There was strong condemnation of the UK government’s abrupt decision to end the child refugee scheme after only nine months. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said he was shocked and urged the government to reconsider, adding that the UK had a 'great history of welcoming those in need'. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, accused the government of betraying British values. Labour’s Yvette Cooper called the decision shameful, while the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, asked her counterpart in office, Amber Rudd, how she could live with herself. Rudd mounted a feeble defence, claiming that the scheme could encourage child trafficking. A legal challenge to the decision was being prepared. The anti-immigrant right-wing press either ignored the story or relegated it to an inside page.
In America, an appeals court unanimously rejected Trump’s travel ban, meaning that the rights of all those he had prevented from entering the country have been temporarily restored. Trump fired off an angry message on social media pledging some reference to a higher court. It emerged that the media mogul Rupert Murdoch had been present when Trump gave his first post-election interview to anyone from the foreign press, the anyone being the former cabinet minister and Brexit campaigner Michael Gove. Trump’s 'counselor', Kellyanne Conway, creator of 'alternative facts', was sharply rebuked by the Republican leader of the House of Representatives’ oversight committee for promoting Ivanka Trump’s products on live television. He said it was 'wrong, wrong, wrong'. After nearly three weeks in office, Trump finally had a telephone conversation with the president of China, a country that his chief political strategist, Bannon, would like to go to war with (according to a profile of Bannon in Time magazine). The South African parliament descended into brawling when opposition members denounced the president, Jacob Zuma, as a 'scoundrel' and 'rotten to the core'. A Russian air strike accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers in Syria.
An inquiry into the state of schools in Edinburgh built by PFI (private finance initiative) discovered a number of 'potentially fatal' defects, including a failure to make them fire-safe. Twenty-six children were taken to hospital after a bus overturned outside Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld just before the start of the school day. By yesterday, seven Scottish local authorities had decided to increase council tax. The head of the EU's office in Scotland, Jacqueline Minor, said that an independent Scotland would be required to join a queue of aspirant nations for membership of the community, including Montenegro and Serbia. A study by the Federation of Small Businesses identified entrepreneurial 'hotspots', including Ullapool and Newtonmore, where people are more likely to be self-employed than in poorer places such as Linwood and Port Glasgow, which used to have major industry. Archaeologists produced a report on the burial of a woman on Lewis at least 1,600 years ago. She was fairly young, relatively tall (5 feet 6 inches), and buried face downwards with a beautiful iron bracelet placed next to her head.