Ban coal from backup power subsidy scheme, says Scottish Power

Energy company and RenewableUK argue it is ‘counterproductive’ to spend bill-payers’ money on dirty technology

Ministers should ban coal power stations from a scheme paying their owners subsidies to provide backup power, a leading energy company and green energy group have urged.

Scottish Power and RenewableUK said it was an “obvious paradox” and “counterproductive” that the government had committed to closing all coal power stations by 2025 while continuing to support them through the capacity market, its system for ensuring power when supplies are low.

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Gin lovers relax as declining juniper saved in national seed project

Juniper threatened by fungus-like disease is first species to be fully collected in Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens tree seed project

The future of gin is safe, according to horticultural experts who have collected juniper seeds from across the country to help conserve the declining tree species.

Juniper berries, which take two years to mature slowly on the plant, help give gin its distinctive flavour, but the native UK species is in decline.

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Lawyer ignored rules in claims against soldiers in Iraq, tribunal hears

Phil Shiner acted as though ‘ends justified means’ pursuing false allegations against British soldiers, disciplinary tribunal told

A prominent human rights lawyer ignored the rules and acted as though “the ends justified the means” when he pursued false claims against British troops in Iraq, a tribunal has heard.

Phil Shiner and his now defunct law firm, Public Interest Lawyers, stood to benefit from successful claims for damages against soldiers for their alleged misbehaviour after the Battle of Danny Boy in 2004, the solicitors disciplinary tribunal was told.

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Prisoner dies after ‘drug overdose’ at HMP Forest Bank in Manchester

One inmate pronounced dead at prison in Salford and another taken to hospital after suspected overdose on synthetic drug spice

A prisoner has died and another has been taken to hospital after suspected drug overdoses at HMP Forest Bank in Greater Manchester.

The inmates are believed to have taken the potent synthetic drug spice before falling ill at the category B prison in Pendlebury, Salford.

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Police officer avoids sack for mocking colleague’s cosmetic surgery

Assistant chief constable Rebekah Sutcliffe told Sarah Jackson she was a laughing stock after she had breast enhancement op

One of Britain’s most senior female police officers has been allowed to keep her job after she launched a drunken tirade at a junior colleague for undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Assistant chief constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, of Greater Manchester police, told Supt Sarah Jackson that her “credibility was zero” and that she was a “laughing stock” after she had breast enhancement surgery.

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Angus Ross obituary

My father, Angus Ross, who has died aged 88, was a distinguished scholar of 18th-century English literature and a founding member, along with David Daiches, of the English department at Sussex University in the early 1960s.

He also played a key role in the establishment of the university’s graduate school of arts and social studies (now part of the doctoral school), of which he was dean for several years in the 70s.

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Oxford dictionary considers including wave of Trumpian neologisms

Trumpertantrum, trumpkin and trumponomics are among a fresh crop of pejorative terms that may find a place in the OED, say lexicographers

Mud-slinging by Donald Trump, as well as his supporters and critics, has not only affected political debate, it has created a vocabulary of insults that lexicographers are struggling to keep up with, as each side becomes more linguistically creative in their bid to knock 10 bells out of social media opponents.

Trumponomics (the president’s economic policy), trumpertantrum (angry early-morning tweeting laced with innuendo and falsehood) and trumpkin (a pumpkin carved to resemble the former TV host) are among neologisms added to a watchlist of words that may be fast-tracked into the Oxford English Dictionary. They follow in the wake of new coinages created by the political upheaval of the last two years, including “alt-right” and “Brexit”, which were added to the reference bible last year.

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Date like Posh and David Beckham – with the help of a Harvester car park

The former footballer revealed that he courted Victoria in the car park of the roadside restaurant. With privacy and an unlimited salad bar, what more could you want?

In the 75th anniversary edition of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, David Beckham revealed that when he and Victoria began their courtship, they met in secret in his “amazing bright blue” BMW. “I drove down, I picked her up,” he confessed to Kirsty Young of those heady days. “We used to sit in a Harvester car park and we just used to kiss, of course, and spend time together.”

Although the rest of us may not have Simon Fuller forcing us to conduct our relationships in secret (or indeed an amazing bright blue BMW), we can at least drive to a Harvester car park with someone we fancy. The question is, how should we date when we get there?

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Why are GPs having to beg for appointments to get their patients treated in hospitals?

Scrutiny by NHS clinical commissioning groups is causing exasperating holdups for desperate patients. It really is getting a bit scary now

Ever wondered why it sometimes takes ages for you to have an ailment treated? Mavis is wondering. She has been waiting for weeks to have an infected scar checked, after the removal of a cancer, but was referred back to the wrong hospital much too late, even though her GP had begged for an appointment asap. And Rosemary’s GP asked for investigations into a worrying ailment last April, but her request was returned twice, with a demand for more information, but no explanation about exactly what information, confusing and enraging the poor GP.

Could these hold-ups be caused by third-party scrutiny by a clinical commissioning group (CCG)? Your GPs or consultants can’t just refer you for surgery themselves any more. They must first beg a CCG for your procedure, explaining why you, in particular, need treatment, especially if it’s some minor thing, no longer routinely NHS funded: a knee/hip replacement, hernia, varicose veins, cataracts, or a chalzion cyst on your eyelid, because after all you won’t die without treatment, even if your cyst is like a big boil, eye “out like you’ve done a couple of rounds with Mike Tyson”, as one man put it on Radio 4’s Inside Health, even if you can barely see, and it hurts. You’ll live. So the CCG (32% privately run) may say no, or send you somewhere for a “holding test”, or back to outpatients, or ask more questions, which all often costs more than the procedure would have done if they had just got on with it straight away.

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Yes, post-Brexit Britain needs friends. But friends like Trump and Erdoğan? | Liz Cookman

From attitudes towards women to the media, they’re worryingly similar: Turkey’s spiral into authoritarianism is a warning about what could happen if Trump has his way

Theresa May’s trips to Washington and Ankara in her tour of questionable world leaders reminded everyone that a post-Brexit Britain will be in great need of friends. However, between Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s widening crackdown on opponents, do we really need friends like these?

Related: Theresa May signs £100m fighter jet deal with Turkey's Erdoğan

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Brexit: weak pound threatens craft beer revolution, say brewers

Craft brewers say sterling’s slump has sent cost of imported ingredients and equipment soaring, and warn drinkers may have to accept prise rises

Brexiters toasting an impending exit from the EU with a pint of ale could be in for a sobering shock, after some of Britain’s top brewers warned that the weak pound is putting the craft beer revolution at risk.

British beermaking has been enjoying a renaissance, with about 200 new breweries a year adding to the choice for drinkers. But small-scale brewing is already feeling the pinch from the slump in sterling, which has sent the cost of imported ingredients and equipment soaring.

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First images of unique Brazilian coral reef at mouth of Amazon

The discovery of the 600 mile-long reef in 2016 stunned scientists but oil companies are planning to drill in the area

The first images have been released of a unique coral reef that stunned scientists when discovered in 2016 at the mouth of the Amazon.

The 600 mile-long reef is expected to reveal new species as scientists explore it further, but oil companies are planning to drill in the area. The photographs were captured from a submarine launched to a depth of 220 metres from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. Campaigners say drilling must be prevented to protect the reef.

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What would a successful Brexit look like? Here are four tests to measure it | Jonathan Portes

Despite their differences, leave and remain supporters had much common ground as to where Britain should be heading. Let’s test whether Brexit can meet these goals

Theresa May has outlined her plan for Brexit. The debate over process will doubtless rumble on. However, it is time to start to think about substance. In her Lancaster House speech, the prime minister stressed that Brexit means regaining national control over our laws and our borders. At the same time, however, she expects Brexit to make Britain stronger, fairer and more global.

Related: Never mind the optics, Theresa May’s US dash was mortifying | Jonathan Freedland

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