Theresa May undermined her chancellor by announcing a postponement of the Budget increase in Class 4 national insurance contributions for self-employed taxpayers. She said she would 'listen to concerns' between now and the autumn. This morning's front pages of Tory-supporting newspapers are the most hostile she has faced as prime minister. The Telegraph calls it a 'shambles', the Mail says the government is 'in retreat after only 24 hours', and there are various allusions to back-pedals, U-turns and partial U-turns. The Sun publishes an image of a white van – which has become the unmarked vehicle of choice of Britain's self-employed whether they like it or not. Labour's shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, claimed there was 'disarray at the top of government', but of the chancellor himself, Philip Hammond, so recently depicted as 'swaggering' at the despatch box, there was not much sign.
European leaders gathered in Brussels for their spring summit. Donald Tusk was re-elected president of the European council despite the bitter opposition of his own country, Poland. The European parliament's chief negotiator in the Brexit talks suggested that British citizens might be able to keep various benefits of EU membership, including free movement, after Britain's exit from the community. Seven people were injured at the main railway station in Dusseldorf by a man wielding an axe who attacked randomly.
Five states have now decided to mount a legal challenge to Trump's latest travel ban, which prohibits new visas for people from Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen and temporarily blocks all refugees. The attorney-general of New York called it a 'Muslim ban by another name', while another of the states, Washington, said it had the 'same illegal motivations as the original'. Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, insisted the president had been unaware that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was a 'foreign agent' – a reference to Flynn's contacts with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign. The Pentagon said it was 'inconsistent' with its values that United States servicemen had been exchanging nude photographs of their female colleagues. A Canadian judge, Robin Camp, resigned after a judicial review condemned him for asking a 19-year-old woman in a case of sexual assault: 'Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?'.
In Scotland, Rachel Fee, who is serving a minimum of 23 and a half years in prison for the murder of her son Liam, aged two, lost her appeal against conviction. The winning design for the Scottish government's baby box, which will be offered to every new-born child, was unveiled. It features a 'forest fairy tale with Highland cows, squirrels and the Loch Ness monster'. The former MP George Galloway said he had secured a publishing deal for a series of children's novels about an ethical pirate.