Scottish jobless rise prompts calls for tax restraint

The Scottish government is facing renewed pressure from business leaders to temper its plans for income tax rises after the jobless total increased and inflation rates rose. Derek Mackay, the Scottish finance secretary, is expected to unveil modest tax increases for higher earners in Holyrood’s budget on Thursday to fund a public sector pay increase, …

Amelia Edwards obituary

Amelia Edwards, who has died aged 77, was the art director of Walker Books and one of the most important influences on children’s book publishing in the 20th century. Working with some of the best illustrators and writers of the age, she built a list of classic titles that shaped the reading experience of generations …

Democrats: McConnell Must ‘Hit the Pause Button’ on Tax Vote

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, held a news conference on Wednesday urging Republicans to delay final votes on the tax bill. Tom Brenner/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Buoyed by their upset victory in Tuesday night’s Alabama Senate race, Senate Democrats on Wednesday demanded that Republicans delay the final vote on a massive tax …

Ukip to face tribunal over use of data in EU referendum campaign

Ukip is to face a tribunal over its use of analytics during the EU referendum after refusing to cooperate with an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO announced a formal investigation into how political parties use data analytics to target voters in response to concern about how social media was used during …

From ‘crush the saboteurs’ to the Maybot’s P45 – the year in Westminster digested

Theresa May: Brexit means Brexit. Everyone: What the hell does that mean? May: It means Brexit means Brexit. Nick Timothy: I think we need to be a little clearer. Go to Lancaster House and give a speech spelling out that you want to leave the single market and the customs union. May: But we don’t …

Three Billboards leads Screen Actors Guild nominations as The Post is snubbed

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leads the way in nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, historically one of the key indicators of who will triumph at the Oscars. Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy-drama, which stars Frances McDormand as a mother who takes desperate measures to bring her daughter’s killer to justice, received a total of …

Westminster rape trial: Woman left ‘confused and devastated’ after alleged attack

A woman who alleges that an aide to a Conservative MP raped her in the Houses of Parliament has told a court she was left feeling “confused and devastated”. The woman was in the witness box at the trial of Samuel Armstrong, who was chief of staff to the MP Craig Mackinlay when the attack …

Little Mermaid’s feminist fairytale knocks the spots off Cruella and co

Seventeen years ago, long before she wrote and directed the hit movie Nativity! and its successors, Debbie Isitt created a multimedia version of Dodie Smith’s The One Hundred and One Dalmatians for the Belgrade in Coventry. It was a bit of a dog’s dinner, making a nightmarish tale out of Missis and Pongo’s search for …