Sturgeon’s ex-aide to vote for Salmond’s new party
Nicola Sturgeon’s closest aide for more than a decade has announced he is voting for Alex Salmond’s new independence party in next month’s Holyrood election. Noel Dolan said he would back the Alba Party on the regional list ballot. His intervention is deeply embarrassing for Ms Sturgeon, as he was her most trusted adviser before his retirement. With just one month until the Scottish elections, Deputy Political Editor Lucy Fisherexplains in this video why Scotland poses an “existential threat” to Boris Johnson’s premiership – and how he plans to save the Union.
Parenting lessons from the Yorkshire Shepherdess
Most children get a helping hand with everything these days. Things are different at Ravenseat, the farm where Amanda Owen and her husband Clive rear 1,000 sheep and nine children. When the Yorkshire Shepherdess – who stars with her family in the wildly popular Channel 5 show Our Yorkshire Farm – says something about parenting, it is worth listening. Despairing at the “snowflake” generation, she revealed her guide to raising children wholesomely… by hook or by crook.
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Friday Night Dinner star dies | Actor Paul Ritter has died aged 54 after suffering from a brain tumour. He had appeared in films and shows including Harry Potter, Chernobyl, Vera and James Bond. But he was best known for his role as family patriarch Martin Goodman in Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner. Read Mr Ritter’s biography and tributes.
Rescue teams are racing to find survivors after a tropical cyclone triggered flash floods and landslides across remote islands in southeast Indonesia over the weekend, killing more than 160 people. Dozens remain missing after heavy winds and torrential rains from Cyclone Seroja uprooted trees, crushed homes and, in some cases, swept away entire villages. Read our report from Asia Correspondent Nicola Smith.
Tuesday interview: Leslie Jordan – ‘If you’re self-conscious, don’t go into comedy’
Late-blooming actor Leslie Jordan talks to Louis Wise about Hollywood homophobia, alcoholism – and why he loves the Princess Royal. Read the full interview.
Economics | Britain’s growth will outstrip that of the US and Europe next year, the International Monetary Fund predicted, as vaccine rollouts and huge stimulus efforts power global growth. Its World Economic Outlook revealed the UK is set to be the fastest growing advanced economy in 2022. Tom Reesexplains the figures in three charts.
Hunter Biden’s Beautiful Things | This is a brave memoir of his “crack-fuelled odyssey”, but why write it? In his review, Tim Stanley says it is a harrowing tale of trauma, sibling rivalry and addiction – but it is an odd moment to be striking back.