Fixed-odds betting delay unacceptable | Letters

We cannot allow tax revenues and bookmakers’ profits to be placed before the daily misery caused by these pernicious machines, write representatives from faith communities

We applaud the announcement that there will be a stake reduction of highly addictive fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 a spin to £2. The ability of players, including the most vulnerable in society, to place bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds is a matter of the deepest concern for responsible society. It is of particular concern to faith communities, from which we come, as it is often left to places of worship and faith groups to pick up the pieces when individuals become addicted.

It is now reported that a deal between bookmakers and the Treasury will delay implementation to two years, instead of the eight weeks which is required to change the stake (Treasury under fire over delay on fixed-odds betting curbs, 16 June). If these reports are accurate, society and the Gambling Commission must call government to account on behalf of the vulnerable. The higher stake brings in more than £2bn a year for bookmakers, primarily from areas of social deprivation. We cannot allow tax revenues and bookmakers’ profits to be placed before the daily misery caused by these pernicious machines on the high street. Every day of delay means a further day of exploitation of the vulnerable. We all have a responsibility to ensure that action is taken as swiftly as possible.
Indarjit Singh, Kathleen Richardson, Navnit Dholakia House of Lords, Rt Rev Alan Smith Bishop of St Albans

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Jeremy Corbyn, take note: leftwing remainers won’t stay silent on Brexit | Zoe Williams

A Momentum petition launched at the Labour Live event will force the party’s internal arguments into the public. It’s about time

Labour Live was conceived in the spirit of solidarity, optimism, and a playful hubris. The idea behind it presumably went: if you could get all of Glastonbury festival chanting Jeremy Corbyn’s name, who’s to say you couldn’t bring such a crowd to see him headline? Well, there were lots to say it. People at Glastonbury are largely in an incredibly good mood – it would be prim to speculate as to why – and in such conditions, someone you love a bit becomes someone you love a lot. But that doesn’t mean you can be relied upon to chant again.

Primed for the fall after such an act of pride, Corbyn critics turned up ready for a soggy English summer’s day with sparse crowds huddled round a single Unite ice-cream van. A friend who went said she saw so many journalists it was like going to Hay. Yet many of the hacks will have been disappointed. Corbyn’s popularity – not by Survation poll or focus group, but by the sheer human warmth he generates – is unmatched by any other British politician. The doggedness and the petulance with which commentators wave away the fact that he could fill a stadium with people who’d actually paid, while Theresa May couldn’t half-fill a factory floor in Leicester where people were at work anyway, is becoming absurd.

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Shell of Glasgow School of Art building may be saved from demolition

Damage assessors unlikely to be allowed into Mackintosh building until Wednesday

The surviving shell of the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building, devastated by fire last weekend, is expected to be saved from demolition, council officials have said.

Senior figures in Glasgow city council said a consensus was emerging among building control officers, the art school and Historic Environment Scotland, the official conservation agency, that the landmark should be saved.

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Israel indicts former cabinet minister on Iran spying charges

Gonen Segev allegedly met Iranian ‘operators’ in hotels and apartments around world

Israel has arrested and indicted a former government minister on charges of spying for Iran, the country’s internal security services have said.

Gonen Segev, who worked as energy and infrastructure minister in the 1990s, “was recruited and acted as an agent on behalf of Iranian intelligence”, police and the Israel Security Agency, better known as the Shin Bet, said in a statement on Monday.

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NHS Brexit dividend: questions posed by Theresa May’s pledge

How will the proposal affect the government’s deficit targets, taxes and more?

Theresa May’s pledge to spend an extra £20bn a year on the NHS by 2023-24 has left the government struggling to explain how the health service’s 70th “birthday present” will be funded. A number of questions arise from the announcement.

Related: Theresa May tells taxpayers to expect to pay more to fund NHS

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Yemen crisis: Saudi coalition demands Houthis’ unconditional withdrawal

UN’s hopes of negotiating ceasefire and handover of vital port of Hodeidah appear dashed

The UN’s hopes of negotiating a ceasefire with Houthi rebels in the vital port of Hodeidah in Yemen appear to have been dashed after the Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government said it would only accept the rebels’ unconditional withdrawal from the area.

The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has been in the country seeking a deal whereby the port, currently under Houthi control, is handed over to the UN and its relief agencies. The port is the distribution point for up to 80% of the food, water and commercial fuel vital to the lives of more than 8 million Yemenis in severe need. The UN and aid agencies fear a prolonged fight will endanger the aid supplies.

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A national Windrush Day? Theresa May has some nerve | Kehinde Andrews

Thousands of the very generation we are meant to be celebrating are facing hardship as a result of the prime minister’s policies

After years of campaigns for the recognition of the Windrush landing in 1948, the government has announced there will be a national day of celebration every 22 June. Arthur Torrington, of the Windrush Foundation, marked the celebration as a “moment of great satisfaction”, which will etch the migration of people from the colonies into the memory of the nation. But this success is a classic case of being careful what you wish for.

Theresa May has shown herself to be the master of race public relations while working in, and now presiding over, a government whose track record on racism is appalling. As home secretary she made some friends in black communities by raising the issue of racial inequalities in police stop and searches; but never managed to take any action to address the problem. In one of her first speeches as prime minister, she promised to lead a government not “in the interests of the privileged few”, and launched a race-disparity audit that told us nothing we did not already know. Worse still, the discovery of racial inequalities throughout society somehow ended up being packaged as “white working class” boys being victims of “racial injustice”. But the biggest area where May has shown her true colours is on the issue of immigration. As home secretary, she pursued the hostile environment policy, replete with “go-home vans”, deportations and the very immigration checks from the private sector that blew up into the Windrush scandal. More than 5,000 members of the generation we are meant to be celebrating have had their cases lodged with the Home Office, facing detention, deportation and losing their jobs directly because of May’s immigration policy. In response, May appointed the first ever ethnic minority home secretary, Savid Javid: the perfect PR stunt to hide the inherent racism of the government’s immigration policy.

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Extreme dieters eating gluten-free food alongside smoking and vomiting

Some people are unnecessarily avoiding gluten because they think it will help them lose weight

Young adults are choosing “gluten-free” products because they think they are healthy, but new research shows some of those who buy them also have unhealthy behaviours, such as smoking or vomiting to try to lose weight.

Gluten-free products are soaring in popularity around the world. Global sales rose by 12.6% to hit $3.5bn, between 2016 and 2017 compared with 4% for packaged foods generally, according to Euromonitor.

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Damien Hirst’s former business manager puts art collection up for sale

Frank Dunphy selling 200 pieces including gifts from Hirst and works by other YBAs

The fruits of a lucrative friendship between the artist Damien Hirst and his formidable former business manager Frank Dunphy, forged in the smoky small hours at the Groucho club in Soho, will be displayed before an auction at Sotheby’s in September of Dunphy’s personal art collection, which includes many gifts from Hirst.

Dunphy’s business acumen lay behind two auctions in the same premises that became art world legends. In 2004, the sale of the contents of the Pharmacy restaurant, for which Hirst had designed everything down to the matchbooks, and which Dunphy then scooped up as the restaurant was dismantled, made £11m. Four years later, Dunphy masterminded Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, an auction of works directly from Hirst’s studio, bypassing the gallery system.

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As the NHS suffers, billions are wasted on the armed forces | Richard Norton-Taylor

The government is squandering money on weapons systems that are irrelevant to the threats the UK faces

While the NHS is desperately short of funds – and will remain so for many years, despite Theresa May’s latest promises – while there is a shortage of decent housing, while cuts are threatening access to justice, and public transport is deprived of much-needed investment, billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money are being wasted on projects that are untouchable, seemingly immune from rational debate.

Chiefs of the armed forces, the navy in particular, have been shamelessly indulged by successive governments. Not with equipment they actually need – as Iraq and Afghanistan so clearly demonstrated – but with the most expensive weapons systems, which will either never be used or are irrelevant in dealing with current and future threats, as well as being increasingly vulnerable to attack.

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UK to unveil details of plans for EU citizens who wish to remain

Ministers planning to publish ‘statement of intent’ on scheme that will apply to UK’s 3.4m EU citizens

The UK government will this week unveil the first details of the “settled status” immigration scheme that will apply to Britain’s 3.4 million EU citizens if they want to stay in the country after Brexit.

It is planning to publish a “statement of intent” on Thursday, which will be the first sight of the registration system that the former home secretary Amber Rudd has previously said would be “as easy as setting up an online account at LK Bennett”.

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Brussels seeks to tie UK to European human rights court after Brexit

EC paper stipulates ‘guillotine clause’ on any security deal should UK leave remit of court

Brussels is seeking to bind the UK to the European court of human rights after Brexit in a move likely to infuriate those in the Conservative party championing a break with the Strasbourg court.

A document outlining the European commission’s position on future judicial and police cooperation stipulates there will be a “guillotine clause” on any security deal should the UK leave the remit of the court.

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