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Net migration falls after Brexit vote
Net migration fell by nearly a third to 230,000 in the year to June, new figures show. It is the first time that a full year of data has been available since the UK voted to leave the EU last June. The figure is still short of the Conservatives’ target to reduce net migration to the “tens of thousands”. Net migration is the difference between people coming to the UK for more than a year, and the number of people leaving the UK for a year or more. In this 12-month period, 572,000 people arrived in the UK, and 342,000 emigrated.
Daily Mail owner DMGT’s shares plunge
Shares in Daily Mail publisher DMGT have fallen by 25% to hit a near five-year low. It came after full-year profit dropped 13% to £226m, and broker Liberum downgraded DMGT from “buy” to “hold” over consumer media concerns. DMGT said it may be “adversely affected by recent disposals and challenging conditions” in some sectors next year. They also warned that advertising market conditions were “likely to remain volatile”.
Robot automation will ‘take 800 million jobs by 2030’ – report
Up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation, a new report from a consultancy has found. The study of 46 countries and 800 occupations by the McKinsey Global Institute found that up to one-fifth of the global work force will be affected. It said one-third of the workforce in richer nations like Germany and the US may need to retrain for other jobs. Machine operators and food workers will be hit hardest, the report says.
Trump hits out at UK PM Theresa May after far-right video tweets
Donald Trump has told Prime Minister Theresa May to focus on “terrorism” in the UK after she criticised his sharing of far-right videos. “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom,” Mr Trump tweeted. The US president had earlier retweeted three inflammatory videos posted online by a British far-right group. Mrs May’s spokesman said it was “wrong for the president to have done this”.
Uber data hack hit 2.7m UK riders and drivers
Uber says the data breach it kept secret for over a year resulted in the personal data of approximately 2.7 million people in the UK being exposed. The ride-hailing app – already under pressure in this country on employment rights and the future of its operating licence in London – said it could not be sure of the figure because of the way it collects data by country. It revealed last week that the data of 57 million people worldwide was exposed by hackers in October 2016.
Is the Government unfairly demonising diesel cars?
Is the Government unfairly demonising diesel? Another attack on diesel cars was slipped into the Budget last week, with the threat to bump new vehicles up a first-year tax band. This rise in showroom tax was trailed as only for those diesels that don’t meet the latest clean standards. But there’s one small problem – the test they have to pass isn’t in yet. That means that every new diesel car will get nudged up – with some seeing a £500 rise.
This has been taken by the motor industry as yet another sign of the Government demonising diesel and using illogical measures to attack the cars and owners it previously encouraged. New diesels are clean, argue the car makers, our air quality problems are not just caused by cars, and people and the UK aren’t yet ready to go all electric. Diesel sales are dropping like a stone as people fear for cars’ future value and the unintended consequence will be a rise in C02, as drivers shift to petrol not electric cars, they argue.
Number of drivers caught on mobiles falls by 10% in three months after introduction of tougher penalties
The number of drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel fell by more than 10 per cent following the introduction of tougher penalties. Some 1,700 fewer drivers were stopped for illegally using a phone while driving in the three months after a Government crackdown compared with the three months immediately before, according to police forces across the country. In total, 14,160 drivers were caught between March and May for the offence, which carries a penalty of six points and a £200 fine. The result is a victory for the Daily Mail’s End The Mobile Madness campaign. This was down from the 15,861 motorists who were stopped between December 2016 and February 2017.
Diesel tax ‘legal threat’ over Government’s misleading policy that drove millions into toxic cars
The Government could face a legal challenge over the new diesel tax, lawyers have revealed. Legal experts claim Brits were “misled” over diesel with new taxes believed to be potentially “unlawful”. Harcus Sinclair, the law firm behind the Volkswagen Dieselgate lawsuit, told Auto Express there was a case against ministers who had offered incentives to buy diesels 20 years ago. The “dash for diesel” was started by Tony Blair’s Labour government in 1997 with diesel taxes slashed in the early 2000s. Sales of “green” diesels soared to meet CO2 targets – despite scientists now admitting they knew the fuel was “dirty” and would pump out harmful particulates and nitrogen oxides. Damon Parker, partner at Harcus Sinclair, said: “There is evidence that the previous Government promoted diesel car sales on a knowingly false basis.