The outcome of a convoluted series of votes at its general synod took the Church of England a little closer to legitimising gay marriage. The bishops called for 'a culture of welcome and support' for gay Christians – yet continued to maintain that marriage in church should only be between a man and a woman. The clergy – the foot soldiers of the C of E ministry – decided that they could no longer condone the prohibition on marrying or blessing same sex couples and refused to endorse the bishops’ report. The bishops will now have to produce another report. A hitherto unpublished essay by Winston Churchill, published in 1939 and entitled 'Are We Alone in the Universe?', revealed that the prime minister at the outset of the second world was open to the idea of life on other planets. Waitrose, Iceland and Marks and Spencer headed a Which? magazine poll of customer satisfaction with supermarkets, while Tesco and Asda did badly. Scientists said that we should be taking Vitamin D to ward off colds and flu.

Trump abandoned the long-standing American policy of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and at a news conference with the prime minister of Israel promised a 'great deal' (apparently in the sense of a great agreement rather than simply promising a lot) without specifying what the deal might be. Trump separately accused his own intelligence service of criminally undermining him. The number of organised anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has grown from 34 to more than 100 in the last year, according to a law centre known for its liberal sympathies. Two women were arrested in Kuala Lumpur for the murder of Kim Jong-nan, the brother of the North Korean leader. A cross-party report for the French senate stated that the UK should not be allowed to leave the EU better off and that, if necessary, British withdrawal without agreement should be considered. The president of the UK supreme court, Lord Neuberger, said on radio that unjustified media attacks on the judiciary over the Brexit legal challenge undermined the rule of law.

Fifteen Scottish employers, including St Mirren football club, which underpaid one worker, were 'named and shamed' by the UK government for paying below the minimum wage. James McGuire, 57, who emigrated from Scotland to Australia, was found guilty of murdering his brother-in-law, Owen Brannigan, 46, at a house in Coatbridge in 1999 when he was back in Scotland for his mother’s funeral. Glasgow University published a prospectus for an 'inspiring and transformative campus', also 'vibrant', on the site of the former Western Infirmary, declaring that it would be 'woven into the fabric of the West End', enable the university to 'compete in the global context', and much else in the same low and ridiculous vein.

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