Once again there’s been oodles of positive British news this week (4th – 10th October 2021).
The UK is taking a leading role in the world’s efforts to upgrade the global tax system ensuring large multi-nationals pay the right tax in the right places. Britain’s Carrier Strike Group is also flying the flag across the world and demonstrating the UK’s enduring commitment to global security. Britain’s police forces are getting more powers and funding to keep us safe and investment is flooding back on to British shores. Made is Britain is making a come back!
Oh and if you missed the PM’s speech at the Conservative Conference this week, don’t believe the left media, it was truly fantastic. Boris defended conservative values – free people, free markets, free speech and said the Conservatives will defend British history from “cancel culture iconoclasm.” Have a watch.
Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Good things are happening.
Plans to ensure that Britain’s homes and businesses are powered by affordable, clean and secure electricity by 2035 have been unveiled by the government. A landmark commitment to decarbonise the UK’s electricity system by 2035, was confirmed this week by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, to help boost the country’s efforts in achieving its net zero ambitions. This will focus on building a secure, home-grown energy sector that reduces reliance on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile global wholesale energy prices… click here
The measures include a new offence of interfering with the operation of key infrastructure – including motorways, railways, and airports. The government will bring forward tougher penalties and new police powers to crack down on disruption caused on motorways and other key transport infrastructure. Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that a suite of amendments will be introduced to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill in the House of Lords… click here
The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games began this week with a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Relay began once Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. In the ceremony the Queen then entrusted the baton to the first relay runner, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who reads the message aloud to officially open the Games. The baton is now on an epic 294 day journey across the Commonwealth… click here
People experiencing homelessness in England to be supported through pilot projects, backed by £16 million, to provide temporary accommodation, care and support. The objective is to end the cycle of people leaving hospital to return to the streets and then being quickly readmitted to hospital. These pilots in 17 areas – from London to Liverpool – will offer improved services to help some of the most vulnerable members of society with basic needs such as housing, employment and drug cessation, that can help them get back on their feet in the long term… click here
Jaguar Land Rover has started manufacturing its own press tools in-house for the first time following a £1.7m investment at its Halewood plant. The company had previously outsourced the production of its press tools to Asia, so this will allow it to drive efficiency and quality here in the UK, as well as give employees the opportunity to learn new skills, to build and operate these tools. The investment involves the installation of a new Press Die Manufacturing Centre – the first of its kind in Jaguar Land Rover… click here
Police forces and local authorities across England and Wales, are to receive a share of £23.5million to make public spaces safer for all through projects to help women and girls feel safer on Britain’s streets as part of the Government’s Safer Streets Fund. Created with the objective of tackling local acquisitive crimes like car theft and burglary, the latest round of the Safer Streets Fund has a particular emphasis on the safety of women and girls. The investment will go to police forces and local authorities across England and Wales as well as the British Transport Police to spend in the 21/22 financial year… click here
4. Britain’s Carrier Strike Group flying the flag across the world and demonstrating UK’s enduring commitment to global security
With four months of activity alongside allies and partners successfully completed, the UK Carrier Strike Group (CSG), led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, is now preparing for a series of engagements with Singapore, India and Oman this autumn. Having passed the midway point of its first operational deployment, the UK Carrier Strike Group is preparing for a return transit through the Indo-Pacific, Middle East and Mediterranean. Since the end of May, the CSG has sailed over 32,000 nautical miles from the UK to Japan undertaking a range of air and maritime operations from the Black Sea to the Philippine Sea… click here
The UK Supreme Court this week determined that parts of two Scottish Government Bills were outside the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. The judgment follows the UK Law Officers’ (the Advocate General for Scotland and the Attorney General) referral of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill and the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. The UK Government’s concerns with the bills were not about their policy objectives, but that they would place legal obligations on UK Government Ministers in reserved areas and affect UK Parliament in its ability to make laws for Scotland… click here
2. UK gets 136 countries to agree new global tax system meaning large multi-nationals will ‘pay the right tax in the right places’
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has hailed global cooperation after 136 countries agreed a new system ensuring large multi-nationals pay the right tax in the right places. The historic reforms, agreed in principle by the G7 at talks chaired by the Chancellor, will mean multinationals pay their fair share of tax in the countries they do business (Pillar One), along with a minimum 15% corporation tax rate in each country they operate in (Pillar Two). Rishi Sunak said: “I am proud that the UK has taken a leading role in the world’s efforts to upgrade the global tax system for the modern age – a key priority of our G7 presidency”… click here
Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a crowd pleasing speech to the Conservative Party conference this week. In a speech which had the crowd cheering and laughing with references to Michael Gove as “Jon Bon Govie” and calling Lord Frost “the greatest frost since 1709”, the Prime Minister joked that it was Frost’s powers of persuasion that have led Michel Barnier to his recent views that France should take back control, as the UK has done. The Prime Minister defended conservative values – free people, free markets, free speech and said the Conservatives will defend British history from “cancel culture iconoclasm”… click here
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