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Newcastle woes go way beyond Alan Pardew

thetimes.co.uk — The more you pore over the statistics, the more spurious any defence of Alan Pardew's regime at Newcastle United begins to sound. The most damning thing is not that they have taken two points from their first four Barclays Premier League matches, or even that they have lost 16 of their past 24.

Science close to ending the menopause

thetimes.co.uk — The pill may be widely credited for spurring women's liberation, but an even more radical advance could be on the horizon. A maverick scientist who is trailblazing the theory that ageing can be halted and even reversed has predicted that the menopause could be eliminated within 20 years.
Sep 20, 2014

RT @thetimes: A maverick scientist has predicted that the menopause could be eliminated within 20 years thetim.es/1uMDs5s

Let’s preserve our Union in law to stop the SNP pulling it apart

thetimes.co.uk — The United Kingdom may be unbalanced. But, hey, it works Now that Scotland has decisively spoken, after a campaign whose terms were set by the SNP for itself, we should follow the example of stable federated countries (the US and India, for example) and say: "This Union is now indissoluble."
Sep 19, 2014

“If independence would have been for good, so must the decision to stay.” thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Sep 19, 2014

Let’s preserve our Union in law to stop the SNP pulling it apart: thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Sep 19, 2014

RT @ivanthexcellent: Jack Straw wants to make the UK 'indissoluble'. Don't think gov can do that, pure contempt for Scots thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co… @WingsScotland

Salmond’s dream over as Scotland votes No to independence

thetimes.co.uk — Alex Salmond's dream of Scottish independence was dashed today after voters threw their support behind the United Kingdom in a result that promises to bury the separation issue for at least a generation. Despite two and a half years of frenetic, determined campaigning which threatened to shatter the 307-year-old Union, most Scots backed Britain.
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How smug party leaders fiddled while the Union began to burn

thetimes.co.uk — For the past two weeks David Cameron, the Labour party and the United Kingdom have been begging, bribing and bullying the people of Scotland for a last-minute reprieve from oblivion. Six weeks before, the leaders of all three political parties were all but oblivious to any impending catastrophe.

Nationalists, you took one hell of a beating

thetimes.co.uk — This was no ambiguous outcome. It was a political triumph for the prime minister, both north and south of the border In Scots law there are three possible verdicts: guilty, not guilty and not proven. Not proven is when the evidence is so ambiguous that the accused can neither be convicted nor acquitted without a shadow of suspicion.
Sep 19, 2014

RT @WilliamsJon: Not sure a crowing @nfergus got Queen's message about mutual respect & working constructively for future of #Scotland http…

Rugby webchat with Daniel Schofield

thetimes.co.uk — With the Rugby World Cup just a year away, can England challenge for glory? And what about our top players? How will Wasps manager Dai Young replace Ruaridh Jackson when he undergoes knee surgery, and can Saracens continue their strong start to the season when they take on London Irish this Saturday?
Sep 19, 2014

RT @TimesSport: Can @Englandrugby win next year's @rugbyworldcup? Join @danscho1 for his webchat at 1pm - send him your questions now thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/rugb…

Sep 19, 2014

RT @danscho1: Will be doing a rugby webchat at 1pm for @TimesSport Feel free to come and join me, it should be a blast thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/rugb…

Childcare chief in scandal quits her £115,000 job

thetimes.co.uk — The head of children's services at Rotherham council left her £115,000-a-year post "by mutual agreement" yesterday after hundreds of vulnerable children were groomed and sexually abused in the South Yorkshire town. Joyce Thacker, who had been on sick leave since Monday, had faced pressure from politicians and victims to resign since a damning report on child sexual exploitation was published last month.
Sep 19, 2014

Thacker quits: from the paper that uncovered one of the UK's worst child abuse scandals thetim.es/1mn9Laa #Rotherham #@thetimes

Protection unit failed to tell police about voyeur teacher

thetimes.co.uk — Theresa May was accused of asset stripping the agency that fights child abuse, as it emerged that the unit failed to alert police to another offender. Gareth Williams, 47, a deputy head teacher, was jailed for five years in May after he admitted installing hidden cameras in shower and toilet cubicles to record indecent images of children.
Sep 19, 2014

May under fire as second Ceop/NCA failure emerges - police not told about voyeur teacher thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Referendum fallout

thetimes.co.uk — Relief abounds for all the main Westminster parties this morning - but it may be short-lived. The campaign has convulsed politics on both sides of the border, and the repercussions - over devo-max, over the form of the United Kingdom, and over the political futures of the key players - will be felt for a while to come.
Sep 19, 2014

RT @timesredbox: Last week it seemed all the stupid, ossified aspects of Britain would change, writes @hugorifkind. Let’s not stop now thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/i…

Sep 19, 2014

RT @timesredbox: Can you have English laws without an English executive? @dannythefink crunches the numbers thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/i…

Vodafone reaches deal to save hundreds of jobs at Phones4u

thetimes.co.uk — Vodafone has agreed to take over 140 stores from Phones4u in a deal that saves 900 jobs but leaves thousands of staff waiting to learn their fate. PwC, the administrator, said last night that it had agreed a deal with Vodafone as part of the break-up of the collapsed mobile phone retailer.
Sep 19, 2014

Blow up business, then offer to rebuild it. RT @TimesBusiness: Vodafone deal to save hundreds of jobs at Phones4u thetim.es/1sEKzIO

French fighter-bombers destroy Isis terror depot in Iraq

thetimes.co.uk — French jets conducted their first strike in Iraq today, "entirely destroying" a logistics depot held by Islamic State fighters in the northeast of the country, President Hollande's office said. The attack followed his announcement last night that France was about to fulfill its pledge to take an active part in combating the extremist Islamist group that has captured swathes of Iraq and Syria.
Sep 19, 2014

My newspaper today: French Aircraft destroy 'Terror Depot'... Wonder how you store terror? in 'Terror Warehouses'? thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world…

Sep 19, 2014

RT @thetimes: French fighter-bombers destroy Isis terror depot in Iraq thetim.es/1qijFVn (AFP/Getty) pic.twitter.com/yRpSp501CK

Labour are the biggest losers from this fight

thetimes.co.uk — Although the opposition has been found wanting, voters have been excited again by good, old-fashioned politics If there is a better book on the history of snake oil than Dr William S Haubrich's Medical Meanings then I am yet to read it. Dr Haubrich offers the perfect commentary on the Better Apart campaign for Scottish dependence on itself.
Sep 19, 2014

Great column from @PCollinsTimes The McCrone stuff is shocking. UK robbed Scotland blind ... thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Sep 19, 2014

"Ill-considered, careless & slapdash" @PCollinsTimes expresses Cameron critique well, but it's wrong, wrong & wrong £ thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Prepare to feel the Downton effect

thetimes.co.uk — Even Matthew Crawley, the reluctant landowner, might approve. As series five of Downton Abbey arrives on our screens this weekend, Bricks & Mortar can reveal not only that the British love affair with country estates is as passionate as ever, but that the prices of properties near grand landmarks such as Highclere Castle in Hampshire, where the ITV series is filmed, experience substantial uplifts as well.
Sep 19, 2014

If there a stately pile in your neighbourhood, you should be feeling the (beneficial) #DowntonAbbey effect thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/prope…

In full: Alex Salmond’s resignation statement

thetimes.co.uk — "I am immensely proud of the campaign which Yes Scotland fought and of the 1.6 million voters who rallied to that cause by backing an independent Scotland. "I am also proud of the 85 per cent turnout in the referendum and the remarkable response of all of the people of Scotland who participated in this great constitutional debate and the manner in which they conducted themselves.
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