Marking books not safe suggests new coronavirus guidance for teachers | Education

A growing number of councils in the north of England are warning parents not to expect schools to open on 1 June, as new union guidance for teachers suggests it will not be safe to mark children’s books. Bury council in Greater Manchester is the latest to confirm that primary schools will not reopen for … Read more Marking books not safe suggests new coronavirus guidance for teachers | Education

UK rejects plea for ambassador to visit Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran | News

The Foreign Office has rejected a plea from Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe for the British ambassador to Iran to visit her in an act of solidarity before Tehran decides whether to return her to jail. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s lawyers told the Foreign Office it was “essential the embassy show her support at a frightening time”. In a letter to … Read more UK rejects plea for ambassador to visit Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran | News

Rollout of NHS contact-tracing app likely to be delayed until June | Politics

The national rollout of a phone app for the government’s test and track response to coronavirus appears to be delayed until June, after No 10 said it would only happen “in the coming weeks”. Amid wider confusion about how well the project is operating, Boris Johnson’s spokesman said it was possible for the test and … Read more Rollout of NHS contact-tracing app likely to be delayed until June | Politics

British army veteran faces £27,000 NHS hospital bill | Commonwealth immigration

A Commonwealth-born veteran, who served for more than a decade in the British army including tours of Afghanistan and Iraq, has been told he must pay more than £27,000 for NHS hospital bills after an emergency operation to remove a brain tumour. Medical staff have classified Taitusi Ratucaucau, 49, as an overseas patient, and therefore … Read more British army veteran faces £27,000 NHS hospital bill | Commonwealth immigration

The ‘lockdown sceptics’ want a culture war, with experts as the enemy | Peter Geoghegan & Mary Fitzgerald | Opinion

Within days of Boris Johnson announcing lockdown restrictions in late March, Toby Young – self-appointed general secretary of the Free Speech Union – had his own take on the government’s tripartite slogan. “Stay sceptical. End the lockdown. Save lives.” Scepticism has a long and venerable history. From Descartes’s musings on metaphysics to Carl Sagan’s “fine … Read more The ‘lockdown sceptics’ want a culture war, with experts as the enemy | Peter Geoghegan & Mary Fitzgerald | Opinion