Pound jumps and markets rebound as firms await wage rescue plan – business live | Business

While there are reassuring signs of economic normalization in China—most larger firms have reported reopening their doors and many local employees are back at their jobs—stark risks remain. This includes new infections rising again as national and international travel resumes. Even in the absence of another outbreak in China, the ongoing pandemic is creating economic … Read more

Alex Salmond trial: Scotland’s former first minister ‘was sexual predator’ | UK news

Alex Salmond, Scotland’s former first minister, has been accused of being a “sexual predator” who abused his power to sexually assault women for personal gratification. A jury in Edinburgh was told by the prosecutor Alex Prentice QC on Thursday that Salmond preyed for nearly eight years on young, aspirational women who worked for him while … Read more

Johnson as Churchill? History really does repeat as farce | Geoffrey Wheatcroft | Opinion

In his one phrase that everyone knows, Karl Marx wrote that Hegel was right that “all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice”, but he forgot to add: “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Marx was comparing the fatuous mid-19th-century French politicians posing for the original revolutionists, and … Read more