Why a surge in US confidence may not be a good thing

The exuberant market reaction to Trump’s win has not translated into growth – he needs to work with Congress to deliver

Financial markets seem convinced that the recent surge in business and consumer confidence in the US economy will soon be reflected in “hard” data, such as GDP growth, business investment, consumption, and wages. But economists and policymakers are not so sure. Whether their doubts are vindicated will matter for both the US and the world economy.

Donald Trump’s election as US president has triggered a surge in positive economic sentiment, because he pledged that his administration would aggressively pursue the policy trifecta of deregulation, tax cuts and reform, and infrastructure construction. Republican majorities in both houses of Congress reinforced the positive sentiment, as they signalled Trump would not face the kind of paralysing gridlock that Barack Obama confronted for most of his presidency.

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Leonard Manasseh obituary

Architect who was the master planner of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire

Leonard Manasseh, one of the last surviving architects of the Festival of Britain, was a highly regarded designer and teacher who played a significant role in the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), Riba and Royal Academy over many decades. The founder of Leonard Manasseh and Partners, he was the architect of the former Rutherford school in Marylebone, west London, and the Rotork factory in Bath, as well as of a number of distinctive private houses.

Manasseh, who has died aged 100, designed Rutherford school to a conventional plan in 1957, but its bold sculptural forms – in particular its tall pyramid over the assembly hall, balanced by the inverted pyramid of the water tanks – attracted wide professional attention. The building, off Lisson Grove, was (and still is) full of remarkable details: marble walls, a sculpture court, a stained-glass window. The critic Diana Rowntree praised it in the Guardian in July 1960 and it pleased the London county council, too, because it was completed early and under budget.

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Derry City captain Ryan McBride dies at 27

• Reasons for the sudden death of the footballer still unknown
• Player passed away 24 hours after victory over Drogheda United

League of Ireland soccer was in shock on Monday over the sudden death of the captain of Derry City football club.

Ryan McBride was found dead at his home in Derry on Sunday evening. The cause of the 27-year-old’s death is so far unknown.

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Theresa May to trigger article 50 on 29 March

UK’s permanent representative to the European Union has told the bloc to expect a letter on that date

Theresa May will trigger article 50 on Wednesday 29 March, the prime minister’s spokesman has confirmed.

The UK’s permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU on Monday morning that a letter should be expected on that date.

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Thousands join UK legal case against VW over emissions scandal

More than 35,000 motorists taking part in class action lawsuit seeking compensation for use of ‘defeat device’ on cars

More than 35,000 motorists have joined a class action lawsuit against VW in England and Wales over the emissions scandal.

The size of the group is increasing at the rate of 500 drivers a day and lawyers are confident the legal action will eventually involve around 100,000 owners of VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat cars.

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My ambulance crew is forced to put a plaster over society’s failure

Cuts to public services mean we visit people who don’t need medical help and cardiac arrest calls go unanswered

However good the NHS is, it is not a lot of things; it isn’t social care, it isn’t a hotel and it most certainly isn’t a miracle worker. I work as an emergency care assistant on ambulances at the weekend. I can see the amazing things the health service does, but also why it sometimes appears to be falling apart at the seams. The NHS is stretched to breaking point every day. There are a lot of reasons for this and some of them are easy to see.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have been called to patients who aren’t really patients at all. They are desperately in need of help, but not medical help. They need social care. Or social housing. They need their basic needs to be met, but not an ambulance crew. It’s just that there is no one else who they can call on a Sunday afternoon when, for example, they are at the end of their tether. When the loneliness hits hard, the prospect of not seeing a friendly face for another week is more than they can bear.

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The alarmist Brexit press got everything wrong about the Dutch elections | Joris Luyendijk

Most of Fleet Street is so wilfully myopic it was unable to see even the sliver of good news for its own ignorant case in the defeat of Geert Wilders

Coverage of the Dutch elections last week is clear evidence that in the pro-Brexit media a toxic combination of ignorant hostility and selective perception continues to inform views about Europe. This attitude has led Britain to leave an organisation it never bothered to understand, in the hope of a future it did not examine. It is now leading Britain to fundamentally misunderstand the countries it depends on for a reasonable Brexit deal.

Related: Geert Wilders was beaten, but at the cost of fuelling racism in the Netherlands | Randeep Ramesh

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UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point

Move likely to embarrass British government as UN agency says lack of talks with Europe over project means it should now refrain from further work

The United Nations has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe said last year that the UK had failed to meet its obligations to discuss the possible impact of an incident at Hinkley on neighbouring countries.

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Chinese maths textbooks to be translated for UK schools

HarperCollins signs ‘historic’ deal with Shanghai publishers amid hopes it will boost British students’ performance

British students may soon study mathematics with Chinese textbooks after a “historic” deal between HarperCollins and a Shanghai publishing house in which books will be directly translated for use in UK schools.

China’s wealthy cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, produce some of the world’s top-performing maths pupils, while British students rank far behind their counterparts in Asia.

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London mayor’s police plan targets hate crime and terrorism

Sadiq Khan sets out goals at a time of ‘potentially devastating government cuts’ facing Metropolitan police

The mayor of London has launched a new policing plan for the capital, outlining a series of measures aimed at tackling hate crime, supporting victims and boosting the Metropolitan police’s armed anti-terror squad.

Sadiq Khan has laid out his vision for how the capital will be policed against a backdrop of mounting nervousness over the impact further cuts will have on a force already hit by years of austerity funding.

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