PHILIP HAMMOND has confirmed the cladding used on Grenfell Tower is banned in the UK after being grilled over the Government’s response to the deadly blaze. The Chancellor faced tough questions on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show as the public turned on Theresa May, calling for the PM to resign. Marr asked the Tory Cabinet minister: “The cladding that was used around this tower which went up the rocket is banned across most European countries and banned in the United States. “If the inquiry says it’s got to be banned in this country and it’s got to be torn off every single
Someone here wondered why people were angry at the mayor of Lundon about this fire.
My comment was "codes and codes compliance are a primary responsibility of city government, and the mayor is responsible for this."
Yes. Now we see. Was the cladding legal? Were the inspectors doing their jobs? Should the cladding be legal, if it was? Are the Ondon fire codes massively deficient? Are the inspectors incompetent or corrupt?
Two of the three alleged terrorists arrested over a plot to blow up 500 passengers on a Sydney flight have been charged. Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat will each face two counts of terrorism-related charges, while Khaled Merhi remains in custody. ´A 49-year-old Lakemba man and a 32-year-old Punchbowl man have each been charged with two counts of acts done in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act,´ Australian Federal Police said in a statement on Thursday. A fourth man, Abdul Merhi, 50, was released without charge on Monday night. Khaled and Khayat are due to face Parramatta Court on Friday
Democrats stand to win big in the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new poll – perhaps flipping enough seats to take over the House of Representatives. Forty-four per cent of registered voters say they would vote for a Democrat in their district if an election were held today. Just 37 per cent said they would back a Republican. Neither party´s legislators are held in especially high regard, however. Just 40 per cent said they have a favorable view of congressional Democrats, compared to 49 per cent unfavorable. Republicans on Capitol Hill have an even worse image problem, with 34 per cent viewing
Three terrorists who called themselves the ´Three Musketeers´ are facing jail after their plot to carry out a London Bridge-style knife rampage was foiled by undercover MI5 agents. Naweed Ali, 29, Khobaib Hussain, 25 and Mohibur Rahman, 33, named themselves after the soldiers of fortune as they collected a small arsenal including a half-made pipe bomb and a meat cleaver with the word ´Kafir´ etched into the blade. They used a Musketeers image from the Disney cartoon as a logo on encrypted Telegram messages as they prepared to bring carnage to the streets of Britain. The firm rented premises in Birmingham city
A 43-year-old man was rushed to the hospital in serious condition on Tuesday, after falling over a balcony at the World Trade Center transit hub in New York City. The incident happened at 12:04pm, in the Westfield World Trade Center mall - which is also called the ´Oculus´. Authorities say a man fell over a balcony by the eastern staircases, falling 25 to 30 feet onto the hard marble floor below. The victim, whose name has not been released, suffered a serious traumatic injury and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Local outlets are suggesting that the fall may have been an attempted
A defiant President Trump said he would continue using Twitter as he pleased, despite swearing in a new chief of staff who´s supposed to get the West Wing under control. ´Only the Fake News Media and Trump enemies want me to stop using Social Media (110 million people). Only way for me to get the truth out!´ Trump wrote Tuesday morning. On Monday, Trump swore in retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to fill Reince Priebus´ shoes, in the latest White House senior staff reorganization. The same day, the president ousted his communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, who was only on the
A majority of American´s don´t agree with President Trump´s assertion that his turmoil-filled White House is not in chaos. After a historic week of back-stabbing and sacking of prominent officials, 60 per cent of Americans think the White House is in chaos, compared to just 33 per cent who say it is running smoothly. Among those, 38 per cent say it is running ´very chaotically´ and 22 per cent say it is running ´somewhat chaotically. Republicans surveyed don´t tend to agree. Sixty-three per cent of them say the White House is running smoothly, but just 25 per cent of Independents
President Donald Trump is being accused of knowingly and actively trying to spread false news about the murder of DNC employee Seth Rich in a new lawsuit. Rod Wheeler filed a complaint on Tuesday in the Southern District of New York against Fox News, Malia Zimmerman and Ed Butowsky claiming that they worked together to create a false narrative surrounding the death of Rich. Also contributing to the creation of that fake news story was President Trump according to court documents, which claim that the Commander-in-Chief wanted the story to include multiple fake quotes which were attributed to Wheeler. Wheeler is a former
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that reports that President Donald Trump personally dictated his son’s misleading statement regarding a meeting last summer with a Russian attorney “bothers me a lot,” as do the president’s regular requests that the Senate do away with the legislative filibuster, a non-starter according to the South Carolina lawmaker. Still, Graham (R-S.C.) indicated that the possibility still existed for Trump’s presidency to “still be very consequential” if the president is able to refocus on healthcare and other legislative priorities. “It bothers me a lot because, one, he put his son in jeopardy,” Graham said on NBC’s “Today” show
Princess Diana´s mood could be worse than ´Boudicca with a headache´ because she was ´trapped with the knowledge that her husband loved another woman´, one of her closest aides said today. Patrick Jephson also claims his former boss´ fiery temper meant she ´could sometimes burn uncomfortably hot´ as he backed the broadcast of the infamous Diana Tapes this weekend. They were recorded during Diana´s her speech coach sessions 25 years ago show her speaking candidly about her upbringing, her courtship with the Prince of Wales, her troubled marriage and her public life. Mr Jephson, equerry and private secretary to the Princess for eight
Prince Charles donned 15 medals and badges yesterday as he paid tribute to the British and Allied soldiers who fought at Passchendaele on the centenary of the day the battle began. From medals commemorating his mother´s reign on the throne, to personal military service awards - he wears his badges with pride. MailOnline takes a look at each of the awards given to the Prince of Wales. The UK Veterans´ Association badge is awarded to to those who received a medal for service in the army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, RAF, Home Guard or reserve forces. Charles served in both
DONALD Trump is more more popular with Middle Eastern leaders compared with former president Barack Obama because of the current leader’s desire to attack first and ask questions later. The stark admission comes from Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, who suggests that the rapturous welcome that Mr Trump received during his recent tour of the Middle East was genuine. Mr Hariri blasted Mr Obama for his “naiveté” and the gap between his “inspirational rhetoric” as president and his actions. In a recent interview with Politico, Mr Hariri laid bare how the region feels about the current and former US presidents. Despite Mr
The US has reportedly detected a ramp-up in North Korean submarine activity and tests of ´cold launch´ submarine missile ejection systems. A US defense official told CNN on Monday that ´highly unusual and unprecedented levels´ of North Korean submarine activities had been detected, including three ´cold ejection´ tests in July. Cold ejection involves the use of pressurized gas to expel a missile from the launch tube before ignition to reduce the risk of catastrophic damage to the vessel. The latest cold ejection test took place on land at Sinpo Naval Shipyard on Sunday, the defense official said. North Korea also
MSNBC´s Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday criticized White House aide Stephen Miller for a heated exchange with a CNN reporter over President Trump´s immigration policy, calling him "rude." "Trump aide Stephen Miller lecturing Cuban-American Jim Acosta of CNN on green card policy which his family lived 1st hand," the MSNBC anchor tweeted, adding the hashtag "rude." (Snip) Miller and Acosta clashed during the White House press briefing over the new GOP legislation that aims to scale back legal immigration in the United States. The White House aide, who has long advocated for a hard-line immigration policy, made the case for a "merit-based" immigration
VATICAN CITY — Two close associates of Pope Francis have accused American Catholic ultraconservatives of making an alliance of “hate” with evangelical Christians to back President Trump, further alienating a group already out of the Vatican’s good graces. The authors, writing in a Vatican-vetted journal, singled out Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, as a “supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics” that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims with calls for “walls and purifying deportations.” The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed dangerously into the deepening political polarization in the United States. The
A mother of four living in Ohio was deported to Mexico after a traffic stop revealed she entered the country illegally from Mexico nearly 20 years ago. Beatriz Morelos Casillas, 37, was arrested for driving without a license near Cleveland, Ohio, on July 24. Tuesday, she was deported to Nuevo Laredo, one of the most dangerous places in Mexico and where the State Department issued a travel warning in December 2016 due to violent crime. Beatriz´s husband – who is here legally on a work visa – drove from Ohio to be with her and make sure she´s safe. Her relatives in Ohio called her deportation unfair and worry about the
A pair of Chick-fil-A customers in Florida were unsatisfied with their local restaurant’s service — so they decided to trash the place on their way out. The incident took place on Monday night at a Chick-fil-A in the River City neighborhood of Jacksonville, Fla., according to Allison Music, a witness who shared footage of the ordeal on Facebook. In her post, Music explained that she was waiting for an order at Chick-fil-A when she saw a teenage boy arguing about his order with the staff “for a good 15 or 20 mins.” She also said the manager had locked up
I pray this is a joke. If it is satire, The Onion should ask for permission to reprint immediately. President Trump delivered an address to law enforcement last Friday, which triggered some progressive snowflakes because he joked about our police roughing up MS-13 gang members. It was a joke. If you can’t catch on when Trump is joking and when he’s not, I don’t know what to tell you. They’re often rather self-evident that he’s not actually hoping police are overly physical with detained suspects, but let’s move on to this part of this Washington Post op-ed about the matter. The
A friend of mine who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year -- I skipped it -- reported to me that the Young Republican men were "wearing their ties down past their [crotches]." I cleaned up the quote a bit for the benefit of a family newspaper. Though I´m not sure why I should bother when a White House communications director has helped so many staid institutions expand their horizons. As my National Review colleague Kyle Smith noted, the New York Times has a long history of insisting that vulgarities do not meet the definition of news fit to print.
Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is believed to have made "hundreds" of unmasking requests to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position. Power was first identified by the Washington Free Beacon last month as a central figure in a congressional investigation into efforts by senior Obama administration officials to obtain classified intelligence information in what many allege was an effort to undermine President Donald Trump and his incoming national security team. Power is believed
John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton´s 2016 presidential campaign, told CNN´s Alisyn Camerota on Wednesday that he loses sleep "every night" with the "burden" of having lost the Electoral College to Donald Trump. Camerota asked Podesta whether Clinton was surprised at how often Trump invokes her name this far into his presidency. "It´s unprecedented," Podesta said. " You never saw that behavior from any other president who´s talking about the person they beat. I think it really just bugs the hell out of him that she got three million more votes than he did and he keeps coming back
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped President Trump´s handling of the Afghanistan War on Thursday, saying the White House has failed to provide strategic guidance since Trump took office. Less than a week after casting the decisive vote against Trump-backed ObamaCare repeal legislation, McCain defended the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan from criticism by Trump, saying on twitter "Our commanders-in-chief, not our commanders in the field" were responsible for the failure in the country. While McCain blamed past administrations for the problems in Afghanistan, he said in a statement that the lack "of successful policy and strategic guidance from Washington" had continued into
Rosie O´Donnell said women should form their own political party after a Democratic congressman said Democrats would not hold back party funds from candidates who oppose abortion. New Mexico Representative and second-term Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján said ´there is not a litmus test´ for Democratic candidates in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. ´As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America,´ Luján told The Hill in an interview published Monday. That includes candidates who do not support
A bipartisan pair of senators has introduced a bill aimed at protecting Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, should President Trump decide to fire him. The bill, introduced Thursday by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del., would allow a special counsel who is removed to challenge the firing in court. There, a three-judge panel would decide whether the special counsel´s removal was justified. If the judges decide there was no good cause for firing, the person would be reinstated as special counsel over the wishes of the president.
Congress is advancing an investigation into a growing scandal surrounding IT staffers working for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), who are accused of stealing sensitive computer equipment from House lawmakers´ offices, according to senior congressional sources who told the Washington Free Beacon the Democratic leader´s refusal to answer questions could "merit resignation." Congressional leaders have now requested a formal briefing by Capitol Police into its investigation of several Pakistani House IT staffers who are accused of stealing sensitive computer equipment and of illegally penetrating congressional networks. Imran Awan, one of the staffers who worked for Wasserman Schultz and several other Democratic