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Lord Hague tells Boris Johnson to listen to Tony Blair and roll-out Covid testing on ‘massive scale’

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The number of UK workers on the payroll tumbled by 600,000 between March and May amid warnings of ‘disaster’.

Official figures showed employment was down 0.8 per cent in April, as the impact of the coronavirus lockdown started to be felt.

The jobless rate was up 0.1 per cent month-on-month while inactivity rose significantly and hours worked dropped – although the worst of the hit appears to have been offset by the massive furlough bailout scheme.

However, in a sign of the carnage to come the ONS gave early figures showing that the numbers on payroll plummeted between March and May. 

The grim jobs data emerged as former Conservative leader William Hague demanded the two-metre rule is dropped. 

In an analogy to the famous rescue of thousands of British soldiers from the beaches Dunkirk in France during the Second World Ward, Lord Hague described lockdown as a ‘heroic operation in itself but the result of a massive failure’.

And he urged the government to listen to his ‘official arch nemesis’, former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, and roll out testing on a ‘massive scale’ and stop ‘agonising’ over the two metre social distancing rule in order to save the UK economy.

His comments, made in his column in The Daily Telegraph today, came ahead of the release of new official unemployment figures by the Office of National Statistics.

New official unemployment figures were released by the Office of National Statistics today

New official unemployment figures were released by the Office of National Statistics today

New official unemployment figures were released by the Office of National Statistics today

The number of weekly hours worked fell sharply in the latest ONS figures released today

The number of weekly hours worked fell sharply in the latest ONS figures released today

The number of weekly hours worked fell sharply in the latest ONS figures released today

Former Conservative leader William Hague (pictured) has today brandished the coronavirus lockdown a 'disaster for society' as he warned 'there can be no second lockdown'

Former Conservative leader William Hague (pictured) has today brandished the coronavirus lockdown a 'disaster for society' as he warned 'there can be no second lockdown'

Former Conservative leader William Hague (pictured) has today brandished the coronavirus lockdown a ‘disaster for society’ as he warned ‘there can be no second lockdown’

It is feared they will reveal a huge spike in unemployment following the outbreak of coronavirus in the UK.

Experts believe the full impact of the crisis will not be shown until August at the earliest because of the cushion of the furlough scheme, with 

James Reed, of employment agency, Reed Group, told the BBC: ‘This is just the beginning. We are in for a major adjustment and unemployment could reach as high as 15 per cent.

‘I fear there is a pent up tsunami of job losses because the furlough scheme now has nine people on it and including the self employed. It means about a third of the workforce is inactive. My fear is that a lot of these people will lose their jobs at the end of this’.

In the column, Lord Hague said: ‘We now know therefore that a lockdown is not a temporary blip or a paid holiday, but a disaster for our society.

‘It is increasing inequality, social tension, and unaffordable debt.

‘Globally, the World Bank has estimated that up to 60 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty.

‘Such a disaster cannot under any circumstances be repeated. There can be no second lockdown.’

Lord Hague urged the government to cut the two meter social distancing rule and urged them to bring the distance in line with countries such as Denmark, France and Germany – where it is 1.5 metres.

He said the decision would save ‘great swathes’ of the hospitality industry. 

Lord Hague also called on the government to listen to Tony Blair, who was Prime Minister during the former Conservative’s leader’s four year spell as Leader of the Opposition, and put in place a policy of mass testing in a bid to avoid a second lockdown.

Lord Hague also called on the government to listen to Tony Blair (pictured), who was Prime Minister during the former Conservative's leader's four year spell as Leader of the Opposition, and put in place a policy of mass testing in a bid to avoid a second lockdown

Lord Hague also called on the government to listen to Tony Blair (pictured), who was Prime Minister during the former Conservative's leader's four year spell as Leader of the Opposition, and put in place a policy of mass testing in a bid to avoid a second lockdown

Lord Hague also called on the government to listen to Tony Blair (pictured), who was Prime Minister during the former Conservative’s leader’s four year spell as Leader of the Opposition, and put in place a policy of mass testing in a bid to avoid a second lockdown

Lord Hague has called on Boris Johnson (pictured) to stop 'agonising' over the two metre social distancing rule in order to save the UK economy

Lord Hague has called on Boris Johnson (pictured) to stop 'agonising' over the two metre social distancing rule in order to save the UK economy

Lord Hague has called on Boris Johnson (pictured) to stop ‘agonising’ over the two metre social distancing rule in order to save the UK economy

He said this mass testing should involve ‘millions of test every week’ and should be carried out as people ‘arrive at work, attend conferences or just decide to go out.’

‘While the cost would run into billions of pounds, it would be very little compared to the costs of one day of lockdown.’ he added.

Yesterday, in a boost to the retail economy, shops reopened for the first time since the government introduced its draconian lockdown measures in March to slow the spread of coronavirus.

More than 41,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the UK so far, while there have been almost 300,000 confirmed cases – though actual figures are thought to be much higher.

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Is NO ONE safe? Spitting Image trailer shows Putin attack a NAKED Boris and Trump

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A naked sauna room Kung-fu fight between Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin provides the shocking centrepiece of a trailer hearalding the return of puppet satire Spitting Image.

The short film shows the UK and US heads eating fried chicken in the hot room together before the Russian premier enters accompanied by two blondes and attacks.

Their towels drop during the fight to reveal their full puppet anatomies at the end of the jawdropping trailer.

Price Harry and Meghan Markle will feature in puppet form in the return of Spitting Image

Price Harry and Meghan Markle will feature in puppet form in the return of Spitting Image

Price Harry and Meghan Markle will feature in puppet form in the return of Spitting Image

A naked sauna room Kung-fu fight between Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin provides the shocking centrepiece of a trailer hearalding the return of puppet satire Spitting Image

A naked sauna room Kung-fu fight between Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin provides the shocking centrepiece of a trailer hearalding the return of puppet satire Spitting Image

A naked sauna room Kung-fu fight between Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin provides the shocking centrepiece of a trailer hearalding the return of puppet satire Spitting Image

The short film shows the UK and US heads eating fried chicken in the hot room together before the Russian premier enters accompanied by two blondes before attacking

The short film shows the UK and US heads eating fried chicken in the hot room together before the Russian premier enters accompanied by two blondes before attacking

The short film shows the UK and US heads eating fried chicken in the hot room together before the Russian premier enters accompanied by two blondes before attacking

Kanye West is among the A-list names whose puppet is featured in the advert for the new series

Kanye West is among the A-list names whose puppet is featured in the advert for the new series

Kanye West is among the A-list names whose puppet is featured in the advert for the new series

The show takes aim at a host of world leaders including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel

The show takes aim at a host of world leaders including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel

The show takes aim at a host of world leaders including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel

The controversial trailer sees Gwyneth Paltrow advertise some unusual products

The controversial trailer sees Gwyneth Paltrow advertise some unusual products

The controversial trailer sees Gwyneth Paltrow advertise some unusual products

Kim Kardashian is among the huge number of celebrities satirised in the two-minute clip

Kim Kardashian is among the huge number of celebrities satirised in the two-minute clip

Kim Kardashian is among the huge number of celebrities satirised in the two-minute clip

Ed Sheeran also features in the advert for the new series, which kicks off on October 3

Ed Sheeran also features in the advert for the new series, which kicks off on October 3

Ed Sheeran also features in the advert for the new series, which kicks off on October 3

Home Secretary Priti Patel is also targeted in the new series of the show which was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday

Home Secretary Priti Patel is also targeted in the new series of the show which was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday

Home Secretary Priti Patel is also targeted in the new series of the show which was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday 

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg also appears in puppet form in Spitting Image

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg also appears in puppet form in Spitting Image

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg also appears in puppet form in Spitting Image

Mr Johnson and Mr Trump feature highly in the two-minute long advert, starting it by discussing Spitting Image’s comeback.

The US President states: ‘Puppets. That is the very most moronic thing I’ve ever heard.’ 

Creators have also put together a Who’s Who of famous faces in puppet form, from Priti Patel to Kim Kardashian, for the show’s return.

The trailer sees Gwyneth Paltrow advertise some unusual products while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg steals a mobile phone and boasts: ‘I’ve got all your private data.’ 

Puppets of Kanye West, Ed Sheeran and the Pope also feature in the advert for the new series.

Viewers comments, on Twitter, ranged from: ‘That is too gross and explicit… can’t watch it with the family,’ to ‘hard to unsee that sauna scene’ and ‘offending all the right people. Brilliant, keep it up.’

It comes as new images of the puppets of environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg and Home Secretary Ms Patel were released.

The satirical puppet show, which was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday, will return on October 3 with a 10-week series on BritBox.

Producers previously unveiled images of the Prime Minister, his chief adviser Dominic Cummings and the Duke of York ahead of the show’s comeback.

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Michael Schumacher ‘is in a vegetative state and not responding’, claims neurosurgeon

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Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is likely to be in a vegetative state and there is little chance of him ever making a full recovery, according to renowned neurosurgeon Erich Riederer.

The German suffered devastating brain injuries in a skiing accident back in 2013 while on holiday in the French Alps and his condition has been closely guarded by his family.

Last week ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt said Schumacher, 51, was still battling to get better.

This has raised the hopes of his millions of fans but Riederer, who is not personally connected with Schumacher and was giving an opinion as an outsider, has offered a more bleak opinion of the prognosis. 

Michael Schumacher suffered devastating brain injuries in a skiing accident in 2013

Michael Schumacher suffered devastating brain injuries in a skiing accident in 2013

Michael Schumacher suffered devastating brain injuries in a skiing accident in 2013

Schumacher, pictured with his wife Corinna, is likely to be in a 'vegetative state', says Erich Riederer

Schumacher, pictured with his wife Corinna, is likely to be in a 'vegetative state', says Erich Riederer

Schumacher, pictured with his wife Corinna, is likely to be in a ‘vegetative state’, says Erich Riederer

Speaking on a documentary on French television station TMC, he said: ‘I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake but not responding.

‘He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more.

‘I think that’s the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don’t think so.’

It is not known whether Riderer has visited Schumacher himself or what information he is basing his opinion on.  

Riderer’s interview came days after Todt revealed he had recently visited the seven-time world champion at his home. 

Schumacher is surrounded by family and medical carers but the prognosis is grim. His supporters are desperate for some positive news

Schumacher is surrounded by family and medical carers but the prognosis is grim. His supporters are desperate for some positive news

Schumacher is surrounded by family and medical carers but the prognosis is grim. His supporters are desperate for some positive news

He said: ‘I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.

‘My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

‘But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.

‘All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.’

Schumacher was in a coma for six months after the head injury suffered whilst skiing off-piste in the popular resort of Meribel in the Alps. 

After 254 days he returned home, where he has largely remained ever since. 

It was revealed earlier this year that he is to have stem cell surgery from a renowned doctor in a bid to revive his nervous system. At this time, it is not known whether the surgery took place or if Schumacher has benefited from it. 

Former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt (right) recently visited Schumacher and gave an update on him

Former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt (right) recently visited Schumacher and gave an update on him

Former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt (right) recently visited Schumacher and gave an update on him

The seven-time Formula One champion was in a coma for six months after the accident

The seven-time Formula One champion was in a coma for six months after the accident

The seven-time Formula One champion was in a coma for six months after the accident

During his career, the German was known for his ferocious competitive nature on the track but another F1 boss Ross Brawn says his persona away from racing was the polar opposite. 

Brawn said: ‘So many times I introduced him to people who, before they met him, thought he was a despicable, horrible character and you introduce them, and once they got to know him they completely changed. 

‘I had that happen so many times because there was Michael the racing driver out on the track and there was Michael the human being away from the track. 

‘I don’t know of anyone who worked with Michael who had a bad word to say about him. Lots of people who raced against him had a different opinion but nobody I know who ever worked with Michael ever had a bad opinion about him because of his integrity, his commitment, his human side.’

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Has Tom Hardy got the job as the new Bond?

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Betting has been suspended on Tom Hardy becoming the new James Bond as fans are convinced he will be named as Daniel Craig’s replacement.

Speculation has reached fever pitch in recent days following reports the actor, 43, had been offered the iconic part after a successful audition.

All bets on who will be the next Bond are off, after Hardy’s odds were slashed from 6/1 to 1/1, amid the swirling rumours about the spy franchise’s new lead.

The bets are off! Betting has been suspended on Tom Hardy becoming the new James Bond as fans are convinced he will be named as Daniel Craig's replacement

The bets are off! Betting has been suspended on Tom Hardy becoming the new James Bond as fans are convinced he will be named as Daniel Craig's replacement

The bets are off! Betting has been suspended on Tom Hardy becoming the new James Bond as fans are convinced he will be named as Daniel Craig’s replacement

The Venom star has been one of the bookies favourites to take over the role since the market opened in September last year, when he was 9/1 to be cast as Bond.

When the bookmakers market closed, James Norton was the second favourite actor to bag the part at 9/4, followed by Idris Elba (11/2), Sam Heughan (6/1) and Richard Madden (7/1).  

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: ‘For years we’ve heard speculation about who will replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, and finally it seems that English heart-throb Tom Hardy is the man for the role. ‘

‘The versatile Hardy would certainly be a popular choice – and attracted 54% of all bets in the 24 hours before the market was suspended.’  

Rumour mil: Speculation has reached fever pitch in recent days following reports the actor, 43, had been offered the iconic part after a successful audition

Rumour mil: Speculation has reached fever pitch in recent days following reports the actor, 43, had been offered the iconic part after a successful audition

Rumour mil: Speculation has reached fever pitch in recent days following reports the actor, 43, had been offered the iconic part after a successful audition

Next in line? The movement seems to have shifted following a report from the Vulcan Reporter , in which it claims Hardy is next in line for 007

Next in line? The movement seems to have shifted following a report from the Vulcan Reporter , in which it claims Hardy is next in line for 007

Next in line? The movement seems to have shifted following a report from the Vulcan Reporter , in which it claims Hardy is next in line for 007

Next in line? The movement seems to have shifted following a report from the Vulcan Reporter , in which it claims Hardy is next in line for 007

Next in line? The movement seems to have shifted following a report from the Vulcan Reporter , in which it claims Hardy is next in line for 007

The movement seems to have shifted following a report from the Vulcan Reporter, in which it claims Hardy is next in line for 007. 

Tom has been one of the bookies favourites to become the next 007 in recent years, and rumours have been circulating he will step into Craig’s shoes after his fifth and final film, No Time To Die.

The Vulcan Reporter claims that Hardy had been offered the iconic part after a successful audition, while bookies odds on the star have now been slashed in half.

The publication reports producers had planned to unveil Tom as James Bond in November- the same month No Time To Die was due to be released.

In the running: When the bookmakers market closed, James Norton was the second favourite actor to bag the part at 9/4

In the running: When the bookmakers market closed, James Norton was the second favourite actor to bag the part at 9/4

In the running: When the bookmakers market closed, James Norton was the second favourite actor to bag the part at 9/4

New bond? All bets on who will be the next Bond are off, after Tom's odds were slashed from 6/1 into 1/1, amid the swirling rumours about the iconic part

New bond? All bets on who will be the next Bond are off, after Tom's odds were slashed from 6/1 into 1/1, amid the swirling rumours about the iconic part

New bond? All bets on who will be the next Bond are off, after Tom’s odds were slashed from 6/1 into 1/1, amid the swirling rumours about the iconic part

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic the Vulcan Reporter state the announcement will now be made later this year or early 2021.

Earlier this week bookies have slashed odds on The Peaky Blinders star from 8/1 to just 4/5 in the past 24 hours after a flurry of bets.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: ‘A flurry of bets over the past 24 hours suggests the cat is out the bag and it’s Tom Hardy that’ll soon be replacing Daniel Craig as 007.’ 

The Taboo star has made no secret about wanting to be the next 007 – but has previously refused to talk about the part in fear it will get him blacklisted. 

Speaking to the Daily Beast, the heart-throb admitted: ‘If I mention it, it’s gone.

‘You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race.

‘So I can’t possibly comment on that one!’ 

Moving on: The Venom star has been one of the bookies favourites to take over the role since the market opened in September last year, when he was 9/1 to be cast as Bond

Moving on: The Venom star has been one of the bookies favourites to take over the role since the market opened in September last year, when he was 9/1 to be cast as Bond

Moving on: The Venom star has been one of the bookies favourites to take over the role since the market opened in September last year, when he was 9/1 to be cast as Bond

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