the tension hadn’t lifted between them when they came face to face for an awkward interview.
Speaking to Caroline Flack about the current state of their relationship, things came to a head when Anna accused the 24-year-old model of ‘grabbing her up’ at a party.
Quizzed about the reports Jordan had been ‘flirty’ towards her, Anna explained: ‘You were being flirty- you were grabbing me up!’
Irked: Anna was annoyed her friendship with Amber and Yewande was overlooked on the show
Clearly irked by the accusation, Jordan shot back: ‘I can’t recall this. Being friendly, yeah, but not grabbing her… I don’t know where you got that from.’
Earlier in the chat, Anna had shown there was no love lost between herself and Jordan, immediately shooting down claims there was still a spark between them with a resounding ‘no’.
Meanwhile, Jordan had mused: ‘I think me and Anna are civil. Looking forward but not backwards. I hope we can be friends in the future.’
He added: ‘I don’t carry bad energy. Me and Anna didn’t work out but I’m not going to not be friendly towards her.’
Fuming: During the show, Anna and her ex Jordan revealed the tension hadn’t lifted between them when they came face to face for an awkward interview
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