Theresa May to back Brexit compromise to quell rebellion over date

Theresa May is ready to throw her weight behind a Brexit compromise from Conservative MPs in order to quell a growing rebellion over the government’s attempt to enshrine the date of Britain’s EU departure in EU law. The prime minister will support an amendment that leaves the Brexit deadline in place but gives MPs the …

Local buses could be replaced by Uber-style services, says Grayling

Local buses could be replaced by “Uber-style” rides, the transport secretary has said, sparking a backlash from Labour, trade unions and campaigners. Chris Grayling told local government leaders the future of local bus services was a more bespoke service, suggesting on-demand services like the taxi app could be deployed more widely to meet the funding …

Trump judicial nominee stumped on basic law questions at Senate hearing

It will go down one as of the most excruciating job interviews of all time. A Trump federal judicial nominee was utterly stymied by a line of questioning on basic knowledge of procedural law during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, raising questions about the fitness of Trump’s choices for the posts. “MUST WATCH”, tweeted Rhode …

While you’re looking the other way, Trump is changing America for decades to come | Jonathan Freedland

Now twice as long, his tweets are half as good. The early-morning dispatches from the iPhone of Donald Trump, often sent while he lies in bed, propped up on a pillow, lack the poison punch they packed in the 140-character era. They ramble a bit now, losing focus. But they still command attention and dominate …

England hope Terminator Stuart Broad can conjure killer Ashes spell | Barney Ronay

A theory has been doing the rounds in my household about the Indian pace bowler Varun Aaron. Which is fine. You take what you can get with kids. Using a knife and fork, respectful attention to elders. There’s work to be done here. But theories about the careers of mid-rank Indian quicks are a definitive …

Exciting La Rochelle go to Wasps with growing reputation for creative artistry

As La Rochelle rapidly establish a reputation as Europe’s great entertainers, it will come as little surprise that they always sell out their Stade Marcel-Deflandre. That they did so for a match played 500 miles away, however, is perhaps a better illustration of how something special is brewing in the Bay of Biscay. For, like …

Literary fiction is in crisis. A new chapter of funding authors must begin | Claire Armistead

Finally it’s official: literary fiction is in crisis, and writers across the land are burning the midnight oil in their garrets, teaching or slogging away in unrelated jobs to keep the fire ablaze in the grate. This Dickensian picture was revealed by Arts Council England today in a report that suggests it may have to …