John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, and the move is seen to have increased the chances of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a withdrawal agreement a position more in line with the Brexit policy favoured by the US president. Bolton will be …

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Two charged over incident in connection with Arsenals zil and Kolasinac

Two men have been charged over a security incident in connection with Mesut zil and Sead Kolasinac, police have confirmed Two men have been charged over a security incident in connection with Mesut zil and Sead Kolasinac, police have confirmed. Arsenal announced on Friday the 30-year-old midfielder zil and the 26-year-old defender Kolasinac would not be in their squad for Sundays Premier League opener at Newcastle. The club said the players, who were targeted by carjackers in north London last month, had been withdrawn due to further security incidents. It is now known an incident occurred on Thursday, with the Metropolitan Police confirming that two men were arrested. According to reports, the men were arrested after becoming involved in an …

Carpe noctem! The joy of cycling through the night

Friday Night Ride to the Coast has been spreading the joy of night riding for almost 15 years If you missed this years started by Simon Legg, who spent a decade escorting thousands to Brighton, Whitstable and other destinations with decent transport links. When he retired he entrusted his legacy to a group of seasoned ride leaders who take turns as mother hen. The distance ranges from 55 to 75 miles, and popular routes can attract more than 100 participants. There are tail-end Charlies and human waymarkers, sometimes recruited on the spot, to ensure nobody is lost or left behind. Rides begin at midnight with a chat about safety and etiquette, jokes optional. Mechanical problems along the way are met …

Duchess of Sussex to guest edit September UK Vogue issue

Meghan curated edition about Forces for Change focusing on inspiring women Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has been revealed as British Vogues guest editor of what is considered the magazines most important issue of the year, the September edition. The duchess was invited to oversee the edition by the titles editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, who said she turned down the opportunity to appear on the cover because she felt it would be boastful. Instead, the front of the magazine will feature 15 women who are trailblazing changemakers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers, according to Buckingham Palace. In keeping with the editions theme, which is forces for change, the duchess has assembled women including the actor Jane Fonda, the climate change …

Cambridge Analytica did work for Leave.EU, emails show

Government committee told work went beyond exploring potential future collaboration Cambridge Analytica did work for Leave.EU on the EU referendum, according to emails published by a House of Commons committee, even though the company never received payment for it. Brittany Kaiser, the former director of business development at the shuttered political consultancy, supplied the emails to the digital, culture, media and sport committee. She argued that they showed that, despite claims to the contrary, the partnership between the two organisations went beyond exploring the potential for future collaboration. Chargeable work was completed for Ukip and Leave.EU, and I have strong reasons to believe that those data sets and analysed data processed by Cambridge Analytica were later used by the Leave.EU …

BMW unveils electric Mini as it charges into new era

New model will have list price of 24,400, with first deliveries expected in early 2020 Six decades after the original Mini first rolled off the production line in Oxford, its owner BMW has unveiled a new electric version and help the German carmaker meet an industry awaiting Brexit clarity. The plant produced 234,501 Mini and Mini Clubman cars in 2018, an increase of 4.8% year on year. While the original Mini was built by the British Motor Corporation in response to fuel rationing following the Suez crisis of 1956, the latest version will help BMW, which relaunched the Mini brand in 2000, Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk The launch …

Revealed: creeping privatisation of London parks in summer

Exclusive figures show extent to which London councils are using parks for ticketed music festivals such as Wireless to plug budget gaps As chugging guitars reverberated over Finsbury Park last Sunday afternoon, crowds streamed through the Manor House gate past a banner commemorating the parks 150th anniversary. Next to it was another temporary sign: Welcome! Your park is open as usual. The statement was at best disingenuous the gates were certainly open, and so were many of the facilities, but it rather overlooked the 49,000-capacity festival surrounded by 12-foot-high grey metal fencing and audible a mile away. The festival was called Community, but at 50 a ticket, and with a narrow lineup of indie rock, its not that kind of …

Want a truly mind-expanding experience? Learn another language | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

That Brexit has put Britis pupils off studying languages is tragic it opens up whole new worlds, says Guardian columnist and author Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett More than half the worlds people reports that Brexit is putting British pupils off studying modern foreign languages at school. Some parents have even told teachers that its useless for their children to learn another language now that the UK is leaving the European Union. Aside from the stupidity of this view, which seems to assume that all international travel and immigration to and from the UK will cease as soon as the Brexit drawbridge goes up, there is also the fact that having another language is never useless. As a Welsh speaker I have …

Hunt ramps up pressure on Boris Johnson to explain police visit

Tory leadership candidate says his rival needs to show he can answer difficult questions Jeremy Hunt has increased the pressure on Boris Johnson to explain why police were called to his home after a row with his partner by warning that the Conservative leadership frontrunner needs to show he can answer difficult questions. Hunt whose remarks follow calls by the international trade secretary, Liam Fox, for Johnson to explain himself used a television interview to suggest his leadership rival had shied away from scrutiny, telling Sky News: This is an audition to be prime minister of the UK If Boris is refusing to answer questions in the media, refusing to do live debates then of course people are thinking, just …

Theyre gentrifying it: big money muscles in on the cannabis market

At the Cannabis Europa conference this week, business interests will be well represented to the dismay of veteran campaigners Later this week at Londons Southbank Centre, hundreds of people mainly men, mainly suited will gather in a lecture hall and in conference rooms to debate the medicinal merits of cannabis, with other events in the following days focusing on recreational weed. Missing from the gathering will be many of those who smoke the drug, take it as an oil for their ailments or have felt the force of the law over cannabis prohibition. Widening access to medical cannabis for patients, and how to go about it, will be central to the discussion at Cannabis Europa, the conference at the heart …

Jeremy Hunt claims Merkel is willing to renegotiate Brexit deal

Foreign secretary says chancellor told him Brussels would listen if new PM had right approach The Conservative leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has claimed Angela Merkel would be willing to renegotiate the UKs Brexit deal and possibly the Irish border arrangements opposed by Eurosceptics. The foreign secretary said he had spoken to the German chancellor on the sidelines of D-day commemorations last week and she had indicated that the EU was willing to negotiate on the package if a new prime minister had the right approach. His claim flies in the face of repeated assertions from Brussels that the withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened to change the Irish backstop, which Eurosceptics reject because they fear it may keep the UK in …

Trump’s family holiday to UK Disneyland makes for painful viewing | John Crace

With sketch writers banned from his press conference with Theresa May, I was forced to endure it on TV Monday Sometimes I worry I am more psychically connected to Tottenham Hotspur than is healthy. Having done my two events at the festival, I went back to the friends I was staying with to watch the Shoulder to shoulder with the president, negotiating a new trade deal. Instead, she cut a forlorn, diminished figure as she was both patronised and ignored by Trump, who made no secret that he was 75th anniversary commemorations profoundly moving, especially the handful of surviving veterans and letters from the dead. But theyve also generated some anger, because politicians may talk a good game about the …

Global markets rocked as US-China trade and tech rift deepens

Shares fall sharply in Asia, Europe and North America in intensifying war of words The deepening trade and technology war between the US and China has sent global stock markets sharply lower and prompted a warning from the IMF of the increasing risks to the global economy. Shares fell sharply in Europe and North America on Thursday as investors took fright at the the intensifying war of words between Washington and Beijing, poor news on the American economy, and political chaos in Britain. Selling continued in Asia Pacific on Friday with the MSCIs broadest index of shares outside Japan down 0.2% to a fresh four-month low. It was on track for a third straight weekly loss. The Nikkei was off …

The 2020 US elections will again expose the barriers facing female politicians | Martina Fitzgerald

No one knocks men when they declare their ambition, says political journalist Martina Fitzgerald A recent issue of Vanity Fair featured a cover photo of research from the Harvard Kennedy School suggests. More frustratingly, female voters are as likely to hold these negative views. Male politicians escape this ambition backlash. Over the next 18 months these attitudes will be visible for all to see. The current race for the US presidency has a One in four of the worlds parliamentarians are women. The numbers are even lower for decision-making positions. Only 50% female parliaments. True, a handful of prominent countries have women in top roles (Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Jacinda Ardern who recently became only the second female PM …