Conor McGregor has no chance against Floyd Mayweather - Rants N Bants' take

Comedian, vlogger, and boxing fan Rants N Bants says "there's more chance of a faithful Max Branning" in EastEnders, than Conor McGregor beating Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday.

WATCH MORE:Breaking down Mayweather and McGregor's styles[1]

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How bad is the household bill squeeze?

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Household bills are rising more slowly than the rate of inflation, new research has found.

The figures suggested that key elements of the "cost of living squeeze" may be less severe than previously thought.

Research by MoneySavingExpert[1], based on official data, revealed the rise in the total cost of household bills was less than the inflation rate.

It found costs including rent, energy bills, council tax and insurance have risen by 2.1% in the past year.

That rise is in line with average earnings growth and lower than the 2.6% rise in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) in July[2].

CPIH, a measure of inflation that includes housing costs and council tax, also rose by 2.6% over the period.

Although the numbers show only a small increase across household running costs as a whole, they also revealed large price hikes for electricity and insurance in particular.

The cost of insurance rose by 7.6% over the year, including a 12% jump in car insurance premiums.Energy bills went up 5.1%, including a 9% increase for electricity.The data was compiled before British Gas announced a 12.5% price hike[3] on 1 August.

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Council tax rose by an average of 3.8%, the data showed, while rents went up by 1%.

However, some other bills may have fallen over the last year, with a modest 1.2% fall for mobile phone bills and a 1% decline for other financial services.

MoneySavingExpert managing director Guy Anker said consumers could save considerable amounts by switching providers.

Household bills inflation over the last 12 months peaked in February at 3.2%, but has been falling since then.

CPI inflation hit a 12-month peak of 2.9% in May before falling back, but remains above the Bank of England's 2% target.

In its quarterly Inflation Report earlier this month, the Bank said higher import prices caused by the weaker pound have contributed to higher inflation, but that it expected inflation to ease back towards the target next year.

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Meanwhile, wage growth is not quite keeping pace with consumer prices, as average weekly earnings rose 2.1% in the three months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics.This means wages are falling in real terms.

But this data, compiled for BBC Radio 5 Live's Wake up to Money, shows that the widely reported pressure on household budgets may in fact be overblown.

Following the EU referendum last June, Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, said the financial crisis had had a psychological impact on consumers, meaning the perception of hardship continues "long after the original trigger becomes remote".

Analysis:Sean Farrington, Wake Up to Money presenter

If you're cutting back on your holiday abroad, as one mum at a play centre in Manchester told us she was doing, then the household bill squeeze is clearly not just in your head.

But what is behind us needing to tighten our belts is not so clear cut.

This research on household bills is a reminder that, despite us talking each month about the official figure for overall price rises, our own personal budgets vary considerably.

Wake Up to Money listeners this morning highlighted higher commuting costs and more requests from their kids' schools to pay for extras as just two other items putting pressure on pay packets.

But others with different lives saw free travel (for pensioners) and lower petrol costs helping their cash go a little further than before.

None of which comes under household bills, but all of which are crucial costs each month....


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News Daily: Trump's Phoenix rally and princes' Diana reflections

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President Donald Trump has vowed to close down government if that is what it takes to build the wall along the border with Mexico[1], which he promised during his election campaign.

The US president told supporters at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being "obstructionist".

During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far-right groups "a platform".

Clashes took places outside the rally between anti-Trump protesters and police, who used teargas to disperse the demonstrators after they reportedly threw rocks.

Analysis:Six things that could topple Trump's wall

By Lucy Rodgers and Nassos Stylianou

Donald Trump's promise to build a "big, beautiful wall" between the US and Mexico was a rallying cry throughout his election campaign.

As president, Mr Trump has asked for design ideas for the barrier, with a chosen few to be selected this month for a prototype showcase this summer in San Diego, California.

Mr Trump says he wants a wall along half the 2,000-mile (3,100km) border - with nature, such as mountains and rivers, helping to take care of the rest.

However, the route crosses difficult terrain, is home to a lot of wildlife and cuts across land owned by Native American tribes as well as private citizens.

Read full analysis[2]

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Prince Harry 'glad' to walk behind Diana's coffin

Prince Harry has told the BBC he is "very glad" he joined the funeral cortege for his mother[4], Princess Diana, after previously saying that walking behind her coffin aged 12 was something no child "should be asked to do".Prince William, who was 15, recalled:"I felt if I looked at the floor and my hair came down over my face, no-one could see me." The pair were speaking in a series of interviews leading up to the 20th anniversary of their mother's death on 31 August.

'No direct jurisdiction' for EU court

The UK will no longer be under the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)[5] after Brexit, a government policy paper will say.Ministers say they want a "special partnership" with the EU, but it is "neither necessary nor appropriate" for the ECJ to police it.Critics say the word "direct" leaves room for the ECJ to still play a part.The pro-EU Open Britain group said the phrase paved the way for a "climbdown" over the jurisdiction of the court.

Doctors warn of vaginal seeding risks

New mothers should not embrace the trend of "seeding"[6] their babies with vaginal bacteria, doctors have warned.The practice exposes children born by Caesarean section to bacteria that could have coated their bodies if they had been born vaginally.The idea is bacteria help train the immune system and lower the risk of allergies and asthma.But doctors in Denmark and the UK said there was too little evidence and it may be doing more harm than good.

What the papers say

The Daily Express is one of many newspapers reporting on Prince Harry's defence of how his father handled the death of Diana[7], Princess of Wales, 20 years ago.The newspaper quotes from an interview with Harry in a forthcoming BBC documentary, in which he praises the way Prince Charles comforted him and his brother Prince William in the immediate aftermath of their mother's death.

Daily digest

All (women) aboard[8] Labour MP says there is "merit" in women-only carriages on trains

Identity crisis[9] Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

Northern power grab?[10] The north of England should "take control" of its transport, says Chris Grayling

Fray before the fight[11] Chaos at media event before Mayweather v McGregor boxing match

If you watch one thing today


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Too much medicine?The problem of over-treatment[12]

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The perfume scents that could be lost forever[13]

Today's lookahead

12:00 The government will publish a paper on the future of the UK's relationship with the European Court of Justice

15:00 Inquests into the deaths of four residents who lived in Grenfell Tower will open and adjourn

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1305 Scottish rebel William Wallace is killed by the English at Smithfield, London

1939 The German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact is signed, containing a secret protocol for the partition of Poland

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No job can be better than a bad one (FT)[14]

Dylann Roof:The making of an American terrorist (GQ)[15]

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Brexit: No 'direct jurisdiction' for ECJ after Brexit, say ministers


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The UK will no longer be under the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) after Brexit, a government policy paper will say.

Ministers say they want a "special partnership" with the EU, but it is "neither necessary nor appropriate" for the ECJ to police it.

Critics say the word "direct" leaves room for the ECJ to still play a part.

The pro-EU Open Britain group said the phrase paved the way for a "climbdown" over the jurisdiction of the court.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Labour MP Chuka Umunna said:"Nothing the government says it wants to deliver from Brexit - be it on trade, citizens' rights, or judicial co-operation - can be achieved without a dispute resolution system involving some role for European judges."

But Leave campaigner Bernard Jenkin told the Daily Telegraph[1] the court "should not have any role" post-Brexit.

"No non-EU country will be much interested in talking to us about a free trade agreement if we still look hobbled by our relationship to the EU," added the Conservative MP.

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to take the UK out of the Luxembourg-based ECJ's jurisdiction after Brexit.

But the question of how future agreements between the UK and the EU will be enforced is proving contentious.

The policy paper will be released later as ministers argue there are plenty of other ways of resolving disputes without the European courts.

The ECJ is in charge of ensuring member states abide by EU law.

Its rulings are binding on all member states, and it also settles disputes between countries and EU institutions.

After the UK voted to leave the EU last year, Mrs May promised to make the UK a "fully independent, sovereign country".

But pro-EU campaigners say the government made an "appalling error" by making leaving the ECJ a "red line" in Brexit negotiations, saying new courts will now be needed in all the areas it extends to, including trade, citizens' rights and security.

European Court of Justice

  • Decides whether the institutions of the EU are acting legally, and settles disputes between them
  • Ensures that the member states of the EU are complying with their legal obligations as set out in the EU treaties;and allows member states to challenge EU legislation
  • Interprets EU law at the request of national courts

Brexit Secretary David Davis, who will resume negotiations with Brussels on 28 August, has spoken of the "arbitration arrangements" that will be needed in areas where the UK and the EU make new arrangements - but insists these will not involve the ECJ.

"If Manchester United goes to play Real Madrid, they don't allow Real Madrid to nominate the referee," he said last month.

Wednesday's publication - the latest in a series of papers setting out the UK government's stance on key issues - will say there are a "variety of precedents for resolving disputes that may arise between the UK and the EU" without the ECJ having direct jurisdiction.

These will need to include the free trade deal the UK hopes to strike with the EU to replace its membership of the single market.

Red lines 'blurred'

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, said:"The prime minister's ideological insistence that there can be no future role whatsoever for the ECJ or any similar court-like body risks preventing the deal Britain needs."

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said Mrs May's "red lines are becoming more blurred by the day", saying the ECJ had "served Britain's interests well" and should not be "trashed".

The Institute of Directors called for "flexibility and pragmatism" when leaving the ECJ's jurisdiction.

"The emphasis here should be on ending its direct effect, not trying to throw off the influence of the court altogether," it said.

Image copyright PA Image caption Brexit negotiators David Davis and Michel Barnier do not agree on the role of the European Court of Justice after Brexit

On Monday, the president of the court of the European Free Trade Area (Efta) - which governs Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway's relationship with the single market - suggested his institution could be used.

But this could anger some Eurosceptic Conservative MPs, because the Efta court, also based in Luxembourg, tends to follow closely the ECJ with its rulings.

'Offering certainty'

The ECJ has also emerged as the central stumbling block in reaching a deal on the rights of EU nationals after Brexit.

The EU side believes the ECJ should have a role in enforcing these rights - a proposal rejected by the UK.

The UK government said its paper on Wednesday would offer maximum certainty to businesses and individuals.It will also suggest that dispute resolution mechanisms could be tailored to the issue at stake in each agreement.

"It is in the interests of both the UK and the EU, and of our citizens and businesses, that the rights and obligations agreed between us can be relied upon and enforced in appropriate ways," a spokeswoman said.

"It is also in everyone's interest that, where disputes arise between the UK and the EU on the application or interpretation of these obligations, those disputes can be resolved efficiently and effectively."...

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Kimi Raikkonen: How well do you know The Iceman?

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Kimi Raikkonen won the 2007 world championship

Great news for Formula 1 fans - actually the whole world - because Kimi Raikkonen is sticking around.

The Finn has signed a new deal at Ferrari that will see him stay at the team until the end of 2018.

There are many fans of the charismatic driver, but just how much do you know about him?

Take our quiz to find out....

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