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1. Jacob Rees-Mogg declares war on the “three-day week” for the civil service
Jacob Rees-Mogg has raised his ‘suspicion’ that civil servants are working just three days a week as the government has gone to war with the mandarins in Whitehall.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Mr Rees-Mogg – the minister responsible for government efficiency – accused civil servants of working from home on Mondays and Fridays because they ‘think the working week is longer. shorter than it really is. Read the full story.
2. Exclusive: ‘Victim’ Breaks Silence to Reveal Allegations of Sexual Harassment by Dean of Christ Church
A woman who claimed she was sexually harassed by the former dean of Christ Church, Oxford, has opened up about her experience for the first time, saying “it’s insulting that he’s trying to pretend to be the victim”.
Previously known only as ‘Miss X’, Alannah Jeune has waived her right to anonymity to reveal how reporting the Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy for allegedly stroking her hair in the sacristy in October 2020 left her cost his thesis. Read the full story.
3. Prince William visits Deborah James at home to pay his respects
The Duke of Cambridge has personally paid tribute to the home of Deborah James, visiting her family to honor her bowel cancer awareness campaign.
The Duke, who is chairman of the Royal Marsden Hospital where Lady Deborah was treated, spent time with her husband and children for tea, champagne and personal congratulations. Read the full story.
4. Finland and Sweden should not be allowed to join NATO, says Turkey
The Turkish president spoke out Friday evening against attempts by Finland and Sweden to join NATO, dealing a blow to their hopes of early membership in the military alliance.
In a televised address, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could not take a “positive view” of the Nordic countries’ bids for membership because of what he described as support for terrorists. Read the full story.
5. Used cars now cost £26,000 more than new models
Drivers are to pay a £26,000 ‘used car premium’ as manufacturers warn of one-year waits for new vehicles.
Consumers have to give thousands more for older cars than for buying them new. A combination of pent-up demand from drivers who don’t want to wait for new models, and higher interest rates forcing debt repayment, has created a huge sinkhole in the cost of vehicles. Read the full story.
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